Books & Essays
Books & Essays
23 March 2006

Why don’t women play computer games?

The fact that these are boys' toys has been theorised as evidence for the 'politics of difference'.

16 March 2006

Taking the soul out of belief

Daniel Dennett's new book, Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, doesn't so much demystify religion as dehumanise it.

16 March 2006

The Dan Brown whodunnit

The copyright trial over The Da Vinci Code is weaving a tangled web.

14 March 2006

Dial M for madness

Stephen King's Cell, where cellphone-users become braindead flesheaters, feasts on some mainstream anxieties.

7 March 2006

Toxic China?

Western critics cite China's environmental record as an excuse for attacking economic growth.

7 March 2006

Africa: ‘Empowerment’ by imposition

By focusing on 'capacity-building' and 'empowerment', international institutions seek to evade responsibility for their continued domination over African affairs.

23 February 2006

Speciesism: a beastly concept

Why it is morally right to use animals to our ends.

23 February 2006

Frey’s fictional memory syndrome

Does it matter if misery memoirs are not absolutely true?

16 February 2006

Yes Man? No thanks

Danny Wallace’s popular cod-philosophy that it’s good to say yes is more conservative than it sounds.

19 January 2006

Antisocial behaviour: the construction of a crime

Now the New Labour government has revealed its 'respect' agenda, the problem of 'antisocial behaviour' has moved to the forefront of political debate. But what is it?