Die, selfish gene, die
The selfish gene is one of the most successful science metaphors ever invented. Unfortunately, it’s wrong
Is there a war instinct?
Many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war. But they are wrong and the idea is dangerous
This island life
The strange biology of island populations highlights the role of chance, not just selection, in evolutionary change
A good social Darwinism
Evolution has changed all we know about how humans behave, compete and co-operate. When will economics catch up?
Hod Lipson’s artificial organisms have already escaped from the virtual realm. Now he wants to send them out of control
The Neanderthal mind
Troglodytes who couldn't compete, or humans with complex culture? The mystery of our nearest relatives deepens
Your point is?
Science can’t stop talking in terms of ‘purposes’, but if the universe cares about us, it has a funny way of showing it
The more we learn about the emotions shared by all mammals, the more we must rethink our own human intelligence
Not just a pretty boy
Intelligent, devoted, alien – parrots are unlike any other pet. But what does the complex human-avian bond say about us?