The Comedy of Errors: Scientific errors and new adventures

If a scientific theory throws up errors, we dump it or change it. At least that's the idea. But is the reality very different? Should we accept that our truths and errors are dependent on our models and paradigms, or would this bring scientific progress to a halt?Th

September 07, 2014

Neuroscience vs. Philosophy: Explaining the secrets of the mind

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind.But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy

July 30, 2014

The Infinite Puzzle: Does infinity exist?

The universe is infinite, or so we believe. But might it be a mistake to apply the mathematical concept of infinity to the universe? Would it be more helpful to see infinity as an ineffable notion, or should we accept that mathematics rules?  T

April 13, 2014

"Genes, Cells, and Brains" with Steven Rose

Where is the brave new world the Human Genome Project promised? Hilary and Steven Rose take on the bioscience industry.“A strong exposé of the hype surrounding genetics and neuroscience” Guardian  Steven Peter Russel

April 06, 2014

Fate, Freedom, and Neuroscience: The science of free will

Some neuroscientists claim to be able to predict actions up to seven seconds before we decide to make them. Does this mean human freedom and will are illusory? Should we accept that all our actions are determined in advance, or has neuroscience overstepped its

March 30, 2014

Revolutions of Knowledge: The future of physics

New from IAI: Newton founded the sciences with physics: the application of mathematics to the world. But just as some scientists claim that a theory of everything is at hand, might our current models be radically flawed? Do we need a new paradigm to make sense of

March 23, 2014

The Edge of Reason: Beyond the limits of rationality

Can reason lead us to the truth? Spinoza, Hegel and Russell thought so. But might it be a fundamental mistake to imagine that reason is a neutral tool to arrive at incontrovertible conclusions? Should we be sceptical of the claims of logic, or would this allow blind

March 16, 2014

Cause and the Universe: The many-worlds of quantum physics

New from the IAI: In everyday life, and in science, we assume that effect follows cause. But could this most basic of beliefs be mistaken? In the 'block universe' postulated by theoretical physics, there is no before and after. Is the arrow of time an

March 09, 2014

Why The World Exists: The origins of existence

From the size of an electron's charge to the cosmological constant, the universe appears to be mysteriously fine-tuned to support life. Can dark matter or infinite parallel universes explain why the world exists, or are such questions fundamentally

January 11, 2014