People are worried about the future of universities. An elite college stuffed with celebrities is no
“From one queen to another. Oh, I’ve written my own headline”
Untangle your bunting, unpack your Union Jack pyjamas, ceremonially position your souvenir mug collection on the freshly dusted windowsill, for it is here: the ro-o-o-yal wedding!
Biology is undergoing a renaissance as scientists apply mathematical ideas to old theory.
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Richard Dawkins called him a "compliant quisling" for accepting the Templeton Prize. Here, Martin Re
Sam Harris, one of the “Four Horsemen” of new atheism, believes that science can never be reconciled
It's time for the AHRC to remove all reference to the "Big Society" from its documents.
Labour needs to discover a politics of tradition and English virtue, says Jon Cruddas.
I grew up thinking of myself as equally English and Pakistani, writes Samira Shackle. Was I wrong?
Russell Brand questions Richard Dawkins, explains Transcendental Meditation . . . and offers readers
When my father arrived in England in the Sixties, he was welcomed with dog mess through his letter b
Nuclear" is, to borrow a marketing phrase, a high-impact word. It implies power or destruction on a grand scale, which is strange, given its microscopic origins.
The ideas of two dead economists, David Ricardo and J M Keynes, are shaping the cuts debate. The coa
By encouraging research on the "big society", the Arts and Humanities Research Council sets a danger
A fine essay by John Stuart Mill, first published in 1859, offers keen insight.
A couple of hundred politically engaged and enthusiastic twentysomethings pack out a lecture hall in central London.
A recent Gallup poll asked people in different countries how happy they were. Denmark won the race, with 82 per cent of respondents saying they were happy. In China, only 6 per cent ticked the happy box.
This month, we are being ordered to fill in our census forms. But why should we help the state force
Why are arts graduates so proud to be ignorant of science?
For decades, philosophers spoke only to each other. But that is changing as they once more reconnect
It's been a fantastic three months for those of us gripped by the dynamics of crowds.
Solving the problem of consciousness.
Once, we had Gladstone and Disraeli. Now, we have Clegg and Cameron.
They dropped like proverbial flies.
FILM: Terry Eagleton and others on the anti-cuts movement.
A performance, a provocation, self-promotion — beginning with Marinetti’s mission statement in 1909,
Sometimes a word comes along that makes you feel sick. It doesn't happen very often. But when it does, you sense it deep in the gut: word-nausea is visceral. Enter "telegentsia".
The Observer and US-based conference and events organisation TED to hold one day "festival of ideas