Russia’s sacred land
To understand Crimea, we need an evolutionary theory of national honour. It’s irrational and deadly – but it works
Dead or Alive?
Is it time to kill off the idea of the ‘Selfish Gene’? We asked four experts to respond to our most controversial essay
The end is not near
Thanks to science, most of us accept the deep past – so why are our imagined futures so shallow?
Beyond the paleo
Our morality may be a product of natural selection, but that doesn’t mean it's set in stone
Once and future cats
Sabercats were magnificent, powerful predators – what does their extinction tell us about the future of life on earth?
Die, selfish gene, die
For decades, the selfish gene metaphor let us view evolution with new clarity. Is it now blinding us?
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?