science & technology

6 Disturbing Lessons from a Neurosurgeon

‘The physical nature of our thought, the incomprehensible unity of mind and brain, is no longer an awe-inspiring miracle but instead a cruel and obscene joke.’

On genes, ancestry, and why we’re all descended from royalty

People love to declare their “part Viking” heritage, or direct descent from Roman legions. Unfortunately, most of these claims are little more than pseudoscience; they were even referred to by The Guardian as “genetic astrology”.