The forward march of culture
By Melvyn Bragg - 23 February 11:55

Over the past century, we have increasingly come to define ourselves by our leisure habits rather th

Come on, David, admit we failed
By Neal Lawson - 20 February 0:00

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.

All machine and no ghost?
By Colin McGinn - 20 February 0:00

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.

An open letter to Slavoj Žižek
By Ece Temelkuran - 17 February 16:32

Turkey's record on human rights means it is no model for the Arab world.

Word Games: Newt
By Sophie Elmhirst - 30 January 0:00

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?

1066 and all that
By Richard J Evans - 23 January 0:00

Michael Gove argues that schools should teach children about kings, queens and wars. He's offering a

Notes in the Margin: Short, sharp shock
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 02 January 0:00

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?

Never giving ground
By Jason Cowley - 02 January 0:00

The editor of the <em>New Statesman</em> reflects on the life and legacy of Christopher Hitchens.

Interesting times
By Michael Brooks - 30 December 15:30

It's a happy new year for science; it always is.

Preview: Richard Dawkins interviews Christopher Hitchens
By George Eaton - 13 December 13:11

Exclusive extracts from the writer's final interview.

“Science tells you that your opinion is worthless. That’s difficult”
By Helen Lewis - 08 December 11:50

The NS Interview: Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw, physicists

The fretwork of bare trees
By Richard Mabey - 05 December 0:00

In the first of a new occasional series on nature and landscape, Richard Mabey prepares for winter i

Science, God, and the ultimate evolutionary question
By Andrew Zak Williams - 30 November 11:36

Until science proves the origin of the very first cells, many will wheel out God as the default expl

The Sunday Sermon: Karen Armstrong
By Alice Gribbin - 28 November 0:00

Alice Gribbin joins a secular congregation at prayer, and leaves with a warm glow.

Hitch’s Rolls-Royce mind is still purring
By George Eaton - 24 November 17:25

The great polemicist is certain to be remembered, but perhaps not as he would like.

Christopher Hitchens night: a review
By George Eaton - 10 November 15:11

Stephen Fry, Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Sean Penn and others unite to celebrate Hitchens.

Word Games: Occupy
By Sophie Elmhirst - 10 November 15:02

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.

The deceit that led to 9/11
By Robert Trivers - 24 October 1:00

Disasters are always studied in retrospect. We will not have an experimental science of the subject any time soon.

What a tangled web we weave
By Robert Trivers - 24 October 1:00

From using euphemisms such as “collateral damage” to faking orgasms, we practise deception all the t

Fox
By Sophie Elmhirst - 24 October 1:00

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.

Autumn
By Sophie Elmhirst - 11 October 15:11

September: the heart sinks a little, the light dims, evenings draw in and there is every reason to feel self-pityingly mournful.

Notes in the margin: Equal Opportunity
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 26 September 1:00

Dartington Hall, near Totnes in Devon, has a long association with left-of-centre thought and politics.

New Statesman
Patois and patties at Twice as Nice
By Will Self - 26 September 1:00

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.

A tale of two theories
By Colin MacCabe - 26 September 1:00

Sacked by Cambridge University amid accusations of
heroin-dealing and terrorist links, he became t

Just think – parliament could have looked like a giant Essex pub
By Ian Martin - 19 September 12:16

This absurd building will be there long after the latest bunch of elected tossers has entirely faded

Think you chose to read this? Think again
By Michael Brooks - 19 September 1:00

What do you do when a few decades of science puts an end to thousands of years of philosophical debate? Answer: call a billionaire.

The suburb that changed the world
By Jaron Lanier - 18 August 10:53

In the 1980s, Silicon Valley was populated by lefties and hippies who dreamed of a computer revoluti

The Play of the Eyes
By John Gray - 15 August 1:00

The last volume in Elias Canetti’s memoirs published in his lifetime pulls away from theorising abou

The NS Profile: Tim Berners-Lee
By John Naish - 15 August 1:00

Tim Berners-Lee could have been a billionaire if he had sold his invention, the World Wide Web. Inst

Wilful blindness - why we ignore the obvious at our peril
By Margaret Heffernan - 08 August 1:00

The Murdochs have been accused of ignoring what was happening at News International. Their “wilful b

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