David C Krakauer

At the limits of thought

(2020, SMA)

Novel algorithms allow us to forecast the behavior of complex adaptive systems that learn and evolve but these ‘high-dimensional’ data-sets defy our best ability to interpret them.

Nicholas Maxwell

Natural philosophy redux

(2019, SMA)

Is it possible to end the Newtonian division of philosophy and science, as a result of which philosophy has nothing to do and science is hiding its own assumptions?

Peter H. Ditto et al.

At Least Bias Is Bipartisan

(2019, SMA)

What is most clear from the data is that both liberals and conservatives show a consistent tendency to be less skeptical consumers of information that supports than challenges their political beliefs.

Dina Tsybulsky

Science teachers' worldviews in the age of the digital revolution

(2019, SMA)

The shifts in the teachers' worldviews correspond to the transformations of society at the time of the digital revolution.

Emily Ogden

Debunking debunked

(2018, GA)

In the context of some of the stories we tell collaboratively in our relationships with others, the question of lying or truth does not arise.

George Monbiot

Advertising and academia are controlling our thoughts

(2018, GA)

About the willingness of universities to host research that helps advertisers hack our minds.

Matt Visser

The Utterly Prosaic Connection between Physics and Mathematics

(2018, SMA)

The effectiveness of mathematics as applied to describing physics isn't unreasonable and there is a quite natural back-and-forth between mathematics and the natural sciences.

Buster Benson

Cognitive bias cheat sheet

(2016, GA)

If you look at cognitive biases by the problem they’re trying to solve, it becomes a lot easier to understand why they exist, how they’re useful, and the trade-offs (and resulting mental errors) that they introduce.

Donald Hoffman

Do we see reality as it is?

(2015, GA)

According to evolutionary games research the “things” we “see” are like computer icons that hide reality and guide adaptive behavior.

Harald Klinke

Art theory as visual epistemology

(2014, SMA)

How an image can produce knowledge?

David Deutsch

Closer to Reality

(2011, GA)

About the overwhelming evolutionary limitations of our senses and minds, and how scientific theories and instruments help us to get closer to reality.

Roger Caldwell

How to Get Real

(2003, SMA)

A central plank of critical realism is that science can no longer be considered as just another myth or story.

Piet Hut

The Construction of Autonomous Tools

(2000, GA)

Will AI and robots (autonomous tools) change our outlook on life in different ways than our lifeless and soulless tools we still use today?  

Stewart Brand

Taking the Long View

(2000, GA)

Because we understandably pay most attention to the fast-changing elements, we forget that the real power lies in the domains of deep, slow change.

Melisa Basol et al.

Gamified Inoculation Boosts Confidence and Cognitive Immunity Against Fake News

(2020, SMA)

By warning and exposing people to severely weakened doses of attitudinal challenges, cognitive resistance or “mental antibodies” are generated against future persuasion attempts.

Sam Haselby

Citizens need to know numbers

(2019, SMA)

How our images of the world may be improved or distorted by statistical data. 

Adam Frank et al. 

The blind spot

(2019, SMA)

Science cannot give us full access to reality because we still do not know what are some of the most basics element of the world: matter, consciousness and time.

Peter Adamson

First Believe, Then Understand

(2019, GA)

So pervasive now is the notion that religious belief is independent from, or even diametrically opposed to, scientific inquiry, that it can be hard for us to appreciate older ways of seeing the relationship between reason and revelation.

David Egan

Is there anything especially expert about being a philosopher?

(2019, GA)

What do these adjectives ‘hard’ STEM fields and ‘soft’ humanities denote?

Dan M. Kahan

Why Smart People Are Vulnerable to Putting Tribe Before Truth

(2018, GA)

The supplemental trait needed to make science literacy and reasoning skills supportive rather than corrosive of enlightened self-government is science curiosity.

Jacob Ainscough et al.

Ecosystem services as a post-normal field of science

(2018, SP)

An example of the post-normal research: applying science to real-life choices and policy making where facts are uncertain, values in dispute, stakes high and decisions urgent.

John Cook, Sander van der Linden

Facts versus feelings isn’t the way to think about communicating science

(2017, GA)

If we just communicate more accurate information to people, their behavior will often not change: on the other hand, the human brain isn't  a sponge that soaks up only the information it wants to believe.

David J. Chalmers

Why Isn’t There More Progress in Philosophy?

(2015, SMA)

There has not been large collective convergence to the truth on the

big questions of philosophy and that is not how things are in the physical sciences.

Natalie Wolchover

Is Nature Unnatural?

(2013, SMA)

It looks like the multiverse hypothesis is gaining support from more and more branches of theoretical physics, but is explaining something by multiplying extraordinary untestable entities a helpful scientific solution?

Gregg Henriques


(2012, SMA)

The science could reveal or at least approximate timeless objective truths about the universe and our place in it or is it a social construction and should not be granted the status of final arbiter of ultimate truth?