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Let’s open our sealed-off lives to semi-permeable architecture

Traditional buildings are designed to provide protection against a savage world, with us safe on one side and our waste on the other. Architects have long relie...   [ continue reading...]

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Gandhi the philosopher

Better known as the face of non-violent protest, Gandhi was also a surprising, subtle philosopher in the Stoic traditionBy Richard SorabjiRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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A Thanksgiving eel

There are a great many common misconceptions about the ‘first Thanksgiving’ – not the least of which is the menu. But according to the US writ...   [ continue reading...]

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Mona Lisa selfie

On permanent and prominent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s enigmatic masterwork the Mona Lisa (1503-17) is protected by bulletp...   [ continue reading...]

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Why marathon runners in the United States are getting slower

Americans are getting slower. It sounds outlandish because life, in general, is becoming faster. Compared with a generation ago, things move more quickly: cars...   [ continue reading...]

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Afterglow

The intensity of orgasm is sublime, but the gentle love cocktail that follows is what helps relationships to endureBy Tove K DanovichRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The rabbit hunt

In parts of the Florida Everglades, there's a tradition that dates back to the early 20th century in which young men – and now young women – use not...   [ continue reading...]

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Is the death of an elder worse than the death of a young person?

Not long before he died, I sat in hospital with my grandfather, keeping him company as he waited, gowned and gaunt, for whatever the doctors might do. Before I...   [ continue reading...]

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Against citizen science

It might style itself as a grassroots movement but citizen science is little more than a cheap land-grab by big businessBy Philip MirowskiRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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When I help you, I also help myself: on being a cosmopolitan

One of the axioms of modern morality is that there is an inevitable tension between altruism and selfishness. The more you focus your attention, energy and reso...   [ continue reading...]

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1953

The observational short documentary 1953 explores the rich sights and sounds that accompany the now esoteric process of caring for a 250-year-old Dutch windmill...   [ continue reading...]

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Do civilisations collapse?

The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeologyBy Guy MiddletonRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Oil & water

‘I just wanna be normal, cos obviously normal I'm not.’In an east London garage, Darren, a mechanic, oscillates between the highs and lows of his re...   [ continue reading...]

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Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory

To make sense of human voices, we rely on senses beyond hearing. The songs of Taylor Swift can be sweet and soft. Lady Gaga’s singing feels dark. Johnny C...   [ continue reading...]

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Changing faces

Face transplants expose deep-held prejudices about identity and wellbeing. Are these ideas ripe for a radical rethink?By Sharrona PearlRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Persistence of vision III

Nidaros Cathedral in the Norwegian city of Trondheim is the northernmost medieval cathedral in the world, and it has an enduring history of destruction and rest...   [ continue reading...]

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Who first buried the dead?

Evidence of burial rites by the primitive, small-brained Homo naledi suggests that symbolic behaviour is very ancient indeedBy Paige MadisonRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion

For most people today, socialism is associated with a secular or atheistic worldview. Since the October Revolution of 1917, most socialist regimes have built on...   [ continue reading...]

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Struggling to see Palestine

For Westerners, the Bible and its prophecies have obscured as much as they've revealed about the Holy LandBy Michael PressRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Squid: coming to life

Produced by the evolutionary and developmental biologist Nipam Patel in his Patel Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, Squid: Coming to Life literally...   [ continue reading...]

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