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Philosophy

Are organisms basically living machines?

Is your body just a very complicated mechanical system? New project examines the biological differences between living organisms and machines.

Super villains help prevent evil in the world

Pop culture villains confirm our sense of right and wrong, shows new research.

Bringing Einstein and Kafka to the stage

History professor is creating theatre from scholarship in a new stage play entitled “Transcendence”, which shows new sides of Einstein’s theory of relativity

We are much too ready to blame

Do we really deserve to be blamed for actions that we have no direct control over? No, says philosopher Andreas Brekke Carlsson.

Get a better life: say no

Say NO. Focus on the negative aspects. Repress your emotions. That kind of advice probably does not sound right to a lot of people, but it’s a better idea than following fanatically positive, self-help books, concludes a professor of psychology.

In the digital age, the humanities can afford to go on the offensive

Humanities should be at the vanguard when it comes to information technology and social media, writes philosophy Professor Vincent Hendricks.

How to ask the right questions

We ask questions all the time but rarely do we stop to think about how we’re asking.

Metaphysics and religion in Scandinavian crime fiction

Since the turn of the millennium, religion and metaphysics have become part of the Scandinavian crime novel. This may be due to a general revolt against the strictly rational and verifiable.

On the mental catwalk

When the diagnostic thresholds are lowered, being normal ends up being as unachievable as the supermodel on the catwalk, according to professor of philosophy.

What is unacceptable speech?

The public debate in Norway after the terror attacks in 2011 has focused on what kinds of speech and offensive remarks we must allow and tolerate.