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This ancient mnemonic technique builds a palace of memory

In Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective novel A Study in Scarlet (1887) we learn that Sherlock Holmes used the most effective memory system known: a memory pala...   [ continue reading...]

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Readers of the world unite

How markets, Marx, and provincial elites created world literature to fight both empire and nationalismBy Martin PuchnerRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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To find aliens, we must think of life as we don’t know it

From blob-like jellyfish to rock-like lichens, our planet teems with such diversity of life that it is difficult to recognise some organisms as even being alive...   [ continue reading...]

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Strange continuity: why our brains don’t explode at film cuts

Before the emergence and rapid proliferation of film editing at the dawn of the 20th century, humans had never been exposed to anything quite like film cuts: qu...   [ continue reading...]

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Change becomes you

Being the same person over time is not about holding on to every aspect of your current self but about changing purposefullyBy Kevin TobiaRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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We have a new word for that feeling when travel makes everything new

On a double-decker bus from Dublin airport to Drumcondra early one June morning, a young lad stretched out on the back seat and started to rap. What he lacked i...   [ continue reading...]

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Les anglo-saxons

Not just American or British, the Anglo-Saxon is a mirror to Frenchness: the country’s alter-ego and most feared enemyBy Emile ChabalRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Unendurable line

Created for the Japanese educational TV programme Design Ah, this brief, boisterous video demonstrates the concept of mathematical thresholds, where an A-to-B c...   [ continue reading...]

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The 13th-century revolution that made modern poetry possible

In the 13th century, English poetry changed dramatically. There were no battles, no pamphleteering, or Ezra Pound-style polemics, and no warring factions. Yet b...   [ continue reading...]

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Buffalo dreams

‘Other people would probably think I’m mad, but everything starts from somewhere.’Consumed by the idea of bringing American bison (commonly ca...   [ continue reading...]

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Talking gibberish

The study of languages has long been prone to nonsense. Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots?By Gaston DorrenRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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We are dead stars

You might have heard that we are made of ‘star stuff’, but what exactly does that mean? In this collaboration between The Atlantic and the podcast T...   [ continue reading...]

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Don’t look away

Photography came of age amid the wars and atrocities, as well as the humanitarian aspirations, of the modern worldBy Jeremy AdelmanRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The most wonderful words in science: ‘We have no idea… yet!’

If you could fast-forward some 1,000 years and peek into a college science textbook from the year 3000, what would you see? I doubt you’d find many of our...   [ continue reading...]

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Mother’s Day

In the United States, 7 per cent of children (more than 5 million) have a parent who has been in prison. With a patient, sensitive approach, the US director Eli...   [ continue reading...]

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Where pain lives

Fixing chronic back pain is possible only when patients understand how much it is produced by the brain, not the spineBy Cathryn Jakobson RaminRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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How ‘white people’ were invented by a playwright in 1613

The Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton invented the concept of ‘white people’ on 29 October 1613, the date that his play The Triumphs of Truth was...   [ continue reading...]

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Imagination is ancient

Our imaginative life today has access to the pre-linguistic, ancestral mind: rich in imagery, emotions and associationsBy Stephen T AsmaRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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This striking feature of Manila makes it an emblematic global city

Tokyo, London, New York, Paris, Manila. Few would think of Manila atop a list of the 21st century’s premiere cities. Nor would most think of the Philippin...   [ continue reading...]

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The Sun is always shining

Western psychology holds that humans are not born with a sense of self, but rather that the self is constructed over time, gradually emerging within the first t...   [ continue reading...]

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