Theo Todman's Web Page - Notes Pages
(Work In Progress: output at 27/01/2020 11:20:54)
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- The Aeon eZine, described in Aeon: About:-
- Covers a large number of philosophical topics that I’m particularly interested in from a semi-professional point of view.
- It also covers others that are of more general interest, for which I’ve read papers as they crop up but don’t really have much time to comment on.
- Finally, there are others – and particularly videos – which are not as relevant, and which I often ignore.
- This Note contains links to Aeon papers and videos I've found interesting – or hope to find interesting – from 2019 onwards, together with a few others that I’d not had time to categorise in this Note1. It represents an attempt to gain benefit from Aeon without incurring the overheads previously exemplified in the Note just cited. I intend to combine the two Notes in due course.
- The items accessed now appear in two lists: those I’ve read, and those I’ve not. The latter list ought to be itself divided in two – those I intend to read and those I don’t. This is because the items arrive too rapidly to be read, at least while I’m in “catch-up” mode. However, I’ve decided to simply prioritise the items, with the lower-priority items likely to remain languishing at the bottom. The priorities are fairly random, and subject to revision. I’ve recently decided to restrict “priority 1” items to a maximum of 10.
- Those I’ve read appear first, in reverse date of publication. I’ve tried to add a brief footnote for each.
- For the list of items I’ve not read, the items most recently published appear – within their respective priorities – at the top of the list when accessed, though with the videos first as they’re quicker to get through. Some of these items were "reminders" sent out at weekends when new material doesn't appear, so can have much earlier publication dates than their sequence in the list might imply. I’m in the process of adding the dates, which appear in red.
- The counts of the papers read – and unread by priority – appear in the table above, with hyperlinks to the lists.
- Note that where a date appears, this is the date published, not the date read. Any comments or additional information appear as a footnote, followed by clicking the date. Click on the paper title for the link to the full text on the Aeon website.
- I intend to add links to the PID Notes, where applicable, to which these works are relevant, and to their authors if they appear in my database. Also, if a paper turns out to be important enough for my research, I’ll incorporate it into my database so the hyperlinks to the topic of interest work better and I can add more information.
- While this was supposed to be a “quick and dirty” approach, I unfortunately ran into the MS Access 64k-character size-limit for long text. Thankfully, this can be over-ridden if the text is populated using Access Basic code, so I’ve added the wherewithal to achieve this. The references to “WebRef= nnnn” signify the primary key for a couple of tables I use to generate this page.
- A note on completeness: I’ve now been through all the emails received from Aeon in 2019, together with those at the end of 2018 giving the “highlights of the year”, and extracted all papers and videos of interest. Relatively few were omitted. I’ve not been through those for 2018, and don’t intend to do so until I’ve read all the priority-1 items from 2019 – though I’ve decided to look at a 2018-email a day while I’m keeping up to date with 2019. Those for 2017 were dealt with in this Note2, though my selection criteria were more rigorous in those days.
- I have to add a note of warning to myself. These papers are – in most cases – especially in the case of those selected – fascinating and informative. But they also lead on to other papers cited that are likewise fascinating and informative, or important if I am to follow in detail or critique the arguments put forward. There is no end to this process, which may end up as a distraction from constructive work.
- Some of the papers or videos are republications from other sites of interest. While noting the above comment, I will list them here (in the order they came to my attention):-
→ Closer to Truth
→ Woit - Not Even Wrong
→ 3Blue1Brown (excellent mathematics site)
→ Institute of Arts and Ideas
→ Philosophy Overdose
→ Physics Reimagined
→ YouTube: Then & Now
→ The Royal Institution
- I ought to add a note on why all this is worth bothering with.
- Firstly, some items are relevant to my research or other projects, and provide a more contemporary or less formal / more exploratory approach than I’ll find in academic papers or books.
- Secondly, there are items on a very wide range of subjects that might be treated in magazines or broadsheets but which are dealt with in greater depth here.
- So, my intention is to use Aeon for general culture and education, and Newspapers for … news.
→ When present, these are recent items yet to be imported into the Aeon_Files table.
Items Not Yet Read
- Priority: 1
- Aeon: Video - Donald Hoffman - The Case Against Reality: 05/11/2019 (Donald D. Hoffman) (WebRef=8094)
- Aeon: Thomas - Before, now, and next: 23/01/2020 (Emily Thomas) (PID Note: Time80) (WebRef=9022)
→ Pastness, presentness and futurity seem to be real features of the world, but are they? On McTaggart’s philosophy of time
- Aeon: Lenz - The adversarial culture in philosophy does not serve the truth: 08/01/2020 (Martin Lenz) (WebRef=8763)
- Aeon: Sommer - Reasons not to scoff at ghosts, visions and near-death experiences: 06/01/2020 (Andreas Sommer) (PID Note: Near Death Experiences81) (WebRef=8769)
- Aeon: Aronson & Duportail - The quantified heart: 12/07/2018 (Polinda Aronson & Judith Duportail) (WebRef=8824)
→ Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be
- Aeon: Rachlin - Teleological behaviourism or what it means to imagine a lion: 25/05/2018 (Howard Rachlin) (WebRef=8903)
- Aeon: Kasmirli - What we say vs what we mean: what is conversational implicature?: 20/04/2018 (Maria Kasmirli) (WebRef=8956)
- Aeon: Pessoa - Robot cognition requires machines that both think and feel: 13/04/2018 (Luiz Pessoa) (PID Note: Transhumanism82) (WebRef=8970)
- Aeon: Danaher - Embracing the robot: 19/03/2018 (John Danaher) (PID Note: Transhumanism83) (WebRef=9013)
→ Robot relationships need not be kinky, exploitative or fake. In fact they might give human relationships a helpful boost
- Aeon: Temkin - What’s the best option?: 13/03/2018 (Larry S. Temkin) (WebRef=9032)
→ What’s the best option?
- Aeon: Han - The copy is the original: 08/03/2018 (Byung-Chul Han) (PID Note: Logic of Identity84) (WebRef=9024)
→ In China and Japan, temples may be rebuilt and ancient warriors cast again. There is nothing sacred about the ‘original’
- Aeon: Olberding - The outsider: 06/03/2018 (Amy Olberding) (WebRef=9043)
→ As a philosopher, I can’t conceal my class. But I prefer the counsel of my grandmother to platitudes about ‘impostor syndrome’
- Aeon: Russell - Philosophical intuition: just what is ‘a priori’ justification?: 02/03/2018 (Bruce Russell) (WebRef=9038)
- Aeon: Rees - Animal agents: 26/02/2018 (Amanda Rees) (WebRef=9053)
→ Can they shape their own lives? Or the course of history? It’s time to reconsider the significance of animal agency
- Aeon: Colombo - Why children ask ‘Why?’ and what makes a good explanation: 01/02/2017 (Matteo Colombo) (WebRef=9028)
- Aeon: Root-Gutteridge - The songs of the wolves: 25/05/2016 (Holly Root-Gutteridge) (WebRef=8897)
→ Wolves’ howls are eerie, beautiful and wild. But what are they actually saying to each other?
- Aeon: Talbot - The good death: 25/09/2014 (Mary Talbot) (PID Note: Death85) (WebRef=9007)
→ It’s a modern dream that we can plan a good and peaceful death but what can we really do to meet the end of all we are?
- Aeon: Rowlands - A right to believe?: 20/05/2013 (Mark Rowlands) (WebRef=8987)
→ You are entitled to believe what you will, but your beliefs must be subject to criticism and scrutiny just like mine
- Aeon: Vedral - What life wants: 27/11/2012 (Vlatko Vedral) (PID Note: Life86) (WebRef=8961)
→ Dead matter has no goals of its own, yet life is constantly striving. That makes it a deep puzzle for physics
- Priority: 2
- Aeon: Video - Mary-Jane Rubenstein: multiverses, pantheism and ecology: 20/01/2020 (Mary-Jane Rubenstein) (WebRef=8957)
→ If you think that modern cosmology leaves no room for ‘god’, start using your imagination
- Aeon: Video - Bayes's theorem, and making probability intuitive: 17/01/2020 (WebRef=8920)
→ What is it to be Bayesian? The (pretty simple) math modelling behind a Big Data buzzword
- Aeon: Video - Winners take all: 06/01/2020 (Anand Giridharadas) (WebRef=8768)
→ Win-win solutions are a fantasy: in reality, progress creates both winners and losers
- Aeon: Video - Cooperation and evolution: 21/11/2019 (WebRef=8224)
- Aeon: Video - What toddlers can teach us about how the human brain does science: 02/08/201987
- Aeon: Video - Why artificial neural networks have a long way to go before they can ‘see’ like us: 09/07/2019 (WebRef=8078)
→ Why artificial neural networks have a long way to go before they can ‘see’ like us
- Aeon: Video - What is Antimatter?: 27/06/2019 (WebRef=8116)
- Aeon: Video - Hoplites! Greeks at war: 23/05/2019 (WebRef=8178)
→ Frozen for millennia, an ancient Greek soldier is freed to charge into battle once again
- Aeon: Video - Are you sure? Truth, certainty and politics: 20/05/201988
- Aeon: Video - Timelapse of the future: 18/04/2019 (WebRef=8271)
- Aeon: Video - Animal gaits: 05/04/2019 (WebRef=8295)
- Aeon: Video - Karl Popper: philosophy against false prophets: 28/03/2019 (WebRef=8309)
- Aeon: Video - Universe: 26/03/2019 (WebRef=8313)
- Aeon: Video - Stephen Hawking: supertranslation: 25/02/2019 (Stephen Hawking) (WebRef=8346)
- Aeon: Video - Being 97: 18/02/2019 (WebRef=8358)
→ An ageing philosopher returns to the essential question: ‘What is the point of it all?’
- Aeon: Video - 20 Hz: 15/02/2019 (WebRef=8362)
→ Magnetic and majestic: visualising the powerful storms hidden from human view
- Aeon: Video - Erica: Man made: 11/02/2019 (WebRef=8371)
→ Uncanny! Is this humanoid robot a curiosity, or a preview of a post-human world?
- Aeon: Video - The problem of free will: 04/01/2019 (PID Note: Free Will89) (WebRef=8445)
- Aeon: Video - Seven million years of human evolution: 20/12/2018 (WebRef=8469)
- Aeon: Video - Cosmologist Pedro Ferreira on dark energy: 17/12/2018 (WebRef=8488)
- Aeon: Video - What is fat for?: 14/12/2018 (WebRef=8494)
→ Abundance has made fat an enemy, but it’s been a friend to humans for millennia
- Aeon: Video - The truth about algorithms: 20/11/201890
- Aeon: Video - Want a whole new body? Ask this flatworm how: 15/11/2018 (PID Note: Animals91) (WebRef=8548)
→ The blob with a superpower: cut a flatworm in four pieces and watch it regenerate four-fold
- Aeon: Video - Vargsamtal: 01/11/2018 (WebRef=8585)
→ Would you choose to live wild and free as a wolf, or have a job with benefits, like a sled dog?
- Aeon: Video - The origin of quantum mechanics: 25/10/2018 (WebRef=8600)
→ The physics revolution that started with the flicker of a lightbulb
- Aeon: Video - 73 cows: 22/10/2018 (WebRef=8607)
→ Can you be a beef farmer if the animals are your friends?
- Aeon: Video - The forgotten (female) quantum pioneer, Grete Hermann: 19/10/2018 (WebRef=8612)
→ Splitting the truth: the philosopher that physics forgot
- Aeon: Video - Can apes really 'talk' to humans?: 15/10/2018 (WebRef=8621)
→ People have been trying to talk with apes for nearly a century. How far have we got?
- Aeon: Video - Transgenic spidergoats: 05/10/2018 (WebRef=8637)
→ Spidergoats to the rescue! How to make silk from milk with genetic engineering
- Aeon: Video - Our short-sighted inner fish: 28/09/2018 (WebRef=8650)
→ Why did our sea-dwelling ancestors leap to land? It might have been the view
- Aeon: Video - Restoration of mosaic of the Epiphany of Dionysus: 27/09/2018 (WebRef=8652)
→ How does a precious ancient Greek mosaic get from an excavation site to a museum?
