What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in co
What’s the point of turning the net into a giant lavatory wall?
When A L Kennedy was growing up in Dundee, she was taught to sound English. It was only in exile that she embraced her Scottishness
In the second in a series of essays on nature and landscape, Richard Mabey sees a premonition of spr
In a meritocracy, winners deserve to win or think they do, and they reward themselves accordingly.
Why did the peacock’s tail make Darwin “sick”? Because the world is full of extravagant beauty that
The altered relationship between men and women.
(Drum roll.) For the very first time in Word Games history (more drums) . . . I bring you . . . (even more drums) . . . the inventor of the word!
Charles Darwin once said that the origin of human life was a question too "surrounded with prejudices" for him to consider ever discussing it in public.
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
The editor of the <em>New Statesman</em> reflects on the life and legacy of Christopher Hitchens.
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?
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.
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.
Disasters are always studied in retrospect. We will not have an experimental science of the subject any time soon.