Spain’s Rafael Nadal in action against compatriot David Ferrer  in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in the O2 Arena, London, yesterday. Photograph: Tony O’Brien/Livepic via Reuters

Novak Djokovic and his team will have watched Rafael Nadal’s struggle against David Ferrer here yesterday afternoon with their usual attention to det(...)

From left, Joe Humphreys chairing the Unthinkable debate, with Cathy Barry, Kevin Mitchell, Siobhán Garrigan and William Reville. Photograph: Alan Betson

Unthinkable took to the road this month for a debate, “Are science and religion really in conflict?” Who won? Was there a knock-down argument t(...)

Lotteries: could be used to keep ‘bad reasons’ out of decision-making

Making decisions by lottery is often seen as an affront to justice. Witness, for example, the furore over the Camogie Association’s plan to settle (...)

Eugenie Bouchard: was invited to perform a twirl by a reporter in an interview on court following her straight sets victory over Kiki Bertenson at  the Australian Open. Photograph: Joe Castro/EPA

Eugenie Bouchard had no idea the man with the microphone in his hand and mischief in his heart would ask her to “do a little twirl” to show off her o(...)

 Muhammad Ali (right) covers up against George Foreman during their world heavyweight boxing title fight in Kinshasa, Zaire.  Photograph: Getty Images

When Muhammad Ali rumbled in the jungle with George Foreman exactly 40 years ago on Thursday, they were safely distant from the dying embers of a con(...)

The global disparity of healthcare is unjust. The current Ebola outbreak is a perfect example of inequity. Photograph: Christopher Black/WHO/Handout via Reuters

You can’t fault Trinity College Dublin for its ambition. Not only is it trying to raise the guts of €600 million through philanthropy over the next(...)

Andy Murray: is back smiling and playing well after his back surgery eight months ago.

Andy Murray is smiling – a lot and disconcertingly. He doesn’t get why people keep asking about it but there is no denying it is there, plastered all(...)

 Andy Murray of Great Britain serves during his men’s singles match against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan on day three of the French Open at Roland Garrosin Paris, France. Photograph: Getty Images

Through wind, gloom and a little uncertainty Andy Murray moved on in his return to the French Open, from Andrey Golubev, a bookish Russian-born free-(...)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal on his way to a facile win – 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 – over American Robby Ginepri. Photograph: Vincent Kessler/Reuters

As Roger Federer reminded everyone on the first day, there are two weeks to go here in the French Open. Yet there is no quelling the rolling debate a(...)

if we think of the mind not as an object but as a process, or an emergent state of the brain – in the way that life is an emergent property of a cell or a living organism – then you have much less of a problem in thinking how the mind, or mental states, emerge from brain states.

The nature of the mind has vexed philosophers and scientists for centuries. Though seemingly of esoteric interest, the issue has profound implications(...)