- Aeon: Video - A day in Pompeii: 20/09/2018 (WebRef=8674)
→ From eruption to obliteration – the sights and sounds of 48 fateful hours in Pompeii
- Aeon: Video - Frames of Reference: 13/09/2018 (WebRef=8461)
→ This clever and stylish 1960 film is the most fun you’ll ever have at a physics lecture
- Aeon: Video - Better humans: 03/08/2018 (Braden Allenby & Conor Walsh) (WebRef=8778)
→ Human as a process: What awaits us in the coming age of bio-enhancement?
- Aeon: Video - You gotta believe: 30/07/201892
- Aeon: Video - Bertrand Russell: Face to Face: 16/07/2018 (Bertrand Russell) (WebRef=8796)
→ A fanatic against fanaticism, and other pleasures of Bertrand Russell in his own words
- Aeon: Video - Personal truth: 12/07/2018 (WebRef=8823)
→ Sure, ‘Pizzagate’ is bunk, but does a conspiracy theorist lurk inside all of us?
- Aeon: Video - The restrained brain: 09/07/2018 (PID Note: Brain93) (WebRef=8452)
→ Why preparation, not willpower, is the key to mastering self-restraint
- Aeon: Video - The evolution of parenting: 06/07/2018 (WebRef=8817)
→ Could grandmotherly love help to explain how we became human?
- Aeon: Video - A spark of consciousness: 02/07/2018 (Danbee Kim & David Chalmers) (WebRef=8811)
→ Leaping from firing neurons to human behaviour is tempting, but it’s a perilous gap
- Aeon: Video - Mythos: 29/06/2018 (WebRef=8455)
→ Clever graphic vignettes communicate the timeless simplicity of Greek myths
- Aeon: Video - Reading a dog's mind: 12/06/2018 (Gregory Berns) (WebRef=8850)
→ What is your dog really thinking? MRI brain scans might soon provide the answer
- Aeon: Video - I kill: 01/06/2018 (WebRef=8886)
→ Is a hands-on approach to animal slaughter more humane?
- Aeon: Video - Cucli: 28/05/2018 (WebRef=8876)
→ How caring for an injured dove gave a widowed man a new outlook on life
- Aeon: Video - Three red sweaters: 08/05/2018 (WebRef=8914)
→ Do we need our memories when we can document virtually every aspect of our lives?
- Aeon: Video - Know thyself: 13/04/2018 (Nigel Warburton) (PID Note: Self94) (WebRef=8969)
→ Socrates believed self-knowledge was essential. Today, we wonder if there’s even a self to know
- Aeon: Video - I have a message for you: 09/04/2018 (WebRef=8466)
- Aeon: Video - Aldous Huxley on technodictators: 30/03/2018 (Aldous Huxley) (PID Note: Transhumanism95) (WebRef=9001)
→ Aldous Huxley on the dangers of being ‘caught by surprise by our own advancing technology’
- Aeon: Video - All terrain robot: 09/03/2018 (WebRef=9025)
→ The tiny robot that could wriggle its way across the perilous terrain of the human body
- Aeon: Video - Alien hand: 02/03/2018 (WebRef=9036)
→ A syndrome stranger than sci-fi – how limbs can get a mind of their own
- Aeon: Video - Strange continuity: why our brains don't explode at film cuts: 19/09/2017 (WebRef=8499)
- Aeon: Video - Why it's impossible to tune a piano: 13/06/2017 (WebRef=8785)
→ The mathematics of music means piano strings can never be in perfect harmony
- Aeon: Video - How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’: 19/05/2017 (PID Note: Time Travel96) (WebRef=4115)
- Aeon: Video - Karl Popper's falsification: 22/12/2016 (Nigel Warburton) (WebRef=8832)
→ ‘Falsification’ ruled 20th-century science. Does it need revision in the 21st?
- Aeon: Video - Chalmers: The philosophy of virtual reality: 23/05/2016 (David Chalmers) (WebRef=8663)
→ New realities are imminent: how VR reframes big questions in philosophy
- Aeon: Video - Privacy and power in the digital age: 21/03/2016 (Luciano Floridi, Nigel Warburton) (WebRef=8843)
→ The information age traffics in speed. To adapt to it wisely, we must slow down
- Aeon: Video - Logical Positivism: 28/01/2016 (WebRef=8628)
→ You messed up. You’re in trouble. But don’t worry, logical positivism can help
- Aeon: Video - The divided brain: 06/08/2015 (WebRef=8740)
→ Our divided brains are far more complex and remarkable than a left/right split
- Aeon: Video - Gina: 20/07/2015 (WebRef=9008)
→ A moving argument for one woman’s right to choose when and how she dies
- Aeon: Video - The Libet Experiment: Is Free Will Just an Illusion?: 16/03/2015 (PID Note: Free Will97) (WebRef=8200)
- Aeon: Video - The man who turned paper into pixels: 09/03/201598
- Aeon: Video - This must be the place: 29/12/2014 (WebRef=8950)
→ A 70-year-old Danish mariner and yogi shares his plans for dying well
- Aeon: Video - The prodigy: 25/04/2014 (WebRef=8996)
→ For the star of the Bolshoi Ballet, there is no distinction between life and art
- Aeon: Video - Minka: 17/01/2014 (WebRef=8867)
→ A Japanese student and an American journalist rescue an ancient farmhouse
- Aeon: Video - Future dimensions: 19/11/2013 (PID Note: Transhumanism99) (WebRef=8523)
→ Welcome to a world of existential threats, philosophers and clever robots
- Aeon: Ivanhoe - How Confucius loses face in China’s new surveillance regime: 17/01/2020 (Philip Ivanhoe) (WebRef=8921)
- Aeon: Sebo - All we owe to animals: 15/01/2020 (Jeff Sebo) (WebRef=8874)
→ It is not enough to conserve species and ecosystems. We have an ethical duty to care for each individual animal on earth
- Aeon: Callcut - Death by design: 14/01/2020 (Daniel Callcut) (WebRef=8849)
→ We can chose how we live – why not how we leave? A free society should allow dying to be more deliberate and imaginative
- Aeon: Maier - Making up stuff: 13/01/2020 (Emar Maier) (WebRef=8837)
→ A novel, by definition, tells a fictional story – but does that make its author a liar? On the space between stories and lies
- Aeon: Powell - Fate of the Universe: 07/01/2020 (Corey S. Powell) (WebRef=8771)
→ Are we part of a dying reality or a blip in eternity? The value of the Hubble Constant could tell us which terror awaits
- Aeon: Rowson - Concentrate!: 06/01/2020 (Jonathan Rowson) (WebRef=8770)
→ The challenge of chess – learning how to hold complexity in mind and still make good decisions – is also the challenge of life
- Aeon: Ruse - The meaning to life? A Darwinian existentialist has his answers: 25/10/2019 (Michael Ruse) (WebRef=8058)
- Aeon: Leavens - The pointing ape: 01/10/2019 (David Leavens) (PID Note: Animals100) (WebRef=7961)
- Aeon: Mitchell - Sex on the brain: 25/09/2019101
- Aeon: Rothfels - Prison, spectacle, refuge: 19/09/2019 (Nigel T. Rothfels) (WebRef=7971)
→ Modern zoos are proud of their contribution to animal conservation but will always be haunted by their histories
- Aeon: Spiegelhalter - Citizens need to know numbers: 16/09/2019 (David Spiegelhalter) (WebRef=7964)
→ A single statistic, or its misuse, can help upend a nation. Civic life depends on a basic level of statistical literacy
- Aeon: Carroll - Splitting the Universe: 11/09/2019 (Sean M. Carroll) (WebRef=7870)
- Aeon: LeDoux - Can our self-conscious minds save us from our selfish selves?: 04/09/2019 (Joseph LeDoux) (PID Note: Self102) (WebRef=7877)
- Aeon: Asma - United by feelings: 22/08/2019 (Stephen Asma) (WebRef=7886)
→ Universal emotions are the deep engine of human consciousness and the basis of our profound affinity with other animals
- Aeon: Slavov - No absolute time: 21/08/2019 (Matias Slavov) (PID Note: Time103) (WebRef=7875)
- Aeon: Rippon - Pink and blue tsunami: 19/08/2019 (Gina Rippon) (WebRef=7887)
→ From tutus to trucks, parents are often struck by the gendered choices made by their children. Could these be ‘hardwired’?
- Aeon: Everett - The American Aristotle: 15/08/2019 (Daniel Everett) (WebRef=7885)
→ Charles Sanders Peirce was a brilliant philosopher, mathematician and scientist. His polymathic work should be better known
- Aeon: Ogden - Debunking debunked: 12/08/2019 (Emily Ogden) (WebRef=7893)
- Aeon: Egan - Can you step in the same river twice? Wittgenstein v Heraclitus: 09/08/2019 (David Egan) (PID Note: Wittgenstein104) (WebRef=7898)
- Aeon: Robson - Why speaking to yourself in the third person makes you wiser: 07/08/2019 (David Robson) (WebRef=7902)
- Aeon: Farr - The ABC of time: 29/07/2019 (Matt Farr) (PID Note: Time105) (WebRef=8004)
- Aeon: Ratnayake - The problem of mindfulness: 25/07/2019 (Sahanika Ratnayake) (PID Note: Buddhism106) (WebRef=8001)
→ Mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with (troubling) assumptions about the self and the cosmos
- Aeon: Kaila - Contrapuntal consciousness: 24/07/2019 (Ilaria Kaila) (WebRef=8007)
→ The music of Bach is full of suggestive structures of counterpoint and recursion (even if Hofstadter got it quite wrong)
- Aeon: Mecking - Against ‘natural’ parenting: 23/07/2019 (Olga Mecking) (WebRef=8010)
→ We’re opportunistic, inventive and flexible animals, and there is no ‘natural’ or ‘right’ way to bring up our children
- Aeon: Parks - Impossible choices: 15/07/2019 (Tim Parks) (WebRef=8005)
→ Learning from his family, his animals and his work with tribal people, Gregory Bateson saw the creative potential of paradox
- Aeon: Mizrahi - How ad hominem arguments can demolish appeals to authority: 10/07/2019 (Moti Mizrahi) (WebRef=8026)
- Aeon: Stewart - Social physics: 09/07/2019 (Ian Stewart) (WebRef=8076)
→ Despite the vagaries of free will and circumstance, human behaviour in bulk is far more predictable than we like to imagine
- Aeon: Reese - Animals do have memories, and can help us crack Alzheimer’s: 25/06/2019 (April Reese) (WebRef=8119)
- Aeon: Lachmann & Walker - Life ≠ alive: 24/06/2019107
- Aeon: Montgomery - For the hate of dogs: 10/06/2019 (Sy Montgomery) (PID Note: Animals108) (WebRef=8147)
- Aeon: Papineau - Knowledge is crude: 03/06/2019 (David Papineau) (WebRef=8139)
- Aeon: Mitchell - How do you teach a car that a snowman won’t walk across the road?: 31/05/2019 (Melanie Mitchell) (PID Note: Transhumanism109) (WebRef=8162)
- Aeon: Press - Who really owns the past?: 27/05/2019 (Michael Press) (WebRef=8170)
- Aeon: Thagard - Green-eyed pets: 22/05/2019 (Paul Thagard) (PID Note: Animals110) (WebRef=8182)
- Aeon: Basu - To avoid moral failure, don’t see people as Sherlock does: 22/05/2019 (Rima Basu) (WebRef=8183)
- Aeon: Kemp - Civilisational collapse has a bright past – but a dark future: 21/05/2019 (Luke Kemp) (WebRef=8186)
- Aeon: Calcutt - If anyone can see the morally unthinkable online, what then?: 17/05/2019 (Daniel Callcut) (WebRef=8192)
- Aeon: Smith - If reason exists without deliberation, it cannot be uniquely human: 15/05/2019 (Justin E.H. Smith) (WebRef=8196)
- Aeon: Maxwell - Natural philosophy redux: 13/05/2019 (Nicholas Maxwell) (WebRef=8210)
- Aeon: Marino - Eating someone: 08/05/2019 (Lori Marino) (PID Note: Animal Rights111) (WebRef=8216)
- Aeon: Kosmin - A revolution in time: 07/05/2019 (Paul J. Kosmin) (PID Note: Time112) (WebRef=7880)
- Aeon: Hedstrom - Why streaming kids according to ability is a terrible idea: 03/05/2019 (Oscar Hedstrom) (WebRef=8232)
- Aeon: Hannam - Atoms and flat-Earth ethics: 29/04/2019 (James Hannam) (WebRef=8239)
- Aeon: Basl & Schwitzgebel - AIs should have the same ethical protections as animals: 26/04/2019 (Eric Schwitzgebel) (WebRef=8252)
- Aeon: Holmes - Seeing the quantum: 24/04/2019 (Rebecca Holmes) (WebRef=8233)
- Aeon: Heyes - Cognitive gadgets: 17/04/2019 (Cecilia M. Heyes) (WebRef=8272)
- Aeon: Harnett - The birth of the book: on Christians, Romans and the codex: 15/04/2019 (Benjamin Harnett) (WebRef=8254)
- Aeon: Lande - Do you compute?: 11/04/2019 (Kevin Lande) (WebRef=8279)
- Aeon: Pennells - Why hasn’t evolution dealt with the inefficiency of ageing?: 10/04/2019 (Jordan Pennells) (PID Note: Death113) (WebRef=7878)
- Aeon: Lysaker - Philosophical writing should read like a letter: 09/04/2019 (John Lysaker) (WebRef=8283)
- Aeon: Tracy - How much can we afford to forget, if we train machines to remember?: 08/04/2019 (Gene Tracy) (WebRef=8265)
- Aeon: Lau - Is consciousness a battle between your beliefs and perceptions?: 03/04/2019 (Hakwan Lau) (WebRef=8298)
- Aeon: D'Angour - Was the real Socrates more worldly and amorous than we knew?: 02/04/2019 (Armand D'Angour) (WebRef=8299)
- Aeon: Anttila - A philosophical approach to routines can illuminate who we really are: 27/03/2019 (Elias Anttila) (WebRef=8310)
- Aeon: Gallagher - Swastikas on the Strand: 27/03/2019 (Catherine Gallagher) (WebRef=8294)
- Aeon: Rogan - Know-how: 25/03/2019 (Tim Rogan) (WebRef=8314)
→ Market systems have made better use of more information than economic planners. What if AI and machine learning changed that?
