My children, my life
Is our culture quietly hostile to something deeply important — loving our children in a genuine and attentive way?
Some people have neurological quirks that give them extraordinary perceptual powers. What can we learn from them?
Repairing things is about more than thrift. It is about creating something bold and original
Verbal gaffes can profoundly challenge our sense of self, offering insight into our idiosyncrasies and desires
The Neanderthal mind
Troglodytes who couldn't compete, or humans with complex culture? The mystery of our nearest relatives deepens
Frozen dead guys
Is cryonics an ambulance into the future or the latest twist on our ancient fantasy of rebirth?
One week, no food
Intrigued by the buzz around medical fasting, I tried it. A rollercoaster of boredom and energy ensued
I love her and it’s a secret. I love her so much it kills me, and you bet I’d sooner die than tell her
There’s an app for that
What to eat, when to meditate and whether to call your parents: can self-monitoring tools make a difference?
The end of sleep?
New technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep - if we can bear to use them
While one person dabbles in drugs with few ill-effects, another will become a chronic addict. What's the difference?
From Pygmalion to Bladerunner, we keep falling for our robot creations. But then, what else is AI good for?
An instant cure
The latest edition of the psychiatrists’ manual has decided that my personality disorder is not so bad after all
The face she makes
Sadness, anger, disappointment: for once, I saw the perfect storm behind her mask of adolescent indifference
They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel so bad about burning my Britannicas?
Gadgets are the first thing we touch in the morning and the last thing we stroke at night. Are we their slaves?
When a bough breaks
Volcanic feelings of love and hate are part of being a parent: it's dangerous to pretend otherwise
What is love?
Forget the modern romantic notion of ‘the one’. True love means looking beyond the couple and out towards life
The more we learn about the emotions shared by all mammals, the more we must rethink our own human intelligence
Tennis with Plato
In play an adult can become like a child, fully absorbed in the here-and-now. Play, not work, brings us fully to life
Human awareness of our own minds and others' is unlike that of any other animal. But why did consciousness evolve?
Old relationships should fade like a photograph, not haunt your social networks forever
Joy in the task
Even the finest restaurants are serving coffee made with capsules. Have we lost faith in the human touch?
Me, myself and I
Loneliness can be a shameful hunger, a shell, a dangerous landscape of shadowy figures. But it is also a gift
Rituals bind us, in modern societies and prehistoric tribes alike. But can our loyalties stretch to all of humankind?
The id and the eco
Thinking about climate change makes people feel helpless and anxious – but that’s why we must talk about it openly
An unexpected fix
Mucking out the pigs together can be just as helpful to recovering addicts as a 12-step programme or medical treatment
My ancestors, myself
Fossil genomics is opening new windows to the past. But the view through them isn't as clear as we like to think
The empathy machine
Sherlock was right – new research shows that seeing through another's eyes takes a detached mind not just a warm heart
The human race
Prosthetics, doping, computer implants: we take every upgrade we can get. But what is waiting for us at the finish line?