Over the past century, we have increasingly come to define ourselves by our leisure habits rather th
Deep within a filing cabinet, I keep a copy of the 1998 Marxism Today special that just said "Wrong" on a cover adorned with a picture of Tony Blair.
The more we look at the brain, the less it looks like a device for creating consciousness. Perhaps philosophers will never be able to solve the mystery.
Turkey's record on human rights means it is no model for the Arab world.
I'm not sure enough is made of Newt Gingrich's first name. Newt. If he hadn't just won the South Carolina primary and dislodged Mitt Romney (I'll save Mitt for another day, but really: Mitt v Newt?
Michael Gove argues that schools should teach children about kings, queens and wars. He's offering a
A couple of weeks ago, a colleague left a pile of slightly dog-eared pamphlets on my desk. They included Why Nationalise Steel? and Is This Socialism?
The editor of the <em>New Statesman</em> reflects on the life and legacy of Christopher Hitchens.
It's a happy new year for science; it always is.
Exclusive extracts from the writer's final interview.
The NS Interview: Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, physicists
In the first of a new occasional series on nature and landscape, Richard Mabey prepares for winter i
Until science proves the origin of the very first cells, many will wheel out God as the default expl
Alice Gribbin joins a secular congregation at prayer, and leaves with a warm glow.
The great polemicist is certain to be remembered, but perhaps not as he would like.
Stephen Fry, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Sean Penn and others unite to celebrate Hitchens.
Some were never cynical about the Occupy movement, not even at the beginning. I wasn't one of them. Sometimes, being cynical comes too easily.
Disasters are always studied in retrospect. We will not have an experimental science of the subject any time soon.
From using euphemisms such as “collateral damage” to faking orgasms, we practise deception all the t
What a month it has been for the fox. From the decline and fall of a cabinet minister (Dr Liam Fox) to the release of the unfortunately christened Foxy Knoxy (Amanda Knox), the humble fox has littered our headlines.
September: the heart sinks a little, the light dims, evenings draw in and there is every reason to feel self-pityingly mournful.
Dartington Hall, near Totnes in Devon, has a long association with left-of-centre thought and politics.
Y'know, me don' see dat David Starkey much down 'ere on me manor, seen, tho' wevver it am because he be chi-chi man or foo-foo racist man me don't know.
Sacked by Cambridge University amid accusations of
heroin-dealing and terrorist links, he became t
This absurd building will be there long after the latest bunch of elected tossers has entirely faded
What do you do when a few decades of science puts an end to thousands of years of philosophical debate? Answer: call a billionaire.
In the 1980s, Silicon Valley was populated by lefties and hippies who dreamed of a computer revoluti
The last volume in Elias Canetti’s memoirs published in his lifetime pulls away from theorising abou
Tim Berners-Lee could have been a billionaire if he had sold his invention, the World Wide Web. Inst
The Murdochs have been accused of ignoring what was happening at News International. Their “wilful b