Bookmarks (1039)

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    How Hokusai’s Great Wave emerged from Japan’s isolation to become a global icon | Aeon Videos

    Why Hokusai’s Great Wave – created amid Japanese isolation – became a resounding artistic and commercial...

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    Watch the elegant flow of a sheep herd, seen from the sky above Israel | Aeon Videos

    A quick peek into the dynamics of herding behaviours in this mesmerising dance of sheep viewed...

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    Why is the English spelling system so weird and inconsistent? | Aeon Essays

    Why is English spelling so weird and unpredictable? Don’t blame the mix of languages; look to...

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    How would a piano sound on Mars? Embark on an interplanetary sonic journey | Aeon Videos

    How would a piano sound on Mars? Explore real and speculated soundscapes in this absorbing CGI...

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    Emergency first responders meet chaos with dissonant calm in this gripping short | Aeon Videos

    Emergency first responders working the graveyard shift in San Francisco field life-or-death calls – then try...

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    The fractal consciousness of Dante’s Divine Comedy | Aeon Essays

    At 700, Dante’s Divine Comedy is as modern as ever – a lesson in spiritual intelligence...

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    Not a lost kingdom but a parable – how to read Athens in Plato’s story of Atlantis | Aeon Videos

    The half-gods of Plato’s Atlantis never existed, but their story still has much to teach us...

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    We should explore alternatives to the Standard Model of physics | Aeon Essays

    Most cosmologists say dark matter must exist. So far, it’s nowhere to be found. A widely...

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    What do we know about social attachment and human nature? | Aeon Essays

    From cradle to grave, we are soothed and rocked by attachments – our source of joy...

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    Albert Camus built a philosophy of humanity on a foundation of absurdity | Aeon Videos

    Albert Camus’s philosophy charts a path to humanity that shows why we should learn to stop...

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    Why the history of the vast early America matters today | Aeon Essays

    There is no American history without the histories of Indigenous and enslaved peoples. And this past...

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    When two punk bands came to a psychiatric hospital, beautiful chaos ensued | Aeon Videos

    The chaotic and joyful musical moment in 1978 when two punk bands came to play at...

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    Empires, pandemics and the economic future of the West | Aeon Essays

    What can the decline of the Roman Empire and the end of European feudalism tell us...

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    Gear up for a stylish celebration of vintage motorcycle design | Aeon Videos

    Take a ride on the retro side with this stylish celebration of classic motorcycle design of...

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    Why disagreement is vital to advancing human understanding | Aeon Essays

    Disagreements can be unpleasant, even offensive, but they are vital to human reason. Without them we...

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    For Simone Weil, our capacity to suffer united us all | Aeon Essays

    Simone Weil: mystic, philosopher, activist. Her ethics demand that we look beyond the personal and find...

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    A balanced account of Nero’s life reveals the ‘editing and destruction’ of history-making | Aeon Videos

    Popular culture sees Nero as a sadist. The artefacts tell a more balanced story, revealing how...

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    Why we need to discuss a death in the family with the children | Aeon Essays

    We no longer have a clear sense of how to introduce our children to death. But...

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    An ode to the humble rotifer – one of nature’s simplest and strangest creatures | Aeon Videos

    An ode to the rotifer – how these microscopic creatures live, die and dry out, entering...

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    How deep brain stimulation changes a person’s sense of confidence – Julian Kiverstein, Erik Rietveld & Damiaan Denys | Aeon Essays

    Deep brain stimulation not only treats psychiatric disease – it changes the whole person, boosting confidence...

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    Shoddy filmmaking meets the miracle of life in a police training film turned cult classic | Aeon Videos

    Shoddy filmmaking, stiff acting, clinical dialogue – yes! The cult thrill of a 1960s police training...

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    Our epistemic crisis is essentially ethical and so are its solutions – Richard V Reeves | Aeon Essays

    Our crisis of public knowledge is an ethical crisis. Rewarding ‘truthfulness’ above ‘truth’ is a step...

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    Asteroid mining could pay for space exploration and adventure – Martin Elvis | Aeon Essays

    Asteroids could pay for so much space exploration. We just need to mine those valuable resources...

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    Check in to the Hilbert Hotel, and learn why some infinities are bigger than others | Aeon Videos

    Some infinities are bigger than others – to understand why, you’ll need to check in to...

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    When it came to sex and gender, Margaret Mead had it both ways – Elesha J Coffman | Aeon Essays

    Mead, so radical about gender and sex in her early work, doubled down on the differences...

