Are you a soldier or a scout? Your answer to this question, says decision-making expert Julia Galef, might determine how clearly you see the world.

Illustration by Hannah K. Lee

Dying and death confront every new doctor and nurse. Are they trained to cope with mortality? A surgeon weighs in

Is the American obsession with individual freedom really such a great idea? What other cultures know about how to make good choices.

This week’s virtual mailbag included a personal take on why we should teach creativity, and the accusation that a TED speaker might just be “philosophically redundant.”

Philosopher Ruth Chang celebrates the hard choices that allow us to write the story of our own lives. But what of those who aren’t free in the first place?

Ecologist Deborah Gordon shows that ants create resilient, productive networks without any central guiding intelligence. Maybe we should learn from the little critters, not just squish them.