What if Bergson was right, and Einstein wrong?

Jimena Canales, historian of science, tells about her discovery of an explosive 20th century debate that changed our view of time and destroyed a reputation. ‘I was very shocked to go to the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy’s entry of time and see that Bergson was not even mentioned,’ says Canales. ‘It’s an incredible reversal. April […]

The Rise of the Frugal Economy

In the United States and across Europe, vertically integrated value chains controlled by large companies are already being challenged by new consumer-orchestrated value ecosystems, which allow consumers to design, build, market, distribute, and trade goods and services among themselves, eliminating the need for intermediaries. This bottom-up approach to value creation is enabled by the horizontal […]

Do ‘Universities need scholarship that is more exciting’?

‘It was only in the 20th century that, by acquiring a university position, it became possible in England to pursue a scholarly career if you were not of independent wealth, or a church minister, or prepared to make huge personal sacrifices. Teaching and scholarship could be rolled into salaried employment. I would be the last […]

How things in nature tend to sync up

Mathematician Steven Strogatz shows how flocks of creatures (like birds, fireflies and fish) manage to synchronize and act as a unit — when no one’s giving orders. The powerful tendency extends into the realm of objects, too.

Is cruelty the key to prosperity?

According to many politicians, removing benefits is necessary to compel the unemployed to work even if their children suffer as a consequence. What’s the origin of this idea? There’s actually a rationality here that’s rooted in the bifurcated view of human nature that emerged in Anglo-American culture in tandem with the birth of a new […]

Experimental Philosophy Confirms We’re Prejudiced

Imagine that you’re walking across town one sunny afternoon, and as you near the stop for the trolley, you see five people tied down on the tracks ahead. You hear the next train coming up fast from behind, and your heart races. Then, as you step closer to the stop, you see a lever. If […]