Bookmarks (117)

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    In memory of all that I lost when tinnitus took away my silence | Aeon Essays

    Tinnitus is like a constant scream inside my head, depriving me of what I formerly treasured:...

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    Archeological discoveries animate the life of the warrior queen who took on Rome | Aeon Videos

    New archaeological discoveries shed light on the story of Boudica – the ancient Celtic queen who...

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    Does chaos theory square classical physics with human agency? | Aeon Essays

    Can a butterfly’s wings trigger a distant hurricane? The answer depends on the perspective you take:...

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    Preserving memories of a Japanese internment camp, and the land where it stood | Aeon Videos

    A poignant connection between the erosions of landscape and memory at a former Japanese internment camp...

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    Can we see past our soul-blindness to recognise plant minds? | Aeon Essays

    In the 1840s, the iconoclastic scientist Gustav Fechner made an inspired case for taking seriously the...

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    Trek to a remote Himalayan village where artisans craft teapots fit for kings | Aeon Videos

    In the mountains of northern India, one of the last artisans of his kind keeps the...

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    The danger of decadence is also its value. We need more of it | Aeon Essays

    The Decadent movement taught that you should live your life with the greatest intensity – a...

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    What should Econ 101 courses teach students today? | Aeon Essays

    Why introductory economics courses continued to teach zombie ideas from before economics became an empirical discipline...

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    Beyond the veil – what rules would govern John Rawls’s ‘realistic Utopia’? | Aeon Videos

    Could inequality be morally justified in a system of equal opportunity? How Rawls’s vision for democracy...

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    Does it take a bad person to be a good athlete? | Aeon Essays

    Selfishness channels ambition, envy drives competition, pride aids the win. Does it take a bad person...

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    To capture grief in poetry is to describe the ineffable. Here’s why Tennyson did it best | Aeon Videos

    How the sudden death of Alfred Tennyson’s best friend at a young age moulded him into...

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    Why doctors are ignorant and dismissive of the gut-brain relationship | Aeon Essays

    While science illuminates the gut-brain relationship, doctors remain ignorant and dismissive of patients with gut problems...

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    The unique fellowship between teens and young puffins on a remote Icelandic island | Aeon Videos

    On a remote Icelandic island, teens rescue young puffins who’ve lost their way while pondering their...

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    For over a century, telepathy has been just around the corner | Aeon Essays

    For the entire 20th century, it had felt like telepathy was just around the corner. Why...

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    So it goes, and goes, and goes – on Vonnegut’s death-mantra | Aeon Essays

    A friend and a falcon went missing. In pain, I turned to ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’ – and found...

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    Why be dragons? How massive, reptilian beasts entered our collective imagination | Aeon Videos

    From wise helpers to fire-breathers, each culture gets the dragons it deserves. On the origins of...

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    Japan’s war on China and the weaponisation of Confucianism | Aeon Essays

    Why did Japanese Confucians enthusiastically support Imperial Japan’s murderous conquest of China, the homeland of Confucius?...

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    Flirtation, negotiation and vodka – or how to couple up in 1950s rural Poland | Aeon Videos

    From gifts of bread to a dowry negotiation – a charming portrait of courtship rituals and...

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    The contradictions that give life to Margaret Cavendish’s story | Aeon Essays

    Margaret Cavendish’s boldness and bravery set 17th-century society alight, but is she a feminist poster-girl for...

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    In the town once named Asbestos, locals ponder the voids industry left in its wake | Aeon Videos

    After the closure of a mine that once gave the town its name, the residents of...

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    Human dominance is a fact, not a debate | Aeon Essays

    To take care of the Earth, humans must recognise that we are both a part of...

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    It’s time to stop mental health discrimination at work | Aeon Essays

    Workers with mental illness experience discrimination that would be unthinkable for other health issues. Can this...

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    How the world’s richest reds are derived from an innocuous Mexican insect | Aeon Videos

    The otherwise unremarkable insect from Mexico that’s used to make the most dazzling and coveted crimson...

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    How Soviet communist philosophy shaped postwar quantum theory | Aeon Essays

    When quantum mechanics posed a threat to the Marxist doctrine of materialism, communist physicists sought to...

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    A lush, whirlwind tribute to the diversity of life in a northern English county | Aeon Videos

    An animated day-in-the-life of this historic English county travels from market to dale to capture its...

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    Folksong is the art of hard labour, not of environmentalism | Aeon Essays

    Don’t be swayed by the sound of environmental protest: these songs were first sung in the...

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    The abyss at the edge of human understanding – a voyage into a black hole | Aeon Videos

    This NASA simulation lets viewers into the extraordinary spectacle of entering a blackhole (minus the spaghettification)...

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    Could we recover the radical vision of a free and united Europe? | Aeon Essays

    A free and unified Europe was first imagined by Italian radicals in the 19th century. Could...

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    What role for revenge in Jewish life, literature and culture? | Aeon Essays

    What might a people, subjected to unspeakable historical suffering, think about the ethics of vengeance once...

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    Robert Frost’s poetic reflection on youth, as read in his unforgettable baritone | Aeon Videos

    ‘So was I once myself a swinger of birches’ – Robert Frost reads his celebrated poem...

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    After 3,000 years of science, the embryo is very different | Aeon Essays

    For 3,000 years, humans have struggled to understand the embryo. Now there is a revolution underway...

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    After a sextortion scam, Eugene conducts an unblushing survey of masturbation | Aeon Videos

    The target of a sextortion scam upends the experience by soliciting his friends’ views on masturbation...

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    Furniture can be a ripely ambiguous artform of its own | Aeon Essays

    Given its intimacy with the body and deep play on form and function, furniture is a...

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    ‘Bags here are rarely innocent’ – how filmmakers work around censorship in Iran | Aeon Videos

    Men and women can’t touch in Iranian cinema, so filmmakers creatively work around the ban by...

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    What the science of happiness says about the self and others | Aeon Essays

    In order to help improve my students’ mental health, I offered a course on the science...

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    How outlaw chemists used ‘blotter’ to dose the world with LSD | Aeon Essays

    How perforated squares of trippy blotter paper allowed outlaw chemists and wizard-alchemists to dose the world...

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    Closed captions suck. Here’s one artist’s inventive project to make them better | Aeon Videos

    Captioning dialogue is one thing; captioning sound is another. This is how the artist Christine Sun...

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    The tenderness of medical care in an organ donor’s last hours | Aeon Essays

    In the liminal time when the brain is dead but organs are kept alive, there is...

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    A rare female scholar of the Roman Empire, Hypatia lived and died as a secular voice | Aeon Videos

    Meet Hypatia of Alexandria, a rare female – and moderate secular – public intellectual, who was...

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    How to think about the prospects of truly green growth | Aeon Essays

    We need to find a way for human societies to prosper while the planet heals. So...

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    The celebrated architect who took inspiration from sitting, waiting and contemplating | Aeon Videos

    Profile of the pioneering Canadian architect whose modernist designs disintegrated boundaries between structure and place -...

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    Why did our ancestors make startling art in dark, firelit caves? | Aeon Essays

    New research transports us back to the shadowy firelight of ancient caves, imagining the minds and...

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    Jack London, Martin Eden and the liberal education in US life | Aeon Essays

    In Jack London’s novel, Martin Eden personifies debates still raging over the role and purpose of...

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    Why are witchcraft accusations so common across human societies? | Aeon Videos

    A novel study in rural China suggests that witchcraft accusations may have arisen as a means...

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    We need to pull the plug on the idea of indigeneity in India | Aeon Essays

    In a country of such extraordinary diversity, the UN definition of ‘indigenous’ does little more than...

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    Drop into London’s eclectic skate scene, where newbies and old-timers find community | Aeon Videos

    ‘60 per cent community, 40 per cent skateboarding’ – a portrait of London’s growing skate scene...

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    How UFOs almost killed the search for life in the Universe | Aeon Essays

    Not long ago the search for extraterrestrials was considered laughable nonsense. Today, it’s serious and scientific...

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    A deepfake porn victim confronts the pain of having her likeness stolen and vandalised | Aeon Videos

    ‘This girl, this woman, this… me?’ Helen shares her horrifying experience of being deepfaked for pornography...

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    How socioeconomic equalisation generates new ideas of balance | Aeon Essays

    In the Middle Ages, a new sense of balance fundamentally altered our understanding of nature and...

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    What Thucydides really thought about historical analogies | Aeon Essays

    In constantly reaching for past parallels to explain our peculiar times we miss the real lessons...