From Google searches to dating websites, the rise of Big Data is showing us just how huge a gulf there is between what people say they want - and what they secretly desire. Who are we when no one's looking?
Being a second-born royal can be a difficult path to walk – often, it seems to be the sibling’s job to make the mistakes the heir cannot risk.
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.
It’s not a matter of whether a woman is at work or in the home; it’s a matter of identifying this huge, never-ending array of tasks which somehow, magically, get done, usually at a huge cost to women.
William Cook was on his way to buy a ticket for “El Gordo” in a small town in Tenerife but changed his mind at the last minute. It’s a decision he’s lived to regret.
People have been wondering what stuff is made of since the beginning of time. Antelopes, by contrast, haven’t, writes John Lloyd.
Introducing her new column on fan culture for the NS, Elizabeth Minkel explains why 2014 feels like a turning point in the appreciation of how people who love something interact.
What means, legal or illegal, are justified by what ends? And how has the law treated the British journalist over the years?
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.