- Aeon: Boddington - Moral technology: 21/03/2019 (Paula Boddington) (WebRef=8320)
- Aeon: Godfrey-Smith - Australian philosophy: 19/03/2019 (Peter Godfrey-Smith) (WebRef=8305)
- Aeon: Zohny - We aren’t really in control so why worry about neurointerventions?: 18/03/2019 (Hazem Zohny) (PID Note: Free Will114) (WebRef=8308)
- Aeon: van der Horst - How the poor became blessed: 14/03/2019 (Pieter van der Horst) (WebRef=8610)
→ Greco-Roman gods had no interest in the poor nor was organised charity a religious duty. How was Christianity different?
- Aeon: Sykes - The Neanderthal renaissance: 13/03/2019 (Rebecca Wragg Sykes) (WebRef=8244)
→ Handprints on a cave wall, crumbs from a meal: the new science of Neanderthals radically recasts the meaning of humanity
- Aeon: Hendrick - The growth mindset problem: 11/03/2019 (Carl Hendrick) (WebRef=8318)
→ A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain’s elasticity. Does it really help them learn?
- Aeon: Jarrett - Do you have a self-actualised personality? Maslow revisited: 05/03/2019 (Christian Jarrett) (PID Note: Personality115) (WebRef=7884)
- Aeon: Climenhaga - The concept of probability is not as simple as you think: 26/02/2019 (Nevin Climenhaga) (PID Note: Probability116) (WebRef=7879)
- Aeon: Kaag - Why the demoniac stayed in his comfortable corner of hell: 25/02/2019 (John Kaag) (WebRef=8345)
- Aeon: Fernandes - The future seems wide open with possibilities – but is it?: 22/02/2019 (Alison Fernandes) (WebRef=8349)
- Aeon: Helle - Between gods and animals: becoming human in the Gilgamesh epic: 19/02/2019 (Sophus Helle) (PID Note: Human Beings117) (WebRef=8355)
- Aeon: Garfinkel - How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world: 15/02/2019 (Sarah Garfinkel) (WebRef=8351)
- Aeon: Morton - Engines of democracy: 13/02/2019 (Jennifer M. Morton) (WebRef=8364)
→ Society will be much improved by loosening the stranglehold of top universities on the education of elites. But how?
- Aeon: Hoffmeier - The first God: 12/02/2019 (James K. Hoffmeier) (WebRef=8350)
→ Out of the many gods of ancient Egypt an inspired Pharaoh created a monotheistic faith. What was Atenism and why did it fail?
- Aeon: Kapoor - Misbehaving: being clever and wicked is a form of creativity: 08/02/2019 (Hansika Kapoor) (WebRef=8376)
- Aeon: Stein - The why of reality: 07/02/2019 (Nathanael Stein) (WebRef=8377)
→ What makes a dinosaur real, but a unicorn unreal? Does philosophy even pretend to know how to answer a child’s questions?
- Aeon: LaViers - Sure, it can backflip – but can a robot hold down a desk job?: 04/02/2019 (Amy LaViers) (PID Note: Transhumanism118) (WebRef=8382)
- Aeon: Massimi - Getting it right: 28/01/2019 (Michela Massimi) (WebRef=8394)
→ Truth is neither absolute nor timeless. But the pursuit of truth remains at the heart of the scientific endeavour
- Aeon: Tobia - Legal standards invoke the ‘reasonable person’. Who is it?: 25/01/2019 (Kevin Tobia) (PID Note: Person119) (WebRef=8397)
- Aeon: Javanaud - Buddhism and self-deception: 24/01/2019 (Kate Javanaud) (WebRef=8387)
→ How can I logically manage to deceive myself? Buddhist thought offers a way out of the philosophical paradox
- Aeon: Misak - Philosophy must be useful: 23/01/2019 (Cheryl Misak) (WebRef=8407)
→ For Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, much of philosophy was mere nonsense. Then came Frank Ramsey’s pragmatic alternative
- Aeon: Brown - Philosophy can make the previously unthinkable thinkable: 18/01/2019 (Rebecca Brown) (WebRef=8406)
- Aeon: Browning - As Xenophon saw it: 10/01/2019 (Eve Browning) (WebRef=8433)
→ Brilliant leader, kind horseman and friend of Socrates: Xenophon’s writings inspire a humane, practical approach to life
- Aeon: Rubin - How the Latin East contributed to a unique cultural world: 09/01/2019 (Jonathan Rubin) (WebRef=8436)
- Aeon: Frank, Gleiser & Thompson - The blind spot: 08/01/2019 (Adam Frank, Marcello Gleiser & Evan Thompson) (WebRef=8416)
→ It’s tempting to think science gives a God’s-eye view of reality. But we forget the place of human experience at our peril
- Aeon: Wichmann - Why languages and dialects really are different animals: 08/01/2019 (Soren Wichmann) (WebRef=8438)
- Aeon: Lyon - Slaying the Snark: what nonsense verse tells us about reality: 03/01/2019 (Nina Lyon) (WebRef=8446)
- Aeon: Law - Wittgenstein and religion: 03/01/2019 (Stephen Law) (PID Note: Wittgenstein120) (WebRef=8431)
→ In the case atheists vs religious belief, Ludwig Wittgenstein is called to the stand. Whose side does his testimony serve?
- Aeon: Sinnott-Armstrong - Reach out, listen, be patient. Good arguments can stop extremism: 19/12/2018 (Walter Sinnott-Armstrong) (WebRef=8227)
- Aeon: Labaree - Gold among the dross: 18/12/2018 (David Labaree) (WebRef=8484)
→ Academic research in the US is unplanned, exploitative and driven by a lust for glory. The result is the envy of the world
- Aeon: Geroulanos & Meyers - The maimed and the healing: 13/12/2018 (Stefanos Geroulanos & Todd Meyers) (WebRef=8495)
→ The casualties of the First World War brought a new understanding of human fragility and wholeness
- Aeon: Calcutt - Against moral sainthood: 12/12/2018121
- Aeon: Gordon - An ant colony has memories that its individual members don’t have: 11/12/2018 (Deborah M. Gordon) (PID Note: Memory122) (WebRef=7963)
- Aeon: Frankish - Death is no leveller if some live much longer than others: 10/12/2018 (Keith Frankish) (PID Note: Transhumanism123) (WebRef=8501)
- Aeon: McLaughlin & Erard - Creating some slack: 10/12/2018 (Misty McLaughlin & Michael Erard) (WebRef=8226)
→ A household is a miniature ecosystem with inputs, outputs and flows: thinking like this can make life a whole lot better
- Aeon: Greene - Who decides what words mean: 06/12/2018 (Lane Greene) (WebRef=8493)
- Aeon: Jarrett - The bad news on human nature, in 10 findings from psychology: 05/12/2018 (Christian Jarrett) (WebRef=8496)
- Aeon: Svoboda - The broad, ragged cut: 03/12/2018 (Elizabeth Svoboda) (WebRef=8513)
→ Aptitude and IQ tests are used to distinguish those young people who deserve a chance from those who do not. Do they work?
- Aeon: Frith & Frith - Make up your mind(s)!: 21/11/2018 (Christopher D. Frith & Uta Frith) (WebRef=8536)
→ A pair of cognitive scientists, married for half a century, explain why two argumentative heads can be better than one
- Aeon: Furedi - Fearing fear itself: 20/11/2018 (Frank Furedi) (WebRef=8537)
→ Once parents felt children needed a little fear to grow up well. Today they are desperately protective. What went wrong?
- Aeon: Finn - Beyond reason: the mathematical equation for unconditional love: 19/11/2018 (Suki Finn) (WebRef=8541)
- Aeon: Lloyd - Why the Enlightenment was not the age of reason: 16/11/2018 (Henry Martyn Lloyd) (WebRef=8291)
- Aeon: Chappell & Lawford-Smith - Transgender: a dialogue: 15/11/2018 (Sophie Grace Chappell & Holly Lawford-Smith) (WebRef=8546)
→ The conversation about trans identities has been riven by bitter divisions. Two philosophers offer radically different perspectives
- Aeon: Cornwell - AlphaGolem: 14/11/2018 (John Cornwell) (WebRef=8549)
→ When we pit ourselves against machines, the game can only end in tears. It is in our gift to imagine another way
- Aeon: Parks - The great disillusionist: 13/11/2018 (Tim Parks) (WebRef=8534)
→ In an age when so many people are at a loss to give life meaning and direction, Giacomo Leopardi is essential reading
- Aeon: Forber & Smead - Punishment isn’t about the common good: it’s about spite: 09/11/2018 (Patrick Forber & Rory Smead) (WebRef=8558)
- Aeon: Milam - The hunt for human nature: 08/11/2018 (Erika Lorraine Milam) (WebRef=8560)
→ We still live in the long shadow of Man-the-Hunter: a midcentury theory of human origins soaked in strife and violence
- Aeon: Baggini - Why sexist and racist philosophers might still be admirable: 07/11/2018 (Julian Baggini) (WebRef=8563)
- Aeon: Simon - My odious handiwork: Frankenstein is about art, not science: 06/11/2018 (Ed Simon) (WebRef=8565)
- Aeon: Uribe - Believing without evidence is always morally wrong: 05/11/2018 (Francisco Mejia Uribe) (WebRef=8547)
- Aeon: Lawrence - A history of monsters: 31/10/2018 (Natalie Lawrence) (WebRef=8559)
→ Monsters once inhabited the mysterious fringes of the known world. In our human-dominated present, can they still be found?
