One more time
Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
Stars and sceptres
Americans love heroes. Is that why we idealise royalty even when real kings and princesses are nothing like the fairytales?
Tell me a story
Even in our digital age, live storytelling has a spellbinding effect more potent than any DVD box set
The ancient God of Judaism and Islam was no distant immortal, but a god of domestic life, infertility and fratricide
‘Take a photo of the spread,’ my mother says. ‘This way you can remember what to arrange when I’m dead.’
Get your kicks
No wonder adolescents jump off cliffs and fall in crazy love – they are constantly stifled by school and society alike
A drop in the sea
What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small
The uncertainty machine
Forget prophecy and wisdom. Using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists
I’d rather be dissected
There are not enough whole-body donations to science. Why don’t people want their death to help the living?