Darwinian theory was the best idea of all time, but why did it take so long to evolve? And what if w
"It is as if man had suddenly been appointed managing director of the biggest business of all, the business of evolution." Appearing in a 1957 essay by the biologist Julian Huxley on "trans-humanism" (a term that Huxley coined
Men handed the reins of sexism to women as we discovered our inner misogynist
If ever there was a bad week to start talking again about extra airport runways - and not just at Heathrow, but Gatwick, too - surely this was it.
From accents to Auto-Tune, singers fought to stand out from the pack
Christianity is rooted in the belief that Jesus is the Son of God, so is Islam’s version of Christ a source of tension, or a way of building bridges between the world’s two largest faiths?
Broadsheet newspapers were partly to blame for the resistible rise of Jordan
Unreality is the defining feature of the fashionable ideas of the past decade. Perhaps only a more s
“I’m not going to give in and do as the government wants me to” - Shirin Ebadi, human rights lawyer
Bad banks, troubled assets and securitised loans – such linguistic tricks just add to the madness of
Isn't there something odd about offering people a "talking therapy" to help them address their problems, but then delivering it in ways that involve no talking at all?
The debate over how to run the police force and whether some of its senior members should be elected is one of those arguments where each side is accusing the other of the same thing, like two tearful siblings each trying to c
As the guardians of the souls of our communities, local cultural institutions must fight and adapt i
For Walter Benjamin, history was more than a series of dispassionate facts. He showed how the strugg
Earlier this month, just as Sir Christopher Kelly's report on MPs' expenses was launched, reigniting the righteous indignation of the British public, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published its response to th
Recently, I met a self-proclaimed bibliophile who, having hit his forties, had decided to "reread Dickens". I feigned admiration, but my real emotion was closer to bafflement.
Two hundred years after Darwin’s birth, scientists still can’t agree on whether evolution and religi
As contenders for the title "good idea" go, making a public speech denouncing government drug policy, when you are an adviser to the government on said policy, is not an obvious front-runner.
NS: What relationship, if any, do you think your work has to the mainstream, normative, liberal political philosophy done in English and American universities?
The eminent thinker Slavoj Žižek tells Jonathan Derbyshire why he rejects mainstream political theor
As the jobless count continues to rise, it has been predicted that bank bonuses could reach £6bn. Is this the sign of recovery, or is there an alternative?
There is barely a product that does not bear the words "scientifically proven" in its advertising campaign, be it shampoo, cereal or moisturiser.
The artist’s religious faith sets his work in a new light
Including Thomas Hobbes, David Hume and Roger Scruton
The lexicon that grips the masses
Disraeli followed Burke’s “politics of imperfection”, while
Thatcher favoured Hayek’s free-market
“As a woman in science, you are remembered – but also ignored”
There is neither the money nor the space to sustain a career as a full-time book reviewer. D J Taylo
A plan to turn the Sahara into a forest is not about
reducing carbon emissions at all