NS Essay - Competition in public services has the moral virtue of encouraging respect for their users
By Julian Le Grand - 13 October 13:00

Are teachers, doctors and civil servants "knights" whose altruism will be destroyed by market-based

Just another way to bully the weakest
By Nick Cohen - 29 September 13:00

ID cards will be unpopular and hard to administer. They won't even prevent serious crime. But they w

Now French intellectuals love America
By David Lawday - 22 September 13:00

Contrary as always, the philosophers and literati of France have decided that they should stick up f

Watch out! The computers will run riot
By James Harkin - 22 September 13:00

The intelligence agencies, determined not to be caught on the hop as they were by 9/11, now speculat

An elastic mind
By Ann Wroe - 22 September 13:00

The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: the man who measured London

Lisa Jardine <em>HarperCollins, 422p

In March this year, Red Nose Day raised £35m. That's less than one quarter of Philip Green's annual earnings
By Nick Cohen - 08 September 13:00

Nick Cohen on how meritocracy became a reality in new Labour's Britain

NS Essay - "Power failures reveal a deep truth: the earth's resources are irrevocably finite"
By John Gray - 08 September 13:00

We like to believe that growth can go on for ever and that the western way of life can be replicated

Why it's OK to be Bliar
By Kieron O'Hara - 08 September 13:00

Do voters really want politicians they can trust? The success of Harold Wilson, Richard "Tricky Dick

Don't trust me, google me!
By Ellie Levenson - 25 August 13:00

Observations on relationships

Why nasty guys rule and nice guys let them
By Colin Tudge - 11 August 13:00

Even democracies are invariably led by the hawks in society. But we have evolved to help each other and work co-operatively, so doves will triumph in the end.

Scarlet fever
By David Cox - 11 August 13:00

The Red Canary: the story of the first genetically engineered animal

Tim Birkhead<em>Weidenfeld &

The wavering gaze.
By George Walden - 11 August 13:00

In her 1977 book On Photography, Susan Sontag suggested that our sympathy for suffering is diminishe

Back to the future
By William Cook - 11 August 13:00

Postwar sci-fi TV serials such as Dr Who might have seemed far-fetched and fantastical, but they acc

Will you be my Friendster?
By Dan Rosenheck - 04 August 13:00

Observations on the internet

An anatomy of ideas
By Michael Sims - 28 July 13:00

From Raphael's Three Graces to Star Wars, cultural representations of the human body owe more to nat

Greenland surveys its icy options
By Ed Butler - 28 July 13:00

The choice is stark. The Inuit homeland can be a missile defence base or lose its Danish subsidy

A charming despot
By Terry Eagleton - 28 July 13:00

Stalin: the court of the Red Tsar

Simon Sebag Montefiore <em>Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 693pp, £25</em

Mr Blair, you're no Clem Attlee
By Francis Beckett - 28 July 13:00

Francis Beckett compares a government that made a revolution with one that merely tinkers

Will universities agree to change?
By Dan Rosenheck - 28 July 13:00

Observations on A-levels

Elysian fields
By Richard Cork - 28 July 13:00

Art - Richard Cork is seduced by old visions of paradise, serpents and all

The time of fear
By Jason Cowley - 21 July 13:00

Visions of apocalypse, once confined to science fiction, now dominate mainstream films and novels. T

Great thinkers of our time - Maulana Sayyid Abul-Ala Maududi
By Staff blogger - 14 July 13:00

<strong>Ziauddin Sardar</strong> on Maulana Sayyid Abul-Ala Maududi

Great thinkers of our time - E O Wilson
By John Gray - 14 July 13:00

John Gray on E O Wilson

Great thinkers of our time - John Maynard Smith
By Marek Kohn - 14 July 13:00

Marek Kohn on John Maynard-Smith

Great thinkers of our time - Noam Chomsky
By Staff blogger - 14 July 13:00

<strong>Neil Clark</strong> on Noam Chomsky

Great Thinkers - James Lovelock
By Mary Midgley - 14 July 13:00

Mary Midgley on James Lovelock

Great thinkers of our time - Antonio Negri
By Katharine Ainger - 14 July 13:00

Katharine Ainger on Antonio Negri

Great thinkers of our time - Peter Singer
By Nicholas Fearn - 14 July 13:00

Nicholas Fearn on Peter Singer

12 Great thinkers of our time
By Jason Cowley - 14 July 13:00

James Lovelock, E O wilson, Martha Nussbaum, Li Hongzhi, Peter Singer, Noam Chomsky, Maulana Sayyid