Mind

The white-knuckle terror of being driven by a dopehead

‘Hidden menace of the drivers high on drugs,’ says the headline in today’s Daily Mail, revealing that – according to…

I used to have Asperger’s. Now I’m autistic, according to ‘experts’. I don’t believe it

Autism is being diagnosed all over the place right now. There’s been an explosion in the number of cases, we’re told. This…

Porn and video games: more hysteria about ‘rewiring brains’

Here we go again. What effect do you think watching porn and video games have on young men? Yup, they…

Illustration by David Humphries

Junk policy

In 1982 a doctor called John Marks walked into a grey little GP surgery in the Wirral, in the drizzly…

Know yourself better

New gadgets — so-called wearables — are mapping our every waking move, helping us to track everything from calories to…

The bureaucrats’ boom

Is it time to put a halt on professional management ruining our public services?

Heads up: even among older people the brain can form new pathways

Get your balance back

I don’t remember with any clarity the first time I fell, just a sudden awareness that rather than being perpendicular to…

Happiness is…

Happiness has become a serious health issue. If you Google the words ‘happiness and longevity’ you’ll get over a million…

Five steps to happiness

Like Christmas, Eurovision and tube strikes, it happens too often — a phone call that begins: ‘Hi Patrick. [Name] is…

I know I shouldn’t ask this, but is cocaine really that addictive?

Cocaine addiction is a dreadful thing. I’ve seen it so many times: bright, once-pretty people with washed-out grey faces who…

Trans activists are effectively experimenting on children. Could there be anything more cruel?

Can you think of anything more cruel than telling a five-year-old boy who likes Lady Gaga that he might have…

We don’t think of highly gifted people as mentally disabled. Perhaps we should

I’m intrigued by this recent study suggesting that intellectual gifts and learning disabilities, far from lying on opposite ends of a…

Low income damages children’s brains, says study. If so, that’s a tragedy

The link between wealth and attainment is a subject that’s close to my heart, or perhaps more accurately my cerebral…

Muslims, Jews and Christians use identical twins to ‘prove’ homosexuality isn’t genetic

The subject of identical twins has been on my mind ever since I read a magnificently creepy thriller called Ice…

Ritalin is a fun drug. That’s why it’s crazy to be handing it out to millions of kids

The weekend brought yet another warning by an American website about Ritalin. Addiction.org wants people to know about the dangers of…

Dementia is ‘an opportunity’, according to Michael Gove. What a brave thing to say

Michael Gove said something startling about dementia in a speech last night launching an initiative called ‘The Good Right’ at…

Jon Snow’s right: skunk is dangerous, but it’s impossible to buy anything else

Channel 4 is due to air its pseudo-scientific ‘Jon Snow stoned’ show The Cannabis Trials (or Drugs and How Not To Enjoy Them).…

The crisis of masculinity won’t be solved with antidepressants

There was much discussion recently about the rise in male suicide rates, after official figures published last week showed they…