Culture
28 February 2013
The question is - what's next?
Environment
02 May 2010
Agriculture is no longer on Britain's agenda. The three main parties barely mention it in their manifestos. All we need...
Politics
28 August 2008
Genetically modified crops might once have proved useful. In the early days, in the 1980s, scientists I spoke to in...
Economics
11 July 2005
Gordon Brown and Bob Geldof are good people, but it seems as if all the best intentions of those in the highest places...
Economics
22 November 2004
Fat, salt, sugar and miscellaneous junk kill a great many more of us than ciggies do. Besides this, people generally...
Books
16 August 2004
Originally published in 1975, The Monkey Wrench Gang poses a question that is key to our own time: what should ordinary...
Business
26 April 2004
Science - not science-based, "high" technology such as smart weapons or GM crops, but science itself - is losing its...
Politics
12 April 2004
Science is no good at telling us how we ought to behave, but it is very good at helping us to analyse problems. So it...
Economics
22 March 2004
Tony Blair has appointed Bob Geldof to tell us what is wrong with Africa. Radical thinking is clearly needed, and Sir...
Economics
10 November 2003
This ought to be the century in which, once and for all, we show that Thomas Malthus was wrong. Cleric, moralist and...
Ideas
11 August 2003
Most people in most of the world are nice. But most societies - including most alleged democracies - are ruled by nasty...
Business
21 April 2003
For the past few years, I have been writing a book about food: how much we need (each of us, and humanity as a whole);...
Books
07 October 2002
Surely there has never been a more productive and yet more jovial and generally enviable group than the Lunar Society:...
UK Politics
03 June 2002
There was much to warm the heart in Tony Blair's address on science to the Royal Society on 23 May. We shouldn't be...
Ideas
08 April 2002
Are we it? Have we already seen the best of humanity? Was Plato or Shakespeare or Einstein or Buddha or Lao Tzu or the...

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