Bookmarks (1115)

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    A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light | Aeon Videos

    The optical illusion known as persistence of vision bursts to vivid life in this Palme d’Or...

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    Can music give you an orgasm? The short answer is yes | Aeon Essays

    A song can take you on a journey of ecstatic arousal. Is music imitating sex, inviting...

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    How we can protect the vast living space of the deep ocean | Aeon Essays

    Instead of letting waves of exploitation sweep through the deep ocean, we could choose to protect...

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    How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations | Aeon Videos

    The animated story of the autistic, self-taught artist Gregory Blackstock who mines creativity from life’s endless...

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    Fear not! Horror movies build community and emotional resilience | Aeon Essays

    You might think that horror movies are a delicious, trashy pleasure. But watching them has surprisingly...

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    An afternoon with hobbyist diamond miners in Arkansas is a thing of rare beauty | Aeon Videos

    Unearthing stories of trauma, struggle and love among the hobbyist miners at the Crater of Diamonds...

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    Women were the unseen healthcare providers of the Middle Ages | Aeon Essays

    Looking past conventional histories of medicine we see that women delivered much of medieval healthcare. Just...

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    What can a Kurosawa classic tell us about reality, knowledge and truth? | Aeon Videos

    The ‘Rashomon effect’ is real. Learn how hidden factors including biases can influence your view of...

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    Why is simplicity so unreasonably effective at scientific explanation? | Aeon Essays

    Does the existence of a multiverse hold the key for why nature’s laws seem so simple?...

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    What if emotions aren’t universal but specific to each culture? | Aeon Essays

    What if emotions are not universal and hardwired but exquisite acts of meaning-making specific to context...

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    Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second | Aeon Videos

    The incredible biophysics of moths taking flight is a spectacle to behold – especially at 6,000...

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    Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor | Aeon Videos

    In 1967, when Jocelyn Bell was still a postgraduate, she discovered pulsars. But the Nobel Prize...

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    On the art and science of making buildings sound natural | Aeon Essays

    Our movies and offices are engineered to sound natural based on what rang false in the...

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    A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US | Aeon Videos

    A bluesy ballad tells the captivating story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the...

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    For Arendt, hope in dark times is no match for action | Aeon Essays

    For Hannah Arendt, hope is a dangerous barrier to courageous action. In dark times, the miracle...

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    Family history and the problem of slavery in everyday life | Aeon Essays

    The story of Marie Aymard and five generations of her family tells an intimate history of...

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    In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design | Aeon Videos

    The engineer who invented the magnetic levitation train deconstructs his ingenious design in this archival lecture...

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    How memories persist where bodies, and even brains, do not | Aeon Essays

    How can animals whose brains have been drastically remodelled still recall their kin, their traumas and...

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    To know or not to know? Lillian weighs the costs of a life-changing genetic test | Aeon Videos

    Lillian has a coin’s flip chance of testing positive for Huntington’s disease, a deadly condition. Should...

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    Belonging among the beasts and the gods in Mayan cosmology | Aeon Essays

    For the K’iche’ Mayans, animals were not lower beings but neighbours, alter egos and a way...

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    There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion | Aeon Videos

    This clever stop-motion animation from 1947 uses fruit to show how every flat map of the...

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    Chairwork invites you to shift perspective on who you are | Aeon Essays

    It is a powerful, liberating therapy that lets you (literally) shift perspective on who you are,...

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    Patients and psychiatrists fought against fascism together at Saint-Alban | Aeon Essays

    Patients and psychiatrists at Saint-Alban in France fought against fascism side by side. What can we...

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    Liquid experiments show how beautiful things can happen when chemicals meet | Aeon Videos

    See how dormant potential energy explodes in psychedelic swirls when chemicals meet by combining oils, alcohols...

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    Is there a symmetry between metacognition and mindreading? | Aeon Essays

    Knowing the content of one’s own mind might seem straightforward but in fact it’s much more...

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    What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps? | Aeon Videos

    A nocturnal tour of Salt Lake City from the little-seen, often overlooked yet oddly meditative perspective...

