Bookmarks (1207)

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    Meet Haddon Salt – the would-have-been Colonel Sanders of fish and chips | Aeon Videos

    Haddon Salt, the ‘Colonel Sanders of fish and chips’, and his salty story of the fast-food...

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    Imagine Scythia’s fierce warrior women, the real Amazons | Aeon Essays

    Let your imagination take flight to the hunting, riding, adventurous lives of Scythia’s warrior women, the...

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    How insects become airborne, slowed down to a speed the human eye can appreciate | Aeon Videos

    Watch how praying mantises, beetles and weevils become airborne, shown at a speed slow enough for...

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    An unflinching speech encouraged Germany to face the Nazi past | Aeon Essays

    In 1985 West Germany’s president gave an unflinching speech. It helped a new generation to face...

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    Life in one of Canada’s northernmost villages, where the land is sinking into the sea | Aeon Videos

    Life in Tuktoyaktuk, one of Canada’s northernmost villages, where the summers grow longer and the land...

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    Why the great books still speak for themselves, and for us | Aeon Essays

    Read with love, rather than critical distance, the classics can provide tools to subvert oppressive hierarchies...

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    An artistic collaboration across centuries brings a 1432 battle scene to arresting life | Aeon Videos

    Horses leap and arrows fly as knights charge into battle in a Renaissance masterpiece brought to...

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    True hope takes a hard look at reality, then makes a plan | Aeon Essays

    Even when you know that prospects are grim, hope can help. It’s not just a feeling,...

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    A funeral director takes in bodies that social stigma leaves unclaimed | Aeon Videos

    ‘We treat people like they are a member of our family’: a funeral director who takes...

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    How chocolate went from exotic curiosity to worldwide commodity | Aeon Essays

    The humble cocoa bean’s journey from its Amerindian origins to worldwide dominance is a lesson in...

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    What Zen Buddhist riddles reveal about knowledge and the unknowable | Aeon Videos

    To achieve enlightenment, resist the urge to know the unknowable with these unsolvable riddles from Zen...

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    Horse-human cooperation is a neurobiological miracle | Aeon Essays

    The horse is a prey animal, the human a predator. Our shared trust and athleticism is...

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    Reading the strings and knots that keep the secrets of the Inka Empire | Aeon Videos

    From military strategies to tax obligations – what khipu knots reveal about the inner workings of...

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    Economics is once again becoming a worldly science | Aeon Essays

    After generations of ‘blackboard economics’, Berkeley and MIT are leading a return to economics that studies...

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    Tension, bureaucracy and deep humanity define life aboard a refugee rescue ship | Aeon Videos

    Flickers of joy punctuate the chaos of life aboard a refugee rescue ship, but rescue is...

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    Paraconsistent logics find structure in our inconsistent world | Aeon Essays

    When logic fails to make sense of a world noisy with inconsistency, paraconsistent logics hold out...

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    Absorb the infectious rhythms of Setapa – a joyous dance from southern Africa | Aeon Videos

    Absorb the infectious energy of Setapa, a dance from southern Africa, in all its rhythmic stomping...

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    There’s more to Sparta than martial valour and austerity | Aeon Essays

    Mythological home of Helen, war-making polis of Leonidas and now a modest municipality: the city is...

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    The history of holes tells a story of power and potential | Aeon Essays

    Dig into the voids, pin-pricks and cut-outs of art and history, and those absences speak volumes...

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    Honouring the caribou, in dreams and memories from an Innu singer-songwriter | Aeon Videos

    Interweaving dreams and memories of hunting caribou, Florent Vollant’s beautiful songs preserve his Indigenous culture’s spirit...

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    Anger is a state of agitated enervation that moves the world | Aeon Essays

    Is anger like energy, forever changing form but never dissipating, or part of our repertoire of...

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    Revisiting ‘Powers of Ten’ – what we’ve learned about the Universe since 1977 | Aeon Videos

    An update to Charles and Ray Eames’s film ‘Powers of Ten’ explores what we’ve learned about...

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    Ours is the Waste Age: that’s the key to tranforming the future | Aeon Essays

    Recognising that waste is central, not peripheral, to everything we design, make and do is key...

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    A dispatch from the end of travel’s brief, troubled golden age | Aeon Essays

    Driven by the need for a storied life, I relished the opportunity for endless travel. Is...

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    It’s a massive, winged Cretaceous beast – could a human ride one? | Aeon Videos

    How to fly a giant, winged Cretaceous beast – a not-entirely frivolous intro to the intricacies...

