Bookmarks (109)

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    The two women behind a world-changing scientific discovery | Aeon Videos

    The making of a revolution – the exciting history of the CRISPR gene-editing breakthrough, from the...

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    The birth of our system for describing web content | Aeon Essays

    Over a weekend in 1995, a small group gathered in Ohio to unleash the power of...

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    Striking shadow puppetry illuminates a skater kid’s memories of Boy Scout camp | Aeon Videos

    ‘It was a Boy Scout camp, and I was far from a Boy Scout’ – shadow...

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    The case for liberal socialism in the 21st century | Aeon Essays

    As the crisis of democracy deepens, we must return to liberalism’s revolutionary and egalitarian roots -...

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    A Zen Buddhist priest voices the deep matters he usually ponders in silence | Aeon Videos

    ‘If we have any chance at all, then this is our chance – that we become...

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    What should a sports fan do when their team lets them down? | Aeon Essays

    Players, coaches and team owners sometimes do terrible things. What, if anything, should their fans do...

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    The strange and turbulent global world of ant geopolitics | Aeon Essays

    Over the past four centuries quadrillions of ants have created a strange and turbulent global society...

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    Meet the entrepreneur whose business is crafting perfect peak experiences | Aeon Videos

    Before the clock strikes on new year’s day, meet the man who made it his life’s...

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    Why the son of God story is built on mythology, not history | Aeon Essays

    How could a cult leader draw crowds, inspire devotion and die by crucifixion, yet leave no...

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    A reporter orphaned by night raids in Afghanistan investigates their cruel legacy | Aeon Videos

    Orphaned by military night raids, a reporter returns to her native Afghanistan to investigate the trauma...

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    Can philosophy help us get a grip on the consequences of AI? | Aeon Essays

    Generative agents will change our society in weird, wonderful and worrying ways. Can philosophy help us...

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    Does capitalism make ‘non-playable characters’ of us all? An uncanny exploration | Aeon Videos

    The daily grind of non-playable characters offers a clever critique of capitalism’s ‘infinite loop of labour...

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    The radical political writings of Sophie de Grouchy | Aeon Essays

    As a republican, Sophie de Grouchy argued that sympathy, not domination, must be the glue that...

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    How smells can boost children’s learning and pleasure | Aeon Essays

    When scents are used to intensify a narrative, they heighten young readers’ emotions and enrich their...

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    A ‘virtual outing’ on Google Maps reveals a treasured image from Diego’s past | Aeon Videos

    Afraid of flying, Diego travels the world through Google Maps where he discovers a treasured memory...

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    How changing the metaphors we use can change the way we think | Aeon Essays

    Woven into the fabric of language, metaphors shape how we understand reality. What happens when we...

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    ‘I listen to the land’ – poetry and greenery intertwine in Emilio Ambasz’s architecture | Aeon Videos

    Emilio Ambasz’s pioneering designs begin with a recognition that nature is human-made, paving the way for...

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    The cruelty of crypto in its promise to revive the American dream | Aeon Essays

    Selling itself as the new American dream, crypto exposes the vulnerable to fraud and scams, and...

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    The ornate, the aromatic, the cruel – Valentine’s cards before the age of Hallmark | Aeon Videos

    From hearts and flowers to mean ‘vinegar Valentines’ – a fascinating look through the V&A’s cards...

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    Bathing should be a right in 21st-century cities | Aeon Essays

    Water is a great healer. Can New York’s public pools and ‘blue spaces’ be engineered for...

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    What it’s like to care for Yellowstone during its quietest – and coldest – months | Aeon Videos

    For its winter caretaker of 50 years, Yellowstone National Park is a fragile place, not the...

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    Who are the leaders in our heads – and how did they get there? | Aeon Essays

    How the biblical King David and Machiavelli’s Prince can help us understand the dominant view of...

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    Why surgery and barbering were one occupation in the Middle Ages | Aeon Videos

    Medieval barbers didn’t just give haircuts – they performed a variety of surgeries, from tooth extraction...

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    How a single unglamorous ship tells the history of the world | Aeon Essays

    How a single, unglamorous, workaday merchant vessel tells the history of the 19th-century world in many...

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    ‘My art is oratory, Socrates.’ An ancient warning on the power and peril of rhetoric | Aeon Videos

    Cryptic visuals combine with a haunting score to deliver a Socratic exchange on the nature (and...