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    How firefly flashes illuminate the physics of complex systems | Aeon Essays

    Solving the mystery of how and why fireflies flash in time can illuminate the physics of...

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    Caring for the vulnerable opens gateways to our richest, deepest brain states | Aeon Videos

    The psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik explains how the act of caring puts us in touch...

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    The idea of the West has always been in motion and in crisis | Aeon Essays

    While the West belonged to a European geography, its name meant something. Now it is a...

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    A quantitative theory unlocks the mysteries of why we sleep | Aeon Essays

    Adults sleep less than babies. Sperm whales sleep less again. A new mathematical theory unlocks the...

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    How did ‘personal responsibility’ evolve into its opposite, ‘everyone for themselves’? | Aeon Videos

    ‘Personal responsibility’ used to mean our duty to others, now it argues the opposite. How did...

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    Sex-ed in the US is a lesson in the complex legacy of religion | Aeon Essays

    Sex education is a battlefield over morals and young bodies, and has exposed fractures in American...

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    The nearly forgotten origin myth of Hawaii’s third-gender healers, as told by one | Aeon Videos

    A retelling of a Hawaiian story recalls how third-gender healers came to inhabit the islands, and...

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    Animals wrestle with the concept of death and mortality | Aeon Essays

    Having a concept of death, far from being a uniquely human feat, is a fairly common...

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    A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong’s high-rises is an awesome meditation on urbanity | Aeon Videos

    An artist finds inspiration in the repetition of Hong Kong’s vast vertical sprawl, where each window...

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    Amalia Holst, and how the German Enlightenment failed women | Aeon Essays

    Brilliant and fierce, the philosopher and educator Amalia Holst demonstrated how the German Enlightenment failed women...

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    Look into the secret world of numerology and puzzles in Bach | Aeon Essays

    Look beneath the surface of Bach’s music and you will find a fascinating hidden world of...

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    The Standard Model might be the most successful theory in science. But what is it, exactly? | Aeon Videos

    The Standard Model is as revolutionary as heliocentrism and the theory of evolution but much harder...

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    Machine writing is closer to literature’s history than you know | Aeon Essays

    Machine-written literature might offend your tastes but until the dawn of Romanticism most writers were just...

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    An artist grapples with the loss of his brother, and the problem of canine abduction | Aeon Videos

    When an artist spots his brother leading a canine abduction at a funeral, it starts a...

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    Was there no room for the queer individual in Arab history? | Aeon Essays

    Was there no room for the queer individual in Arab history? Have people like us simply...

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    After a day’s toil in California’s fields, labourers let loose in street races | Aeon Videos

    ‘The song of a world without work’: in Bakersfield, California, street racing lets field labourers breathe...

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    Will we ever get a clear idea about what foods we should eat? | Aeon Essays

    Vitamins or whole foods; high-fat or low-fat; sugar or sweetener. Will we ever get a clear...

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    Did Jefferson believe that his university would reform the South? | Aeon Essays

    Thomas Jefferson founded a university believing it would safeguard republican freedom. Slavery was another matter altogether...

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    Remarkable historical footage is locked behind paywalls. It’s time to set it free | Aeon Videos

    Remarkable 20th-century footage is hidden behind paywalls. Unless those images can be set free, our history...

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    Why the selfish genes metaphor remains a powerful thinking tool | Aeon Essays

    The ‘selfish gene’ persists for the reason all good scientific metaphors do: it remains a sharp...

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    Bigger isn’t better – the renegade ‘Buddhist economics’ of E F Schumacher | Aeon Videos

    For the economist E F Schumacher, the ‘postwar miracle’ sowed the seeds of ruin. The solution?...

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    Can enlightenment still be found on the banks of the Ganges? | Aeon Essays

    Pilgrims have long sought in India’s holiest city an antidote to the modern West, but Varanasi...

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    What do tropical fish make of the strange creatures who love them so? | Aeon Videos

    Watching humans watching fish at a tropical fish shop in a gentrifying part of London is...

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    Why there’s no such thing as the mind and nothing is mental | Aeon Essays

    The terms ‘mind’ and ‘mental’ are messy, harmful and distracting. We should get rid of them...