James Le Fanu

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September 25, 2020
It is comforting, exhilarating even in these bleakish times, to learn of some won­drously ingenious detail of life, so extraordinary as almost to defy belief. For ornithologist Tim Birkhead a fer­t­ilised hen’s egg is an “everyday miracle of nature”, a complete and self contained support system for the dev­eloping embryo within. The yolk must contain,
June 30, 2020
Appropriately in this time of plague, the capital’s Victorian cemeteries have proved a haven for appreciating this extraordinary best of springtimes. The most magical, long neglected until recently, Nunhead Cemetery in South London, is a woodland paradise – cow parsley and intensely blue borage everywhere, suffused by pungent wild garlic and echoing to the sounds
April 14, 2016
Psychology, “the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes”, is in serious trouble. Five years ago Professor Brian Nosek at the University of Virginia sought to counter criticisms of the intellectual rigour of his discipline through the gold standard of scientific certainty – replicability. He selected 100 papers with “positive” (ie statistically significant) results selected
January 14, 2016
When Prime Minister, Tony Blair famously did not “do God”, or so his press secretary Alastair Campbell insisted during an interview back in 2003 – in marked contrast to the candidates in this year’s American presidential election. Surveys of registered Republicans confirm that more than two thirds would never vote for an atheist, so it
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