New Statesman
The social cell
By Daniel Dennett - 13 April 13:22

What do debutante balls, the Japanese tea ceremony, Ponzi schemes and doubting clergy all have in co

Noel Edmonds Internet Troll Hunter
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By Helen Lewis - 12 April 12:47

What’s the point of turning the net into a giant lavatory wall?

“People will laugh at you if you sound like that”
“People will laugh at you if you sound like that”
By A L Kennedy - 04 April 11:09

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

New Statesman
Where two kinds of wildness collide
By Richard Mabey - 03 April 15:37

In the second in a series of essays on nature and landscape, Richard Mabey sees a premonition of spr

Federer
Slings and arrows
By Ed Smith - 29 March 17:57

In a meritocracy, winners deserve to win or think they do, and they reward themselves accordingly.

Peacock
Survival of the prettiest
By David Rothenberg - 29 March 16:15

Why did the peacock’s tail make Darwin “sick”? Because the world is full of extravagant beauty that

How to be a man
How to be a man
By Jonathan Rutherford - 12 March 0:00

The altered relationship between men and women.

Meme
By Sophie Elmhirst - 12 March 0:00

(Drum roll.) For the very first time in Word Games history (more drums) . . . I bring you . . . (even more drums) . . . the inventor of the word!

Lethally polite bafflement
By Jonathan Derbyshire - 05 March 0:00

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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