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
Under the influence
How did enlightenment thinkers distinguish between ‘drugs’ and ‘medicines’? And how should we?
A good trip
Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair — and it’s working
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
Why the long face?
Sadness makes us seem nobler, more elegant, more adult. Which is pretty weird, when you think about it
One more time
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
No pain, no game
Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game
La bella vita
True beauty pleases the eye and the mind – but can it help us to become better people?
The arts electric
Digital art and culture mustn’t get caught up in the tools of its making or it will never transport us somewhere new
Christian meditation may sound like an uneasy hybrid, but that awkwardness is hiding something important
Growing up alien
John Mack was a Harvard scientist who took extra-terrestrial abduction seriously. Is he the reason I like misfits?
When a tattoo marks a personal transformation, or the reclaiming of an abused body, the tattoo artist becomes a healer