28 February 2013
The question is - what's next?
02 May 2010
Agriculture is no longer on Britain's agenda. The three main parties barely mention it in their manifestos. All we need...
28 August 2008
Genetically modified crops might once have proved useful. In the early days, in the 1980s, scientists I spoke to in...
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...
22 November 2004
Fat, salt, sugar and miscellaneous junk kill a great many more of us than ciggies do. Besides this, people generally...
16 August 2004
Originally published in 1975, The Monkey Wrench Gang poses a question that is key to our own time: what should ordinary...
26 April 2004
Science - not science-based, "high" technology such as smart weapons or GM crops, but science itself - is losing its...
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...
22 March 2004
Tony Blair has appointed Bob Geldof to tell us what is wrong with Africa. Radical thinking is clearly needed, and Sir...
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...
11 August 2003
Most people in most of the world are nice. But most societies - including most alleged democracies - are ruled by nasty...
NS Essay - 'Capitalism itself is a false target; the evil is the form we have now, which Jefferson, Madison and Keynes all warned against'
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);...
07 October 2002
Surely there has never been a more productive and yet more jovial and generally enviable group than the Lunar Society:...
You are wrong, Mr Blair: it is you who is prejudiced about science, and it is the people at large who have respect for the evidence
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...
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...