In a new paper, biologists suggest that religion evolved in our prehistoric past through processes by which serving one's family and larger social group become synonymous with serving God.
The right person can make all the difference in your life. Marcelo Gleiser has benefitted from more than one mentor in his life. Now he gives his time to others and encourages you to do the same.
The human experience of sacredness transcends debates about atheism and religion, says astrophysicist Adam Frank. So where does the sacred live and what does it point to?
What does the data you generate every day reveal about who you are? Commentator Tania Lombrozo wonders where to draw the line between reasonable inferences and violations of privacy.
In a recent essay, David Graeber develops a playful panpsychism according to which play is the organizing principle of reality. Alva Noë suggests, more darkly, that it is work that organizes us all.
A Dutch organization called Mars One plans to establish a human colony on Mars by 2025. Anthropologist Barbara J. King wonders what it takes to leave your loved ones behind for the Red Planet.
How much can theories tell us about nature? For one thing, they can't tell you the truth. A recent cosmic discovery about the earliest moments of the Big Bang highlights this conundrum.
A lot can happen in a millisecond, if you have the right tools. Commentator Adam Frank says the rise of high-frequency financial trading marks the invention of a new time logic for humanity.
Many parents report that their first child seems suddenly bigger when a new baby is born. Commentator Tania Lombrozo discusses evidence for a "baby illusion" skewing parental perceptions of height.
Popular physicist Brian Greene just opened the virtual doors to his World Science U, a resource for those who want to know more. Commentator Adam Frank says it's worth the trip.
In RoboCop, a character named Dreyfus is at odds with one named Dennett. In real life, Dennett is one of AIs great champions, and Dreyfus one of its most trenchant critics.
Revisiting the topic of eating insects, anthropologist Barbara J. King samples some cricket cookies and interviews the founder of Little Herds, a nonprofit dedicated to entomophagy.
Evidence of ultra-fast cosmic expansion forces us to confront the possibility that the multiverse exists. But how will we ever know? It's a problem that could leave us tangled up in knots.
A trip to the museum is all about learning. But maybe you have something to share, too. Commentator Tania Lombrozo flags a case of uninvited public participation at a London show.
Our understanding of chimpanzees, and of ourselves, has been changed in spectacular ways by Jane Goodall's work. Next week Goodall will turn 80; let's send her a message of thanks and congratulations.