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    A history of disruption, from fringe ideas to social change | Aeon Essays

    Major disruptions in world history follow a clear pattern. What can upheavals of the past tell...

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    Technology, philosophy, randomness – how Merce Cunningham pushed dance to its limits | Aeon Videos

    How Merce Cunningham challenged traditional notions of storytelling in dance via technology, philosophy and randomness -...

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    When Stoicism is a political not just a personal virtue | Aeon Essays

    You might think of it as a philosophy for turning away from the world, but ancient...

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    Behold as a mechanical foghorn in Shetland awakes from its year-long slumber | Aeon Videos

    Behold the elegant sights and powerful sound of a mechanical foghorn in Shetland awaking from its...

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    Curtailing anonymity is a first step to reducing online abuse | Aeon Essays

    Anonymous users generate most toxic abuse and conspiracy theories online. The right to be anonymous should...

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    How to fulfil the need for transcendence after the death of God | Aeon Essays

    The modern world is disenchanted. God remains dead. But our need for transcendence lives on. How...

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    Embodied cognition seems intuitive, but philosophy can push it to some strange places | Aeon Videos

    ‘Your action upon the world becomes the world’s way of perceiving you’: the many strange ‘flavours’...

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    We should be wary about what Big History overlooks in its myth | Aeon Essays

    Sweeping the human story into a cosmic tale is a thrill but we should be wary...

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    An unflinching look at a provocative public dissection of a ‘surplus’ zoo lion | Aeon Videos

    A provocative, unflinching look at a zoo’s controversial public dissection programme asks: is it educational? Is...

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    A surprise story is a self-exploding confidence game | Aeon Essays

    Some twists infuriate; others are brilliant. But they both use the surprise story as a self-exploding...

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    Models capture the world-warping physics of what happens when stars meet black holes | Aeon Videos

    What happens when stars cross paths with a black hole? Computer models offer a new view...

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    How to fix the disaster of human roads to benefit wildlife | Aeon Essays

    Human roads have utterly fragmented the world of wild animals but the engineering to reconnect the...

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    Eilat Mazar dug with a Bible in one hand and a spade in the other | Aeon Essays

    Archaeologist Eilat Mazar dug with a spade in one hand and a Bible in the other....

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    An ageing artist’s unguarded thoughts on what it takes to be great – and why he lacks it | Aeon Videos

    An unguarded portrait of the artist Bill Blaine reflecting on what it takes to be great...

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    How the French bohemian elite celebrated predatory behaviour | Aeon Essays

    How did certain French intellectuals get away with preying upon young girls, shamelessly, in public and...

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    The astonishing resonances between patterns in nature, microscopic and cosmic | Aeon Videos

    Exploring natural surfaces at a range of scales – from the microscopic to the cosmic –...

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    Songs of conquest from Tallis to the bells of Mexico City | Aeon Essays

    From Tallis’s choral beauty to the unnerving bells of Mexico City, early modern power created a...

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    Workplace diversity isn’t just about equality – it’s a competitive advantage | Aeon Videos

    The power of cognitive diversity is profound. In the workplace, it’s a tool for innovation that...

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    ‘Shut up and calculate’ does a disservice to quantum mechanics | Aeon Essays

    The cliché has it that the Copenhagen interpretation demands adherence without deep enquiry. That does physics...

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    What happened to the ideal of multireligious Arab modernity? | Aeon Essays

    In 1900 my grandfather’s generation imagined a modernising Arab world, multireligious and progressive. What happened? -...

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    Not just a meme, but a masterpiece – why the Mona Lisa earns its exalted place in art | Aeon Videos

    Diving into the literal and figurative layers behind that mysterious smile to explain why the Mona...

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    When is a scientific experiment like a beautiful work of art? | Aeon Essays

    Science has become extraordinarily technocratic and complex. Is the simple and decisive experiment still a worthy...

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    How the Hindu myth of Annapurna, goddess of food, connects sustenance with spirituality | Aeon Videos

    A golden bowl of porridge after a long famine – how the Hindu legend of Annapurna...

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    How we came to depend on the week despite its artificiality | Aeon Essays

    The week is the most artificial and recent of our time counts yet it’s impossible to...

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    Who, exactly, authored this AI-generated spin on Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo? | Aeon Videos

    To make this version of ‘Vertigo’, an artificial intelligence computer watched Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film 20...