- Aeon: Stern - How materialism became an ethos of hope for Jewish reformers: 30/10/2018 (Eliyahu Stern) (WebRef=8587)
- Aeon: Harper - Titles, medals and ribbons: 29/10/2018 (Tobias Harper) (WebRef=8589)
→ The British honours system has outlived the Empire it was designed to foster. Does it have a role in the world today?
- Aeon: Ramirez - It’s dangerous to think virtual reality is an empathy machine: 26/10/2018 (Erick Ramirez) (WebRef=8597)
- Aeon: Ross - The elephant as a person: 24/10/2018 (Don Ross) (PID Note: Person124) (WebRef=7894)
→ Elephants might have the necessary capacities for personhood – we just need to help them acquire the cognitive scaffolding
- Aeon: van der Horst - Pagans against Genesis: 22/10/2018 (Pieter van der Horst) (WebRef=8605)
→ Confused, inferior and philosophically unsound: the Greco-Roman critique of the Old Testament could have been written today
- Aeon: Halpern - Time after time: 18/10/2018 (Paul Halpern) (WebRef=8598)
→ The question of whether time moves in a loop or a line has occupied human minds for millennia. Has physics found the answer?
- Aeon: Fry - Calculating art: 16/10/2018125
- Aeon: Kappel - There is no middle ground for deep disagreements about facts: 15/10/2018 (Klemens Kappel) (WebRef=8620)
- Aeon: Levin - Proof of life: how would we recognise an alien if we saw one?: 10/10/2018 (Samuel Levin) (WebRef=8627)
- Aeon: Zubovich - Evangelicals bring the votes, Catholics bring the brains: 09/10/2018 (Gene Zubovich) (WebRef=8629)
- Aeon: Botting - Godmother of intelligences: 03/10/2018 (Eileen Hunt Botting) (WebRef=8640)
→ Mary Shelley foresaw that artificial intelligence would be made monstrous, not by human hubris but by human cruelty
- Aeon: Wengrow - A history of true civilisation is not one of monuments: 02/10/2018 (David Wengrow) (WebRef=8642)
- Aeon: Ananthaswamy - Through two doors: 02/10/2018 (Anil Ananthaswamy) (WebRef=8567)
→ How a sunbeam split in two became physics’ most elegant experiment, shedding light on the underlying nature of reality
- Aeon: Goodman - Decorum is an unfashionable word but it has a radical core: 28/09/2018 (Rob Goodman) (WebRef=8648)
- Aeon: Hummel - Christian Zionism: 26/09/2018 (Dan Hummel) (WebRef=8653)
→ It’s one of the most successful, and in some ways unlikely, interfaith movements in the modern world
- Aeon: Skillings - I, holobiont. Are you and your microbes a community or a single entity?: 26/09/2018 (Derek J. Skillings) (WebRef=8654)
- Aeon: Vernon - The say of the land: 25/09/2018 (Mark Vernon) (WebRef=8636)
→ Is language produced by the mind? Romantic theory has it otherwise: words emerge from the cosmos, expressing its soul
- Aeon: Avigad - Principia: 24/09/2018 (Jeremy Avigad) (WebRef=8657)
→ Is it possible that, in the new millennium, the mathematical method is no longer fundamental to philosophy?
- Aeon: Barash - Anthropic arrogance: 18/09/2018 (David P. Barash) (WebRef=8678)
→ Claims that the Universe is designed for humans raise far more troubling questions than they can possibly answer
- Aeon: Hickson - How a Huguenot philosopher realised that atheists could be virtuous: 18/09/2018 (Michael W. Hickson) (WebRef=8679)
- Aeon: Jaekl - The inner voice: 13/09/2018 (Philip Jaekl) (WebRef=8685)
→ From a very early age, children learn to talk to themselves. That voice in your head is the thing that makes you, you
- Aeon: Brewer - Slavery-entangled philosophy: 12/09/2018126
- Aeon: Baggini - Is there any real distinction between ‘high’ and ‘low’ pleasures?: 11/09/2018 (Julian Baggini) (WebRef=8689)
- Aeon: Shafir - Forging Islamic science: 11/09/2018 (Nir Shafir) (WebRef=8671)
→ Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How?
- Aeon: Huenemann - More than ‘know thyself’: on all the other Delphic maxims: 07/09/2018 (Charles Huenemann) (WebRef=8695)
- Aeon: Dihal - Can we understand other minds? Novels and stories say: no: 05/09/2018 (Kanta Dihal) (WebRef=8697)
- Aeon: Sagar - On going on and on and on: 03/09/2018 (Paul Sagar) (WebRef=8684)
→ The fantasy of living forever is just a fig leaf for the fear of death – and comes at great personal cost
- Aeon: Sun & Popescu - What would it take to build a tower as high as outer space?: 24/08/2018 (Sean Sun & Dan Popescu) (WebRef=8707)
- Aeon: May - Autism from the inside: 22/08/2018 (Katherine May) (WebRef=8732)
→ Too many depictions of autistic people rely on tired clichés. The neurotypical world needs to take note of our own voices
- Aeon: Atkins - Why it’s only science that can answer all the big questions: 21/08/2018 (WebRef=8729)
- Aeon: Riskin - Alive and ticking: 20/08/2018 (Jessica Riskin) (WebRef=8727)
→ The idea that nature is a humming, complex, clockwork machine has been around for centuries. Is it due for a revival?
- Aeon: Seto - When will I be me? Why a sense of authenticity takes its time: 20/08/2018 (Elizabeth Seto) (WebRef=8726)
- Aeon: Wilbanks - If we made life in a lab, would we understand it differently?: 17/08/2018 (Rebecca Wilbanks) (WebRef=8722)
- Aeon: Colasacco - Is religion a universal in human culture or an academic invention?: 14/08/2018 (Brett Colasacco) (WebRef=8738)
- Aeon: Hales - The unreality of luck: 14/08/2018 (Steven D. Hales) (WebRef=8739)
→ Optimists believe in good luck, pessimists in bad. But if it’s all a matter of perspective, does luck even exist?
- Aeon: Boden - Robot says: Whatever: 13/08/2018 (Margaret Boden) (WebRef=8737)
→ What stands in the way of all-powerful AI isn’t a lack of smarts: it’s that computers can’t have needs, cravings or desires
- Aeon: Nadler - We have an ethical obligation to relieve individual animal suffering: 10/08/2018 (Steven Nadler) (WebRef=8745)
- Aeon: Humphreys - Out of nowhere: 09/08/2018 (Paul W. Humphreys) (WebRef=8751)
→ Does everything in the world boil down to basic units – or can emergence explain how distinctive new things arise?
- Aeon: Aydin - What is the Muslim world?: 01/08/2018 (Cemil Aydin) (WebRef=8776)
→ Islamists and Western pundits speak of ‘the West’ and ‘the Muslim world’ but such tribalism is dangerous colonial propaganda
- Aeon: Arikha - How evil happens: 30/07/2018 (Noga Arikha) (WebRef=8746)
→ Why some people choose to do evil remains a puzzle, but are we starting to understand how this behaviour is triggered?
- Aeon: Frohlich - Down with the larks: on the virtues of sleeping like a sloth: 27/07/2018 (Joel Frohlich) (WebRef=8791)
- Aeon: Tenner - The blitzscaling illusion: 26/07/2018 (Edward Tenner) (WebRef=8789)
→ All the great inventions took painstaking, risky, indirect routes to fruition. Has Silicon Valley really escaped history?
- Aeon: Cowles - Orwell knew: we willingly buy the screens that are used against us: 24/07/2018 (Henry M. Cowles) (WebRef=8638)
- Aeon: Burton - The theory of mind myth: 23/07/2018 (Robert Burton) (WebRef=8779)
→ Even experts can’t predict violence or suicide. Surely we’re kidding ourselves that we can see inside the minds of others
- Aeon: Falck - Why cosmology without philosophy is like a ship without a hull: 23/07/2018 (Bridget Falck) (WebRef=8506)
- Aeon: Jaffer - In extremis: 20/07/2018 (Armin W. Schultz) (WebRef=8803)
- Aeon: Shane - The AI revolution will be led by toasters, not droids: 18/07/2018 (Janelle Shane) (WebRef=8800)
- Aeon: Hossenfelder - Beauty is truth, truth is beauty, and other lies of physics: 11/07/2018 (Sabine Hossenfelder) (WebRef=7985)
- Aeon: Delistraty - On coincidence: 10/07/2018 (Cody Delistraty) (WebRef=8822)
→ Lightning can strike twice and people do call just when you’re thinking of them – but are such coincidences meaningful?
- Aeon: Cave - Think everyone died young in ancient societies? Think again: 09/07/2018 (Christine Cave) (WebRef=8460)
- Aeon: Erard - The deep roots of writing: 06/07/2018 (Michael Erard) (WebRef=8819)
→ Was writing invented for accounting and administration or did it evolve from religious movements, sorcery and dreams?
- Aeon: Felin - The fallacy of obviousness: 05/07/2018 (Teppo Felin) (WebRef=8453)
→ A new interpretation of a classic psychology experiment will change your view of perception, judgment – even human nature
- Aeon: Crawley - Black. Queer. Born again: 02/07/2018 (Ashon Crawley) (WebRef=8813)
→ Black life is world-making, born of gaps and dislocations, imaginative leavings and returns, generative escapes and arrivals
- Aeon: Schwenkler - Should you shield yourself from others’ abhorrent beliefs?: 02/07/2018 (John Schwenkler) (WebRef=8812)
- Aeon: Bindel - Prostitution is slavery: 26/06/2018127
- Aeon: Ciaunica & Charlton - When the self slips: 21/06/2018 (Anna Ciaunica & Jane Charlton) (WebRef=8846)
→ Individuals living with depersonalisation disorder bring vivid insight to the question of whether the self is an illusion
- Aeon: Guesgen - Animal pain is about communication, not just feeling: 15/06/2018 (Mirjam Guesgen) (WebRef=8858)
- Aeon: Kaposy - More people should choose to have children with Down syndrome: 11/06/2018 (Chris Kaposy) (WebRef=8871)
- Aeon: Callcut - What are we?: 11/06/2018 (Daniel Callcut) (WebRef=8826)
→ On Paul Gauguin, authenticity and the midlife crisis: how the philosopher Bernard Williams dramatised moral luck
- Aeon: Dahl - You’re simply not that big a deal: now isn’t that a relief?: 08/06/2018 (Melissa Dahl) (PID Note: Self128) (WebRef=8190)
- Aeon: Scharf - What if ET is an AI?: 07/06/2018 (Caleb Scharf) (PID Note: Transhumanism129) (WebRef=8347)
- Aeon: Wilson - Eugenics never went away: 05/06/2018 (Robert A. Wilson) (WebRef=8866)
→ Thought eugenics died with the Nazis? Think again: the eugenic programme of sterilising the ‘unfit’ continues even today
- Aeon: Mecking - Raising a multilingual family is hard – what makes it work?: 30/05/2018 (Olga Mecking) (WebRef=8881)
- Aeon: Maor - The chords of the Universe: 30/05/2018 (Eli Maor) (WebRef=8882)
→ It’s no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?
