Bookmarks (107)

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    How heaven became a place among the stars | Aeon Essays

    For hundreds of years, Christians knew exactly where heaven was: above us and above the stars....

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    An unvarnished, poetic account of a new mother’s struggle to breastfeed | Aeon Videos

    ‘You cried and I didn’t know how to soothe you’ – the raw poetry of a...

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    Geopolitics is a loser’s buzzword with a contagious idea | Aeon Essays

    The concept of geopolitics comes from German and Russian attempts to explain defeat and reverse loss...

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    What did the Rosetta Stone’s inscription actually communicate? | Aeon Videos

    What did the Rosetta Stone actually intend to say, and what can it tell us about...

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    What Andrea Dworkin missed about pornography | Aeon Essays

    Often vilified as a weapon of male supremacy, pornography in fact has much to tell us...

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    Why making if-then connections might be the key to consciousness | Aeon Videos

    How the advent of consciousness 500 million years ago gave way to an evolutionary ‘arms race’...

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    How to solve moral problems with formal logic and probability | Aeon Essays

    Subjecting the problems of ethics to the cool quantifications of logic and probability can help us...

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    In classical Chinese philosophy, all actions are collective | Aeon Essays

    A dragon needs the clouds and the wind in order to fly. What happens when we...

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    Bernard Williams on Descartes’s audacious endeavour to prove knowledge is possible | Aeon Videos

    How Descartes took the world apart to reconstitute it anew, laying the foundations for modern philosophy...

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    The Roman Empire was a cosmopolitan network of adventurers | Aeon Essays

    The Roman Empire enabled an early version of globalisation that offered travellers adventure, novelty and opportunity...

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    The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat | Aeon Videos

    Welcome to Block Island: holiday hotspot for wealthy tourists, and seasonal home for the workers who...

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    Was Colin Wilson a fascist? Or was he fascist-adjacent? | Aeon Essays

    For thousands of fans, he made philosophy thrillingly relevant. Yet there is a deep unsavoury undercurrent...

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    When his elderly parents make a suicide pact, Doron struggles to accept their choice | Aeon Videos

    A filmmaker turns his lens on the beauty of family life as he tries to make...

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    The insight of Darwin’s work on corals, worms and co-evolution | Aeon Essays

    Darwin was the first to see that all lifeforms, from worms to corals, transform the planet....

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    What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left | Aeon Videos

    An unsparing animation depicts the hell of the bombing of Hiroshima and its aftermath, as told...

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    On the advantages of believing that nothing is true | Aeon Essays

    Alethic nihilism is the theory that nothing is true. There is much to gain by taking...

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    To understand the limits of human senses, look to the wild world of animal cognition | Aeon Videos

    From tasting feet to electric navigation: the wild world of animal senses lies beyond the limits...

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    How black hole thought experiments help explain the Universe | Aeon Essays

    The Universe cannot always be understood through observation. Instead, physicists explore by devising thought experiments -...

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    From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors | Aeon Videos

    It all begins with the sheep who wears the fleece: a seafaring ode to the sweater...

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    Evidence grows that mental illness is more than dysfunction | Aeon Essays

    Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment -...

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    What did the Russians dig up when they dug trenches in Chernobyl? | Aeon Essays

    Disturbing and inhaling radioactive dust, in their haste Russian soldiers unburied the wrecked, undead Earth itself...

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    The revolutionary artist who propelled the Black Panther movement with imagery | Aeon Videos

    How Emory Douglas, the revolutionary artist behind the Black Panthers, created an iconography of resistance and...

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    Give and take: how gift-giving forges society, and ourselves | Aeon Essays

    The gifts we exchange are both generous and yet fraught with social rules and obligations. Marcel...

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    Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly? | Aeon Videos

    Travel by snowmobile through a pristine white landscape in north Quebec in search of the dozens...

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    How Percy Shelley invented free love in 1792 | Aeon Essays

    Percy Shelley thought romantic love freed men and women from the strictures of monogamy, but did...

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    One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West | Aeon Videos

    ‘Emancipation is curiously coupled with risk’ – one woman’s exploration of the beauty, solitude and perils...

