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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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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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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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A prickly subject

Written and narrated by the poet Anam Cara, A Prickly Subject tackles – in verse – the cultural double standards around female body hair. A collabor...   [ continue reading...]

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Viral rescue

When antibiotics fail, could phage therapy succeed? The germ’s-eye view of infection might open up revolutionary treatmentsBy Emily MonossonRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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An aid industry labouring under colonial structures is no help

I have been an aid worker for more than 25 years. I’ve mostly worked through structures that, while espousing the rhetoric of empowerment of the ‘be...   [ continue reading...]

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Everyday politics

Medieval Chinese conscription shows how ordinary people exercise influential political skills, even in a repressive stateBy Michael SzonyiRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Why symmetry gets really interesting when it is broken

A hypothetical alien visitor, sent to observe all of human culture – art and architecture, music and medicine, storytelling and science – would quic...   [ continue reading...]

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Outerborough

Some of the earliest documentary films were travelogues that offered experiences of places that viewers might never get to visit for themselves. In Outerborough...   [ continue reading...]

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Philosophy’s first steps

Science asks and answers its big questions, so why is philosophy taking its time? Because it’s only just getting startedBy J L SchellenbergRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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I have a message for you

On 4 April 1943, a young Jewish woman named Klara Prowisor was travelling by train from the Mechelen holding camp in Nazi-occupied Belgium to the Auschwitz conc...   [ continue reading...]

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Escape the echo chamber

First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cultBy C Thi NguyenRead at Ae...   [ continue reading...]

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'I believe because it is absurd': Christianity's first meme

Religious belief is often thought to evince a precarious kind of commitment, in which the degree of conviction is inversely proportional to correspondence with...   [ continue reading...]

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Sun Moon London

In the short video Sun Moon London, the UK photographer and filmmaker Luke Miller takes the occasion of the 'harvest moon' on 5 October 2017 (when the full moon...   [ continue reading...]

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The lucid dreaming playbook: how to take charge of your dreams

In Tibetan Buddhism, the group of tantric techniques known as milam aim to reveal the illusory nature of waking life by having practitioners perform yoga in the...   [ continue reading...]

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Gloomy Sunday

When mundane objects such as cords, keys and cloths are fed into a live webcam, a machine-learning algorithm 'sees' brilliant colours and images such as seascap...   [ continue reading...]

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What is good science?

Demanding that a theory is falsifiable or observable, without any subtlety, will hold science back. We need madcap ideasBy Adam BeckerRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The stowaway’s story chimes with the explorer in us all

Whatever currency drives adventure, whether fame or fortune, a stowaway trying to cash in on glory often features in the story. Sometimes, they’re escapin...   [ continue reading...]

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Phantasmic Phoenicia

The British, Irish and Lebanese have all claimed descent from the ancient Phoenicians. But ancient Phoenicia never existedBy Josephine QuinnRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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