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    The buzzes, clanks and whirrs of prison life form a meditation on freedom | Aeon Videos

    With their buzzes, clanks and whirrs, the rhythms of prison life form a meditation on conformity...

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    Here are responsible shareholder tactics that actually work – Ellen Quigley | Aeon Essays

    Everyone on the planet has a stake in making investment more ethical. What’s new is that...

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    The demographic shift isn’t driving white people to the Right – Mark R Reiff | Aeon Essays

    It’s become a commonplace that demographic anxiety is driving white voters to the far Right. This...

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    Colonialism is built on the rubble of a false idea of ancient Rome – Jamie Mackay | Aeon Essays

    White supremacists fetishise ancient Rome – but antiquity was more diverse and polychromatic than racists will admitBy...

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    A climate activist living off-grid faces her toughest challenge yet – a new primary school | Aeon Videos

    An environmental activist living off-grid in an English forest faces her toughest challenge yet – a...

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    Our most abstract concepts emerged as solutions to our needs – Matthieu Queloz | Aeon Essays

    Truth, knowledge, justice – to understand how our loftiest abstractions earn their keep, trace them to...

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    The city as an emergent life form, with architecture as the skeleton and roads as veins | Aeon Videos

    Roads, bridges, tunnels and trains form a grand, urban circulatory system in time-lapse footage of New...

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    In the fight for gender justice, criminal law should be a last resort – Aya Gruber | Aeon Essays

    Feminists who see police and prisons as their natural allies are entrenching the sexism and racism...

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    What it’s like to have aphantasia, the inability to visualise images in the mind’s eye | Aeon Videos

    How the world of emotions differs for people with aphantasia, who are unable to visualise images...

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    From immaterialism to obedience in the philosophy of Berkeley – Tom Jones | Aeon Essays

    George Berkeley was a visionary immaterialist. And a philosopher whose views on subordination to God legitimised...

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    No, Mozart isn’t a brain hack for babies – here’s how music really affects intelligence | Aeon Videos

    The so-called ‘Mozart effect’ is a case study in how research can get distorted and overstated...

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    Africa’s ancient scripts counter European ideas of literacy – D Vance Smith | Aeon Essays

    European ideas of African illiteracy are persistent, prejudiced and, as the story of Libyc script shows,...

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    The rhythms of rural Thailand, where both food and music are sourced from the ground | Aeon Videos

    Friends, family, food, music: a recipe for a good life from a Thai country craftsman living...

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    Aliens, science and speculation in the wake of ʻOumuamua – Matthew Bothwell | Aeon Essays

    An alien-made artefact or just interstellar debris? What ʻOumuamua says about how science works when data...

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    How sky-high dreams launched one man’s audacious life in homemade rocketry | Aeon Videos

    Meet the high-school dropout turned rocket engineer who wouldn’t let dyslexia stop him from aiming for...

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    Free yourself from the tentacles of pain with radical acceptance – Joshua Coleman | Aeon Essays

    The painful feelings you avoid grow twisted in the dark. By facing your sorrows and struggles...

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    Why doesn’t philosophy progress from debate to consensus? – Chris Daly | Aeon Essays

    For centuries, all philosophers seem to have done is question and debate. Why do philosophical problems...

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    The devils you know – how Satan became a versatile stand-in for all manner of evil | Aeon Videos

    The devil in all his guises: how a minor character from the Old Testament evolved into...

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    For 97% of human history, equality was the norm. What happened? – Kim Sterelny | Aeon Essays

    For 97 per cent of human history, all people had about the same power and access...

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    A filmmaker reflects on his adolescence with the help of some long-lost friends | Aeon Videos

    A comic and nostalgic exploration of adolescence, and so-called adulthood, cast from a filmmaker’s middle-school yearbookBy...

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    Peacebuilding is an artform crafted by divided peoples – Tobias Jones | Aeon Essays

    Conflicts only fully end when the delicate threads of peace have been steadily and quietly woven...

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    How did the NRA transform from a sporting group to a mighty political force? | Aeon Videos

    An archival look into how the oldest US sporting association moved from marksmanship to reactionary politics,...

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    Treasure your friends, the top of your love hierarchy – Anna Machin | Aeon Essays

    Sure, lovers and children are great. But friends are more than ever the heart of happiness,...

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    How much can science really tell us about the future of climate change? | Aeon Videos

    A data-centric deep dive into the climate crisis shows the importance of rejecting fatalism when solving...

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    Germany became a tolerant nation only by painful, small steps – Helmut Walser Smith | Aeon Essays

    Shaking off Nazism was no simple matter: the work to create a plural and peacable Germany...