From Battlestar Galactica to Spike Jonze’s new film Her, modern science fiction is growing up and humanising.
The most commonly-used swear words reveal more about our medieval past than just attitudes towards sex and body parts.
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.
The chief executive of the RSA takes the <i>NS</i> Centenary Questionnaire.
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?
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?
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.
The academic George Watson was an anti-Marxist but never a conservative.
Old world decline, rogue empires, killing for God – looking at 1914, we can discover that there are many uncomfortable parallels with our own time.
The winter of 1983 was not unnaturally cold by North Carolina standards.
This is a place with a rich cultural life and a jumble of social classes.
Sometimes the best things that make us human emerge from the worst things that we have to endure.
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?
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.
When viewing cave paintings in the Sahara, one set of five-dot clusters defeated us. And then we realised why they were there.
With society more liberal toward minorities than ever before, many believe identity politics need no longer hold such sway. But is this a mistake?
Is our relentless quest for economic growth killing the planet? Climate scientists have seen the data – and they are coming to some incendiary conclusions.
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.
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.
The essayist's mania for teachable narrative goes hand in hand with a revealingly indifferent attitude to truth.
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?
Luke Massey talks to the cultural theorist and ideas machine about Obama, stupidity and his favourite quasi-fascist industrial metal outfit - Rammstein.
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?
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.
Our nature as questioning beings seems to have a huge cost. And maybe we are no longer prepared to pay it.
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.
High Alpine meadows, like their near relatives prairie and wetland, teach us to consider the world from a fresh perspective.
Why communication need no longer be the main focus for language learners.
Snuff hit Britain at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Ben Duckworth discovers that it never really left.
What can fantasy tell us about the ways in which we perceive reality? Terry Pratchett, A S Byatt and Terry Eagleton discuss fantasy as a vast and powerful mode of thought.