John Gray is the New Statesman's lead book reviewer. His latest book is "The Immortalisation Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death (Penguin, £9.99).

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Ideas
19 June 2006
It is not surprising that Enlightenment thinking has become fashionable again: in uncertain times, people turn to the...
Books
12 June 2006
Perhaps the greatest of the novels of José Saramago is The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (1984). Set in Lisbon in...
Politics
29 May 2006
During the present century, human beings are likely to experience a change in the planetary environment unlike any in...
Books
20 March 2006
In an interview he gave not long before he died, P G Wodehouse was asked whether he had any religious beliefs. His...
Culture
17 October 2005
One of the defects of contemporary philosophy is a lack of knowledge of the historical contexts in which philosophical...
Environment
25 July 2005
During the 1990s it was fashionable to scoff at the notion of limits to growth. A knowledge-based economy was coming...
International Politics
18 July 2005
For those directly affected by them, the London bombings will always be an unalterable reality - an event, barely...
International Politics
06 June 2005
It is a general rule in Britain that "thinking the unthinkable" means exaggerating the conventional wisdom to a point...
Politics
09 May 2005
The election has resolved nothing. Britain continues to drift, its meandering course guided by the conventional wisdom...
Books
07 March 2005
The Martians are always coming, according to Philip K Dick. The prolific and hugely talented science-fiction author was...
Human Rights
17 January 2005
The intensifying war in Iraq looks like being a watershed in modern history. Critics of the war have focused on the...
Books
15 November 2004
One of the curious features of the present time is that, even though we are all liberal, there is no agreement about...
Books
01 November 2004
For someone commonly derided as a mere populariser of ideas, Bernard-Henri Levy has not gone out of his way to court...

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