Accidents of life
By Richard Dawkins - 17 December 7:06

Darwinian theory was the best idea of all time, but why did it take so long to evolve? And what if w

The Political Gene: How Darwin’s Ideas Changed Politics
By John Gray - 17 December 7:06

"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

Doing it for ourselves
By Bidisha - 10 December 5:47

Men handed the reins of sexism to women as we discovered our inner misogynist

Bad idea: Growing Gatwick
By Alyssa McDonald - 10 December 5:47

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.

Top of their voices
By Jude Rogers - 10 December 5:47

From accents to Auto-Tune, singers fought to stand out from the pack

Jesus: the Muslim prophet
By Mehdi Hasan - 10 December 5:47

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?

The Price War
By Hermione Eyre - 10 December 5:47

Broadsheet newspapers were partly to blame for the resistible rise of Jordan

The end of a dream
By John Gray - 10 December 5:47

Unreality is the defining feature of the fashionable ideas of the past decade. Perhaps only a more s

The NS Interview: Shirin Ebadi
By Alyssa McDonald - 10 December 5:47

“I’m not going to give in and do as the government wants me to” - Shirin Ebadi, human rights lawyer

Call it a load of old bull
By Harry Shearer - 03 December 5:20

Bad banks, troubled assets and securitised loans – such linguistic tricks just add to the madness of

Bad idea: Textual health
By Alyssa McDonald - 26 November 5:41

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?

Bad idea: Political police
By Alyssa McDonald - 19 November 5:52

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

Night at the Museum
By Vaughan Allen - 19 November 5:52

As the guardians of the souls of our communities, local cultural institutions must fight and adapt i

Waking the dead
By Terry Eagleton - 12 November 5:43

For Walter Benjamin, history was more than a series of dispassionate facts. He showed how the strugg

Good idea: Thinkers unite
By Alyssa McDonald - 12 November 5:43

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

What do you call a male ferret?
By Mark Watson - 05 November 5:55

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.

Since the dawn of time
By Dan Jones - 05 November 5:55

Two hundred years after Darwin’s birth, scientists still can’t agree on whether evolution and religi

Good idea: Trust the experts
By Alyssa McDonald - 05 November 5:55

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.

Interview with Slavoj Zizek - full transcript
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 29 October 15:28

NS: What relationship, if any, do you think your work has to the mainstream, normative, liberal political philosophy done in English and American universities?

“I am a Leninist. Lenin wasn’t afraid to dirty his hands. If you can get power, grab it”
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 29 October 7:51

The eminent thinker Slavoj Žižek tells Jonathan Derbyshire why he rejects mainstream political theor

Good idea: Starting from scratch
By Samira Shackle - 29 October 7:51

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?

Good idea: Think big, not business
By Samira Shackle - 22 October 8:48

There is barely a product that does not bear the words "scientifically proven" in its advertising campaign, be it shampoo, cereal or moisturiser.

Warhol: the God years
By Sholto Byrnes - 22 October 8:48

The artist’s religious faith sets his work in a new light

Classics of conservative thought
By Staff blogger - 08 October 10:58

Including Thomas Hobbes, David Hume and Roger Scruton

To be honest, it’s totally random
By Will Self - 08 October 6:46

The lexicon that grips the masses

The meaning of conservatism
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 08 October 6:46

Disraeli followed Burke’s “politics of imperfection”, while
Thatcher favoured Hayek’s free-market

The NS Interview: Susan Greenfield
By Sophie Elmhirst - 08 October 6:46

“As a woman in science, you are remembered – but also ignored”

The last writes
By D J Taylor - 08 October 6:46

There is neither the money nor the space to sustain a career as a full-time book reviewer. D J Taylo

Bad Idea: Foresting the Sahara
By Alyssa McDonald - 01 October 8:13

A plan to turn the Sahara into a forest is not about
reducing carbon emissions at all

Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
By Edward Skidelsky - 01 October 8:13

This year’s Reith lecturer, Michael Sandel, transforms moral philosophy by putting it at the heart o

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