Bookmarks (108)

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    How Dardistan became one of the most multilingual places on Earth | Aeon Essays

    At the crossroads of south and central Asia lies one of the world’s most multilingual places,...

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    Death is a trip – how new research links near-death and DMT experiences | Aeon Videos

    What does it feel like to die? What near-death experiences and hallucinogenic drugs can tell us...

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    How the brains of social animals synchronise and expand one another | Aeon Essays

    Bat friends, monkeys sharing, and humans holding hands: the brains of social animals synchronise and expand...

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    Photographs of rainforests dissolving in acid strike a beautiful note of warning | Aeon Videos

    This arresting work of audiovisual art alerts us to the tragedy of deforestation by dissolving images...

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    Adaptive technologies have helped Stephen Hawking, and many more, find their voice | Aeon Videos

    How technology gives people with speaking disabilities a voice in a society where their rich inner...

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    Without a Rosetta Stone, can linguists decipher Minoan script? | Aeon Essays

    Linear B has yielded its secrets, but Linear A remains elusive. Can linguistic analysis unlock the...

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    Experience the dazzling displays that fireflies create when humans are far away | Aeon Videos

    Protected from human activity and artificial light, synchronous fireflies in southern India create dazzling displays -...

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    ‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John | Aeon Videos

    ‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ A conversation about gender transition, between John and his twin...

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    Simone de Beauvoir on facing old age and avoiding bad faith | Aeon Essays

    Here’s a puzzle: why do we neglect and disdain the one vulnerable group we all eventually...

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    Solaris and beyond – Stanisław Lem’s antidotes to the bores of American sci-fi | Aeon Videos

    Solaris and beyond: how Stanisław Lem’s visionary sci-fi anticipated the technologies and anxieties of the modern...

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    What types of conflict are good for democracy? | Aeon Essays

    Democracy is a system of politics that has disagreement at its heart. But how do we...

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    A history of the smile through art, culture and etiquette | Aeon Essays

    How our toothy modern smile was invented by a confluence of French dentistry and Parisian portrait-painting...

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    To renew Yosemite, California should embrace a once-outlawed Indigenous practice | Aeon Videos

    To renew Yosemite Valley, California should embrace once-outlawed Indigenous practices of managing fire to sustain resources...

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    The female body under the female gaze poses a monster problem | Aeon Essays

    When 1970s women artists put the female body under the female gaze, why did the critics...

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    Before the Beatles dropped acid, a BBC workshop was creating far-out sounds | Aeon Videos

    High-tech gadgetry and practical ingenuity came together in the BBC workshop that jumpstarted an electronic music...

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    What do the dreams of nonhuman animals say about their lives? | Aeon Essays

    The psychic lives of nonhuman dreamers reveal colours, harmonies and beauties of which we had little...

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    Language is a game, but not a frivolous one – John Searle on Ludwig Wittgenstein | Aeon Videos

    Ludwig Wittgenstein and the ‘language game’ we all play but can never escape: John Searle in...

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    Zhuangzi’s ancient fable about the personal and the political | Aeon Essays

    Zhuangzi thought Confucians were like frogs trapped in a well, unable to perceive the limitlessness of...

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    Is paying with hand-drawn banknotes artistry or forgery? The knotty case of J S G Boggs | Aeon Videos

    Is it forgery to draw banknotes and call them art? The audacious art project that changed...

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    What do caged animals really tell us about our mental lives? | Aeon Essays

    Scientists study animals to illuminate human psychology. So why are we blind to the mental lives...

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    Portugal stole Goa’s lands and narratives. Can they ever truly be returned? | Aeon Videos

    ‘What is liberation when so much has already been taken?’ A lyrical meditation on cultural memory...

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    From enemies to neighbours: British merchants in the Maghreb | Aeon Essays

    For a century before the rise of European empires, Britons and North Africans lived together in...

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    In the jungle of Suriname, Maria Sibylla Merian discovered insect metamorphosis | Aeon Videos

    Maria Sibylla Merian’s groundbreaking illustrations of the metamorphosis of insects are a tribute to patient observation...

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    The psychologist Carl Rogers and the art of active listening | Aeon Essays

    To listen well is not only a kindness to others but also, as the psychologist Carl...

