Bookmarks (104)

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    Inside the unique London community built by residents to defy housing discrimination | Aeon Videos

    ‘It was a very spiritual thing to do.’ How Black Londoners built a community – and...

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    A history of the pleasures and powers of showing the nude body | Aeon Essays

    Naturists believed nudity was profoundly beneficial to society. In order to spread the message, they took...

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    With human help, AIs are generating a new aesthetics. The results are trippy | Aeon Videos

    Running images through an AI feedback loop generates a trippy wave of visuals unbound from the...

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    Why the pull of addictive cravings is so hard to resist | Aeon Essays

    The neuroscientific picture of addiction overlooks the psychological and social factors that make cravings so hard...

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    From manners to mud – two women recall coming of age in Victorian London | Aeon Videos

    Two 90-year-old women remember the clothes, manners and copious mud of Victorian London when they were...

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    Eric Voegelin, Hans Kelsen and the debate over Nazism | Aeon Essays

    Eric Voegelin and Hans Kelsen fled the Nazis. In the US, they clashed over the nature...

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    The joys and complications of raising a baby without gender in a binary world | Aeon Videos

    ‘It’s a celebration of gender’: when a couple sets out to raise their baby gender-neutral, there...

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    Virtual medicine and the ethics of presence and absence | Aeon Essays

    For over a century telemedicine has promised healthcare for all. But will it ever replace seeing...

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    Why nonhuman beings should be granted personhood rights | Aeon Essays

    She has deep emotions, complex social needs and a large, elephant brain. Her legal personhood should...

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    Bodies, bikes and groovy music propel this stylish classic film from 1965 | Aeon Videos

    Follow the mesmerising movements of the peloton on a ride through the Canadian countryside, via this...

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    Parwati Soepangat’s pioneering Buddhist feminist theology | Aeon Essays

    In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim nation, Parwati Soepangat pioneered a Buddhist feminist theology with deep...

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    Can art in a swanky restaurant ever be transcendent? On Rothko’s Seagram Murals | Aeon Videos

    Through his painting, Rothko sought meaning in a disenchanted world. A lucrative commission challenged his artistic...

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    States have a moral responsibility to settle their debts | Aeon Essays

    Even when individual perpetrators and victims are dead, states and institutions have a responsibility to make...

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    Like pop music, humpback whale songs spread, mutate, and fall out of fashion | Aeon Videos

    Humpback whale songs spread through the oceans like pop music, raising deeper questions about whale cultural...

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    The legacies of Calvinism in the Dutch empire | Aeon Essays

    In the 17th century, Dutch proselytisers set out for Asia, Africa and the Americas. The legacy...

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    Why did the Romans create a massive, entirely impractical map of their empire? | Aeon Videos

    Unravelling the mysteries of the only known map of the Roman world – spanning from Spain...

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    A history of botany and colonialism touched off by a moss bed | Aeon Essays

    Inside a rainforest or on the city pavement, moss asks so little yet offers so much:...

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    The staggering cruelty of Ireland’s Church-run ‘mother and baby homes’ | Aeon Videos

    ‘If you got pregnant, that was a crime’: uncovering the Catholic zealotry and cruelty of Ireland’s...

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    Why Ken Burns got the prohibition story so very, very wrong | Aeon Essays

    Ken Burns’s account of prohibition tells a popular story of booze in America. The historical record...

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    Peter Singer charts the path from Hegelian philosophy to Marxist revolution | Aeon Videos

    How Hegel’s ‘notoriously obscure’ philosophy of history revolutionised the world via Marx, as explained by Peter...

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    Ten questions about the hard limits of human intelligence | Aeon Essays

    Science and mathematics may never fully capture the physical universe. Are there hard limits to human...

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    Historical data is not a kitten, it’s a sabre-toothed tiger | Aeon Essays

    Is history a matter of individual agency and action, or of finding and quantifying underpinning structures...

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    A peace activist’s harrowing account of nuclear war is a visceral case for disarmament | Aeon Videos

    ‘You are all children of the atomic age’: an award-winning 1982 documentary shows the horrors of...

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    Can cities learn to embrace wetlands while letting them be wild? | Aeon Essays

    Unkempt, beguiling and lacking conventional geometry, wetlands bring a roguish, raffish wildness to the city -...

