Is it time to rewrite the laws of physics?

‘Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so,” said Ford Prefect in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. For the past century, mainstream physics has agreed with him. To most of us, it seems obvious that the world is moving steadily forward through time, from a known past, through an active present, into a…

Save our children from the Grammar Tribe

From Friday’s Daily Telegraph: Teaching standard English is important – but who decides what’s right and wrong? Their out of there minds. Two pizza’s for the price of one. Its all downhill from here. You’re turn. If you have a certain type of mind, those four sentences will have set your teeth on edge, and…

Please be quiet, Richard Dawkins, I’m begging, as a fan

I really don’t want to write this piece. I have long worshipped Richard Dawkins and sort of wish I’d never started following him on Twitter because it’s ruining all my happy memories of The Blind Watchmaker. But, I mean, come on. He’s just tweeted the following: All the world's Muslims have fewer Nobel Prizes than…

You only have 4,000 weeks of existence. Use them wisely

We only live for about 4,000 weeks. If you’re anything like me you’ll find that statistic startling, even though it’s obvious (average 80-year lifespan in Britain, 52 weeks a year = 4,160) when you stop to think about it. It’s particularly troublesome on a Monday morning, when you’re idly wishing the week away, and thus…

A guest post by Ukip’s Godfrey Bloom, fearless scourge of Bongo-Bongoland

The Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom has been under scrutiny this morning after he described recipient countries of British foreign aid as “Bongo-Bongoland”, and then repeated the comment on Radio 4’s Today programme. He has kindly agreed to express his feelings more fully here. Listen! Some of my best friends are racist, I can’t be black!…