Change becomes you
Being the same person over time is not about holding on to every aspect of your current self but about changing purposefully
The lost hope of self-help
Habits – good or bad – were once a matter of ethical seriousness. Are they now just another technology of self-absorption?
The new mind control
The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do
The free-will scale
Like IQ or EQ, there should be FQ: a freedom quotient to show how much free will we have – and how to get more
The free-will fix
New brain implants can restore autonomy to damaged minds, but can they settle the question of whether free will exists?
When the storyline of one’s life hits a dead end, a redemption narrative offers an alluring, if dubious, transformation
The 12-step dogma
The new science of addiction makes 12-step programmes seem like folk medicine. Is the concept of a higher power obsolete?
He to she
Transformation is sold as an instant miracle — but for transsexual people the journey is slow and painful
Free will and fate are both illusions. The trick is learning to sail with the prevailing winds of life
Was it really me?
Neuroscience is changing the meaning of criminal guilt. That might make us more, not less, responsible for our actions