Science & Technology

Cryptography: Decoding the Mathematics of Secret Messages

How can we keep private information private in the digital age? The answer to this question, cryptography, is a hybrid discipline using mathematics, computer science, and statistics. It has a rich history and is bound to become even more important in the future.

Language & Culture

What’s the Most Offensive Word You Can Think Of?

There are some really offensive words stored in our mental lexicon. And regardless of whether we use these terms or not, we know that they have some particular features and effects that ordinary words do not. We know, for instance, that slur terms are offensive, and that some are more offensive than others. I conducted an empirical study with German native speakers to find out more about these terms and the differences in their offensiveness.

Philosophy & History

W.E.B. Du Bois: Biography of a Civil Rights Activist

Historian and sociologist William Edward Burghardt Du Bois is one of the most important African-American activists of the 20th century. He was a prolific author and public intellectual and co-founded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Philosophy & History

Why Prostitution Should be Legal As in Ancient Greece

A battle has been raging for 20 years between the Swedish model, which penalizes prostitution, and the Dutch model, which seeks to make sex work safe through regulation. If history has anything to teach us in this modern debate it’s that prohibitionist models will always be ineffective.

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