Bookmarks (517)

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    It’s great to learn music as a child – except when it’s no fun at all | Aeon Videos

    There's a romanticised view that learning music as a child is a profoundly enriching experience, that...

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    If you believe in nihilism, do you believe in anything? – Nolen Gertz | Aeon Essays

    The risk of nihilism is that it alienates us from anything good or true. Yet believing...

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    Would you rather have a fish or know how to fish? – Jonny Robinson | Aeon Ideas

    Imagine the following. You are living a life with enough money and health and time so...

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    Chinese New Year is a stunning spectacle of human migration in 3 billion journeys | Aeon Videos

    Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year), which starts on the new moon that...

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    Ancient animistic beliefs live on in our intimacy with tech – Stephen T Asma | Aeon Ideas

    When Alexa replied to my question about the weather by tacking on ‘Have a nice day,’...

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    ‘I feel the weight of everyone’: Keeth Smart foiled death to make it to the Olympics | Aeon Videos

    Olympic athletes have, by definition, overcome overwhelming odds. But even among such a class of people,...

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    Why we need an absence of noise to hear anything important – Liam Heneghan | Aeon Essays

    Our cities are filled by the hubbub of human-made noise. Where shall we find the quietness...

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    Being a stand-up comedian is hard. It’s even harder when it’s against your religion | Aeon Videos

    Have you heard this one before? An ultra-Orthodox Jew breaks the rules by going online, falls...

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    Find something morally sickening? Take a ginger pill – Jessica Tracy | Aeon Ideas

    If I were to say that I’m thinking about having sex with my stepbrother, I guess...

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    A cabbie’s tour of his Welsh hometown where the jobs are gone but the stories remain | Aeon Videos

    A generation ago, the Welsh valley town of Maesteg was a booming coal mining and manufacturing...

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    The conversation about American torture is 400 years old – William Fitzhugh Brundage | Aeon Essays

    For 400 years, Americans have argued that their violence is justified while the violence of others...

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    What can we learn from the perennial philosophy of Aldous Huxley? – Jules Evans | Aeon Essays

    Aldous Huxley argued that all religions in the world were underpinned by universal beliefs and experiences....

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    The school where children make the rules and learn what they want to learn | Aeon Videos

    Established in 1921 by the Scottish writer and educator Alexander Sutherland Neill (1883-1973), Summerhill School in...

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    How gods beat astronomers in the solar system name game – Stephen Case | Aeon Essays

    How the quick thinking of internationally minded astronomers avoided stamping the solar system with petty European...