Bookmarks (683)

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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...

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    Peak ellipsis

    Does philosophy reside in the unsayable or should it care only for precision? Carnap, Heidegger and...

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    Illuminating biodiversity of the Ningaloo Canyons

    Beautiful and bioluminescent, slimy and spectacular: see creatures never seen before, deep in the sea off...

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    Private gain, public loss

    Putting public services in private hands is bad economics. Worse, it undermines our bonds as a...

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    Education, unchained

    Rousseau’s child-centred ideals are now commonplace but his truly radical vision of educational freedom still eludes...

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    Barbican, 1969

    How the Barbican brought back living into the working heart of LondonBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

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    Ancient yet cosmopolitan

    Art, adornment and sophisticated hunting technologies flourished not only in prehistoric Europe but across the globeBy...

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    The secret history of the Moon

    A massive collision, or something stranger? An epic exploration of lunar origin theoriesBy Aeon VideoWatch at...

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    The bittersweet madeleine

    It is a guilty pleasure and undergirds nationalist bombast, yet nostalgia for the past can help...

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    Tutwiler

    Childbirth classes, doulas, lactation rooms – but is birth behind bars ever humane?By Aeon VideoWatch at...

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    The ungoverned globe

    The end of the liberal order would unleash chaos; its continuance means unconstrained economic suffering. What...

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    Lawyer for the strongman

    Demagogues do not rise on popular feeling alone but on the constitutional ideas of Weimar and...

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    Open to the world

    A pop-up charity shop in a luxury department store melds art, commerce and justiceBy Aeon VideoWatch...

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    Beware of lateral thinking

    De Bono’s popular theory is textbook pseudoscience: unsound, untested and derivative of real (unacknowledged) researchBy Antonio...

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    Buffalo Common

    Prairies, bison and nuclear warheads – a 2002 postcard from North DakotaBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

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    From chaos to free will

    A crude understanding of physics sees determinism at work in the Universe. Luckily, molecular randomness ensures...

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    As above

    As above, so below – how the artist Roman Hill captures the grandeur of the cosmos...

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    Criminally insane

    The insanity defence offends the conscience, has no basis in modern psychiatry, and penalises poor and...

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    Consciousness regained

    After years of deep therapeutic pessimism, emerging therapies offer hope for patients trapped between coma and...

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    House: after five years of living

    The best home is a joyfully inhabited one – doubly so if its residents are design...

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    Where did the grandeur go?

    Superlative things were done in the past century by marshalling thousands of people in the service...

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    Lyubov: love in Russian

    After probing disaster and war, Svetlana Alexievich turns to that other great source of human suffering:...

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    The medicalised life

    Why do so many see vaccines and other medical interventions as tools of social control rather...

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    Scars

    How scars can fundamentally alter the way people view themselves, others and the world at largeBy...

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    In praise of aphorisms

    What if we see the history of philosophy not as a grand system of sustained critique...

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    The fight for ‘Anglo-Saxon’

    Racists use it to bolster their ethnohistorical myths, but historians and archaeologists should not abandon the...

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    Liza

    Can you express sounds with sights? An artist takes a crack at animating jazz pianoBy Aeon...

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    The trolley problem problem

    Are thoughts experiments experiments at all? Or something else? And do they help us think clearly...

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    3D-printing coral reefs

    Ceramic coral reefs and sawdust houses – the architects 3D-printing the future from scratchBy Aeon VideoWatch...

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    The good scientist

    Science is the one culture that all humans share. What would it mean to create a...

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    The final nights

    What a ‘good death’ can look like, in the quiet company of a compassionate strangerBy Aeon...