When men and women of exactly equal ability face each other in chess, men win more often – but only if they know they’re playing against the opposite sex. Fascinating insights on why this is the case – and what it means for the world beyond chess.
It’s time for the annual Edge question. I don’t suppose you have time to read all 206 answers, so let me suggest three to you I found especially thought-provoking: the premortem, naïve reality and Bayes’ theorem. I am, though, slightly disappointed that they failed to include the bullshit asymmetry.
Free will — its existence or absence — has been a matter of heated debate for philosophers and neuroscientists for decades. Is free will, after all, a capacity of the brain that people can lose — and that can be given back to them by means of implants?