How Science could - at last - properly replace Religion

According to a standard heroic secular account, at the start of the modern age and in just a few short decades, science was able to defeat religion through rigour and brilliance…

Why isn't the Future here yet?

We used to believe that life would always go on more or less as it is. It might have been grim, but it had always been thus and would be so…

Our Forgotten Craving for Community

We are, a lot of us, a great deal sadder, more anxious, more incomplete and more restless than we really need to be because of something very large that is missing…

On Changing the World

The world needs to be changed in many urgent ways: the great question is how this change might best occur. The Romantic view is that the world is sick because of…

Why Humanity Destroyed Itself

One day, if human civilisation ever wipes itself out, aliens or one of our successors will cast an eye on our ruined planet and ask themselves what ever happened to homo…

What Community Centres Should Be Like

Although our societies have, in theory, a very high regard for the idea of community, it is telling that, in practice, ‘community centres’ are often the most uninspiring and unlovely of…