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.
How does science work? Well, that’s easy, right? We start off by collecting information about the world around us and
Imagine that one day next week, you suddenly find yourself charged with a terrible crime from your distant past that
What is the best violin money can buy? You hardly have to be a professional violinist for the answer Stradivarius
What makes a language a language? Simple, right? Any time humans get together and use a collectively-recognized series of utterances
When is it time to discard a scientific theory? Well, when it no longer works properly, of course. After all,
What does intuition really mean? For some it’s a mysterious mode of penetrating truths that we can’t fully explain or
To most scientists, human emotion is something to be minimized at all costs in their pursuit of rigorously objective understanding
University of Cambridge political scientist John Dunn’s insights on the role of etymology in his research.