The missing conversation

To the detriment of the public, scientists and historians don’t engage with one another. They must begin a new dialogue - by Lorraine Daston & Peter Harrison Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Great art explained: Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne

How Bernini’s dynamic sculptures captured the passionate, theatrical mood of the Baroque era, and made all of Rome a stage - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Indomitable Sufis

Once a centre of Afghan culture, Sufism seems to have disappeared in the maelstrom of war and upheaval. But still it survives - by Annika Schmeding Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The last eclipse in history

Solar eclipses are a happy astronomical accident. They were once even more spectacular, and will eventually fade away - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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We’ll meet again

The intrepid logician Kurt Gödel believed in the afterlife. In four heartfelt letters to his mother he explained why - by Alexander T Englert Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Dancing and time

For Rachel Bespaloff, philosophy was a sensual activity shaped by the rhythm of history, embodied in an instant of freedom - by Isabel Jacobs Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Motion extraction

See the hidden movement in the natural world, thanks to ‘motion extraction’, a filmmaker’s innovative digital effect - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The subtle art of elevation

Architectural drawing speaks of mathematical precision, but its roots lie in the theological exegesis of a prophetic book - by Karl Kinsella Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The cactus of Klaus

‘They are pure mathematics – they’re like stars’: an experimental sculptor reflects on the lessons he’s learnt from cacti - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Saved by Infinite Jest

Bereft and suicidal, I lay on my sofa. Only David Foster Wallace’s novel kept me tethered to life, and still does - by Mala Chatterjee Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Birdsong

For its few remaining speakers, the whistled language of the Hmong offers deep connection to the natural and spirit worlds - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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A silken web

From its mythic beginnings in a Chinese garden, the story of silk is a window into how weaving has shaped human history - by Peter Frankopan, Marie-Louise Nosch & Feng Zhao Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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When does after begin?

Three earthquakes hit Mexico City on the same date in 1985, 2017 and 2022. The coincidence left the city stranded in time - by Lachlan Summers Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The spirit triangles

Are these triangles propelled by music, or is it a sensory trick? Origami and a heady score create a synaesthetic experience - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Of memes and magick

Bending a mysterious world to your will was the goal of esoteric practices. Now it’s the unashamed aim of the tech titans - by Tara Isabella Burton Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Figs

Born in Alabama when segregation was still law, Bonnie’s story charts how systemic racism shaped the contours of her life - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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What colour do you see?

New research is uncovering the hidden differences in how people experience the world. The consequences are unsettling - by Gary Lupyan Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Trauma on a loop

I was the victim of a carjacking. The trauma from that experience was unendurable. Then I discovered eye movement therapy - by Madison McLoughlin Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The two Chomskys

The US military’s greatest enemy worked in an institution saturated with military funding. How did it shape his thought? - by Chris Knight Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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How to be an atheist in medieval Europe

Digging into the pre-history of atheism, the historian Alec Ryrie finds its roots in medieval incredulity and resentments - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The rights of the dead

From the Irish Giant to the Ancient One, is it ever ethical for scientists and museums to study bodies without permission? - by Anita Guerrini Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Decoding ancestral knowledge

How ancient Hawaiian ways of understanding the natural world led to a scientific breakthrough for managing local waterways - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Forging philosophy

A 17th-century classic of Ethiopian philosophy might be a fake. Does it matter, or is that just how philosophy works? - by Jonathan Egid Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The secrets of the world’s most famous symphony

More than just catchy, Beethoven’s Fifth is a true Romantic masterwork that channelled self-expression and inner turmoil - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Citizens

Devon, 1970s: I’m a rector’s son, hanging out with Boz the biker. My life is about to open up – what does it promise for him? - by Tim Pears Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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A glimpse of the world’s heart

I tried to go to a sacred place atop a mountain. But there are some places we cannot go – and some things we cannot know - by Nick Hunt Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Komar and Melamid: a two-party system

Meet Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, two Russian artists whose work subverted both the Soviet state and the US art scene - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The skyhook solution

Space junk surrounds Earth, posing a dangerous threat. But there is a way to turn the debris into opportunity - by Angelos Alfatzis Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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How AI learns to see without eyes

To teach a computer how to see, it helps to first understand how humans see (or don’t see) the world around them - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Witness the pain

When loved ones are traumatically lost, bereaved families become accidental activists by turning grief into grievance - by Chris Bobel Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Henri Bergson: The Possible and the Real

Why is there something instead of nothing? For Henri Bergson, this misguided question leads traditional metaphysics astray - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Battling implicit bias

Training is a cheap solution to a hard problem. It is the systems that allow for biased behaviour that need to change - by Jeffrey To Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Ethics has no foundation

Ethical values can be both objective and knowable – torture really is wrong – yet not need any foundation outside themselves - by Andrew Sepielli Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Dying for beginners

A palliative care specialist makes a gentle yet powerful case for discussing and understanding how death usually unfolds - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Cashless sucks

It’s not in the interests of the ordinary person but it’s not a conspiracy either. A cashless society is a system run amok - by Brett Scott Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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One revolution per minute

Climb aboard the SSPO Esperanta to imagine the future of space travel on a luxury sightseeing tour of the solar system - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Both one and yet distinct

Being a twin (as our author knows) cracks open our ideas of the perfectly bounded self and might liberate us all - by Helena de Bres Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Scott Aaronson: What is mathematical truth?

What can a quantum information theorist say about the certainty of arithmetic and the universality of mathematical truth? - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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What is it like to be a crab?

Consciousness science should move past a focus on complex mammalian brains to study the behaviour of ‘simpler’ animals - by Kristin Andrews Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Psychosis and psychedelics

In the 1960s, psychedelic research was driven underground. Now it’s re-emerging – with lessons for the study of psychosis - by Phoebe Friesen Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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When the LAPD blows up your neighborhood

Through deft editing skills, a filmmaker untangles the web of carelessness and incompetence that led to a disastrous explosion - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Purposeful universe

Neither atheism nor theism adequately explains reality. That is why we must consider the middle ground between the two - by Philip Goff Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Chasse Galerite

This wondrous animation pairs beautiful watercolours with a fantastical folktale told in an endangered French Creole - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The patterns of reality

Some have thought that logic will one day be completed and all its problems solved. Now we know it is an endless task - by Timothy Williamson Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The art of eating

Each meal is a symphony: a vintage documentary on the philosophy behind a Québec gastronomical society’s biannual dinner - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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How traditions progress

The colourful Swiss sport of stone putting illuminates Aristotle’s insights into the shortcomings of conservative thought - by Daniel Kranzelbinder Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The haunting of modern China

In Nanjing, Hong Kong and other Chinese cities, rapid urbanisation is multiplying a fear of death and belief in ghosts - by Andrew Kipnis Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Backflip

Faced with the limitations of the human body and mind, Nikita programs an AI avatar to learn to do a backflip in his place - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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