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Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires

More and more companies, government agencies, educational institutions and philanthropic organisations are today in the grip of a new phenomenon. I’ve ter...   [ continue reading...]

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A metropolitan world

Urbanisation may be the most profound change to human society in a century, more telling than colour, class or continentBy Michael GoebelRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Beigels already

Beigel Bake on Brick Lane in Shoreditch, east London, has been serving up its bagels 24 hours a day, every day, since 1974. In 1992, the UK filmmaker Debbie Shu...   [ continue reading...]

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The ministry of the stove

The Quakers have historically worshipped outdoors or in public buildings and meeting houses, believing that God is in all people and places. Their meeting house...   [ continue reading...]

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What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil?

Can one do evil without being evil? This was the puzzling question that the philosopher Hannah Arendt grappled with when she reported for The New Yorker in 1961...   [ continue reading...]

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Temperamentally blessed

Just one in five people will be lucky enough to avoid mental health problems throughout their life. How do they do it?By Elizabeth SvobodaRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Journey birds

What feelings and meanings does ‘home’ evoke? And after leaving home, can you find those feelings anew? In the Israeli animator Daphna Awadish&rsquo...   [ continue reading...]

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What we say vs what we mean: what is conversational implicature?

Imagine you have been asked to review the reference letters provided by the candidates for a lectureship in philosophy. One reads: ‘My former student, Dr...   [ continue reading...]

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Not your Tibetan Buddhism

Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see?By Mark HayRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The view from space

‘Even if you're a tough person you can't avoid becoming a child again...’In this video composed of time-lapse imagery recorded from the Internationa...   [ continue reading...]

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Evolving street-smarts

Living among humans favours fearless problem-solvers interested in new things. That's how city birds get smarterBy Menno SchilthuizenRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Enlightenment rationality is not enough: we need a new Romanticism

Neuroscience was part of the dinner conversation in my family, often a prerequisite for truth. Want to talk about art? Not without neuroscience. Interested in j...   [ continue reading...]

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Against marriage

Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It's a bad ideaBy Clare ChambersRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Every Sufi master is, in a sense, a Freudian psychotherapist

Even in the most revolutionary thinkers, you will find the uncannily familiar. Sigmund Freud was no exception. Arabs recognised in Freud’s body of thought...   [ continue reading...]

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Midtown flutter

From a distance, Midtown Manhattan makes up part of New York City's iconic sky-scraping skyline. Among the neighbourhood's buildings, one can get the sense of b...   [ continue reading...]

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Age, height, education

Every day in People’s Square in the heart of Shanghai, parents of marriage-aged single children trawl through handwritten personal advertisements and cons...   [ continue reading...]

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Want to feel unique? Believe in the reptile people

The internet is full of wild-eyed insinuation. Seemingly accidental events are not actually accidental. A few powerful people have hatched plots to bring about...   [ continue reading...]

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Haunted by history

War, famine and persecution inflict profound changes on bodies and brains. Could these changes persist over generations?By Pam WeintraubRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Robot cognition requires machines that both think and feel

For more than two millennia, Western thinkers have separated emotion from cognition – emotion being the poorer sibling of the two. Cognition helps to expl...   [ continue reading...]

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Know thyself

The words ‘know thyself’ (or ‘gnothi seauton’ in Ancient Greek) were famously inscribed above the forecourt at the Temple of Apollo at D...   [ continue reading...]

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