Jonny Thomson taught philosophy in Oxford for more than a decade before turning to writing full-time. He’s a staff writer at Big Think, where he writes about philosophy, theology, psychology, and occasionally other subjects when he dares step out of his lane. His first book, Mini Philosophy, is an award-winning, international bestseller, and has been translated into 20 languages. His second book, Mini Big Ideas, was published in 2023.
It was originally recorded in the 1970s by cognitive psychologists Harry McGurk and John MacDonald.
"The Da Vinci Code" popularized the idea that Christians stole much of their theology. It's wrong, especially regarding Christmas.
Surely they can't be worse...can they?
There are different types of atheism and atheists. In general, they can be classified as the non-religious, the non-believers, and agnostics.
Being mortal makes life so much sweeter.
Harmony and moderation make for a happier life.
Proxy wars on the pitch.
The history of money is a history of convenience, and spending has never been easier than it is today.
What if your textbook lied to you?
Nothing meaningful is done quickly.
How many tins of beans make a stockpile, and when does a basement become a bunker?
What if your best friend was an informant?
It might seem petty and shallow to get upset over a bad gift, but there's often a deeper reason behind the feeling.
Every Christmas could be the last Christmas.
We could even benefit from more whataboutisms — if they're used properly.
If you don't mourn in North Korea, you risk being executed.
Why, exactly, don't you trust that person's opinion?
Do our thoughts have any meaning whatsoever?
Bring not a bagpipe to a man in trouble.
Colors can influence your emotions and behaviors, but "color psychology" yields no real insight into your personality.
Some animals were even assigned their own lawyers.
How far should we boldy go?
Be famous within five miles.
What's the point of all that money?