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
Dublin, 1916. After seven days of savage fighting and at a cost of almost 200 lives, the Easter Rising is over.
“You should definitely cut defence before you cut art”
Bonus, boni, bono, bonum, bono, bone. Not a chant for U2's Ray-Banned frontman, but the declension of bonus in Latin. We use the word all the time; it lives, even though the language died.
Thank God for cricket. Without it, the first days of the Year of the Cuts might have descended into deep gloom, but instead we were distracted by Down Under and its sunshine, success and sprinkler dance.
Karl Marx, in London for a book signing, stumbles off the Eurostar and straight into an interview wi
Weather, the lifeblood of a British newspaper in a snow-gripped winter. Vince was a brief distraction from weeks of ice analysis. Have there ever been so many disgruntled interviews conducted from Heathrow Airport?
Science tells us that men’s brains are different from women’s – but that doesn’t mean we should not
Ricky Gervais came late to showbiz via <em>The Office</em>. Now, at 49, he appreciates every moment
“The spectacle of implicated governments trying to stifle WikiLeaks is futile and undignified,” writ
(Warning: this column will bypass all hand-wringing discussion of the commercialisation of Christmas and its severance from religious meaning.
“The ‘big society’ doesn’t speak to me. It doesn’t speak to anyone”
Amazingly, it is 30 years now since the constitutional crisis that briefly left the United States without a president.
Conservatives claim Christ as one of their own. But he was the unemployed son of two asylum-seekers with all the personal traits of a modern revolutionary.
Theresa May is being urged to ban him. Free speech demands she shouldn’t.
If most of the corporation’s staff don’t vote Tory, that’s only a reflection of the country at large
Think about this while you read press coverage of the student protests.