Princeton University historian David Cannadine describes how the study of history gives us a much deeper understanding of many important contemporary issues.
Emory University primatologist Frans de Waal investigates the extent to which our moral judgements can be extended to other animals.
Award-winning poet & historian Jennifer Michael Hecht describes how the quest for scientific knowledge is often much less objective than many of us appreciate.
University of Michigan Business Professor Andy Hoffman urges us to profoundly re-examine what it means to be environmentally sustainable.
Duke University neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis describes how his pioneering experiments controlling monkey thoughts confirm his theory of how the brain works.
Tufts University philosopher Brian Epstein explains why many models of the social world are so frequently wrong.
UCLA historian Margaret Jacob describes how a careful study of history can increase our understanding of basic human motivations.
Roger Penrose, University of Oxford, confronts us with the question of to what extent our theories of cosmology are testable.
UC Berkeley political scientist Mark Bevir describes why a deeper understanding of politics flows from appreciating the difference between laws in the natural and human sciences.
Northeastern University psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett on how harnessing theory of knowledge can deepen one’s understanding of emotions.
We are in a situation where virtually everyone has heard about “The Two Cultures”, but most of us are actually wrong about its meaning.
From Galileo to Kepler, Newton to Einstein, the most successful natural scientists in history have all tended to buck the established wisdom of their day as they boldly led us towards profoundly deeper levels of understanding about the world around us.
Developing Understanding relates a series of expert insights on the nature of knowledge and techniques for attaining it.
Extending Experience emphasizes the vital role our past experiences play in shaping our current understanding.
Testing Theories investigates ten different perspectives associated with the process of gaining knowledge by testing our theories.
Encountering Assumptions highlights the numerous biases and assumptions that are regularly encountered during the search for knowledge.
Personal Perspectives offers candid glimpses of the motivations, passions and frustrations of a variety of researchers at the front lines of knowledge.
Making Models examines various aspects of how models are constructed and applied across different disciplines in the arts and sciences.
Communicating Concepts focuses on the challenges and opportunities associated with the communication of knowledge.
Particle physicist Nima Arkani-Hamed engagingly explores some popular misconceptions of what the “scientific method” is all about.
Imagine that one day next week, you suddenly find yourself charged with a terrible crime from your distant past that
Award-winning violinmaker and acoustician Joseph Curtin conducts a series of experiments to probe whether or not “the mystery of Stradivari” actually exists.
What makes a language a language? Simple, right? Any time humans get together and use a collectively-recognized series of utterances
Princeton University cosmologist Paul Steinhardt describes how many physicists stubbornly refuse to abandon a theory of the universe he helped develop.
University of Toronto philosopher James Robert Brown demonstrates how pictures can enable us to intuit certain mathematical truths.
To most scientists, human emotion is something to be minimized at all costs in their pursuit of rigorously objective understanding