The robots are coming
The invasion’s already in progress: the only question is when, not if, humanoid robots will work, play and war beside us
On Mars I learned that boredom has two sides – it can either rot the mind or rocket it to new places
The ugly truth
We all know our culture puts a premium on good looks – does that mean that the ugly are oppressed?
We no longer expect passion to last a lifetime, but some couples do stay in love to the end. What’s their secret?
Bullying doctors are not just unpleasant, they are dangerous. Can we change the culture of intimidation in our hospitals?
The camping cure
Living outside changes you. When environmental illness left me too sick to stay in my high-rise, I turned to nature to heal
He to she
Transformation is sold as an instant miracle — but for transsexual people the journey is slow and painful
Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice
The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do
The madeleine effect
Why is the smell and taste of some foods so evocative of the past? I spent a day eating childhood favourites to find out
‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’
The digital soul
My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife?
Life after death
The idea of life after death lives on in near-death experiences and messages from beyond the grave. What’s the evidence?
Are you looking at me?
What goes on in our minds when we see someone naked? The more we see of a person's body the stupider they seem
The laundry will never be done. Rather than pedalling faster and faster the answer is to surrender to the eternal tide
My grandfather was a legend – a holy vagabond whose life spanned India’s 20th century. Why did I let him elude me?
Our forward-charging culture sees regret as a sign of weakness and failure. But how else can we learn from our past?
The mental block
Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science. Don’t believe the hype: the Hard Problem is here to stay
Hot girl #2
Because I'm getting older, my days as a model are numbered – and I'm not sure what to do next
Atheists and homosexuals were called perverts once. Why do we still see perversion where no harm is done?
The play deficit
Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up
The Death Café
Death has become too sanitised. It needs raucous laughter and a little bit of living to make it real again
My father rescued me time after time when I was lost in addiction. What kind of father will I be for my new daughter?
How the light gets out
Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the mystery that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?
Where's the male Pill?
Many promising male contraceptives are in development, but none has come to market. So why has it taken so long?
If a cat could talk
Felines walk the line between familiar and strange. We stroke them and they purr, then in a trice they pounce
The crystalline wall
Shyness is a part of being human. The world would be a more insipid, less creative place without it
Two lands in my mind
Imaginary friends can seem to have a life of their own. Where do they go when their human creators grow up?
I’m 43 years old now, damn it, and my life is amazing. So why am I comparing myself to some styled professional?
Mercy towards animals
Vegetarian and vegan ethics are not a recent fad in Asia, but a longstanding human aspiration and virtue