Aliens in our midst
The ctenophore’s brain suggests that, if evolution began again, intelligence would re-emerge because nature repeats itself
Now you see it, now you…
Seeing things that are hidden; failing to see things in plain sight. How magic exploits the everyday weirdness of perception
When is stress good for you?
The subtle flows and toxic hits of stress get under the skin, making and breaking the body and brain over a lifetime
I attend, therefore I am
You are only as strong as your powers of attention, and other uncomfortable truths about the self
Scents and sensibility
Our sense of smell gives flavour to food, emotion to memories, and connects us to each other. But how exactly does it work?
How totalism works
The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one
Had a good think lately?
Not busy-work, ticking off to-do lists or keeping-up-with-stuff. Just sitting. And thinking. Is it so hard?
Our world outsmarts us
Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?