Better than nothing
By Antonia Fraser - 08 April 13:00

Heaven: A Traveller's Guide to the Undiscovered Country

Peter Stanford <em>Harpercollins, 384pp,

Towards utopia
By Philip Collins - 08 April 13:00

The Imagined World Made Real: towards a natural science of culture

Henry Plotkin <em>Allen Lane, T

Knock, knock. Who's there? A dead man's spirit
By Peter Stanford - 08 April 13:00

Peter Stanford attends a seance and is comforted to find a belief system that does not require us to

The New Statesman Essay - The future of humanity
By Colin Tudge - 08 April 13:00

"How beauteous mankind is!" said Miranda in <em>The Tempest</em>. But can natural evolution or our o

Paperback reader
By Alex Gibbons - 08 April 13:00

The Tipping Point

Malcolm Gladwell <em>Abacus, 279pp, £7.99</em>

ISBN 0349113467

Kant and the Queen Mother
By A C Grayling - 08 April 13:00

Philosophers have argued that actions have no moral worth unless done out of a sense of duty. So did

Novel of the week
By Matt Thorne - 01 April 13:00

Coming soon ! ! !

John Barth <em>Atlantic Books, 396pp, £14.99</em>

ISBN 1903809460

We must reform the calendar
By Alan Davison - 01 April 13:00

Alan Davison MP reveals the latest ministerial initiative: a radical new way of reckoning time

The great game
By Simon Singh - 25 March 12:00

Mathematics - Simon Singh on "Nash's equilibrium", the brilliant legacy of an unstable mind

Love in a very cold climate
By Yvonne Roberts - 18 March 12:00

Academics are getting to grips with what makes us happy ever after. Yvonne Roberts reports

The New Statesman Essay - Evil
By Jennifer Szalai - 18 March 12:00

You can blame Satan for the atrocities of our age, or you can blame social circumstances. But, sugge

Don't let them muzzle our MPs
By Nick Cohen - 18 March 12:00

Freedom of speech in parliament faces its biggest threat since the 17th century. And, amazingly, it

The New Statesman Interview - Frank Field
By Cristina Odone - 18 March 12:00

Blair is Labour's lifeblood, says the maverick ex-minister, and it couldn't win without him. Frank F

The New Statesman Special Report - The rebranding of a disease
By Jerome Burne - 11 March 12:00

Should we trust the scientific data on the effects of drugs? Not if the case of depression, for whic

The New Statesman Essay - Mad, bad and dangerous
By Colin Tudge - 04 March 12:00

Whether it's the MMR vaccine or GM foods, people distrust what scientists tell them. And they are pe

Designer babies and other fairy tales
By Maureen Freely - 04 March 12:00

When states ban contraception or second children or fertility treatment, the female body, once a pri

Give motorists a better deal
By Staff blogger - 04 March 12:00

Governments have been striving for 20 years to create markets where none can sensibly exist - in the provision of education and health, for example.

Future looks good with 2020 vision
By Geoffrey Lean - 25 February 12:00

Forget about sleaze and spin, the proposals of the new energy report could change the world we live

The New Statesman Essay - Reflections on a war of ghosts
By Pankaj Mishra - 11 February 12:00

America, once more, is fighting in a country that it barely understands. Pankaj Mishra on a conflict

The New Statesman Essay - The strange triumph of human rights
By Mark Mazower - 04 February 12:00

Mark Mazower finds that the splendid principles enshrined in such documents as the UN Charter are no

The New Statesman Essay - Set thine house in order
By Colin Tudge - 21 January 12:00

Religion can survive if it embraces the true spirit of science

The New Statesman Essay - A new map for our lost politicians
By Peter Kellner - 14 January 12:00

Socialism versus capitalism? Forget it. Go back to the pre-Marxist era and renew the battle between

The New Statesman Essay 3 - The quest for a British identity
By Patricia Hewitt - 17 December 12:00

Citizenship tests? Yes, but let's first agree on our own values

The New Statesman Essay 2 - The big, lethal sleep
By Gary Hart - 17 December 12:00

Gary Hart explains why America was caught napping on 11 September

The New Statesman Essay 1 - A society of broken eggs
By Richard Sennett - 17 December 12:00

Richard Sennett on a growing gulf between the metropolitan elite and the rest

The New Statesman Essay 4 - Is science good for us?
By Helen McCarthy - 17 December 12:00

Helen McCarthy argues that our unease about new technology makes it more urgent than ever to revive

The New Statesman Essay - "By 2020, the World Health Organisation expects depression to be the number one health problem"
By Oliver Bennett - 03 December 12:00

What with terrorism, the environment, social disintegration and rampant capitalism, pessimism is in

The New Statesman Essay - Hype at the end of the tunnel
By Ziauddin Sardar - 19 November 12:00

Hollywood uses it; so did the Nazis. Ziauddin Sardar on the world's most potent drug

The New Statesman Essay - The Empire strikes back
By Maria Misra - 12 November 12:00

Is a new, more cuddly version of imperialism the answer for "failed states" such as war-torn Afghani