Bookmarks (713)

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    Susan Greenfield on neuronal assemblies

    Why we don’t feel pain in dreams, and other brain puzzles that neuronal assemblies might help...

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    What do shoes do?

    Partly of the earth, partly of our body, the shoe sits on the edge of an...

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    Plato’s allegory of the cave

    Plato’s timeless ‘allegory of the cave’, brought to life with retro-surreal animation and Orson Welles’s narrationBy...

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    How Aztecs told history

    For the warriors and wanderers who became the Aztec people, truth was not singular and history...

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    Confidence tricks

    The ignorant pundit is absolutely certain; the true expert understands their own limits and how to...

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    Solos

    An elegant meditation on the intersections of streets, stories and social forces that give shape to...

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    Mummies among us

    Before death became a source of disgust and denial, Europeans cheerfully painted with – and ingested...

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    The meaning of a monument

    How the American Museum of Natural History grappled with its controversial statue of Roosevelt before pulling...

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    The space between our heads

    Brain-to-brain interfaces promise to bypass language. But do we really want access to one another’s unmediated...

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    Oppy: the life of a rover

    ‘My battery is low and it’s getting dark’: the sights and sounds of life on Mars...

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    Universal unions

    Being an employee is a threat to your liberty. But while firms exist, compulsory unions are...

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    Big space

    Our planet is a tiny porthole, looking over a cosmic sea. Can we learn what lies...

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    All inclusive

    A deadpan glimpse of life aboard a cruise ship, where rituals of excess and organised fun...

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    The city is a lie

    From Ancient Egypt’s deltas to Edinburgh’s crags and peaks, the city pushes back against the dream...

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    Time-based currency by Robert Owen

    Before he pioneered the eight-hour workday, in 1832 Robert Owen tried to reboot currency with his...

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    Sexual dinosaurs

    The charge of ‘feminist bias’ is used to besmirch anyone who questions sexist assumptions at work...

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    In the wake

    ‘Once we are gone, the art of hand weaving itself will die’ – inside the workshop...

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    The billionaire curse

    Philanthropy is vital – but its mechanisms are as intricate and troubling as the baroque structures...

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    Hand to mouth

    If language began with gestures around a campfire and secret signals on hunts, why did speech...

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    Manhatta

    The developing cityscape of 1920s New York, framed by Walt Whitman’s poetry and set to a...

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    Counting China

    By rejecting sampling in favour of exhaustive enumeration, communist China’s dream of total information became a...

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    Music and clowns

    Jamie is empathetic and funny – and a ‘complete mystery’ to those who love him. The...

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    The flexible work fallacy

    Breaking free of the 9-to-5 was originally a feminist project. So how did it become part...

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    Now is the time

    Revisiting the footage of the day in 1969 when a Haida village came together to raise...

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    Nostalgia reimagined

    Neuroscience is finding what propaganda has long known: nostalgia doesn’t need real memories – an imagined...

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    On Matthew’s mind

    An operation to remove a brain cyst changed Matthew’s identity. Who will he become after the...

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    Home stream

    Want to understand homelessness? Witness one woman’s experience of living on London’s streets firsthand, filmed on...

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    The inward gaze

    In Hermann Hesse’s novels, as in his life, self-discovery walked a tightrope between deep insights and...

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    My little piece of privacy

    A surveillance camera, ‘computer vision’ software and a motorised curtain cause a provocation of privacy in...

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    The king of Haiti’s dream

    How a utopian vision of Black freedom and self-government was undone in a world still in...

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    Three pioneers who predicted climate change

    The science of climate change has a history that dates back centuries, not decades, and was...

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    Here be black holes

    Like sea monsters on premodern maps, deep-space images are science’s fanciful means to chart the edges...

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    The necessity of awe

    In awe we hold fast to nature’s strangeness and open up to the unknown. No wonder...

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    Peter and Ben

    For decades, Peter lived alone in a Welsh valley – until he found friendship with a...

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    From vice to crime

    European empires were addicted to opium smoking. Then their own agents launched a moral crusade to...

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    Sunken films

    Trawling for memories in the wreckage of the deep sea, recovered early 20th-century films offer haunting...

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    Laughter is vital

    For philosopher Henri Bergson, laughter solves a serious human conundrum: how to keep our minds and...

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    The paradox of the ravens

    Is a red apple proof that all ravens are black? Marc Lange on Carl Gustav Hempel’s...

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    Unboxing mental health

    Our system for diagnosing mental disorders doesn’t work. The transdiagnostic model offers a humane, clinically sound...

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    The face of the fish

    They’re not cuddly, they don’t behave at all like us – yet they are sentient. Why...

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    Shelter in place

    To avoid deportation from the US, Vicky Chavez and her kids moved into a church. They’re...

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    Ashoka’s moral empire

    Being good is hard. How an ancient Indian emperor, horrified by the cruelty of war, created...

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    How we build perception from the inside out

    The cognitive neuroscientist Anil Seth talks to Aeon about consciousness as a prediction, not a perception,...

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    Stealth infections

    From the Black Death to polio, the most dangerous pathogens have moved silently, transmitted by apparently...

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    False teeth

    This playful British short from 1968 combines lab footage, stop-motion animation and humour to show how...

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    Vienna, city of paradox

    How did the city of elegant classicism give birth to an explosive modernism, threatening to destroy...

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    The hysteria accusation

    Women’s pain is often medically overlooked and undertreated. But the answer is not as simple as...

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    Making music from brainwaves and heartbeats

    Welcome inside the lab that’s using biofeedback from heartbeats and brainwaves to create experimental new music...

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    Does dark matter exist?

    Dark matter is the most ubiquitous thing physicists have never found: it’s time to consider alternative...

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    The fist of modernity

    Today’s police state is rooted in Bentham’s utilitarian ideas, and exists to protect capitalism more than...