30 October 2013

The fall and fall of Asian fertility

The unwillingness of young Asians to start families echoes a worldwide rejection of the capacity to live independently.

Latest 5 August 2013

Never mind the neuro-bollocks

Ignore the neuro-determinists: man is more than a machine.

26 July 2013

No, ants are nothing like human beings

EO Wilson says ant colonies use agriculture and air-conditioning. They don’t.

18 July 2013

Dustin Hoffman: enough to make a grown man cry

The Hollywood star admits he was once a shallow person who was obsessed with looks, but he shouldn’t tar all men with that brush.

6 March 2013

The miracle of
the HIV-free baby

The apparent curing of a baby with HIV is a brilliant reminder of man’s capacity to defeat nature’s many menaces.

Books 28 September 2012

Using science to freak out parents

A new book on ‘attachment parenting’ peddles the myth that there’s a right way to raise kids. PLUS: Why parental determinism is little more than neurobollocks.

5 September 2011

The pseudoscience of
the parent-bashers

The increasingly popular idea that a person's fate is decided in the first five years of life is completely baseless.

4 November 2010

It wasn’t God that created the human ‘I’

The gap between neural activity and mental experience – a sense of self – is bridged by years of human interaction.

1 July 2010

Abortion is more than a scientific issue

A contributor to a major report on ‘fetal pain’ says the facts are important, but a woman’s right to choose should be discussed in moral terms.