The world needs changing in all sorts of urgent ways: the great question is how to do it. The most popular and appealing answer has long been that one should try to write a book.
A deep-seated desire in many thoughtful people is to try to change, and improve, how their fellow humans behave: to try to make them a bit kinder, or more moral, or interested in nature, or responsive to the needs of children, or concerned with culture and justice.
In their more serious moods, news organisations tell us they want to explain the world to us. And that often means talking about money.
For almost all of human history, it has been unthinkable that someone could lay claim to maturity, sanity and reliability by pinning a picture by a six-year-old to the walls of their office, or throne room.
Insomnia leaves us horribly exhausted, but there are a few benefits to sleepless nights, which we might focus on to alleviate the sheer panic that a failure to sleep can cause.
What is the best book about philosophy one could look at? For the 6th-century B.C. Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, it wasn't a volume (or a scroll) but the book of nature.
President Obama has been in the Netherlands for a major international conference focused on two of the world's great crises: nuclear proliferation and the drama in the Ukraine.
Next time you’re at Heathrow, worn down by the queues, corridors and bright lights, your spirits may briefly lift at the sight of a discreet island of beauty standing at the end of a pier in Terminal 3.
Why do people have such varied tastes when it comes to who they like the look of? If you listen to evolutionary biologists, we are attracted to people for a simple and definitive reason: because they are healthy.
Armenia is one of the saddest places on earth. The country once stretched from the Mediterranean to the Caspian Sea.
Everyone wants to be famous nowadays. That's often blamed on people being stupid, shallow and narcissistic. That doesn't feel right.
Across the developed world, in the UK, France, Spain, Switzerland, Australia and the US (to name only a few), fierce debates about immigration are ongoing.