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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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...
Politics
26 April 2004
The announcement by Spain's new prime minister, Jose Luis RodrIguez Zapatero, that Spanish troops will be withdrawn...
Culture
09 February 2004
In Kafka's story "A Report to an Academy", an ape called Red Peter delivers a lecture to a learned society in which he...
Culture
02 February 2004
Harold Shipman hasn't quite made it as an icon of evil. The nondescript doctor who murdered dozens, maybe hundreds, of...
Economics
15 December 2003
Recalling a congress of communist writers that he attended in the 1930s, Arthur Koestler described how a simple...
Politics
10 November 2003
Francis Bacon once remarked that he voted for the right because it makes the best of a bad job. Like many of the...

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