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    How do we solve the paradox of protection in Antarctica? | Aeon Essays

    The most protected place on Earth has become one of the most threatened – and threatening....

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    The brain repurposed our sense of physical distance to understand social closeness | Aeon Videos

    How our brains repurpose primitive circuitry to help us grasp abstract concepts, behave socially and navigate...

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    Why we need a new kind of education: Imagination Studies | Aeon Essays

    We need a new kind of approach to learning that shifts imagination from the periphery to...

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    You need to make friends with pain to run through the Grand Canyon and back | Aeon Videos

    An endurance runner explains how pain, elation and transcendence converge on the 50-mile trail through the...

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    A rescue mission on behalf of women philosophers | Aeon Essays

    In the long 19th century, many women philosophers were marginalised or ignored. We need to rediscover...

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    Grotesque imagery meets religious conservatism in Hieronymus Bosch’s art | Aeon Videos

    Take a deep dive into Hieronymus Bosch’s Renaissance triptych on earthly pleasures to see its deeply...

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    How to write a Hollywood blockbuster, with Aristotle’s Poetics | Aeon Essays

    Today, the ancient Greek storyteller would be winning Oscars. To learn how, turn to the Poetics,...

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    Why a sculptor pivoted from gallery installations to big-box stores design | Aeon Videos

    How the US architect and artist James Wines ‘put art where you least expect to find...

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    Psychotherapy is meant to help. But what about when it harms? | Aeon Essays

    Some psychotherapeutic approaches are not only ineffective, they’re actively harmful. We’re now starting to identify them...

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    Spectacular fractal patterns emerge when electricity meets a wooden surface | Aeon Videos

    An electric circuit, a salt solution and a wooden board demonstrate how electricity ignites, in this...

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    Günther Anders, a forgotten prophet for the 21st century? | Aeon Essays

    From the ashes of the Second World War, Günther Anders forecast a new catastrophe: technology would...

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    How a verbal paradox shattered the notion of total certainty in mathematics | Aeon Videos

    How Kurt Gödel used the paradox ‘This statement cannot be proved’ to shatter the notion of...

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    How the planet became the prime political entity of our century | Aeon Essays

    How did the planet replace the nation-state to become the prime political object of the 21st...

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    When clinging to old hopes gets in the way of healing and growth | Aeon Essays

    Hope is usually seen as a positive agent of change that spares us from pain. But...

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    A tender poem doubles as a guide to sitting comfortably in one’s own company | Aeon Videos

    ‘You are such an interesting conversation.’ Pádraig Ó Tuama’s tender poem is a guide to being...

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    How Wittgenstein might ‘solve’ both philosophy and quantum physics | Aeon Essays

    Metaphysical debates in quantum physics don’t get at ‘truth’ – they’re nothing but a form of...

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    How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years | Aeon Videos

    The Jewish woman who turned away from God thanks to ‘the Google’, finding atheism – and...

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    The Black Panthers fed more hungry kids than the state of California | Aeon Essays

    It wasn’t all young men and guns: the Black Panther Party’s programs fed more hungry kids...

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    Before he leaves to go to war, Artem, 18, says goodbye to the man who raised him | Aeon Videos

    ‘Make sure you come back alive’: the last days at home with his grandfather before Artem,...

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    After Jacques Derrida, what’s next for French philosophy? | Aeon Essays

    A golden generation of French philosophers dismantled truth and other traditional ideas. What next for their...

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    A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism | Aeon Videos

    The feminist academic who heard the call of the forgotten women of surrealism and went on...

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    Human exceptionalism is a danger to all, human and nonhuman | Aeon Essays

    In a tight spot, you’d probably intuit that a human life outweighs an animal’s. There are...

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    To see the Universe more clearly, think in terms of processes, not objects | Aeon Videos

    View the Universe in terms of processes, not objects, and you’ll see improvements in science, public...

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    Life in early cities: on neighbourhoods and energised crowding | Aeon Essays

    To understand why early cities thrived, look not to the temples of kings but to their...

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    How machine learning can help historians decode ancient inscriptions | Aeon Videos

    How the deep neural network that can restore, date and place ancient texts is working to...

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    How we could end child hunger by making different choices | Aeon Essays

    Last year 200 million children did not get enough to eat, yet it would be cheap...