How the Orchestra is Arranged by the Biology of the Brain

Charlie Nguyen/Flickr/Creative Commons By Richard Kunert / 04.20.2016 PhD Candidate Donders Institute Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Imagine yourself at a concert hall looking at a symphonic orchestra on stage. Have you ever noticed that high-pitched strings sit left of low-pitched strings? Going from left to right, one usually sees violins, violas, cellos and double[…]

Why Sad Songs Can Be Feel-Good and Noise Music Can Be Nice

Lauren C/Flickr/Creative Commons By Princess Ojiaku / 01.14.2016 Adele’s heartbreaking ballad Hello, about a lost lover, has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for weeks, while 25, the album from which it comes, broke records for the highest number of album sales in its first week (3.48 million). Sad songs can be immensely popular, often moving us in a more memorable way[…]

Is Philosophy Therapy, or Is It Simply a Search for Truth?

Robert Huffstutter/Flickr/Creative Commons    By Dr. Nigel Warburton (left) and Dr. Jules Evans (right) / 01.18.2016 Warburton: Philosopher, Writer, Podcaster Evans: Policy Director of the Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London Nigel Warburton: There’s been a lot of interest in reviving Stoic philosophy recently, particularly the therapeutic aspects of it. I’m skeptical[…]

Is Great Philosophy, by Its Nature, Difficult and Obscure?

Statue of Hume by Alexander Stoddart on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh / Photo by Bandan, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Keith Frankish / 11.11.2015 Visiting Research Fellow Open University Great philosophy is not always easy. Some philosophers – Kant, Hegel, Heidegger – write in a way that seems almost perversely obscure. Others – Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein – adopt an aphoristic[…]

Did Easter Island Culture Collapse? The Answer is Not Simple.

Ik T/Flickr/Creative Commons By Dr. Christopher Kavanagh / 05.11.2016 Post-Doctoral Researcher in Cognitive Anthropology University of Oxford Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is an island in the Pacific famous for the massive humanoid statues peppered along its coasts. These moaiare commonly called stone heads, but actually most possess bodies, and the largest constructed stands at[…]

Unusually Sophisticated Prehistoric Monuments and Technology Revealed in the Heart of the Aegean

New excavations on the remote island of Keros reveal monumental architecture and technological sophistication at the dawn of the Cycladic Bronze Age. 01.18.2018 New work at the settlement of Dhaskalio, the site adjoining the prehistoric sanctuary on the Cycladic island of Keros, has shown this to be a more imposing and densely occupied series of[…]