“... the artistic and contemplative construction of a world more real than reality itself.” - Oscar Wilde A column on philosophy and culture, politics and art…. just a smart conversation over afternoon tea.
Our vision of the world is dictated by our perspective. What if that perspective gets skewed?
Governments ask conformity in exchange for safety. It is a transaction we cannot accept.
John Nash devised a supremely rational, Nobel Prize-winning model. He was also a supremely irrational man. How can this be?
Today, fashion is a mass-produced commodity. This makes us forget that what we wear used to be a political statement – and could once again be an instrument of change.
During the Greek crisis, protest has migrated online. But who is listening?
There will inevitably come a point when you lose track of progress. Better to accept it now.
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came for finance talks and made the fashion pages. Why are we so surprised when someone couples a fresh approach with a different look?
Should police officers wear cameras to clarify cases like that in Ferguson? I don’t think so.
Dear Mr Fukuyama, I have a problem with the fact that history has ended... This column looks at the state of the European Dream and the law, politics and ideology of a post-2008 world.
The game being played around the Greek crisis lays bare the failings of an entire political class.
Calculatung risks, we really only have three options: mitigate, eradicate, accept. But what to choose when it comes to the incredibly tragic risk of a depressed pilot?
Alexis Tsipras’ victory is the first sign of courageous and uncompromising politics that we have seen in years. The Greeks have voted in favor of Europe.
Unlike other European politicians, Alexis Tspiras may not be making empty promises. He may actually present a chance for real change. Radical change.
The journal of one philosopher's attempt to safeguard the world from mimetic belief.
How can you say “I love you“ if you don’t even know yourself?
We would do better for the world spreading critical reasoning tools and mechanisms than raising endless sums of capital to be fluttered around.
What if your inaction is to blame for the death of your loved ones?
Why we find beauty where we least expect it.
What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.
For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using
The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.
More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the
Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.
Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.