About a boy
Movies and memoirs give us a romantic view of living with a child with Asperger’s but the reality is very different
The first smile
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root
The 12-step dogma
The new science of addiction makes 12-step programmes seem like folk medicine. Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?
The great forgetting
Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?
The self-starving brain
Anorexia remains a deadly and mysterious illness. Could radical new brain treatments offer the possibility of a cure?
Everyone thinks that too much praise can turn children into entitled monsters but the science isn’t nearly that simple
The longevity gap
Costly new longevity drugs could help the wealthy live 120 years or more – but will everyone else die young?
Stone age sex
When it comes to sex will humans ever be liberated from the basic biological needs that drove our evolutionary past?
A doping manifesto
The rules on doping in sport are incoherent – should we change them to allow the right kind of performance enhancement?
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude
Escape from the matrix
The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free
Our anaesthetic times
Nobody wants to go back in time, but did we lose our sense of sympathy when we lost the shared experience of pain?