Snake in the grass
Animals and viruses practise deception, fast and slow, in ways that help us understand human predators and scammers
When the storyline of one’s life hits a dead end, a redemption narrative offers an alluring, if dubious, transformation
The first smile
Why do laughter, smiles and tears look so similar? Perhaps because they all evolved from a single root
The god effect
Religion spawns both benevolent saints and murderous fanatics. Could dopamine levels in the brain drive that switch?
The cochlear switch
And so I entered a new world where every tap, squeak, clang, whisper and consonant exploded and sizzled inside my head
The great forgetting
Our first three years are usually a blur and we don’t remember much before age seven. What are we hiding from ourselves?
Know thy selfie
If Narcissus were here he’d be busy on instagram. Can we have a virtuous sense of worth without the vanity of self-love?
Won’t they help?
Why bystanders are reluctant to report a violent crime or aid a victim, and how they can be taught to step up and help
Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – why has his name come to mean something superhuman?