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    The future of humanism, from Toni Morrison to Nick Bostrom | Aeon Essays

    Humanity’s future remains as unthinkable as the still-uncolonised galaxy or the enduring mystery of our own...

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    How Alan Watts re-imagined religion, desire and life itself | Aeon Essays

    Alan Watts, for all his faults, was a wildly imaginative and provocative thinker who reimagined religion...

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    Witch hunts persist as a horrifying, deadly reality in pockets of rural India | Aeon Videos

    In rural India, witch hunts are still an enduring, deadly reality. Ana’s disturbing story is just...

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    Climate populism will be the next great conspiracy complex | Aeon Essays

    The most ardent deniers of anthropogenic climate change today will become the climate conspiracy theorists of...

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    The spectacular Mardi Gras artworks born of a unique New Orleans tradition | Aeon Videos

    A year in the making, the elaborate, wearable artworks of the Black Masking Indians are a...

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    Is it possible to hold truly contradictory beliefs together? | Aeon Essays

    We can all be inconsistent. Philosophy illuminates a bigger puzzle: how do we hold contradictory beliefs...

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    Naira pitches a new sport to her husband in this strange, sweet portrait of marriage | Aeon Videos

    The side-eye, the raised eyebrow – watch the sweet, peculiar rallies of a long-married couple in...

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    The architectural style wars have started all over again | Aeon Essays

    Traditionalist and modernist architecture are both mass-produced, industrial and international. Is there an alternative? - by...

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    Why it’s time to replace the genetic blueprint idea | Aeon Essays

    The genome is the starting point for a performance we enact over a lifetime, not a...

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    Mind-bending speed is the only way to reach the stars – here are three ways to do it | Aeon Videos

    Fast, faster, or incredibly fast: an aerospace engineer envisions three possible ways we could travel to...

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    ‘Playing animal’ reflects back our yearnings and repulsions | Aeon Essays

    When we imagine ourselves as another creature, we become more attuned to the world around us...

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    As her world unravels, Pilar wonders at the ‘sacred geometry’ that gives it structure | Aeon Videos

    In a message to her husband from the confusion of his sudden illness, Pilar reflects on...

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    On the shared histories of reconstruction in the Americas | Aeon Essays

    In the 19th century, civil wars tore apart the US, Mexico and Argentina. Then came democracy’s...

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    Why strive? Stephen Fry reads Nick Cave’s letter on the threat of computed creativity | Aeon Videos

    ‘Our endeavours animate our lives, giving them depth and meaning’: what we lose when we outsource...

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    A history of the manifesto as a document of hate and violence | Aeon Essays

    The manifesto was always a hotheaded call to arms. Then it got a slick, digital makeover...

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    ‘I know that change is possible’ – a Deaf prison chaplain’s gospel of hope | Aeon Videos

    Meet Walker Estes, a Deaf prison chaplain whose advocacy was shaped by his daughter’s experience of...

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    Why do other people form imaginary shapes in our minds? | Aeon Essays

    Some friends are ‘close’. Others are ‘distant’. But our spatial descriptions of social life are more...

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    Find the building blocks of nature within a single, humble snowflake | Aeon Videos

    Each snowflake’s unique symmetry is a beautiful illustration of the natural laws that govern all things...

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    The first world orders were not European. They came from Asia | Aeon Essays

    Before modern Europe existed there was a grand, interconnected political world, rich in scientific and artistic...

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    An artist swaps her head with everyday objects in a musing on consumerism | Aeon Videos

    A bicycle seat, a shell and an ice cream, among other things, take the place of...

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    Cosmic expansion is a given. Who inherits the cosmos is not | Aeon Essays

    When self-replicating craft bring life to the far Universe, a religious cult, not science, is likely...

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    The overlooked polymath whose theatrical oeuvre made all of Rome a stage | Aeon Videos

    How Bernini’s dynamic sculptures captured the passionate, theatrical mood of the Baroque era, and made all...

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    Sufi transitions: between mullahs and Sufis in Afghanistan | Aeon Essays

    Once a centre of Afghan culture, Sufism seems to have disappeared in the maelstrom of war...

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    Why the golden age of total solar eclipses is already behind us | Aeon Videos

    Solar eclipses are a happy astronomical accident. They were once even more spectacular, and will eventually...

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    Kurt Gödel, his mother and the argument for life after death | Aeon Essays

    The intrepid logician Kurt Gödel believed in the afterlife. In four heartfelt letters to his mother...