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Against popular culture

For Adorno, popular culture is not just bad art – it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedomBy Owen HulattRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The French revolutionary origins of national self-determination

By the 20th century, the idea that local peoples ought to have a say in the status of their territory came to be called national self-determination. Historians...   [ continue reading...]

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Can you read my lips?

According to the US writer, Rhodes Scholar and disability advocate Rachel Kolb, who was born with bilateral hearing loss, the word ‘lip-reading’ is...   [ continue reading...]

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Confidence tricks

The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidenceBy Matthew SeyboldRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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What was the beguiling spell of Jung’s ‘collective unconscious’?

The first decades of the 20th century saw a raft of psychological terms fall into popular usage. Freudian notions of ‘denial’ and ‘displacemen...   [ continue reading...]

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Edith+Eddie

This highly acclaimed documentary by the filmmaker Laura Checkoway is the story of Edith Hill and Eddie Harrison, who, at ages 96 and 95, became in 2014 the old...   [ continue reading...]

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Light moves at Washington National Cathedral

Shot inside the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC as it was undergoing repairs for earthquake damage, this mesmerising video captures the movement...   [ continue reading...]

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Drunk on genocide: how the Nazis celebrated murdering Jews

It was noon in early 1942 as Johann Grüner approached the ‘German House’ in the Polish town of Nowy Targ for lunch. As a mid-level Nazi bureauc...   [ continue reading...]

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Chau, beyond the lines

Agent Orange was widely used as part of the United States’ herbicidal warfare programme in the Vietnam War, deployed as a means of exposing the positions...   [ continue reading...]

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The five-paragraph fetish

Writing essays by a formula was meant to be a step on the way. Now it’s the stifling goal for student and scholar alikeBy David LabareeRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Guns and the British empire

Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European. Then came the British Empire to drive industry backwardsBy Priya SatiaRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The tech bias: why Silicon Valley needs social theory

In the summer of 2017, a now infamous memo came to light. Written by James Damore, then an engineer at Google, it claimed that the under-representation of women...   [ continue reading...]

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Confabulation: why telling ourselves stories makes us feel ok

In a now classic experiment, the psychologists Richard E Nisbett and Timothy Wilson at the University of Michigan laid out a range of items, such as pairs of st...   [ continue reading...]

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To automate is human

It’s not tools, culture or communication that make humans unique but our knack for offloading dirty work onto machinesBy Antone Martinho-TruswellRead at A...   [ continue reading...]

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The ladybug love-in

The Hippodamia convergens (the convergent ladybug, or ladybird) beetle spends most of its life alone, feasting on aphids and other small, soft-bodied insects. B...   [ continue reading...]

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Styrofoam

As China shifted from a small-farm economy to an industrial powerhouse over the past generation, there’s been an enormous demographic shift, with some 282...   [ continue reading...]

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Why we love tyrants

Psychoanalysis explains how authoritarians energise the hatred, self-pity and delusion while promising heaven on EarthBy David Livingstone SmithRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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What a fossil revolution reveals about the history of ‘big data’

In 1981, when I was nine years old, my father took me to see Raiders of the Lost Ark. Although I had to squint my eyes during some of the scary scenes, I loved...   [ continue reading...]

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See with your ears: Spielberg and sound design

Because film is thought of as a primarily visual medium, it’s easy to overlook the integral role of sound design in on-screen storytelling – particu...   [ continue reading...]

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Few things are as dangerous as economists with physics envy

Two questions: is it good or bad that professional athletes earn 400 times what nurses do, and is string theory a dead end? Each question goes to the heart of i...   [ continue reading...]

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