I’m a writer, based in England. 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 a subsequent one, Trust: Self-Interest and the Common Good, which in turn helped build the framework for 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've written on these themes and many others for a wide range of publications, and spoken about them in talks and broadcasts.

In the past few years I have become increasingly preoccupied with one particular theme, or group of themes: diversity, divisions surrounding it, and how to live together better. These questions have run through my work in varying forms and with varying degrees of emphasis since I first started writing. They are in the foreground of my new book, Four Words for Friend: Why Using More Than One Language Matters Now More Than Ever, published in February 2019.

I live in Brighton, on the coast south of London. I have a PhD from the University of Brighton, based largely on my books, and a B.Sc in neurobiology from the University of Sussex.