Why solitary confinement degrades us all
Where is home for the child of nomads?
How yesterday’s drugs become tomorrow’s medicines
How do soldiers live with their feelings of guilt?
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
Christopher Thomas Allen
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
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
The lost father
Finding my dad was an act of self-discovery: it took furtive phone calls, conjured siblings – and the power to transcend death
Catherine van Campen
The pleasure we take in beauty must have been shaped by evolution — but what adaptive advantage did it give us?
Soccer broke my brain
I was 17 when concussion put me on the bench for good. Only now do we understand how sports injuries affect the mind
Is it OK to make art?
If you express your creativity while other people go hungry, you’re probably not making the world a better place