When the storyline of one’s life hits a dead end, a redemption narrative offers an alluring, if dubious, transformation
The god effect
Religion spawns both benevolent saints and murderous fanatics. Could dopamine levels in the brain drive that switch?
Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood. But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams
Struck by fandom
Between the ages of 8 and 12 many kids fall in love with a sports team, but what makes that love last a lifetime?
Soccer broke my brain
I was 17 when concussion put me on the bench for good. Only now do we understand how sports injuries affect the mind
No pain, no game
Pain and suffering are not just incidental elements of the sporting life: they are at the centre of every game
The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do
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 one that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?