How repetitive music plays your brain
How can we be bored when we have Google?
Animals have things to say – they’re just not saying them to us
We should love material things more than we do now, not less
One more time
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
What good is information?
The internet promised to feed our minds with knowledge. What have we learned? That our minds need more than that
Dirk, Dolly and Dolores
Animals aren’t tools for thinking. Animals are some of the basic building blocks of thought itself
The love of stuff
The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough
Speaking in tongues
In a world that converses only in English, we’ll talk only of banal things: that’s why I want my children to be bilingual
The last meadows?
One tree at a time, forests are edging out the world’s mountain meadows. Can we save these islands of diversity?
The ugly truth
We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks – does that mean that the ugly are oppressed?
An inconvenient child
My six-year-old son was suspended as a danger to others. His crime? A disability you could find in any classroom
No pain, no game
Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game
Twilight in the Box
The suicide statistics, the squalor and the recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will
We no longer expect passion to last a lifetime, but some couples do stay in love to the end. What’s their secret?
On Mars I learned that boredom has two sides – it can either rot the mind or rocket it to new places
This is what solitary confinement does to the brain
What four months on Mars taught me about boredom
Why plankton is the canary in the coal mine of our oceans
What is life like for disabled people in China?
Can beauty help us to become better people?
NYC: can this city-state be completely self-reliant?
Why do we assume the future will be short? Blame the Bible
Has GDP reached its limits as a useful measure?
How can romantic love last a lifetime?
Why is the US facing an irruption of snowy owls?
Is it wrong to teach your children to believe in God?
Digital art is what you can do, not how you did it
Why I’m hopeful that sustainability will triumph
Bullying junior medical staff is one way to harm patients
What really happens in Schrödinger’s box?
What good is the ‘Christian’ part of Christian meditation?
Forget voting – it’s time to start choosing our leaders by lottery
Environmental illness made me too sick to live inside
Is reality a computer simulation? Does it matter?
Optical illusions fool the eye but they educate the mind