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General Knowledge Issues

Knowledge: A Very Short Introduction

This column will change your life: Existential indifference

The meaning of success

We must learn to love uncertainty and failure, say leading thinkers

Uncertainty's promise

The story of the self

The death of universities

Fasten your seatbelts,

there’s turbulence ahead

A Point of View: Behaving like animals

Nim Chimpsky: the chimp they tried to turn into a human

Experts warn over humanising apes

Dolphins deserve same rights as humans, say scientists

Mark Pagel: culture is central to human success

Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist

This column will change your life: age and creativity

A Point of View: Beware of experts

Myths about our minds

Learn to love the S word: statistics

Ten 100-year predictions that came true

Genius: 2012- Malcolm Gladwell

The originality of the species

Printed encyclopedias were once a rare source of knowledge. But no more

The story of the self

Robot maids and not a mobile in sight – what the experts predicted for 2013

Daniel Dennett's seven tools for thinking

10 popular myths debunked

Blessed are the weak: why underdogs win out

Stephen Hawking: brain could exist outside body

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Jean Baudrillard: Philosopher and sociologist who blurred the boundaries between reality and simulation

Industrial civilisation headed for 'irreversible collapse'?

The British amateur who debunked the mathematics of happiness

How do we really make decisions?

This column will change your life: interestingness v truth

What would happen if humans became extinct?

How to Predict the Unpredictable

Bible edges out Darwin as ‘most valuable to humanity’ in survey of influential books

Today’s key fact: you are probably wrong about almost everything

Spies in the sky: Helen Macdonald on how birds reflect our national anxieties

Norway hospital's 'cure' for human error

Don’t be fooled by a know-all

Wikipedia's view of the world is written by the west

Why academia needs emotional, passionate women

Is there any such thing as a wise person?

Why are people so often wrong about their own countries?

The fake stories hitting the headlines

Our nine-point guide to spotting a dodgy statistic

Why we cover our ears to the facts

What We Cannot Know

Feminist pornographer wins right to reinstate sadomasochism website

We are simulations living in a virtual realm. But why do we like the idea?

How do we know what we believe is true?

The cult of the expert – and how it collapsed

How wise are you? Find out by answering a few simple questions

Why Michael Gove is right to challenge experts to raise their game

How to deal with uncertainty

Nonsense paper written by iOS autocomplete accepted for conference

The secret to living a meaningful life


Ways of Knowing:




Sense Perception

Quantum physics explanation for smell gains traction

How the brain responds to the destruction of vast amounts of money

Smokers ignore health warnings

Would it be possible to invent or discover a new colour?

Can dreams predict the future?

Synaesthesia: when two senses become one

Devil's face revealed in Giotto fresco in Italy

Using your 'inner bat' to help navigate

Affecting Perception

Face blindness: Seeing but not seeing

Why we can 'see' the house that looks like Hitler

Why does artistically presented food taste better?

How we all could benefit from synaesthesia

The man who hears colour

Brain's taste secrets uncovered

Can you believe your tastebuds?

How the world looks to people who are colour blind

The man trapped in constant deja vu

Dizzying optical illusions

What does it feel like to die?

The Guardian view on 'the dress'

What would Wittgenstein say about that dress?

#TheDress: have researchers solved the mystery of its colour?

The island of colour blindness



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