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How to Tell if Your Dog is a Genius

Anyone who has lived with a dog will know their capacity for learning the meaning of words, even ones you don’t want them to know. How many times have you had to spell the words “walk” or “dinner” in...

Is Freelancing the Future of Employment?

Today, freelancers represent 35% of the United States workforce. In the European Union, the rate is 16.1%. Both figures demonstrate the same global trend: from creative entrepreneurs to...

Is Democracy Sacred?

When record numbers of votes were still to be counted and the election was far from being decided, President Trump falsely claimed victory and was calling for a halt to vote-counting. His...

Could We live in a World Without Rules?

We all feel the oppressive presence of rules, both written and unwritten – it’s practically a rule of life. Public spaces, organisations, dinner parties, even relationships and casual conversations...

Is Belief in God a Delusion?

As the pandemic raged in April, churchgoers in Ohio defied warnings not to congregate. Some argued that their religion conferred them immunity from COVID-19. In one memorable CNN clip, a woman...

How Much do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

Social media algorithms, artificial intelligence, and our own genetics are among the factors influencing us beyond our awareness. This raises an ancient question: do we have control over our own...

When Did Humans First Go To War?

When modern humans arrived in Europe around 40,000 years ago, they made a discovery that was to change the course of history. The continent was already populated by our evolutionary cousins, the...