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The commoners

Between 1890 and 1891, a wealthy New Yorker named Eugene Schieffelin released dozens of starlings into Central Park as part of his campaign to introduce animals...   [ continue reading...]

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Anti-anti-communism

Millions of Russians and eastern Europeans now believe that they were better off under communism. What does this signify?By Kristen R Ghodsee & Scott SehonR...   [ continue reading...]

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How brain stimulation can boost memory if paired with learning

 In 47 CE, Scribonius Largus, court physician to the Roman emperor Claudius, described in his Compositiones a method for treating chronic migraines: place...   [ continue reading...]

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The last whalers

Men from the Shetland Islands worked the whaling expeditions to the Antarctic. Until the whales were goneBy Lyndsie BourgonRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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The swimming club

The phrase ‘a safe space’ emerged from the women's and LGBT movements of the 1960s and '70s, and has since been taken up by a broad swathe of identi...   [ continue reading...]

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The spirit molecule

The theory that the brain produces its own psychedelic compound provokes pop-culture enthusiasm and scientific controversyBy Graham St JohnRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Centaur or fop? How horsemanship made the Englishman a man

For much of human history, horses have been our travelling companions, our weapons of war, our industrial machines, our shoe leather, and our dog food. They hav...   [ continue reading...]

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The man is the music

'Everything that I've experienced, I've made a piece of art to go along with it.' Lonnie Holley was born in 1950, the seventh of 27 children in an African-...   [ continue reading...]

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The swiftness of glaciers: language in a time of climate change

Language bends and buckles under pressure of climate change. Take the adjective ‘glacial’. I recently came across an old draft of my PhD dissertatio...   [ continue reading...]

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Embracing the robot

Robot relationships need not be kinky, exploitative or fake. In fact they might give human relationships a helpful boostBy John DanaherRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Sichuan opera

With origins deep in southern China’s folk storytelling and music customs, Sichuan opera is characterised by traditional instrumentation, a distinctive si...   [ continue reading...]

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If we disagree about morality, how can we teach it?

People disagree about morality. They disagree about what morality prohibits, permits and requires. And they disagree about why morality prohibits, permits and r...   [ continue reading...]

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The shape of life

The ancient Earth was profoundly alien. How do we distinguish between the living and non-living in the fossil record?By Sophia RoosthRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Bullets

‘Sit down, world, and relax...’The Preschool Poets is a short film series that pairs professional animation with poems written by four-year-olds. In...   [ continue reading...]

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A history of alienation

In the postwar period it was understood to be the fundamental malaise of modern life. Why aren’t we ‘alienated’ any more?By Martin JayRead at...   [ continue reading...]

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Say goodbye to the information age: it's all about reputation now

There is an underappreciated paradox of knowledge that plays a pivotal role in our advanced hyper-connected liberal democracies: the greater the amount of infor...   [ continue reading...]

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Why the male black widow is a real home wrecker

Female widow spiders are known for eating their mates after sex – hence the name and notoriety. But as this short video from the science documentary serie...   [ continue reading...]

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A future just, green and free, under a tree named Karl Marx

California has long been seen as the place where the future takes shape, and the state has drawn to it seekers from all over the world and across the political...   [ continue reading...]

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What’s the best option?

It seems only logical: if A is better than B, and B is better than C, then A is better than C. Right? Not necessarilyBy Larry TemkinRead at Aeon   [ continue reading...]

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Why greeting-card clichés are utterly empty yet full of meaning

Cliché is the nemesis of creativity. This statement pervades contemporary attitudes to language, both in the field of literature and in conventional huma...   [ continue reading...]

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