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How to Die

How to Die

One morning in may, the existential psychotherapist Irvin Yalom was recuperating in a sunny room on the first floor of a Palo Alto convalescent hospital. He was dressed in white pants…

Richard Dawkins interview: ‘It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer’

Richard Dawkins interview: ‘It must be possible to construct life chemically, or in a computer’

Britain’s most famous atheist is surprisingly low-key. The public Richard Dawkins – combative, outspoken, relentless – is, it turns out, a different beast from the private one. Anyone who’s witnessed…

Slavoj Žižek: Thanks to the EU’s villainy, Greece is now under financial occupation

Slavoj Žižek: Thanks to the EU’s villainy, Greece is now under financial occupation

A response to some of my critics. When my short essay on Greece after the referendum“The Courage of Hopelessness” was republished by In These Times, its title was changed into…

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes’

Michel Houellebecq: ‘Am I Islamophobic? Probably, yes’

Shadowed by the plain-clothes police protection officer that now follows him round the clock, Michel Houellebecq, France’s most successful living writer, shuffles into his Paris publisher’s office. His quiet, otherworldly…

Nature As An Ideological Construct

Nature As An Ideological Construct

Nature has not always existed. It is not found in the depths of the forest, in the heart of the cougar or in the songs of the pygmies; it is…