I’m an author and journalist. Much of my work is about the implications of scientific thinking for ideas about human nature and society; my books exploring these themes include A Reason For Everything: Natural Selection and the English Imagination, As We Know It: Coming to Terms with an Evolved Mind, and The Race Gallery: The Return of Racial Science.
Ideas I explored in these books influenced my more recent book Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good,, which in turn provided a background for my latest, Turned Out Nice: How the British Isles Will Change as the World Heats Up. I previously wrote about a historical episode of British social change in Dope Girls: The Birth of the British Drug Underground.
I live in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with my wife and son. I have a PhD from the University of Brighton and a degree in neurobiology from the University of Sussex.