- Aeon: Krieger - To get a grip on altruism, see humans as molecules: 29/05/2018 (Ski Krieger) (WebRef=8879)
- Aeon: Rutjens - What makes people distrust science? Surprisingly, not politics: 28/05/2018 (Bastiaan T. Rutjens) (WebRef=8802)
- Aeon: Charney - Is it really a Leonardo?: 23/05/2018 (Noah Charney) (WebRef=8906)
→ Forensics can’t be sure. Provenance can be fudged. This is why the expert eye still rules the game of art authentication
- Aeon: Hulsman - Delphic priestesses were the world’s first political risk consultants: 22/05/2018 (John C. Hulsman) (WebRef=8900)
- Aeon: de Bres - Is philosophy absurd? Only when you’re doing it right: 21/05/2018 (Helena de Bres) (WebRef=8907)
- Aeon: Nail - Is nature continuous or discrete? How the atomist error was born: 18/05/2018 (Thomas Nail) (WebRef=8909)
- Aeon: DeNicola - You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to: 14/05/2018 (Daniel DeNicola) (WebRef=8373)
- Aeon: Wright - What is nirvana?: 10/05/2018 (Robert Wright) (PID Note: Buddhism130) (WebRef=8919)
- Aeon: Whitmarsh - Black Achilles: 09/05/2018 (Tim Whitmarsh) (WebRef=8451)
→ The Greeks didn’t have modern ideas of race. Did they see themselves as white, black – or as something else altogether?
- Aeon: Jasanov - The cerebral mystique: 08/05/2018 (Alan Jasanov) (WebRef=8916)
→ Neuroscience gives us invaluable, wondrous knowledge about the brain – including an awareness of its limitations
- Aeon: Al-Mosaiwi - The danger of absolute thinking is absolutely clear: 02/05/2018 (Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi) (WebRef=8834)
- Aeon: Wykstra - Out of the armchair: 01/05/2018 (Stephen Wykstra) (WebRef=8928)
→ A growing number of philosophers are conducting experiments to test their arguments. Is this the future for philosophy?
- Aeon: Setiya - Philosophers should be keener to talk about the meaning of life: 27/04/2018 (Kieran Setiya) (WebRef=8941)
- Aeon: Petrov - Communist robot dreams: 26/04/2018 (Victor Petrov) (WebRef=8939)
→ Tech flourished in communist Bulgaria and so did a body of science fiction asking vital philosophical questions
- Aeon: Cleary & Pigliucci - Human nature matters: 25/04/2018 (Skye C. Cleary & Massimo Pigliucci) (WebRef=8470)
→ The only way to construct a robust philosophy for life is to have a clear and realistic picture of what makes humans tick
- Aeon: White - What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil?: 23/04/2018131
- Aeon: Hay - Not your Tibetan Buddhism: 19/04/2018 (Mark Hay) (PID Note: Buddhism132) (WebRef=8953)
→ Behind the beatific image of Tibetan Buddhism lies a dark, complicated reality. But is it one the Western gaze wants to see?
- Aeon: Schilthuizen - Evolving street-smarts: 18/04/2018 (Menno Schilthuizen) (WebRef=8951)
→ Living among humans favours fearless problem-solvers interested in new things. That’s how city birds get smarter
- Aeon: Chambers - Against marriage: 17/04/2018 (Clare Chambers) (WebRef=8472)
→ Marriage is what happens when the state gets involved in endorsing and regulating personal relationships. It’s a bad idea
- Aeon: Weintraub - Haunted by history: 16/04/2018 (Pam Weintraub) (WebRef=8948)
→ War, famine and persecution inflict profound changes on bodies and brains. Could these changes persist over generations?
- Aeon: Imhoff - Want to feel unique? Believe in the reptile people: 16/04/2018 (Roland Imhoff) (WebRef=8947)
- Aeon: Schellenberg - Philosophy’s first steps: 10/04/2018 (J. L. Schellenberg) (WebRef=8963)
→ Science asks and answers its big questions, so why is philosophy taking its time? Because it’s only just getting started
- Aeon: Phillips - Why symmetry gets really interesting when it is broken: 10/04/2018 (Anthony Phillips) (WebRef=8414)
- Aeon: Harrison - ‘I believe because it is absurd’: Christianity’s first meme: 09/04/2018 (Peter Harrison) (WebRef=8962)
- Aeon: Nguyen - Escape the echo chamber: 09/04/2018 (C. Thi Nguyen) (WebRef=8955)
→ First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult
- Aeon: Becker - What is good science?: 05/04/2018 (Adam Becker) (WebRef=8984)
→ Demanding that a theory is falsifiable or observable, without any subtlety, will hold science back. We need madcap ideas
- Aeon: Singler - Dungeons and Dragons, not chess and Go: why AI needs roleplay: 03/04/2018 (Beth Singler) (WebRef=8979)
- Aeon: Macaro - Is meditating on death like putting on a fur coat in summer?: 30/03/2018 (Antonia Macaro) (WebRef=9002)
- Aeon: Hills - Does my algorithm have a mental-health problem?: 26/03/2018 (Thomas T. Hills) (WebRef=8991)
- Aeon: Smithsimon - How to see race: 26/03/2018 (Gregory Smithsimon) (WebRef=8992)
→ Race is a shapeshifting adversary: what seems self-evident takes training to see, and twists under political pressure
- Aeon: Abagis - How brain stimulation can boost memory if paired with learning: 21/03/2018 (Tessa Abagis) (WebRef=9017)
- Aeon: St John - The spirit molecule: 20/03/2018 (Graham St John) (WebRef=9015)
→ The theory that the brain produces its own psychedelic compound provokes pop-culture enthusiasm and scientific controversy
- Aeon: Hand - If we disagree about morality, how can we teach it?: 16/03/2018 (Michael Hand) (WebRef=9035)
- Aeon: Roosth - The shape of life: 15/03/2018 (Sophia Roosth) (WebRef=9033)
→ The ancient Earth was profoundly alien. How do we distinguish between the living and non-living in the fossil record?
- Aeon: Origgi - Say goodbye to the information age: it’s all about reputation now: 14/03/2018 (Gloria Origgi) (WebRef=8449)
- Aeon: Reynolds - May the odds be ever in your favour? The politics of prognosis: 05/03/2018 (Joel Michael Reynolds) (WebRef=9041)
- Aeon: Di Nicola - Slow Thought: a manifesto: 27/02/2018 (Vincenzo Di Nicola) (WebRef=8173)
→ We need a philosophy of Slow Thought to ease thinking into a more playful and porous dialogue about what it means to live
- Aeon: Vold - Are ‘you’ just inside your skin or is your smartphone part of you?: 26/02/2018 (Karina Vold) (PID Note: Transhumanism133) (WebRef=7872)
- Aeon: Mance - Algorithmic wilderness: 22/02/2018 (Henry Mance) (WebRef=9072)
→ Robo-bees and drone-seeded forests: can technology mend our broken relationship with the natural world?
- Aeon: Chopra - The usefulness of dread: 21/02/2018 (Samir Chopra) (WebRef=9070)
→ My anxiety has been lifelong but I would not wish it away. It has made me the philosopher – and person – that I am today
- Aeon: Seybold - Confidence tricks: 19/02/2018 (Matt Seybold) (WebRef=9064)
→ The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence
- Aeon: Westermann - Drunk on genocide: how the Nazis celebrated murdering Jews: 16/02/2018 (Edward B. Westermann) (WebRef=8967)
- Aeon: Goff - Is the Universe a conscious mind?: 08/02/2018 (Philip Goff) (PID Note: Consciousness134) (WebRef=8413)
- Aeon: Adelman - Why the idea that the world is in terminal decline is so dangerous: 01/11/2017 (Jeremy Adelman) (WebRef=5720)
- Aeon: Huenemann - Who needs a perfect language?: 30/05/2017 (Charles Huenemann) (WebRef=4161)
- Aeon: Elhaik - Solving the mystery of the Druze – a 2,000-year-old odyssey: 07/02/2017 (Eran Elhaik) (WebRef=9023)
- Aeon: Ariel - What the teleprompter tells us about truth, Trump and speech: 02/02/2017 (Nana Ariel) (WebRef=9056)
- Aeon: Novaes - What is logic?: 12/01/2017 (Catarina Dutilh Novaes) (WebRef=8932)
→ Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge
- Aeon: Hendrick - Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills: 05/12/2016 (Carl Hendrick) (WebRef=9000)
- Aeon: Keim - A tale of three dogs: 15/11/2016 (Brandon Keim) (WebRef=8242)
→ Coyotes, dingoes and wolves are all dogs, as intelligent and loyal as our familiars. Our treatment of them is unconscionable
- Aeon: Farrier - Deep time’s uncanny future is full of ghostly human traces: 31/10/2016 (David Farrier) (WebRef=5883)
- Aeon: Fehlhaber - How a mother’s voice shapes her baby’s developing brain: 06/10/2016 (Kate Fehlhaber) (PID Note: Brain135) (WebRef=8160)
- Aeon: Harris - The English question: 09/08/2016 (Paul Harris) (WebRef=8441)
→ Little England may have undone Great Britain. Will a nation of dark fascism or one of green and pleasant lands emerge?
- Aeon: Switek - Extinction is forever: de-extinction can’t save what we had: 19/07/2016 (Brian Switek) (PID Note: Death136) (WebRef=4178)
- Aeon: Priest - Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong?: 06/07/2016 (Graham Priest) (PID Note: Logic of Identity137) (WebRef=4216)
- Aeon: de Waal - The link between language and cognition is a red herring: 30/06/2016 (Frans De Waal) (WebRef=8766)
- Aeon: Scott - The hacker hacked: 10/08/2015 (Brett Scott) (WebRef=8810)
→ The hacker ethos is wild and anarchic, indifferent to the trappings of success. Or it was, until the gentrifiers moved in
- Aeon: Marletto - Life without design: 16/07/2015 (Chiaro Marletto) (WebRef=8372)
→ Constructor theory is a new vision of physics, but it helps to answer a very old question: why is life possible at all?
- Aeon: Cassam - Bad thinkers: 13/03/2015 (Quassim Cassam) (WebRef=8608)
→ Why do some people believe conspiracy theories? It’s not just who or what they know. It’s a matter of intellectual character
- Aeon: Margulis - The music in you: 08/01/2015 (Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis) (WebRef=8714)
→ You might not be a virtuoso, but you have remarkable music abilities. You just don’t know about them yet
- Aeon: Twilley - Freedom from food: 06/10/2014 (Nicola Twilley) (WebRef=8647)
→ It takes time to plan a meal, to say nothing of cooking and eating it. What if we could opt out of food altogether?
- Aeon: Armitage & Guldi - Bonfire of the humanities: 02/10/2014 (David Armitage & Jo Guldi) (WebRef=8556)
→ Public debate is afflicted by short-term thinking – how did history abdicate its role of inspiring the longer view?
- Aeon: Yanai & Lercher - Life doesn’t make trash: 25/08/2014 (Itai Yanai & Martin Lercher) (WebRef=9055)
→ A genome is not a blueprint for building a human being, so is there any way to judge whether DNA is junk or not?
- Aeon: Sadedin - War in the womb: 04/08/2014 (Suzanne Sadedin) (WebRef=8290)
→ A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy
- Aeon: Schulson - How to choose?: 14/07/2014 (Michael Schulson) (WebRef=8827)
→ When your reasons are worse than useless, sometimes the most rational choice is a random stab in the dark
- Aeon: Priest - Beyond true and false: 05/05/2014 (Graham Priest) (WebRef=8516)
→ Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing
- Aeon: Walker - Moonstruck: 22/04/2014 (Cameron Walker) (WebRef=9026)
→ The lunar phases influence all sorts of creatures from corals to eagle owls. Does the Moon tug on human behaviour too?
- Aeon: Arnett - Growing-ups: 17/04/2014 (Jeffrey Jensen Arnett) (WebRef=8723)
→ Living with your parents, single and with no clear career. Is this a failure to grow up or a whole new stage of life?
- Aeon: Ravindran - Twilight in the Box: 27/02/2014 (Shruti Ravindran) (WebRef=8708)
→ The suicide statistics, squalor and recidivism haven’t ended solitary confinement. Maybe the brain studies will
- Aeon: Ben-Ze'ev - Endless love: 05/02/2014 (Aaron Ben-Ze'ev) (WebRef=8809)
→ We no longer expect passion to last a lifetime, but some couples do stay in love to the end. What’s their secret?
