Is loneliness always a bad thing – or should we cherish our pre-internet memories of
vacant and pensive moods?
Three hundred years ago, an unlikely set of circumstances led to a minor German aristocratic family becoming the British royal family. Once the Georges arrived, Britain took the first steps towards becoming the nation it is today.
It took 27 years for me to admit that I didn’t want to be around people who create things. I didn’t want to be with them. I was already one of them.
For the Business Secretary, his Friday dance lesson is a small refuge from a fraught ministerial routine.
Speed is of the essence in the online world but faced with the Aladdin’s cave of cultural riches, one’s response is invariably one of sluggishness, of planning for a putative future that will never come.
There is nothing we can do to make normal or “appropriate” the death of a dear friend, or a beloved public figure.
To remain uncut, I was told, is to remain spiritually cut off from the Jewish people.
From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers.
Psychologists at London South Bank University have cunningly disguised a lab as a pub in order to research our drinking habits.
Our ability to harness flames has shaped who we are.
The fearless Kenyan writer talks about the “lost” coming-out chapter from his memoir and the response in Africa and elsewhere.
Left, right, and centre – everyone loves to talk about “innovation”. But what does it mean, this ambiguous, ill-defined buzzword?
Whereas “basically” and “well” are relatively harmless tics that crowd our sentences, “actually” has an attitude.
The beautiful enigma of empathy and our capacity for creativity are what define us.
Melvyn Bragg talks to Michael Prodger about family trauma, educating Britain and why Labour is still “deeply wounded”.
The planetary scientist Collin Pillinger has died aged 70 following a brain haemorrhage. In a piece for the NS in February, he argued that it’s our thirst for discovery that makes us human.
A new exhibition at the British Museum shows how closely the world of the Vikings mirrors our own.
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?