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?
Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us
The makeover trap
From transgender celebrities to fitness fads, pop culture loves reinvention. But the drive to ‘find yourself’ has a dark side
The world wide cage
Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency
Brain-training games won’t boost your IQ, but a host of strategies can improve your cognitive abilities one piece at a time
A gifted child, an adventure, a dark time, and then ... a pivot? How Silicon Valley rewrote America’s redemption narrative
Websites and apps are designed for compulsion, even addiction. Should the net be regulated like drugs or casinos?
The hand-held’s tale
For centuries, the powerful would never hold anything useful for themselves. How did devices become universal luxuries?
Humanist among machines
As the dreams of Silicon Valley fill our world, could the dowdy historian Arnold Toynbee help prevent a nightmare?
New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication. Could the next step spell the end of individual minds?
For all the smart tech, we still feel pressed for time. Are digital services the problem, or are we humans to blame?
Freedom from food
It takes time to plan a meal, to say nothing of cooking and eating it. What if we could opt out of food altogether?