Voices

Much as we should be disgusted by their crimes, locking people up for a century will not make our country a safer place

A January start breaks the mould

Universities are bringing in greater flexibility which could spell the end of the traditional academic year, writes Emma Haughton

Letter: `Laws' of science

Sir: David Packham speaks true. As one FRS recently told me: "I have long taken the view that all our theories, including new ones, are wrong; it is merely that we do not yet know how or by how much."

Letter: Science and society

Sir: Your two anti-Wolpert correspondents (letters, 5 July) haven't quite got their act together.

Letter: Science fights back

Sir: Hilary Rose (letter, 7 July) rebuts a criticism Lewis Wolpert did not make. Wolpert's central objection is that school children are to be taught, essentially, that science is a social construct, that theories owe their acceptance more to fashion than to any objective rationale. They do not.

Are you an Oink? A Timat? Or just a Dimp?

Yuppie is the best known, Sinbad the latest. But there's an acronym for everyone.

Sociological Notes

An end to `vive la difference'

Sociological notes: Are you sure you are not a masochist?

MASOCHISM ENTERED the vocabulary a hundred years ago. The early Austrian sexologist Richard von Krafft-Ebing was responsible for giving us masochism, alongside a wide collection of other secular sins, including beast-defilement, necrophilia, and the other lurid, often ludicrous categories that fill out his extensive encyclopaedia of the perversions, Psychopathia Sexualis.

Education Letter: Agony in the early years

THE QCA is not suggesting that children should start "formal education" (whatever that means) too early. Our consultation document makes it quite clear that building children's confidence and readiness to learn, and developing their personal and social skills, are the first priority.

The 10 greatest adjectives of the 20th century

AS ANNOUNCED in this column yesterday, I am teaming up with ATP - Adjective Trend Plotting, the people who chart the world rankings of adjectives - to organise the poll for the Adjective of the Century.

Which class should I aspire to belong to next year?

`The upper classes aren't interested in governing the country. They're just interested in owning it'

Words: extroversion, n.

A RECENT edition of The New York Times referred to the salsa singer India's extroversion. It can mean a malformed bladder, and one trusts that this is not the reason for her shimmying performances.

Podium: The nationalisation of society

Kenneth

There is a thing called society; Podium

From a speech by the president of the Sociology Section to the British Association for Science conference, Cardiff
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore