Bookmarks (111)

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    How to write a Hollywood blockbuster, with Aristotle’s Poetics | Aeon Essays

    Today, the ancient Greek storyteller would be winning Oscars. To learn how, turn to the Poetics,...

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    Why a sculptor pivoted from gallery installations to big-box stores design | Aeon Videos

    How the US architect and artist James Wines ‘put art where you least expect to find...

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    Psychotherapy is meant to help. But what about when it harms? | Aeon Essays

    Some psychotherapeutic approaches are not only ineffective, they’re actively harmful. We’re now starting to identify them...

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    Spectacular fractal patterns emerge when electricity meets a wooden surface | Aeon Videos

    An electric circuit, a salt solution and a wooden board demonstrate how electricity ignites, in this...

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    Günther Anders, a forgotten prophet for the 21st century? | Aeon Essays

    From the ashes of the Second World War, Günther Anders forecast a new catastrophe: technology would...

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    How a verbal paradox shattered the notion of total certainty in mathematics | Aeon Videos

    How Kurt Gödel used the paradox ‘This statement cannot be proved’ to shatter the notion of...

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    How the planet became the prime political entity of our century | Aeon Essays

    How did the planet replace the nation-state to become the prime political object of the 21st...

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    When clinging to old hopes gets in the way of healing and growth | Aeon Essays

    Hope is usually seen as a positive agent of change that spares us from pain. But...

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    A tender poem doubles as a guide to sitting comfortably in one’s own company | Aeon Videos

    ‘You are such an interesting conversation.’ Pádraig Ó Tuama’s tender poem is a guide to being...

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    How Wittgenstein might ‘solve’ both philosophy and quantum physics | Aeon Essays

    Metaphysical debates in quantum physics don’t get at ‘truth’ – they’re nothing but a form of...

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    How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years | Aeon Videos

    The Jewish woman who turned away from God thanks to ‘the Google’, finding atheism – and...

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    The Black Panthers fed more hungry kids than the state of California | Aeon Essays

    It wasn’t all young men and guns: the Black Panther Party’s programs fed more hungry kids...

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    Before he leaves to go to war, Artem, 18, says goodbye to the man who raised him | Aeon Videos

    ‘Make sure you come back alive’: the last days at home with his grandfather before Artem,...

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    After Jacques Derrida, what’s next for French philosophy? | Aeon Essays

    A golden generation of French philosophers dismantled truth and other traditional ideas. What next for their...

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    A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism | Aeon Videos

    The feminist academic who heard the call of the forgotten women of surrealism and went on...

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    Human exceptionalism is a danger to all, human and nonhuman | Aeon Essays

    In a tight spot, you’d probably intuit that a human life outweighs an animal’s. There are...

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    To see the Universe more clearly, think in terms of processes, not objects | Aeon Videos

    View the Universe in terms of processes, not objects, and you’ll see improvements in science, public...

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    Life in early cities: on neighbourhoods and energised crowding | Aeon Essays

    To understand why early cities thrived, look not to the temples of kings but to their...

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    How machine learning can help historians decode ancient inscriptions | Aeon Videos

    How the deep neural network that can restore, date and place ancient texts is working to...

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    How we could end child hunger by making different choices | Aeon Essays

    Last year 200 million children did not get enough to eat, yet it would be cheap...

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    Love is both wonderful and a dangerous evolutionary trick | Aeon Essays

    Love is both a wonderful thing and a cunning evolutionary trick to control us. A dangerous...

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    What an ancient Turkish city looks like from the perspective of its stray dogs | Aeon Videos

    Street dogs in the ancient Turkish city of Kars roam free, fight and and occasionally join...

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    We need to stop thinking about sex when it comes to reproduction | Aeon Essays

    Why we need to stop thinking about parents, offspring and sex when we try to understand...

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    A son of China’s former one-child policy remembers the sibling he never had | Aeon Videos

    The story of China’s one-child policy is told by felt puppets with fabricated memories in this...

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    In these dark times, the virtue we need is hopeful pessimism | Aeon Essays

    We must keep the flame of pessimism burning: it is a virtue for our deeply troubled...

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    Ceramic designs spin to life in a tactile meditation on the art of pottery | Aeon Videos

    In the hands of a ceramicist-animator, pottery is a cyclical, elemental art form, deeply connected to...

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    A short biography of human excrement and its value | Aeon Essays

    Our excrement is a natural, renewable and sustainable resource – if only we can overcome our...

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    A harrowing account of a 1970 ‘leadership seminar’ spotlights self-help’s dark side | Aeon Videos

    Unearthed audio recalls how a 1970 ‘leadership seminar’ descended into depravity, and why its participants went...

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    Why we should remember Alan Turing as a philosopher | Aeon Essays

    Alan Turing was a pioneer of machine learning, whose work continues to shape the crucial question:...

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    For Ruskin, words couldn’t capture nature’s palette. So here it is in black and white | Aeon Videos

    The art critic John Ruskin believed words couldn’t capture nature’s beautiful palette. So here it is...

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    The idea of primitive communism is as seductive as it is wrong | Aeon Essays

    Marx’s idea that societies were naturally egalitarian and communal before farming is widely influential and quite...

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    Wry animations expose the gap between anxious aspiration and real life | Aeon Videos

    A man scaling a house of cards; a porcupine surrounded by balloons – wry animations on...

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    Why are women philosophers often erased from collective memory? | Aeon Essays

    The history of ideas still struggles to remember the names of notable women philosophers. Mary Hesse...

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    If you want decolonisation go to the economics of Samir Amin | Aeon Essays

    If you really want decolonisation, go beyond cultural criticism to the deep structural insights of economist...

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    Does the artist’s intention matter, or is it indeed all in the eye of the beholder? | Aeon Videos

    Does the artist’s intention matter, or is it indeed all in the eye of the beholder?...

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    Truth is real and philosophers must return their attention to it | Aeon Essays

    For a century, the idea of truth has been deflated, becoming terrain from which philosophers fled....

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    Alone on a small island in Belgrade, a father grieves his daughter in quiet solitude | Aeon Videos

    Time seems to stand still on a small island in Belgrade where a father lives alone,...

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    Nature writing should strive for clarity not sentimentality | Aeon Essays

    Too many nature writers descend into poetic self-absorption instead of the sharp-eyed realism the natural world...

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    From mental image to sketch – how memories and emotions conjure up a face | Aeon Videos

    What would a sketch of your partner, or your twin, or you look like if drawn by...

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    A dissenting view on the origins of the US’s Right wing | Aeon Essays

    You likely think of the American West as deeply conservative and rural. Yet history shows this...

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    Bad puns, regrettable costumes, and other joys of collecting kitschy album art | Aeon Videos

    A collector of vintage album art on savouring all things kitschy and campy, and his hunt...

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    The place of empty space in the literary imagination | Aeon Essays

    When a writer stares down a blank page, the whole of literature stares back. Why, then,...

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    In a Mongolian wind burial, a body falls on land before getting swept up to the heavens | Aeon Videos

    A hand-painted animation of the Mongolian wind burial tradition, in which a body gets swept up...

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    Why evolution is not a tree of life but a fuzzy network | Aeon Essays

    Classic evolutionary theory holds that species separate over time. But it’s fuzzier than that – now...

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    When Paradise, California burned, its teens became instant climate refugees | Aeon Videos

    When Paradise, California burned, its teens became instant climate refugees. How do they rebuild their lives...

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    Why virtue signalling is not just a vice, but an evolved tool | Aeon Essays

    Proclaiming one’s own goodness is deeply annoying. Yet signalling theory explains why it’s a peculiarly powerful...

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    How might neuroergonomics help us deal with mental overload? | Aeon Essays

    As tasks mount up, our brain’s ability to juggle goes down. Neuroergonomic tactics can relieve the...

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    This is not an animation: the spectacular sight of magnets meeting a metallic liquid | Aeon Videos

    The exquisite eye-candy of magnets meeting ferrofluid reveals an oft-hidden force that is still mysterious to...

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    Corruption has shaped history. Why do we still ignore it? | Aeon Essays

    Corruption is a truly global crisis and the wealth addiction that feeds it is hiding in...

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    A musician and a storyteller collaborate in a daily duet of words and music | Aeon Videos

    A collaboration over 365 days between a musician and a storyteller results in a poignant reflection...