Do the phases of the moon affect human behaviour?
Could a world government actually work?
Thrown for a loop – a memoir of vertigo
Still living with your parents? Don’t you want to grow up?
The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from cheetahs to eagle owls. Does the moon tug on human behaviour too?
All for one
World government is back, in geopolitics and in the academy, but what does the future hold for it?
A fine balance
Vertigo knocked me out of whack. Now, when people talk of finding equilibrium, I want to hit them with my walking stick
Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life’?
The concrete abyss
We know solitary confinement annihilates the minds of its victims — but what does it do to the rest of us?
Searching for home
My connection to place is fluid and complex. In a nomadic world, do we still need a home?
Under the influence
How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?
When soldiers kill in war, the secret shame and guilt they bring back home can destroy them
Reared by puppets
To breed condors in captivity, we must pull on the strings of nature. But does that matter if we save a species?
The mathematical world
Some philosophers think maths exists in a mysterious other realm. They’re wrong. Look around: you can see it
Russia’s sacred land
To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works
Bipolar disorder can rage through life like a hurricane. So why does the US healthcare system leave us to cope alone?
The end of night
An eternal electric day is creeping across the globe, but our brains and bodies cannot cope in a world without darkness
Christopher Thomas Allen
When is it ethical to hand our decisions over to machines? And when is external automation a step too far?
A good trip
Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair — and it’s working
What happiness conceals
For years, economists have laboured on the riddle of happiness. If they studied misery, they might get somewhere