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    Lessons in corporate governance from the Jesuits | Aeon Essays

    As corporations struggle to survive in a more uncertain world, they should look to the success...

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    How one of history’s most beautiful books was used to find fate in the cosmos | Aeon Videos

    A manual produced for emperors to decode the stars, the Astronomicum Caesareum is also an extraordinarily...

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    On the deadly practice of doxxing in Revolutionary Paris | Aeon Essays

    When a young street vendor found her name in a guidebook to the sex workers of...

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    Sappho’s homoerotic poetry was beloved in ancient Greece – and burned centuries later | Aeon Videos

    Sappho was a priestess of love, whose homoerotic poetry was revered in ancient Greece – and...

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    Why aesthetic value should take priority over moral value | Aeon Essays

    The ultimate value of the world can be discovered if you are sensitive to what is...

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    Symmetry rules life on Earth – but it comes with many fascinating exceptions | Aeon Videos

    Nature is full of symmetries, from spiral galaxies to florets of broccoli. So why do complex...

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    If killing is antithetical to Buddhism, how can they do it? | Aeon Essays

    The Buddha taught not to kill, yet his followers have at times disobeyed him. Can murderers...

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    Bruno Latour showed us how to think with the things of the world | Aeon Essays

    Bruno Latour showed us how to think with the things of the world, respecting their right...

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    There’s no one way for an insect to fly, but they’re all amazing in close up and slo-mo | Aeon Videos

    From the camera-shy to the natural-born performers, close-up, slow-motion footage reveals the varied wonders of insect...

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    If all we do is argue about politics, maybe the arts can help | Aeon Essays

    Good art, laced with irony, ambiguity and suspense, is not obviously political. That’s what makes it...

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    Beyond ‘guilty’ or ‘not guilty’ – could a range of verdict options be more just? | Aeon Videos

    Binary legal verdicts give rise to injustices. Could an alternative system reflecting degrees of uncertainty be...

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    Neither philosophy nor religion can contain Maimonides | Aeon Essays

    It’s shocking that histories of medieval philosophy celebrate only Christian thinkers, ignoring Islamic and Jewish thought...

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    From set-up to close, a day at the farmers market is a whirlwind sensory feast | Aeon Videos

    A bustling day at the farmers market prompts reflections on the journey of fresh produce from...

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    From the Jurassic to Star Wars, the drama of revision goes on | Aeon Essays

    As Brontosaurus tells us, in science as in fiction, the stories we tell to understand the...

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    From calluses to burnt shoes, the elegance of ballet is built from the ground up | Aeon Videos

    Sewn, cut, burnt – for ballet dancers, preparing their shoes is a meditative process that reveals...

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    James Lovelock: the death of scientific independence? | Aeon Essays

    James Lovelock was a visionary whose greatest ideas were made possible by his unshakeable independence -...

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    Timothée built his identity around his absent father. What happens when they meet? | Aeon Videos

    Superhero visuals animate the identity quest of Timothée, born after a hook-up between an Iraqi refugee...

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    What the Gospel of Judas says about the betrayal of Jesus | Aeon Essays

    The mystery of why Judas forsook Jesus goes to the heart of Christianity. A newly translated...

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    Living out of a truck, Maikhuu finds promise and peril on Mongolia’s ‘coal highway’ | Aeon Videos

    The heartbreaks and boredom of life on the ‘coal highway’, where truck drivers eke out a...

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    How will our beloved reefs survive in the oceans of the future? | Aeon Essays

    A warming planet and acid oceans will radically transform marine ecosystems. How will our beloved reefs...

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    Only lunar telescopes can answer the mysteries of the Universe | Aeon Essays

    Our future in space relies on settling the Moon and using it as a base to...

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    Is the question ‘Why is there something instead of nothing?’ even worth asking? | Aeon Videos

    The philosopher A C Grayling explains why the question ‘Why is there something instead of nothing?’...

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    How the Right wing is trying to turn religion into identity | Aeon Essays

    Authoritarian leaders who play the religious card are not mere hypocrites. There’s something far more troubling...

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    From back pain to addiction – one man’s struggle with opioids, as told to his sister | Aeon Videos

    This heartfelt portrait of one man’s addiction makes a powerful case for a patient-centred approach to...