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    An interstellar voyage explores the ‘paradox’ of twins separated by light years | Aeon Videos

    Trek light years into deep space to explore time dilation and the ‘twin paradox’ at the...

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    How xenobots reshape our understanding of genetics | Aeon Essays

    The more we understand how cells produce shape and form, the more inadequate the idea of...

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    Why a journeyman boxer finds contentment in the art of losing | Aeon Videos

    How a journeyman boxer gave up on the dream of a heavyweight title, and found contentment...

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    Can medicine help those with multiple chemical sensitivity? | Aeon Essays

    People with multiple chemical sensitivity seem to be allergic to the world. What, if anything, can...

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    Living off-grid on a remote Scottish island is a mix of rejection and acceptance | Aeon Videos

    After a breakup, Gill moved to an an off-the-grid community on the Scottish island of Erraid....

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    Why the People’s Republic of China embraced Paul Robeson | Aeon Essays

    His communism brought the great American singer Paul Robeson trouble in the US, but helped make...

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    At the movies with Pauline Kael – in the arthouse cinema where she got her start | Aeon Videos

    Pauline Kael was a legendary film critic. But first, she wrote programme notes for a beloved...

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    How primordial black holes might explain dark matter | Aeon Essays

    Could primordial black holes from the beginning of time explain ‘dark matter’, the mysterious missing mass...

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    ‘Let me dream you into my reality’: memories illuminate an unthinkable isolation | Aeon Videos

    ‘You can smile at the past but longing is for the memory you don’t have yet’...

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    Why sentencing people to life in prison makes no kind of sense | Aeon Essays

    It is unjust, cruel and profoundly wasteful to consign a person to prison for life. A...

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    Journey deep into the Philippine forest in search of the world’s largest, rarest eagle | Aeon Videos

    The Philippine eagle is the world’s largest and rarest. Can incredible close-up images save this masterpiece...

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    Buddhists missionaries let prospective converts come to them | Aeon Essays

    Buddhist monks have mostly escaped the label of proselytisers, but they’ll still spread the word to...

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    What does an AI make of what it sees in a contemporary art museum? | Aeon Videos

    When AIs visit a modern art museum, their reactions are both funny and revealing of the...

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    How urban density can make our neighbourhoods better | Aeon Essays

    Urban density was once seen as a sign of unhealthiness and poverty. But today it is...

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    How the first woman of colour to be elected to the US Congress remade education | Aeon Videos

    The odds-defying story of how the US congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink ushered in a revolution in...

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    On the moral virtues of mischief and mischievous people | Aeon Essays

    Mischievousness requires humour, wit and a playful humaneness: qualities that make for a particular kind of...

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    A history of kidults, from Hello Kitty to Disney weddings | Aeon Essays

    To understand why so many adults are acting just like children, don’t blame Millennials – look...

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    Wesley wants to solve the rooftop mystery – but does he have what it takes? | Aeon Videos

    There’s a mysterious rocket on a rooftop in LA. Does Wesley have it in him to...

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    Dogs are symbolic containers of human hopes, desires and vices | Aeon Essays

    In all its baroque and sometimes cruelly overbred forms, the dog is a paramount symbol of...

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    Tantra is, and was, a subversive philosophy of feminine power | Aeon Videos

    A deeper look at Tantra’s long history reveals the far-reaching influence of this subversive philosophy of...

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    How a small island capital reimagines the bureaucratic state | Aeon Essays

    Buka Town in Bougainville shows how bureaucratic states could be reimagined, not as concrete buildings but...

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    From roaring fire and molten glass an artist creates a healing ritual | Aeon Videos

    An artist heals himself and his ancestral home from past trauma through the near-alchemical process of...

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    Why Purgatory is less a holding pattern and more a tribute to love | Aeon Essays

    Think less of a holding pen for Heaven and more as a flow of love from...

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    Producing food while restoring the planet – a glimpse of farming in the future | Aeon Videos

    It’s time for a new agricultural revolution. How can conservation-oriented farming work with the environment to...

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    Downtime is not an option – meet the stewards of the cloud | Aeon Essays

    Hot, strenuous and unsung. There is nothing soft and fluffy about the caretaking work that enables...

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    Ancient Greek sculptures were colourful. Why does the white marble ideal persist? | Aeon Videos

    Ancient Greek sculpture is pearly white to us but the ancients themselves wouldn’t recognise the statues...