Bookmarks (750)

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    Acadiana

    Americana has never looked as eerie as at the annual Cajun crawfish festival: video art by...

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    Philosophy’s systemic racism

    It’s not just that Hegel and Rousseau were racists. Racism was baked into the very structure...

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    Dani

    Raw emotion, hard truths and silence as a daughter calls her mother with an update on...

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    Vikings in America

    Centuries before Columbus, Vikings came to the Western hemisphere. How far into the Americas did they...

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    The physarum experiments

    Slime mould seems to be intelligent despite lacking a nervous system. The artist Heather Barnett puts...

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    Sex is real

    Yes, there are just two biological sexes. No, this doesn’t mean every living thing is either...

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    Politics is visceral

    In an age thick with anger and fear, we might dream of a purely rational politics...

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    Kierkegaard’s horror of doubt

    Why Søren Kierkegaard saw doubt – though disorienting and horrifying – as the cornerstone of a...

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    Angels in the market

    The heart-tug tactics of 1950s ads steered white American women away from activism into domesticity. They’re...

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    Is our attention for sale?

    The consolidation of the ‘attention economy’ to a handful of companies is an experiment that demands...

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    Life and breath

    There’s a strange, and deeply human, story behind how we taught machines to breathe for critically...

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    Art in public places

    To understand a society’s values and history, look at its public art: a 1973 guide to...

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    Thoughts into words

    Here’s the paradox of articulation: are you excavating existing ideas, or do your thoughts come into...

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    Weak links

    The idea of the ‘supply chain’ shackles how we think about economic justice. What forces could...

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    The Frisian Islands

    Watch the perpetual motion of life and sand in eastward drift across the windswept Frisian Islands...

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    Fly with me

    Jet-age glamour was more than just aesthetic: its promise of motionless movement reshaped perception of time...

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    Everything is stories: reviled and maligned

    Does a terrorist deserve a respectful burial? The question that divided a city in the wake...

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    Origin story

    Perched on the cusp between biology and chemistry, the start of life on Earth is an...

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    Art of the marbler

    Every cover is a true original when it’s been crafted by hand: watch the artisanal process...

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    On tact in dark times

    Far from a social luxury, tact becomes imperative when life is cheapened. We exercise it to...

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    The four-fold imagination

    William Blake saw angels and ghosts and the Hallelujah sunrise, even on the darkest day. We...

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    Mary’s room

    Can we ever know everything about something we can’t experience? A thought experiment from the philosopher...

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    A history of punctuation

    How we came to represent (through inky marks) the vagaries of the mind, inflections of the...

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    Zone Rouge

    The tireless team working to clear the Zone Rouge in northeastern France from the deadly debris...

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    Repetition and rupture

    Reinhart Koselleck, the last great theorist of history, sought in the apparent chaos of events a...

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    Cape sundews trap bugs in a sticky situation

    Watch as the carnivorous Cape sundew, a bog-dwelling plant of South Africa, uses electricity to capture...

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    Deluded, with reason

    Extraordinary beliefs don’t arise in a vacuum. They take root in minds confronted by unusual and...

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    Uncertain times

    The pandemic is an unprecedented opportunity – seeing human society as a complex system opens a...

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    The impossible chessboard puzzle

    Can you find the key that will set you free? The methodical thrills of working through...

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    Accumulation and its discontents

    Whether collecting, storing or hoarding, we’ve always had our issues with stuff – not least deciding...

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    Stone cut

    What Antoni Gaudí began in 1882, Etsuro Sotoo aims to finish: the Sagrada Família as a...

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    The semi-satisfied life

    Renowned for his pessimism, Arthur Schopenhauer was nonetheless a conoisseur of very distinctive kinds of happinessBy...

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    The Fayum portraits

    The Fayum portraits are a vivid evocation of the diverse peoples living in Egypt’s desert oasis...

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    No rest

    In the 19th century, the rest cure tested women’s sanity. Today, it challenges cherished myths about...

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    Forgive and be free

    Hurts – your own or those done to you – keep you stuck. Forgiveness therapy can...

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    Zea

    An award-winning film captures a mysterious bubbling substance. What it is stays a mystery until the...

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    Catastrophes and calms

    Evolution is extraordinarily creative in the wake of a cataclysm. How does life keep steadily ticking...

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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...