Census 2016: The recent social media campaign which urged people to tick ‘No religion’, failed to understand that views on religion are not black and white.  Picture Nick Bradshaw

‘It’s complicated’ is a Facebook relationship status, denoting anything from a relationship on the rocks to one that doesn’t fit standard parameters, (...)

EO Wilson and Richard Dawkins: had a disagreement about evolution

Academic spats make great spectator sport. Take the evolutionarily sparring contest between Richard Dawkins and EO Wilson, which centres on how natur(...)

It seems a real shame that three things of significance have to share the one “feast day”: men, toilets and philosophy. File photograph: Getty Images

There are 365 days in a year. So it seems a real shame that three things of significance have to share the one “feast day”: men, toilets and philosoph(...)

Richard Dawkins: “There are certain things that damn well are true.” Photograph: Alan Betson

When Richard Dawkins, the 74-year-old biologist and proselytising atheist, realises that his photograph is to be taken, he rushes to get one of the(...)

Sabrina Corgatelli with the carcass of the giraffe she killed in South Africa. “Giraffes are very dangerous animals. They could hurt you seriously, very quickly,” she said on NBC’s Today show.

A big-game hunter from Idaho has been fiercely criticised for flaunting online images of herself posing with the carcasses of a giraffe and other wild(...)

Richard Dawkins: a prolific thirdpartybragger. Photograph: Don Arnold/Getty Images

Last week Harris Wittels, the man who coined the phrase “humblebrag”, died at the unconscionable age of 30. In his memory I’ve been sifting through so(...)

Richard Dawkins, who appeared at the Burke theatre, Trinity College on Tuesday at an event organized by the Origins Project Dialog in which they discuss Randomness and Uncertainty. Photograph: Fergal Phillips

Children need to be “protected” from religious indoctrination in schools, biologist and atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins has said, backing a campaig(...)

It is probably safe to assume that anyone reading this has either heard or uttered some variation of the line about religion being the cause of more s(...)

  Stephen Hawking giving a talk at this year’s Starmus Festival in Tenerife

It’s September 2014 and I’m wandering around a resort in Tenerife in the dark trying to find a gala dinner. I’m accompanied by a fellow straggler, an (...)

Life, but not as we know it: slime mould is neither fungus nor animal. Illustration: Michael Viney

The first storm of autumn left the polytunnel plastered with leaves from its sheltering spinney, a kaleidoscope of soft ochres and greens in stained-p(...)