Participants at an anti-lockdown protest in Dublin last August. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Coronavirus conspiracy theories may have started out as a joke, but they now threaten to derail the global fight against the pandemic. Vaccine hesitan(...)

Normal People’s Marianne (Daisy Edgar Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal). Photograph: Enda Bowe/ Element Pictures

For a lot of us TV had to do a lot of heavy lifting to replace family, friends and outdoor activities. I initially feel obliged to add “this year” to (...)

One of the many ways of looking at who voted and why reveals that very poor and very rich people were more likely to be Trump voters. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP

The slicing and dicing of the data has begun but will the right lessons be learned? The fundamental question, “will Trumpism survive Trump?”, is alrea(...)

Ludwig Wittgenstein was the ‘philosophical hero’ of the Vienna Circle and laid the foundations of analytic philosophy, the dominant Anglo-American school of thought of the past century. Photogragh: Hulton Archive

If the influence of philosophical works could be measured on a word-for-word basis, Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus is possibly t(...)

What does being made in God’s image mean if not that, by giving us intelligence, God made us mini-creators who could and should rule our own world?

India is one of the countries hardest-hit by Covid-19 with more than four million recorded cases and 74,000 deaths. The Indian Catholic Bishops Confer(...)

In a two-child family, given that there is at least one boy, what is the probability that there are two?

A paradox is a statement that appears to contradict itself, or that is counter-intuitive. The analysis of paradoxes has led to profound developments i(...)

Philosopher Mary Midgley, as illustrated for the Notes from a Biscuit Tin project

Plato may have been the father of western philosophy but he could also be a bit of an ass. Imagine trying to ban poetry! Poets could make the bad seem(...)

President Michael D Higgins at Cabra library on Tuesday. Photograph: Alan Betson

President Michael D Higgins has said that if he was allowed one wish for Ireland’s children “it would be that they would all have access to reading an(...)

Stamp featuring William Rowan Hamilton,  an innovative mathematician and physicist of the highest order

Mathematicians are not renowned for their ability to reach the deepest recesses of the human soul. This talent is usually associated with great artist(...)

John Mills and Richard Attenborough on set

This weekend, the West Cork History Festival will be hosting one of the more underrated emanations of the turbulent 1960s. Oh! What a Lovely War began(...)

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