- Aeon: Fleming - Hesitate!: 08/01/2014 (Stephen M. Fleming) (WebRef=8943)
→ Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice
- Aeon: Maudlin - The calibrated cosmos: 12/11/2013 (Tim Maudlin) (WebRef=8325)
- Aeon: Bering - Perversions: 25/09/2013 (Jesse Bering) (WebRef=8736)
→ Atheists and homosexuals were called perverts once. Why do we still see perversion where no harm is done?
- Aeon: Wood - If a cat could talk: 24/07/2013 (David Wood) (PID Note: Animals138) (WebRef=8427)
- Aeon: Zarkadakis - Love machines: 26/03/2013 (George Zarkadakis) (WebRef=8891)
→ From Pygmalion to Bladerunner, we keep falling for our robot creations. But then, what else is AI good for?
- Aeon: Jollimore - Godless yet good: 18/02/2013 (Troy Jollimore) (WebRef=9060)
→ There’s something in religious tradition that helps people be ethical. But it isn’t actually their belief in God
- Aeon: Asma - Animal spirits: 06/02/2013 (Stephen Asma) (WebRef=8662)
→ The more we learn about the emotions shared by all mammals, the more we must rethink our own human intelligence
- Aeon: Greenberg - Not just a pretty boy: 05/02/2013 (Ilan Greenberg) (WebRef=8667)
→ Intelligent, devoted, alien – parrots are unlike any other pet. But what does the complex human-avian bond say about us?
- Aeon: Case - One warm line: 01/02/2013 (Nat Case) (PID Note: Narrative Identity139) (WebRef=8988)
→ The life well-lived, the path well-walked, each full of loops and weavings, until a person maps their patch of earth
- Aeon: Rowlands - Tennis with Plato: 30/01/2013 (Mark Rowlands) (WebRef=9005)
→ In play an adult can become like a child, fully absorbed in the here-and-now. Play, not work, brings us fully to life
- Aeon: Claxton - Virtues of uncertainty: 17/09/2012 (Guy Claxton) (WebRef=8429)
- Priority: 3
- Aeon: Video - The big push: 13/01/2020 (WebRef=8836)
→ The eerie serenity of a summer’s day by water, before one of history’s bloodiest battles
- Aeon: Video - The lady and the owl: 19/12/2019 (WebRef=8594)
→ A gentle stroll through an owl sanctuary might just restore your faith in humanity
- Aeon: Video - James Baldwin debates William F Buckley: 08/08/2019 (WebRef=8646)
→ The legendary debate that laid down US political lines on race, justice and history
- Aeon: Video - I was a child of holocaust survivors: 18/06/2019 (WebRef=8136)
→ When your parents survived Auschwitz, where do you fit into the family story?
- Aeon: Video - Keeper of our collective consciousness: I need to understand myself: 07/06/2019 (WebRef=8151)
→ God used to know our deepest fears, darkest thoughts and greatest hopes. Now Google does
- Aeon: Video - Predicting the end of civilization: 30/05/2019 (WebRef=8165)
→ Civilisation peaked in 1940 and will collapse by 2040: the data-based predictions of 1973
- Aeon: Video - Critical living: 09/05/2019 (WebRef=8215)
→ The radical project that rejected ‘mental illness’ and embraced communal healing
- Aeon: Video - A brief history of almost everything in 5 minutes: 07/05/2019 (WebRef=8219)
→ What do the terms ‘life’, ‘love’, ‘art’ and ‘god’ look like to an algorithm?
- Aeon: Video - Disorientation: 12/02/2019 (WebRef=8368)
→ ‘I want you to live forward, but see backward’: a theoretical astrophysicist’s manifesto
- Aeon: Video - Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse: 31/01/2019 (WebRef=7882)
→ Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse
- Aeon: Video - Real-world telekinesis: 25/01/2019 (WebRef=8399)
→ How two scientists built a bridge between Newton and Einstein in ‘empty’ spaces
- Aeon: Video - Earthrise: 18/01/2019 (WebRef=8417)
→ How an unplanned picture from Apollo 8 altered humanity’s perspective of Earth
- Aeon: Video - The big city: 13/12/2018 (WebRef=8497)
→ Meet your single-celled neighbours – a microbial tour of a metropolis
- Aeon: Video - Greetings from Aleppo: 30/11/2018 (WebRef=8518)
- Aeon: Video - Orbit: 27/11/2018 (WebRef=8525)
→ Majesty and wonder: a virtual, real-time ride around Earth on the ISS
- Aeon: Video - Jonah stands up: 16/11/2018 (WebRef=8545)
→ Exit, pursued by Death: a young artist and rabble-rouser mines comedy from mortality
- Aeon: Video - The nature of reality: 04/09/2018 (Sean Carrol & B. Alan Wallace) (WebRef=8701)
→ Can a Tibetan Buddhist and a theoretical physicist find common ground on reality?
- Aeon: Video - Bear: 09/08/2018 (WebRef=8753)
→ Shaggy bear story: a German filmmaker grapples with his dear grandfather’s Nazi past
- Aeon: Video - How elephants listen … with their feet: 07/08/2018 (WebRef=8758)
→ The ‘seismic communication’ of elephants treads a fine line between hearing and feeling
- Aeon: Video - The street: 27/07/2018 (WebRef=8790)
→ A boy grapples with death while waiting to take over his sick grandmother’s room
- Aeon: Video - Ninnoc: 24/07/2018 (WebRef=8784)
→ Confronting the quintessential high-school question: be yourself or conform to the group?
- Aeon: Video - Tears of Inge: 13/07/2018 (WebRef=8825)
→ The songs that help a mother camel accept her baby after a painful childbirth
- Aeon: Video - Sand men: 05/07/2018 (WebRef=8816)
→ The heart-wrenching stories behind immigrants’ sand sculptures on London streets
- Aeon: Video - Noch am leben (I'm still alive): 15/06/2018 (WebRef=8856)
→ A haunting exploration of a Holocaust survival story that offers no redemption
- Aeon: Video - Mammas: hamster: 07/06/2018 (WebRef=8869)
→ When it’s simply maternal instinct to eat your young
- Aeon: Video - Frederick Copleston and Bryan Magee on Schopenhauer: 04/06/2018140
- Aeon: Video - Adam: 01/05/2018 (Daisy Thompson-Lake) (WebRef=8926)
→ A portrait of depression through art and neuroscience using the head as a canvas
- Aeon: Video - A paradise: 29/03/2018 (WebRef=8999)
→ Gripped by a suicide epidemic, a rural Cuban community struggles to find answers
- Aeon: Video - Blooms 2: 26/03/2018 (John Edmark) (WebRef=8990)
→ The weird wonders of combining 3D printing with the maths of pinecones and sunflowers
- Aeon: Video - The Loving generation: checking boxes: 01/03/2018 (WebRef=9049)
→ On growing up biracial in the US in the wake of the interracial marriage bans’ end
- Aeon: Video - Can you read my lips?: 20/02/2018 (WebRef=9065)
→ Why lip-reading is like ‘putting together a puzzle without all the pieces’
- Aeon: Video - Edith+Eddie: 19/02/2018 (WebRef=9062)
→ How a family feud threatens to tear apart the oldest interracial newlyweds in the US
- Aeon: Video - Physics and Caffeine: 23/06/2016 (WebRef=8144)
→ From relativity to quantum theory – our physical world explored through coffee
- Aeon: Video - Hedonism: 12/04/2016 (Sam Dresser) (WebRef=8712)
→ Great news: pleasure is the purpose of life. Bad news: moderation is key
- Aeon: Video - Why life is the way it is: 13/11/2015 (Nick Lane & Nigel Warburton) (WebRef=8929)
→ Chimeras and lightning: a radical perspective on the evolution of complex life
- Aeon: Video - Apollo missions: 26/10/2015 (WebRef=8799)
→ NASA’s Apollo missions to the Moon and back flip to new, pulsing life
- Aeon: Video - Perpetual Ed: 01/09/2015 (WebRef=8615)
→ Can negativism sweeten life’s small joys in the face of illness and death?
- Aeon: Video - Sharon: 07/08/2015 (WebRef=8872)
→ What does it mean to be ‘called’ to a religious vocation?
- Aeon: Video - Freedom vs security: freedom at any cost?: 06/02/2015 (Nigel Warburton) (WebRef=8677)
→ What are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe?
- Aeon: Video - Whale-fall (After life of a whale): 18/12/2014 (WebRef=8184)
→ A whale can live 50-75 years. Its afterlife is equally long and spectacular
- Aeon: Video - Arcadia: 23/07/2014 (WebRef=8409)
→ Conservation versus renewable energy: an ecological battle brewing in Scotland
- Aeon: Video - Schlimazeltov!: 16/04/2014 (WebRef=8964)
→ Have you got it or not? London Jews argue the existence of ‘mazel’ or luck
- Aeon: Video - When I die: 09/11/2013 (Philip Gould) (WebRef=8169)
→ Philip Gould wrestles with the meaning, and ecstasy, of impending death
- Aeon: Popkin - Vive la révolution!: 20/01/2020 (Jeremy Popkin) (WebRef=8959)
→ Must radical political change generate uncontainable violence? The French Revolution is both a cautionary and inspiring tale
- Aeon: Reshe - Depressive realism: 09/01/2020 (Julie Reshe) (WebRef=8793)
→ We keep chasing happiness, but true clarity comes from depression and existential angst. Admit that life is hell, and be free
- Aeon: Chakravarti - Architects of empire: 08/01/2020 (Ananya Chakravarti) (WebRef=8764)
→ Jesuits knew the miserable truth of European empire in India and Brazil, yet their writings rendered it grandiose and sacred
- Aeon: Fiske - Kama muta: a new term for that warm, fuzzy feeling we all get: 23/12/2019 (Alan Fiske) (WebRef=8623)
- Aeon: Amir - Personality is not only about who but also where you are: 20/12/2019 (Dorsa Amir) (WebRef=8591)
- Aeon: Wynne - Who was the Buddha?: 17/12/2019 (+AWynne (Alexander)A_) (PID Note: Buddhism141) (WebRef=8580)
→ When we strip away the myths, such as his princely youth in a palace, a surprising picture of this enigmatic sage emerges
- Aeon: Bommarito - Modesty means more, not less: 11/12/2019 (Nicolas Bommarito) (WebRef=8528)
- Aeon: Harrison - Reformation of science: 02/12/2019 (Peter Harrison) (WebRef=8403)
- Aeon: Geue - The power of anonymous: 27/11/2019 (Tom Geue) (WebRef=8267)
→ Is the figure of the author bad for literature? Un-authored Roman literature and the transcendence of mere individuality
- Aeon: Misak & Talisse - Pragmatism endures: 18/11/2019 (Cheryl Misak & Robert B. Talisse) (WebRef=8204)
→ Pragmatism was not eclipsed after Dewey: it has been a constant and dominant force in philosophy for nearly 100 years
- Aeon: Schwitzgebel - How Mengzi came up with something better than the Golden Rule: 01/11/2019 (Eric Schwitzgebel) (WebRef=8106)
- Aeon: Delistraty - The happiness ruse: 31/10/2019 (Cody Delistraty) (WebRef=8073)
→ How did feeling good become a matter of relentless, competitive work; a never-to-be-attained goal which makes us miserable?
- Aeon: Phillips - We have the tools and technology to work less and live better: 23/10/2019 (Toby Phillips) (WebRef=8034)
- Aeon: Jarrett - Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role: 21/10/2019 (Christian Jarrett) (WebRef=8038)
- Aeon: Baggini - Secular pilgrimage: 15/10/2019142
- Aeon: Bright - My friend, my self: 14/10/2019 (Susan Bright) (WebRef=7995)
→ Female friendship is central to much recent fiction and film. What can it say about the role of relationships in identity?
