Bookmarks (818)

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    Daily life in Egypt: ancient and modern

    Echoes of the ancient past in scenes of the Nile valley in 1925, at the dawn...

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    Zoom and gloom

    Sitting in a videoconference is a uniformly crap experience. Instead of corroding our humanity, let’s design...

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    The trouble with love and sex

    ‘What does sex mean to you?’ Intimate tales from relationship counselling lay bare the ages-old hazards...

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    Empire of fantasy

    By conquering young minds, the writing of J R R Tolkien and C S Lewis worked...

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    All stars

    Is a great team more than the sum of its players? Complexity science reveals the role...

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    Don’t think twice

    If dementia is like a pair of cutters, trimming down the brain’s tree of knowledge, then...

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    Sociology’s race problem

    Urban ethnographers do more harm than good in speaking for Black communities. They see only suffering,...

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    Ping pong Sufi

    ‘I’m just measuring myself with myself’: how one Sufi practitioner seeks transcendence at his local ping...

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    How close is too close?

    The neuroscience of peripersonal space explores how you create, defend or relax the buffer zone between...

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    Is Eric Cantona an existentialist?

    The footballer Eric Cantona says he doesn’t regret kicking and punching a fan: does that make...

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    Drunks and democrats

    Violent, lively and brash, taverns were everywhere in early colonial America, embodying both its tumult and...

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    Do we send the goo?

    The ability to stir new life into being, all across the Universe, compels us to ask...

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    No ball games

    From urban London to rural Wales, these are the games that children play when the streets...

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    Keep science irrational

    Is hard data the only path to scientific truth? That’s an absurd, illogical and profoundly useful...

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    The trauma tracer

    If trauma can be passed down from parent to child, could new therapies blunt the transgenerational...

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    The biology of dads

    The bodies and brains of fathers, not just mothers, are transformed through the love and labour...

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    Celui qui tombe (He who falls)

    As the ground spins beneath their feet and Frank Sinatra croons ‘My Way’, Yoann Bourgeois’s dancers...

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    Humanity at night

    A violinist plays in a concentration camp. A refugee carries a book of poetry. Art sustains...

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    Life with purpose

    Biologists balk at any talk of ‘goals’ or ‘intentions’ – but a bold new research agenda...

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    How to be at home

    ‘If the absence of people unravels you … /Lean into loneliness like it is holding you’...

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    With charisma to spare

    Franz Brentano, philosopher and psychologist, was an iconic teacher eclipsed by his students, Freud and Husserl...

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    My name is Anik

    Bircan longs to learn her grandmother’s native Kurdish but the language is still suppressed in Turkey....

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    The genes we’re dealt

    The new field of social genomics can be used by progressives to combat racial inequality or...

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    The five-minute museum

    A week’s worth of museum trips animated into a whirlwind survey of human artefacts from the...

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    Vulnerable yet vital

    The dance of love and lore between grandparent and grandchild is at the centre, not the...

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    The living Mahabharata

    Immorality, sexism, politics, war: the polychromatic Indian epic pulses with relevance to the present dayBy Audrey...

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    Roger Penrose: Why did the Universe begin?

    Why did the Universe begin? Nobel prizewinner Roger Penrose details an astonishing origin hypothesis of a...

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    On the same wavelength

    The urge to align our minds and emotions with those we care for, whether they are...

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    Ebb tide

    A retired teacher, who coaxed poetry from her pupils, embarks on a mission to find out...

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    The wisdom of pandemics

    Viruses are active agents, existing within rich lifeworlds. A safe future depends on understanding this evolutionary...

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    Why do we love? A philosophical enquiry

    A biological trick or a meaningful pursuit? How philosophers from Buddha and Schopenhauer to Simone de...

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    The subjective turn

    For Hegel, human nature strives through history to unchain itself from tradition. But is such inner...

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    Who gets to feel secure?

    Security is one thing to a Black mother in a favela, another to a politician keen...

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    Visitors

    Near Area 51 in Nevada, UFO enthusiasts gather in their hundreds, seeking meaning and connection –...

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    The art of survival

    The Harrisons’ eco-art told stories about the apocalypse, pointing to a future where we’d all have...

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    De artificiali perspectiva, or anamorphosis

    Once used to hide subversive messages, the Renaissance technique of anamorphosis proved everything is a matter...

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    Fiddling while Rome converts

    A generation of pagan bureaucrats amassed wealth and status while Roman emperors Christianised the world around...

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    Pien, queen of the bees

    Ten-year-old Pien – small, industrious and fighting to survive – finds kinship with the honeybees she...

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    The need to touch

    The language of touch binds our minds and bodies to the broader social world. What happens...

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    My sister, my mirror

    Vanessa and Virginia – intimates in art, adversaries in love. Can we ever transcend the primal...

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    The greatest Briton?

    War hero or entitled opportunist? An alternative history of Winston Churchill combines claymation and biting iconoclasmBy...

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    Economics for the people

    Against the capitalist creeds of scarcity and self-interest, a plan for humanity’s shared flourishing is finally...

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    The psychologist who sparked the gay rights movement

    How a friendship between a straight psychology professor and her gay student busted the myth of...

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    Beautiful monsters

    Cancer is part of multicellular life. Now the riotous growth of crested cacti show how humans...

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    Carl Sagan’s message to aliens

    ‘Wouldn’t it be lovely to make contact with another civilisation?’ Carl Sagan’s 1977 lecture on how...

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    Hate reads

    The Western canon has no shortage of fascists. But can the far-Right make ‘literature’ worthy of...

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    Where loneliness can lead

    Hannah Arendt enjoyed her solitude, but she believed that loneliness could make people susceptible to totalitarianismBy...

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    Sandorkraut

    Born of a collaboration between people, time and microbes, fermentation is a spiritual matter for the...

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    The science of wisdom

    Psychological science can now measure and nurture wisdom, superseding the speculations of philosophy and religionBy Igor...

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    Giant Steps

    A cityscape built from colourful blocks of sound: see how a person with synaesthesia experiences John...