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George Saunders: on story

The US writer George Saunders is celebrated both for his masterful prose and empathic storytelling. A MacArthur Fellow and National Book Award finalist, Saunder...   [ continue reading...]

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Fatal nurture: what a rare disorder says about ‘bad mothers’

Mothers have been the target of intense scrutiny and control throughout history. But during the 20th century this attention underwent a major shift. Motherhood...   [ continue reading...]

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Now you see it, now you...

Seeing things that are hidden; failing to see things in plain sight. How magic exploits the everyday weirdness of perceptionBy Vebjørn EkrollRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Moral luck

Two people drive drunk at night: one kills a pedestrian, one doesn't. Does the unlucky killer deserve more blame or not?By Robert J HartmanRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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A house without snakes

‘It’s upon us as the youth to find out who we really want to be.’An intimate coming-of-age portrait expertly told, A House Without Snakes by t...   [ continue reading...]

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The revolutionary figure of the beautiful, self-improved soul

In a global culture that appears increasingly obsessed with radical individualism, narcissistic presentations of self, and incendiary political rhetoric, it is...   [ continue reading...]

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Balloonfest

In 1986, the United Way of Cleveland hatched a plan to raise money and set a world record by releasing 1.5 million balloons into the sky. Publicised as an event...   [ continue reading...]

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Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism

‘Buy land – they aren’t making it any more,’ quipped Mark Twain. It’s a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Mon...   [ continue reading...]

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Operation: neutrino

How the neutrino went from ghost particle to vital physics tool – a tale of bombs, espionage and subtle flavoursBy David KaiserRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Quantum shape-shifting: neutrino oscillations

Most objects in the Universe maintain a single identity regardless of the context. Even at the subatomic level, electrons keep the very same mass and charge whe...   [ continue reading...]

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The pig on your plate

That pigs are smart and sensitive is not in doubt. How can we justify continuing to kill them for food?By Barbara J KingRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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What high-speed astronomy can tell us about the galactic zoo

For most of human history, the distant ‘celestial sphere’ was regarded as perfect and unchanging. Stars remained in place, planets moved predictably...   [ continue reading...]

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America’s hidden philosophy

When Cold War philosophy tied rational choice theory to scientific method, it embedded the free-market mindset in US societyBy John McCumberRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Psychopaths have feelings: can they learn how to use them?

Psychopaths have long captured the imagination. The names of famous psychopaths, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, evoke a morbid curiosity. The crimes comm...   [ continue reading...]

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Animated life: living fossil fish

In 1938, the South African museum curator Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer set out on a quest to preserve an unusual fish given to her by a local fisherman. Soon afte...   [ continue reading...]

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Moderation may be the most challenging and rewarding virtue

Three centuries ago, the French political philosopher Montesquieu claimed that human beings accommodate themselves better to the middle than to the extremes. On...   [ continue reading...]

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Pain in the machine

Evolutionarily, pain exists to warn of potentially harmful and dangerous things in the environment, allowing us and other creatures to learn, respond and ultima...   [ continue reading...]

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Is linguistics a science?

Much of linguistic theory is so abstract and dependent on theoretical apparatus that it might be impossible to explainBy Arika OkrentRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Arnold

Arnold Drake World works some beguilingly simple magic at a communal table in a bookstore café in Portland, Oregon, masterfully folding paper hand towels...   [ continue reading...]

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Concentration camps reveal the nature of the modern state

In the history of concentration camps, there is one thing that everyone knows: they were invented by the British. The idea of isolating unwanted population grou...   [ continue reading...]

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