By Colin Pillinger - 28 February 16:43
Collin Pillinger argues that it's our thirst for discovery that makes us human.
By Ronald Hutton - 25 February 11:00
A new exhibition at the British Museum shows how closely the world of the Vikings mirrors our own.
By Andrew Harrison - 20 February 11:28
From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.
By Kate Wiles - 18 February 12:45
The most commonly-used swear words reveal more about our medieval past than just attitudes towards sex and body parts.
By Philip Kleinfeld - 17 February 10:47
The redevelopment of Battersea Power Station and the Nine Elms area in south London illustrates a much wider problem in the way cities are managed and planned – councils seem perfectly happy to see private interests direct the course of historically interesting places.
By New Statesman - 13 February 11:27
The chief executive of the RSA takes the <i>NS</i> Centenary Questionnaire.
By Michael Prodger - 13 February 7:22
A year ago, Peter Bazalgette, the TV entrepreneur responsible for <em>Big Brother</em>, was put in charge of the £400m-a-year Arts Council England. Is he spending the funds wisely?
By Slavoj Zizek - 12 February 15:51
Julian Assange and his collaborators enacted a true and authentic political event. But what do we mean by that, and how does it influence our actions?
By Michael Rosen - 06 February 8:37
To live with this paradox of history, being on the one hand “gone” yet at the same time being “with us at all times”, is what it is to be human.
By Ed Smith - 06 February 8:29
The academic George Watson was an anti-Marxist but never a conservative.
By Richard J Evans - 23 January 9:58
Old world decline, rogue empires, killing for God – looking at 1914, we can discover that there are many uncomfortable parallels with our own time.
By David Sedaris - 15 December 15:48
The winter of 1983 was not unnaturally cold by North Carolina standards.
By Philip Hensher - 05 December 8:21
This is a place with a rich cultural life and a jumble of social classes.
By Alan Johnson - 28 November 10:12
Sometimes the best things that make us human emerge from the worst things that we have to endure.
By Ben Crair - 26 November 13:07
The perpetual flow of instant messaging fears a heavy full stop - it means the conversation is over, or that you're being sarcastic, or angry. How did this happen to a once neutral punctuation mark?
By Nayla Ziadeh - 10 November 9:28
The only word that used to be available if you were non-straight and masculine presenting was "butch". Times have changed - and one woman has found that the term "Masculine of Center" strikes a chord with America's LGBTQ community.
By Matthew Parris - 07 November 9:19
When viewing cave paintings in the Sahara, one set of five-dot clusters defeated us. And then we realised why they were there.
By New Statesman - 03 November 11:25
With society more liberal toward minorities than ever before, many believe identity politics need no longer hold such sway. But is this a mistake?
By Naomi Klein - 29 October 10:00
Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.
By Simon Heffer - 17 October 15:21
Once, Queen Victoria was the only woman in the realm with no legal impediment because of her sex. She reigned over a society that was full of intelligent women going mad with frustration - and then they began to do something about it.
By Will Self - 10 October 15:02
Everything around us nowadays seems to hearken to the past. Soon, all human psyches will retain as decorative features the individualism and the individual memories that were once functional attributes.
By Steven Poole - 10 October 10:41
The essayist's mania for teachable narrative goes hand in hand with a revealingly indifferent attitude to truth.
By New Statesman - 08 October 15:36
We openly discriminate in favour of intelligence while playing down the role of physical beauty in our lives. Is this a mistake? Are we cheating ourselves?
By Luke Massey - 08 October 12:41
Luke Massey talks to the cultural theorist and ideas machine about Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit - Rammstein.
By Peter Clarke - 07 October 9:12
Many politicians have the gift of the gab but few manage to acquire literary skills. Roy Jenkins and Douglas Hurd showed how to do it with their biographies of Churchill and Disraeli; now can Boris do the same?
By Alison Lapper - 03 October 11:30
Artist Alison Lapper was born without arms and was denied the affection she needed as a child. Here, as part of our "What Makes Us Human" series, she reflects on her experiences, and what they can tell us about humanity.
By Roger Scruton - 23 September 12:28
Our nature as questioning beings seems to have a huge cost. And maybe we are no longer prepared to pay it.
By Ian Leslie - 12 September 13:20
Social media lull us into thinking we’re whispering to a friend at a party, when in reality we’re shouting through a megaphone. But every time we hold back from dishing the dirt, we become a little bit less human.
By John Burnside - 12 September 10:50
High Alpine meadows, like their near relatives prairie and wetland, teach us to consider the world from a fresh perspective.