- Aeon: Reeve - The well-educated person: 23/09/2019 (C.D.C. Reeve) (WebRef=7966)
→ If we took Aristotle seriously we would revolutionise our educational systems to enable citizens to learn throughout life
- Aeon: Rouighi - Race on the mind: 18/09/2019 (Ramzi Rouighi) (WebRef=7972)
→ When Europeans colonised North Africa, they imposed their preoccupation with race onto its diverse peoples and deep past
- Aeon: Chapman - The value of shame: 09/09/2019 (Louise Chapman) (WebRef=7873)
→ Immanuel Kant held that moral education is hydraulic: shame squashes down our vices, making space for virtue to rise up
- Aeon: Moynihan - The end of us: 07/08/2019 (Thomas Moynihan) (WebRef=7901)
→ Only since the Enlightenment have we been able to imagine humans going extinct. Is it a sign of our maturity as a species?
- Aeon: Cleary - Being and drunkenness: how to party like an existentialist: 26/07/2019 (Skye C. Cleary) (WebRef=8003)
- Aeon: Ehrenfeld - Why Epicurean ideas suit the challenges of modern secular life: 19/07/2019 (Temma Ehrenfeld) (WebRef=8023)
- Aeon: Jaekl - Human magnetism: 18/07/2019 (Philip Jaekl) (WebRef=8025)
→ For centuries, people have navigated the globe using instruments. But what if the Earth itself can help us feel our way?
- Aeon: Wisher - What a deer-tooth necklace says about our Ice Age ancestors: 05/07/2019 (Izzy Wisher) (WebRef=8109)
- Aeon: Hawkins & Wasserstrom - Re-made in China: 26/06/2019 (Amy Hawkins & Jeffrey Wasserstrom) (WebRef=8117)
→ From Marxism to hip hop, China’s appropriations from the West show that globalisation makes the world bumpy, not flat
- Aeon: Woolsey - The ironic feudalist: 18/06/2019 (Jeremy Woolsey) (WebRef=8134)
→ Kure Tomofusa’s hatred of democracy, human rights and liberalism has found an echo in the West. But has he been joking all along?
- Aeon: O'Connor - The information arms race can’t be won, but we have to keep fighting: 12/06/2019 (Cailin O'Connor) (WebRef=8141)
- Aeon: Paris - More than skin deep: 06/06/2019 (Panos Paris) (WebRef=8155)
→ Beauty is a deeply moral matter that makes kindness, empathy and honesty attractive, while vice warps into ugliness
- Aeon: Hutner & Chirino - Nuclear power is not the answer in a time of climate change: 28/05/2019 (Heidi Hutner & Erica Cirino) (WebRef=8156)
- Aeon: White - Philosophy should care about the filthy, excessive and unclean: 27/05/2019 (Thomas White) (WebRef=8171)
- Aeon: Walsh, Boehm & Lyubomirsky - Happiness doesn’t follow success: it’s the other way round: 24/05/2019 (Lisa C. Walsh, Julia K. Boehm & Sonja Lyubomirsky) (WebRef=8164)
- Aeon: Stanley - Curving the Universe: 23/05/2019 (Matthew Stanley) (WebRef=8176)
→ A century ago, a team of scientists chased the arc of starlight across a total eclipse to prove Einstein right on relativity
- Aeon: Svoboda - The red thread of obsession: 21/05/2019 (Elizabeth Svoboda) (WebRef=8185)
→ Evolved human capacities for vigilance and worry are both exacerbated and rewarded by the intense pressure of modern life
- Aeon: Perkowitz - Flash!: 15/05/2019 (Sidney Perkowitz) (WebRef=8195)
→ It ignited life on Earth, propelled evolution, and now signals climate change. Yet what sparks lightning remains a mystery
- Aeon: Kimmich - Brain, heal thyself: 14/05/2019 (Sara Kimmich) (WebRef=8197)
→ Neurofeedback can put thoughts in your head and help you conquer phobias – even when you’re unaware of what it’s doing
- Aeon: Estreich - Like the emperor’s new clothes, DNA kits are a tailored illusion: 13/05/2019 (George Estreich) (WebRef=8177)
- Aeon: Barnes - How the dualism of Descartes ruined our mental health: 10/05/2019 (James Barnes) (WebRef=8193)
- Aeon: Kreiner - How to reduce digital distractions: advice from medieval monks: 24/04/2019 (Jamie Kreiner) (WebRef=8235)
- Aeon: Segal - The case for empathy: 23/04/2019 (Elizabeth Segal) (WebRef=8256)
→ In a world of difference we can – and should – work harder to cultivate subtle, perceptive empathy towards all human beings
- Aeon: Habgood-Coote - Thinking on your feet: 22/04/2019143
- Aeon: Lightman - In defence of disorder: 15/04/2019 (Alan Lightman) (WebRef=7883)
→ Humans love laws and seek predictability. But like our Universe, which thrives on entropy, we need disorder to flourish
- Aeon: Thalos - Resist and be free: 04/04/2019 (Mariam Thalos) (PID Note: Free Will144) (WebRef=8296)
→ More than false choices and options, the highest freedom lies in being true to oneself and defying the expectations of others
- Aeon: Tolan - Muhammad: an anticlerical hero of the European Enlightenment: 01/04/2019 (John Tolan) (WebRef=8280)
- Aeon: Warboys - Dog breeds are mere Victorian confections, neither pure nor ancient: 25/03/2019 (Michael Warboys) (WebRef=8243)
- Aeon: van Straten - Lost in migration: 20/03/2019 (Giorgio van Straten) (WebRef=8322)
→ When Walter Benjamin fled France in 1940, he took a heavy black suitcase. Did it contain a typescript? Where is it now?
- Aeon: Willingham - The right to know, or not know, the data from medical research: 20/03/2019 (Emily Willingham) (WebRef=8323)
- Aeon: Levy - Why no-platforming is sometimes a justifiable position: 04/03/2019 (Neil Levy) (WebRef=8333)
- Aeon: Fudge - Islam after Salman: 21/02/2019 (Bruce Fudge) (WebRef=8336)
→ The Satanic Verses would not be written or published today. What’s changed since Salman Rushdie’s notorious novel?
- Aeon: Hall - Speak to the shoemaker: 20/02/2019145
- Aeon: Drew - Hormones united: 19/02/2019 (Liam Drew) (WebRef=8354)
→ The hormone system works like a democracy: every tissue in the body is an endocrine organ asserting its needs and demands
- Aeon: Bjornerud - How to make mountains: 18/02/2019 (Marcia Bjornerud) (WebRef=8357)
→ In living memory, geologists believed that the Earth was slowly shrivelling, little guessing how vibrantly alive it truly is
- Aeon: Knight - Did laughter make the mind?: 11/02/2019 (Chris Knight) (WebRef=8369)
→ A psychological relief valve and a guard against despotism, laughter is a uniquely human – and collective – activity
- Aeon: Frankopan - Don’t let the rise of Europe steal world history: 30/01/2019 (Peter Frankopan) (WebRef=8391)
- Aeon: Webber - Against type: 29/01/2019 (Jonathan Webber) (WebRef=8375)
→ The existentialist philosophies of Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon offer important insights into the nature of prejudice
- Aeon: Cooperrider - What happens to cognitive diversity when everyone is more WEIRD?: 23/01/2019 (Kensey Cooperrider) (WebRef=8408)
- Aeon: Maloney - The creed of compromise: 22/01/2019 (Thomas Maloney) (WebRef=8410)
→ Don’t throw in the day job to follow your dream. Join the bifurcators who juggle work-for-pay and their work-for-love
- Aeon: Brox - Disturbing the silence: 21/01/2019146
- Aeon: Becker & Woessmann - Economics helps explain why suicide is more common among Protestants: 14/01/2019 (Sascha O. Becker & Ludger Woessmann) (WebRef=8426)
- Aeon: Herzog - Why a market model is destroying the safeguards of the professions: 11/01/2019 (Lisa Herzog) (WebRef=8430)
- Aeon: Jarrett - Psychology’s five revelations for finding your true calling: 07/01/2019 (Christian Jarrett) (WebRef=8418)
- Aeon: Altman - Time-bombing the future: 02/01/2019 (Rebecca Altman) (WebRef=8447)
→ Synthetics created in the 20th century have become an evolutionary force, altering human biology and the web of life
- Aeon: Carroll - The scents of heaven: 24/12/2018 (Timothy Carroll) (WebRef=8464)
→ Frankincense and myrrh have long links to the sacred. Why has Christianity viewed them with both fascination and suspicion?
- Aeon: Cook - Why divine immanence mattered for the Civil Rights struggle: 24/12/2018 (Vaneesa Cook) (WebRef=8465)
- Aeon: Wertheim - SpaceXX: 19/12/2018 (Margaret Wertheim) (WebRef=8483)
- Aeon: Kovic - Rules in space: 04/12/2018 (Marko Kovic) (WebRef=8510)
→ If we don’t invent a legal framework for space colonisation the consequences could be catastrophic: the time to act is now
- Aeon: Lenhard - At home with the homeless: 29/11/2018 (Johannes Lenhard) (WebRef=8521)
- Aeon: Perkowitz - Can a physics of panic explain the motions of the crowd?: 28/11/2018 (Sidney Perkowitz) (WebRef=8203)
- Aeon: Naddaff-Hafrey - What War of the Worlds did: 26/11/2018 (Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey) (WebRef=8526)
→ The uncanny realism of Orson Welles’s radio play crystallised a fear of communication technology that haunts us today
- Aeon: Thomason - If you feel ashamed does that mean you are a moral failure?: 23/11/2018 (Krista K. Thomason) (WebRef=8533)
- Aeon: Herbjørnsrud - First women of philosophy: 23/11/2018 (Dag Herbjornsrud) (WebRef=8517)
- Aeon: Zuckert - The people’s prince: 19/11/2018 (Catherine Zuckert) (WebRef=8540)
→ His name has become synonymous with egotistic political scheming, yet Machiavelli’s work is effectively democratic at heart
- Aeon: Jarrett - Acting like an extravert has benefits, but not for introverts: 31/10/2018 (Christian Jarrett) (WebRef=8561)
- Aeon: Dembroff - Why be nonbinary?: 30/10/2018 (Robin Dembroff) (WebRef=8586)
→ A world segregated into male and female categories feels suffocating. Nonbinary identity is a radical escape hatch
- Aeon: Wampole - Strange and intelligent: 25/10/2018147
- Aeon: Fradera - Can hallucinations lead to post-traumatic growth?: 24/10/2018 (Alex Fradera) (WebRef=8601)
- Aeon: Porter - Madhouse genetics: 23/10/2018 (Theodore M. Porter) (WebRef=8603)
→ What the archives of mental-health asylums reveal about the history of human heredity and the evolution of genetics
- Aeon: Kempes & Savage - When science hits a limit, learn to ask different questions: 22/10/2018 (Chris Kempes & Van Savage) (WebRef=8606)
- Aeon: Krupp - Kill the competition: why siblings fight but colleagues cooperate: 16/10/2018 (D.B. Krupp) (WebRef=8617)
- Aeon: Sorensen - Relics of power: 15/10/2018 (Jesper Sorensen) (WebRef=8619)
→ From the foreskin of Jesus to the scarf of Elvis: why humans cannot resist the magical potency of charismatic objects
- Aeon: Gabrielle - Gamified life: 10/10/2018 (Vincent Gabrielle) (WebRef=8626)
→ From scoreboards to trackers, games have infiltrated work, serving as spies, overseers and agents of social control
- Aeon: Chabal - The voice of Hobsbawm: 08/10/2018 (Emile Chabal) (WebRef=8631)
→ How the Marxist ideas of a British historian ended up on the bookshelves of Indian civil servants and Brazilian housewives
- Aeon: Amoruso - Saudade: the untranslatable word for the presence of absence: 08/10/2018 (Michael Amoruso) (WebRef=8249)
- Aeon: Jarrett - Psychotherapy is not harmless: on the side effects of CBT: 05/10/2018 (Christian Jarrett) (WebRef=8635)
- Aeon: Besser - Being ‘interesting’ is not an objective feature of the world: 03/10/2018 (Lorraine L. Besser) (WebRef=8641)
- Aeon: Kaag - William James - The greatest use of life: 01/10/2018148
- Aeon: Asma - Religion is about emotion regulation, and it’s very good at it: 25/09/2018 (Stephen Asma) (WebRef=8656)
- Aeon: Wykstra - What really helps the poor?: 20/09/2018 (Stephanie Wykstra) (WebRef=8673)
→ It’s difficult to test whether poverty relief actually works. Do randomised controlled trials provide a scientific measure?
