Behaviour

Moving on up the evolutionary scale

When challenging ideas take root old assumptions wither, writes Dave Rawlings. When popular uprisings swept North Africa and the Middle East in 2010 and populations…


Life and politics: a war of words

Political parties create conflict, always highlighting the differences between them. There’s no political advantage in finding common ground, writes Dave Rawlings. An earlier article has…


When worlds collide

Taking the beliefs of others on board, trying them on as a temporary experiment, is the key to understanding their view of the world, writes…


You say you want a revolution

Populists have succeeded in making people feel that they belong to a group that feels what they feel, writes David Rawlings. The wave of populism…


Déjà vu – again

David Rawlings reflects on what happens when you try to make sense of something that you can’t understand. We’ve heard quite a bit of witness…



I like the way I map things out

When you think somebody is being irrational, cruel or stupid it’s useful to ask yourself a simple question, David Rawlings says. ‘What must the world look…




A little give and take goes a long way

Over the years I’ve come to realise that I’m motivated by ideas – something new that captures my imagination. Not any old ideas, just those…