What makes our species unique is that we know we are trapped in time, caught briefly between the prenatal darkness and the posthumous one.
Truly living in the moment and being utterly spontaneous would render you unable to make and keep promises, or to formulate any kind of plan for helping yourself or others.
I was too stunned to be scared, but I remember the sense of conviction; surely, it was a poltergeist. Why had a supernatural being decided to show itself to me, a Marxist, who does not believe in ghosts?
If “best friendship” is on the rise, what does it mean?
Religion used to define our seasons and our days. But now that it’s in decline in the west, what rituals can take its place? Rowan Williams, Melvyn Bragg, Lucy Winkett, Robin Ince, Vicky Beeching and Julian Baggini try to answer that question.
The Habsburg heir was a rose-fancying, pious man, fond of hunting and above all his family – yet his assassination a hundred years ago led to the fall of empires.
Under the Nordic Model – which criminalises the clients of sex workers – the role of the dominatrix, which is as classically British as that of a steam train conductor, will be greatly changed and diminished.
After the death of his wife following a minor operation, airline pilot Martin Bromiley set out to change the way medicine is practised in the UK – by using his knowledge of plane crashes.
In 2014, the distinction between work and life, office and home, is poised to collapse. Members of “Generation Y” desire greater flexibility, with the ability to work where and when they want.
We ought to be doing everything we can to foster curiosity but we undervalue and misunderstand it.
Moscow, to western eyes, does not look much like Rome. But if there is any country in the world where the tug of the Roman ideal can be felt, it is Russia.
Each of us has over a hundred billion cells in our brain, comparable to the number of stars in a giant galaxy. The cerebral cortex is our liberation.
There is an online acronym that is destroying my soul.
Until we appreciate how much of our literature is potentially traumatic, how can we hope to make a culture that is not shaped by white supremacy and male violence?
A handful of girls seem to defy one of the biggest certainties in life: ageing. Virginia Hughes reports.
Is loneliness always a bad thing – or should we cherish our pre-internet memories of
vacant and pensive moods?
Three hundred years ago, an unlikely set of circumstances led to a minor German aristocratic family becoming the British royal family. Once the Georges arrived, Britain took the first steps towards becoming the nation it is today.
It took 27 years for me to admit that I didn’t want to be around people who create things. I didn’t want to be with them. I was already one of them.
For the Business Secretary, his Friday dance lesson is a small refuge from a fraught ministerial routine.
Speed is of the essence in the online world but faced with the Aladdin’s cave of cultural riches, one’s response is invariably one of sluggishness, of planning for a putative future that will never come.
There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.
To remain uncut, I was told, is to remain spiritually cut off from the Jewish people.
From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.
Psychologists at London South Bank University have cunningly disguised a lab as a pub in order to research our drinking habits.
Our ability to harness flames has shaped who we are.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?
Whereas “basically” and “well” are relatively harmless tics that crowd our sentences, “actually” has an attitude.
The beautiful enigma of empathy and our capacity for creativity are what define us.