Steven Poole

A computer illustration of people in cryogenic pods

Who on earth wants to live forever with the people who want to live forever?

15 April 2017 8:00 am

Are you a deathist? A deathist is someone who accepts the fact of death, who thinks the ongoing massacre of…

Is there any such thing as nothing? In search of the cosmic void

11 March 2017 9:00 am

Nothing will come of nothing, said Lear, because he wasn’t familiar with quantum physics. According to our current best theories,…

Happy days: Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman in the late 1970s, photographed in the garden of Tversky’s house in Stanford, California

The great intellectual bromance of the last century — between Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky

3 December 2016 9:00 am

Two brilliant psychologists in the 1970s changed our understanding about the way we think and the choices we make – with momentous consequences, says Steven Poole

Israelis compete in a giant Tetris tournament in Rabin Square,Tel Aviv, in August

Is Tetris the greatest video game of all time?

8 October 2016 9:00 am

Everyone has played it, or one of its manifold variations and rip-offs. Blocks of different shapes fall from the sky;…

Will there be free will in a brave new bioengineered world?

3 September 2016 9:00 am

The idea that death may prove a mere ‘technical problem’ in the future just makes me want to hole up in front of Netflix and eat crisps, says Steven Poole

Life gets faster — as the Earth slows down

16 April 2016 9:00 am

Modern life is too fast. Everyone is always in a hurry; people skim-read and don’t take the time to eat…

The ZX81

When Britannia ruled the digital waves

27 February 2016 9:00 am

Everyone, we hear these days, must learn to code. Being able to program computers is the only way to be…

Matt Ridley manages to Pangloss over the nastier aspects of evolution

19 September 2015 8:00 am

Before I read this book, I wasn’t aware that I was a creationist. But Matt Ridley tells me I am,…

William Blake’s depiction of Urizen, creator and lawgiver

Is truth really beauty after all?

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Mediterranean crockery has a lot to answer for. It famously spoke thus to John Keats: ‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,…

Carl Jung meets David Icke (and writes a book of bonkers business-speak)

25 April 2015 9:00 am

What do you get if you cross renegade psychoanalyst Carl Jung with lizard-men conspiracist David Icke? It is a question…