humanity


The freedom of
your insignificance

This is us. Existing inside an endless haze of new born stars, merging galaxies and fading suns. And here you are, reading this, your smartphone battery running low, you’re running late to the next appointment, all the while time is running backwards inside of black holes and collapsing universes. What […]


guts over fear

Why bother helping others?
How altruism works.

After being saved by a stranger one fateful night when she was just 19 years old, Abigail Marsh started wondering what it was that motivated another person to risk his life to save hers. Marsh became a psychology researcher and dedicated her life to understanding the human capacity to care […]


Coffee House Readings

Coffee House Readings #13:
Follow Your Gut

Trillions of tiny creatures live in your eyes, your ears and inside your gut. They have occupied almost every nook of your body. Follow Your Gut by Rob Knight will introduce you to the tiny inhabitants you share your body with, that you have probably never heard of before. And […]


7 Billion Humans on a Spinning Rock

Imagine you are a superintelligent being, formed by trillions of minds, transcending space and time. By a lucky circumstance you materialize near a planet. You find life on the planet and start to observe some 7 billion humans on their spinning rock called earth. What would you think about humanity and what would […]


human-beings

Are we suboptimal bots?
A conversation about technology and myth

Technology is developing at an incredible pace. When we think about how social media impacts our democratic elections, how our smart home devices are listening in on us or how wearables are measuring our every movement, we have to acknowledge that we have crossed the creepy line a long time […]


50-50

Brexit: How our societies arrived at 50-50

When Alexander Betts talked about how Europeans could help refugees help themselves at TEDxVienna’s What if – conference last year, he did not know yet that his home country would vote to leave the European Union a few months later. And he certainly didn’t know he would hold another talk, this time […]


What if God was one of us

God, Donald Trump, C.S. Lewis, Santa Claus and Sigmund Freud walk into a chatroom. If this were a joke, another statement would follow leading to the punch line. But this is not a joke, since these artificial intelligence egos are actually waiting to have a chat on the Internet. With you. So what […]


The resurrected poets society

Do you remember the last time that you actually took a pen and a sheet of paper in your hands and wrote something? You don’t? Me neither. How about taking a piece of paper to draw something, as an expression of your own feelings? Or maybe to paint something? No? And […]