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Hedonism is overrated – to make the best of life there must be pain, says this Yale professor

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The simplest theory of human nature is hedonism– – we pursue pleasure and comfort. Suffering and pain are, by their very nature, to be avoided. The spirit of this view is nicely captured in The Epic of Gilgamesh: “Let...

Scotland’s first black professor accuses academics of racism in slavery row

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Scotland’s first black professor has accused fellow academics of discrimination after an explosive row over Edinburgh’s links with slavery prompted calls for him to quit as chair of two groups re-examining the city’s ...

Meet the crossword setter, Professor Serpent: ‘There’s no point in making it too hard or too easy’

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Jack is a name that pops up in the Genius, the Guardian’s monthly advanced puzzle. Jack is also known as Jason Crampton, who is also known as Skipjack but most often as Serpent – in the Independent, the Inquisitor, En...

Calls for release of Kabul University professor detained by Taliban

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Supporters of a prominent university professor, and one of Afghanistan’s most vocal critics of the Taliban, are calling for his release after he was arrested on Saturday. Faizullah Jalal, a professor at Kabul Universi...

US law professor condemned for ‘white supremacist’ comments by own dean

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The dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s law school has condemned one of his school’s own professors for making racist remarks about Asians, saying that their recent comments were “xenophobic and white supremacist...

US could be under rightwing dictator by 2030, Canadian professor warns

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The US could be under a rightwing dictatorship by 2030, a Canadian political science professor has warned, urging his country to protect itself against the “collapse of American democracy”. “We mustn’t dismiss these ...

Harvard professor found guilty of hiding ties to Chinese-run recruitment program

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A Harvard University professor charged with hiding his ties to a Chinese-run recruitment program has been found guilty on all counts. Charles Lieber, 62, the former chair of Harvard’s department of chemistry and chemi...

Sussex professor resigns after transgender rights row

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Kathleen Stock, the philosophy professor targeted over her views on gender identification and transgender rights, has announced her resignation from the University of Sussex. Stock’s resignation comes three weeks afte...

Vegan pet food as healthy for cats and dogs as meat, says veterinary professor

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Vegan diets are just as healthy for cats and dogs as meat-based pet food, according to research that will further fuel a row over whether owners should feed their pets plant-based meals. Andrew Knight, a veterinary pr...

University defends ‘academic freedoms’ after calls to sack professor

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A university has said it will not tolerate threats to “academic freedoms” after a professor faced calls to be sacked over her views on gender identification. An anonymous group is campaigning to remove Kathleen Stock,...

Bristol University sacks professor accused of antisemitic comments

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The University of Bristol has sacked a sociology professor accused of antisemitic comments following a high-profile investigation and after Jewish students said they felt “unsafe and unprotected” on campus. The univer...

Ready for the roaring 20s? It’s time to re-learn how to have fun, says happiness professor

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After a year-and-a-half of loss, sickness and stress caused by the pandemic, burnout is high and morale is low. But in some positive news, according to Laurie Santos, Yale’s “happiness professor”, the way to feel bett...

Being You by Professor Anil Seth review – the exhilarating new science of consciousness

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For every stoner who has been overcome with profound insight and drawled, “Reality is a construct, maaan,” here is the astonishing affirmation. Reality – or, almeno, our perception of it – is a “controlled hallucina...

UTS professor Dianne Jolley found guilty of sending herself threatening letters

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A former university dean has been found guilty of sending fake threatening letters to herself after a Sydney jury heard she shredded her own clothes and sent herself underwear as part of an elaborate ploy. For months ...

The UK professor, a fake Russian spy and the undercover Syria sting

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A more sceptical academic than Paul McKeigue might perhaps have wondered if the emails flooding into his inbox from “Ivan”, a purported Russian spy, were too good to be true. Ivan appeared to share many of McKeigue’s ...

Canadian professor threatened to fail student caught up in Myanmar coup

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College instructors are all too familiar with the frantic, sometimes implausible excuses that students offer to get out of taking an exam. But a university in Canada has been forced to take action after a professor th...

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