The digital soul
My Facebook page may be part of my identity, but can it give me a virtual afterlife?
Do insects feel pain? Are they conscious? A science kit for at-home cyborg cockroaches provokes the hard questions
Animals have friends, enemies, allies and life-long companions. Human relationships aren't so unique after all
The mental block
Consciousness is the greatest mystery in science. Don’t believe the hype: the Hard Problem is here to stay
How the light gets out
Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the mystery that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?
Our genes and our culture tell us to live as long as possible – even when living is misery. Should we listen?
Being a sandpiper
Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality. Why have we taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness?
Dolphins are not healers
Dolphins are smart, sociable predators. They don't belong in captivity and they shouldn't be used to 'cure' the ill
The art of attention
The peculiar vividness of the world becomes clear when we slow down and attend, learning to see all things anew