The empty brain
Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer
Adversity in childhood can create long-lasting scars, damaging our cells and our DNA, and making us sick as adults
People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?
The new mind control
The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do
Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?
The meanings of life
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?
The reality show
Schizophrenics used to see demons and spirits. Now they talk about actors and hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense
The end of sleep?
New technologies are emerging that could radically reduce our need to sleep - if we can bear to use them
Lock up your wives!
Advice columns from decades past provide a chilling glimpse into the horrors of marriage counselling before feminism
The hunger mood
Hunger isn’t in your stomach or your blood-sugar levels. It’s in your mind – and that’s where we need to shape up
Sleep paralysis has tormented me since childhood. But now it’s my portal to out-of-body travel and lucid dreams
New evidence suggests that we can learn while we sleep, but do we really want to put our hours of rest to work?
The orgasm cure
What if we could expand ecstasy, reduce stress and lift depression, all by delaying and extending orgasm?
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?
Albert Einstein was a genius, but he wasn’t the only one – why has his name come to mean something superhuman?
I love her and it’s a secret. I love her so much it kills me, and you bet I’d sooner die than tell her
Our world outsmarts us
Social problems are fantastically complex, while human minds are severely under-engineered. Is democracy doomed?
Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time
Don’t think too positive
Fantasies about the future have a troubling effect on achieving actual goals. If positive thinking doesn’t work, what does?
New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?
Disgust made us human
Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws
Since ancient times philosophy has tried to cure us of anxiety. But worry is an important part of being a moral person
The power of story
Across time and culture, stories have been agents of personal transformation – in part because they change our brains