An unlikely triumph
In its first century the American higher-education system was a messy, disorganised joke. How did it rise to world dominance?
Primo Levi, 1975
The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?
The coming-of-age con
How can you go about finding ‘who you really are’ if the whole idea of the one true self is a big fabrication?
Mata Hari uncovered
Dancer, courtesan, spy: on the centenary of her execution, how much do we really know about the woman behind the legend?
The pig on your plate
That pigs are smart and sensitive is not in doubt. How can we justify continuing to kill them for food?
Is linguistics a science?
Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explain