Paul Dolan believes all humans strive for happiness, which he defines as a combination of pleasure and a sense of purpose. The problem is that we are often very bad at maximising our own well-being.
There are severe limits to what the UK can do as a middle-ranking power. But it can do better than firefighting every crisis with an emergency meeting of Cobra.
Inhumane executions are not unique to the Islamist fanatics in Iraq and Syria.
Innovative sporting cultures become wealthy, so they can afford to have more coaches. That doesn’t prove that the coaches caused the innovation and wealth.
Roger Mosey’s Diary.
The possibility of a Conservative victory in 2015 is one of the Yes campaign's biggest trump cards.
One of the biggest lies about obesity is that it’s simply about eating too much and not doing enough exercise – problems are often far deeper rooted.
The PM is not alone in failing to articulate a clear set of principles for this new era.
From Riyadh via London to Damascus, Baghdad and Isis – the jihadist surge.
The dominance of the capital threatens to choke the life from the rest of the United Kingdom. We must act before it is too late
Like all things human, the 35mm reel is slowly shuffling off this mortal coil. This year, Paramount Pictures became the first big studio to announce that it would no longer release 35mm prints of movies in the US.
Ali Smith’s new novel How to Be Both is dizzyingly good and so clever that it makes you want to dance.
Will Self’s latest novel is a hard read, but it rewards the attention demanded.
In The Wake, Paul Kingsnorth delicately loops the multifarious layers of English history together.
The jaunty, rounded font is now most associated with shabby invitations to children’s parties, badly spelt emails and passive-aggressive PowerPoint presentations.
The pleasure for the reader of David Mitchell’s novels lies in the comforting sense that there might after all be a pattern to the random data of the everyday.
The author’s new novel J confounds one’s expectations but confirms Jacobson’s reputation.
Can we imagine morality on the scale of the human species as a whole?
In Sarah Waters’ new novel she shows herself to be a dab hand at conveying the immediacy of the past with no whiff of mothballs.
Listening to Jag was very much like listening to a musician in the zone.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For imagines what 1940s cinema might have looked like with CGI and no Hays Code - but it falls short of that era’s crackling dialogue, smoky characters and emotional pull.
Novels by both authors seems to be creaking under the burden of researched fact and rehearsed message, but there was a time when their impulses flowed in the opposite direction.
The Taj Mahal Palace, which looks like the bastard child of Sandringham and St Pancras Station, is India’s biggest and most epically decadent hotel.
The oddity is that the French government is very helpful to wine buyers.
I don’t know how I got this far without sampling the mush that sustains the Southern states.
I’m not planning on retiring, but sometimes the world has other ideas, so it is wise to make plans.
The low-fat yoghurts I shovel down my neck and the smoothies I’ve been promoting to my vegetable-allergic teenage son might just as well have been crystal meth.
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