Ziauddin Sardar, writer and broadcaster, describes himself as a ‘critical polymath’. He is the author of over 40 books, including the highly acclaimed ‘Desperately Seeking Paradise’. He is Visiting Professor, School of Arts, the City University, London and editor of ‘Futures’, the monthly journal of planning, policy and futures studies.

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Politics
20 March 2000
The guilty and the powerful seldom seek forgiveness, particularly when they think that truth is on their side. So, all...
06 March 2000
According to many senior statesmen of science, we are fast approaching the end of the line for scientific discoveries....
Politics
28 February 2000
The nuclear industry is in its death throes. The government reports that expose incompetence, "systematic management...
Politics
07 February 2000
Critics of genetically modified products have scored a major victory, thanks to an international agreement concluded in...
24 January 2000
In sheer hype, the Human Genome Project comes a close second to the millennium. Last month, our millenarian concerns...
Politics
10 January 2000
Suppose you were frozen in time for the next thousand years. Like Fry, the pizza-delivery boy from the animation show...
10 January 2000
Science used to provide us with certainty. It gave us confidence in our ability to solve any problem. It was triumph...
Politics
20 December 1999
Most partnerships eventually hit the rocks. But Christmas and charity will always stay together. It's the only truly...
13 December 1999
Our hospitals are becoming hazardous places. One can go in with a curable illness and come out with an incurable one....
Culture
29 November 1999
Shopping, as we all know, is much more than a mere cultural experience. It is an existential ritual. It confirms we are...
Ideas
15 November 1999
Unbridled generosity has arrived at my local Sainsbury's petrol station. A couple of weeks ago, they awarded me a medal...
15 November 1999
Professor Susan Greenfield, the director of the Royal Institution, is the 122nd most powerful person in Britain. This...
Culture
01 November 1999
Most scientists assume that the ignorant public needs to be enlightened by the official experts about the wonders of...
Politics
18 October 1999
When the Pakistanis want to understand what is really going on in their country, they turn to poetry. Urdu poetry has a...
Culture
11 October 1999
Round figures play havoc with our minds. And 2000 is such a nice, round number. So, far from seeing it simply as a...

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