Shattering stars

When scientific pursuits are subject to human shortcomings: the Indian scientist made to wait 50 years for his Nobel Prize - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The real Miss Julie

Victoria Benedictsson assumed a male identity, achieved literary stardom, and took her own life. Then Strindberg stole it - by Elisabeth Åsbrink Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Mapping the unknown

How Rick Lowe transformed the idea of ‘art as an object’ into ‘art as a process’ to build and revitalise his Houston community - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Prehistory in the atomic age

To understand the terrifying futures unleashed by nuclear weapons, we urgently need to return to the deep past - by Maria Stavrinaki Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Letters live: Rob Delaney reads Pliny the Younger

‘You prefer to dine at some nobody’s house!’ How an ancient Roman responded to the deep sting of being snubbed - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Who bears the risk?

Under the guise of empowerment and freedom, politicians and business are offloading lifethreatening risk to individuals - by Suzanne Schneider Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The battles over beginnings

Niccolò Machiavelli’s profound insights about the violent origins of political societies help us understand the world today - by David Polansky Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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How to know if you’re being selfish

Selfishness is an enduring part of the human condition. For Iris Murdoch, the antidote is to decentre oneself from the world - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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To the bone

‘We’re both caught up in the music’: A hunter tries to understand his place in the cycle of living – and dying – things - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Societies of perpetual movement

Why do hunter-gatherers refuse to be sedentary? New answers are emerging from the depths of the Congolese rainforest - by Cecilia Padilla-Iglesias Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Finding Alaa

A father seeks to heal his community and find his granddaughter, after his son’s terrorist attack on Paris in November 2015 - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Cathedrals of convention

Humans have a strong impulse to see things that are arbitrary or conventional as natural and essential – especially language - by Reuben Cohn-Gordon Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Rethinking the homunculus

When we discovered that the brain contained a map of the body it revolutionised neuroscience. But it’s time for an update - by Moheb Costandi Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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‘Oumuamua: our first interstellar visitor

It wasn’t aliens, but the first interstellar object found in our solar system still has much to teach us about the cosmos - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Silencing of the girls

Girls are still in a bad bargain with patriarchy: the price of relationship is keeping their true thoughts to themselves - by Carol Gilligan Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Rolling shapes

How a playful experiment, motivated by scientists’ curiosity, could have novel applications in the realm of quantum optics - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Inventing Hindu supremacy

Vinayak Savarkar ridiculed Gandhi, preaching that anti-Muslim violence was the only means to unite India into a nation - by Mihir Dalal Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Great art explained: ‘The Birth of Venus’

How medieval Christianity met humanist philosophy in Botticelli’s masterful Renaissance painting ‘The Birth of Venus’ - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Folklore is philosophy

Both folktales and formal philosophy unsettle us into thinking anew about our cherished values and views of the world - by Abigail Tulenko Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Kinship

Science must become attuned to the subtle conversations that pervade all life, from the primordial to the present - by David Waltner-Toews Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Good chemistry

The making of a revolution – the exciting history of the CRISPR gene-editing breakthrough, from the two women who did it - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Indexing the information age

Over a weekend in 1995, a small group gathered in Ohio to unleash the power of the internet by making it navigable - by Monica Westin Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Scout’s honor

‘It was a Boy Scout camp, and I was far from a Boy Scout’ – shadow puppetry illuminates a skater kid’s unforgettable summer - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Liberal socialism now

As the crisis of democracy deepens, we must return to liberalism’s revolutionary and egalitarian roots - by Matthew McManus Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Stille

‘If we have any chance at all, then this is our chance – that we become calm’: a Zen Buddhist meditates on humanity’s fate - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The moral risks of fandom

Players, coaches and team owners sometimes do terrible things. What, if anything, should their fans do about that? - by Jake Wojtowicz & Alfred Archer Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Ant geopolitics

Over the past four centuries quadrillions of ants have created a strange and turbulent global society that shadows our own - by John Whitfield Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The balloon man

Before the clock strikes on new year’s day, meet the man who made it his life’s work to create singular celebratory moments - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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There was no Jesus

How could a cult leader draw crowds, inspire devotion and die by crucifixion, yet leave no mark in contemporary records? - by Gavin Evans Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The night doctrine

Orphaned by military night raids, a reporter returns to her native Afghanistan to investigate the trauma left behind - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Frontier AI ethics

Generative agents will change our society in weird, wonderful and worrying ways. Can philosophy help us get a grip on them? - by Seth Lazar Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Hardly working

The daily grind of non-playable characters offers a clever critique of capitalism’s ‘infinite loop of labour performance’ - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Against power

As a republican, Sophie de Grouchy argued that sympathy, not domination, must be the glue that holds society together - by Sandrine Bergès & Eric Schliesser Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The best stories smell

When scents are used to intensify a narrative, they heighten young readers’ emotions and enrich their memory banks - by Natalia Kucirkova Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Now I know where to find you

Afraid of flying, Diego travels the world through Google Maps where he discovers a treasured memory from his childhood - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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Metaphors make the world

Woven into the fabric of language, metaphors shape how we understand reality. What happens when we try using new ones? - by Benjamin Santos Genta Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Built ecologies: Emilio Ambasz

Emilio Ambasz’s pioneering designs begin with a recognition that nature is human-made, paving the way for sustainable shelter - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The cruelty of crypto

Selling itself as the new American dream, crypto exposes the vulnerable to fraud and scams, and loads risk on to the poor - by Rachel O’Dwyer Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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A brief history of Valentine’s cards

From hearts and flowers to mean ‘vinegar Valentines’ – a fascinating look through the V&A’s cards archive from 1780 onward - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The right to bathe

Water is a great healer. Can New York’s public pools and ‘blue spaces’ be engineered for collective hydrotherapy? - by Rebecca Hayes Jacobs Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The winterkeeper

For its winter caretaker of 50 years, Yellowstone National Park is a fragile place, not the unconquerable one of mythos - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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The mythos of leadership

How the biblical King David and Machiavelli’s Prince can help us understand the dominant view of leaders as individualists - by Moshik Temkin Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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The gory history of barber-surgeons

Medieval barbers didn’t just give haircuts – they performed a variety of surgeries, from tooth extraction to amputation - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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One ship, many stories

How a single, unglamorous, workaday merchant vessel tells the history of the 19th-century world in many violent chapters - by Boyd Cothran & Adrian Shubert Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Plato: Gorgias

Cryptic visuals combine with a haunting score to deliver a Socratic exchange on the nature (and dangers) of oratory - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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What awaits us?

Humanity’s future remains as unthinkable as the still-uncolonised galaxy or the enduring mystery of our own births and deaths - by Jennifer Banks Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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On knowing who he was

Alan Watts, for all his faults, was a wildly imaginative and provocative thinker who reimagined religion in a secular age - by Christopher Harding Read at Aeon | Continue reading


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Testimony of Ana

In rural India, witch hunts are still an enduring, deadly reality. Ana’s disturbing story is just one of hundreds - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon | Continue reading


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