- Aeon: Alberti - One is the loneliest number: the history of a Western problem: 12/09/2018 (Fay Bound Alberti) (WebRef=8687)
- Aeon: Lennon & Locey - There are more microbial species on Earth than stars in the galaxy: 10/09/2018 (Jay T. Lennon & A+Locey (Kenneth J.)A+) (WebRef=8692)
- Aeon: Grant - Musical pleasures: 04/09/2018 (Roger Mathew Grant) (WebRef=8699)
→ We know music is pleasurable, the question is why? Many answers have been proposed: perhaps none are quite right
- Aeon: Fitzpatrick - Change the world, not yourself, or how Arendt called out Thoreau: 22/08/2018 (Katie Fitzpatrick) (WebRef=8731)
- Aeon: Sachan - Don’t worry about feeling sad: on the benefits of a blue period: 13/08/2018 (Dinsa Sachan) (WebRef=8624)
- Aeon: Misak - To my best belief: just what is the pragmatic theory of truth?: 07/08/2018 (Cheryl Misak) (WebRef=8757)
- Aeon: Harding - Ghosts on the shore: 06/08/2018 (Christopher Harding) (WebRef=8721)
→ In Japan, ghost stories are not to be scoffed at, but provide deep insights into the fuzzy boundary between life and death
- Aeon: Freedman - What kills you when a volcano erupts? It’s not what you think: 30/07/2018 (Jan Freedman) (WebRef=8775)
- Aeon: Chandra - With pleasures so varied, we need a way to calculate delight: 25/07/2018 (Shekhar Chandra) (WebRef=8786)
- Aeon: Herbjørnsrud - The real Battle of Vienna: 24/07/2018 (Dag Herbjornsrud) (WebRef=8519)
→ In 1683 an Ottoman siege was repelled from the walls of Vienna. But it was far from a fight between Islam and Christendom
- Aeon: Southwick & Charney - To be resilient, face tragedy with humour and flexibility: 13/07/2018 (Steven Southwick & Dennis Charney) (WebRef=8011)
- Aeon: Lawford-Smith - Speaking on behalf of …: 11/07/2018 (Holly Lawford-Smith) (WebRef=8552)
→ In the tapestry of diverse social groups, the loudest and most extreme get heard. To whom should we actually listen?
- Aeon: Purcell - Life on the slippery Earth: 03/07/2018 (Sebastian Purcell) (WebRef=8448)
→ Aztec moral philosophy has profound differences from the Greek tradition, not least its acceptance that nobody is perfect
- Aeon: Tennant - Scholarly publishing is broken. Here’s how to fix it: 03/07/2018 (Jon Tennant) (WebRef=8077)
- Aeon: Comisso - Plasma, the mysterious (and powerful) fourth phase of matter: 26/06/2018 (Luca Comisso) (WebRef=8114)
- Aeon: Cleary - Philosophy shrugged: ignoring Ayn Rand won’t make her go away: 22/06/2018 (Skye C. Cleary) (WebRef=8743)
- Aeon: Rabinovitch - What is wrong with tolerance: 20/06/2018 (Simon Rabinovitch) (WebRef=8161)
→ The ideal of religious tolerance has crippling flaws. It’s time to embrace a civic philosophy of reciprocity
- Aeon: Allanach - Going nowhere fast: 19/06/2018 (Ben Allanach) (WebRef=8301)
→ After the success of the Standard Model, experiments have stopped answering to grand theories. Is particle physics in crisis?
- Aeon: Epstein - Transitioning: 18/06/2018 (Randi Hutter Epstein) (WebRef=8840)
→ Individual transgender lives track a wider cultural history of surgery, hormones and revolutionised gender identities
- Aeon: Owen - Ethics on the battlefield: 13/06/2018 (Andy Owen) (WebRef=8853)
→ The soldier in battle is confronted with agonising, even impossible, ethical decisions. Could studying philosophy help?
- Aeon: Barrett & Dunne - Buddhists in love: 04/06/2018 (Lisa Feldman Barrett & John Dunne) (WebRef=8857)
→ Lovers crave intensity, Buddhists say craving causes suffering. Is it possible to be deeply in love yet truly detached?
- Aeon: Schick - What Ottoman erotica teaches us about sexual pluralism: 22/05/2018 (Irvin Cemil Schick) (WebRef=8918)
- Aeon: Folger - Our aquatic universe: 21/05/2018 (Tim Folger) (WebRef=8902)
→ We know that the Universe is awash with watery moons and planets. How can we pinpoint which of them could support life?
- Aeon: Taylor - The myth of ‘mad’ genius: 16/05/2018 (Christa L. Taylor) (WebRef=8904)
→ The Romantic stereotype that creativity is enhanced by a mood disorder is dangerous, and dissolves under careful scrutiny
- Aeon: Sharot - How your mind, under stress, gets better at processing bad news: 15/05/2018 (Tali Sharot) (WebRef=8895)
- Aeon: Suchow - Haven’t we met before?: 09/05/2018 (Jordan Suchow) (WebRef=7781)
- Aeon: Muller - Against metrics: how measuring performance by numbers backfires: 24/04/2018 (Jerry Z. Muller) (WebRef=8302)
- Aeon: Svoboda - Temperamentally blessed: 23/04/2018 (Elizabeth Svoboda) (WebRef=8934)
→ Just one in five people will be lucky enough to avoid mental-health problems throughout their life. How do they do it?
- Aeon: Szonyi - Everyday politics: 11/04/2018 (Michael Szonyi) (WebRef=8966)
→ Imperial Chinese conscription shows how ordinary people exercise influential political skills, even in a repressive state
- Aeon: Quinn - Phantasmic Phoenicia: 04/04/2018 (Josephine Quinn) (WebRef=8982)
→ The British, Irish and Lebanese have all claimed descent from the ancient Phoenicians. But ancient Phoenicia never existed
- Aeon: Popescu - What we talk about when we talk about post-truth: 02/04/2018 (Diana Popescu) (WebRef=8977)
- Aeon: Kroll - Snarge: 28/03/2018 (Gary Kroll) (WebRef=8998)
→ Our insatiable desire for acceleration exacts a mortal toll on the animal world. It’s time for humans to slow right down
- Aeon: Morus - Fuelling the future: 27/03/2018 (Iwan Rhys Morus) (WebRef=8995)
→ Fantasies about new power sources for human ambitions go back a century or more. Could these past visions energise our own future?
- Aeon: Bourgon - The last whalers: 21/03/2018 (Lyndsie Bourgon) (WebRef=9018)
→ Men from the Shetland Islands worked the whaling expeditions to the Antarctic. Until the whales were gone
- Aeon: McNamara - Our dreams have many purposes, changing across the lifespan: 09/03/2018 (Patrick McNamara) (WebRef=9027)
- Aeon: Shermer - Utopia is a dangerous ideal: we should aim for ‘protopia’: 07/03/2018 (Michael Shermer) (WebRef=8972)
- Aeon: Smith - On prejudice: 05/03/2018 (Blake Smith) (WebRef=9042)
→ An 18th-century creole slaveholder invented the idea of ‘racial prejudice’ to defend diversity among a slaveowning elite
- Aeon: Thornton - Two’s a crowd: 01/03/2018 (Edward Thornton) (WebRef=9048)
→ Zany and earnest, political yet puckish, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari were philosophy’s most improbable duo
- Aeon: Rogan - Why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism: 27/02/2018149
- Aeon: Golden - We need the singular ‘they’ – and it won’t seem wrong for long: 23/02/2018 (Stephanie Golden) (WebRef=8459)
- Aeon: Rapley - Few things are as dangerous as economists with physics envy: 09/02/2018 (John Rapley) (WebRef=7969)
- Aeon: Dumitrescu - Teachers and students: 07/02/2018 (Irina Dumitrescu) (WebRef=8532)
→ Medieval people knew that love and pain and dread and desire made the experience of education possible, and could also sow ruin
- Aeon: Hecht - The African Anthropocene: 06/02/2018 (Gabrielle Hecht) (WebRef=8082)
→ The Anthropocene feels different depending on where you are – too often, the ‘we’ of the world is white and Western
- Aeon: Setiya - How Schopenhauer’s thought can illuminate a midlife crisis: 26/01/2018150
- Aeon: Nichols - The good guy/bad guy myth: 25/01/2018 (Catherine Nichols) (WebRef=8316)
→ Pop culture today is obsessed with the battle between good and evil. Traditional folktales never were. What changed?
- Aeon: Fraker - Gender is dead, long live gender: just what is ‘performativity’?: 24/01/2018 (Will Fraker) (WebRef=9047)
- Aeon: Laland - Evolution unleashed: 17/01/2018 (Kevin Laland) (WebRef=8211)
→ Is evolutionary science due for a major overhaul – or is talk of ‘revolution’ misguided?
- Aeon: Barash - The deterrence myth: 09/01/2018 (David P. Barash) (WebRef=8189)
→ Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will
- Aeon: Christensen - ‘Let the soul dangle’: how mind-wandering spurs creativity: 05/12/2017 (Julia Christensen, Guido Giglioni & Manos Tsakiris) (WebRef=5880)
- Aeon: Pigliucci - When I help you, I also help myself: 17/11/2017 (Massimo Pigliucci) (WebRef=5793)
- Aeon: Middleton - Do civilisations collapse?: 16/11/2017 (Guy D. Middleton) (WebRef=5794)
→ The idea that the Maya or Easter Islanders experienced an apocalyptic end makes for good television but bad archaeology
- Aeon: Orent - When evolution is not a slow dance but a fast race to survive: 08/11/2017 (Wendy Orent) (WebRef=5733)
- Aeon: Roy - Science is broken: 07/11/2017 (Siddhartha Roy & Marc A. Edwards) (WebRef=5736)
→ Perverse incentives and the misuse of quantitative metrics have undermined the integrity of scientific research
- Aeon: Barker - Should life in jail be worse than outside, on principle?: 31/10/2017 (Chris Barker) (WebRef=5718)
- Aeon: Van Norden - Western philosophy is racist: 31/10/2017 (Bryan W. Van Norden) (WebRef=5715)
→ Academic philosophy in ‘the West’ ignores and disdains the thought traditions of China, India and Africa. This must change
- Aeon: Simpson - ‘Free speech’ is a blunt instrument: 31/03/2017 (Robert Simpson) (WebRef=4015)
- Aeon: Mokyr - How Europe became so rich: 15/02/2017 (Joel Mokyr) (WebRef=5953)
→ In a time of great powers and empires, just one region of the world experienced extraordinary economic growth. How?
- Aeon: Brunner - Here’s to the lost art of lying down: 21/12/2016 (Bernd Brunner) (WebRef=8715)
- Aeon: Dudley - How we evolved from drunken monkeys to boozy humans: 19/12/2016 (Robert Dudley) (WebRef=8668)
- Aeon: Randall - For the love of stuff: 03/08/2016 (Lee Randall) (WebRef=8931)
→ I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life
- Aeon: Asma - The weaponised loser: 27/06/2016 (Stephen Asma) (WebRef=8660)
→ Mass shootings have one thing in common: toxic masculinity. Where does it come from and what can be done to stop it?
- Aeon: Oldstone-Moore - How beards put a brave face on threatened masculinity: 10/03/2016 (Christopher R. Oldstone-Moore) (WebRef=8039)
- Aeon: Koerth-Baker - Values and vaccines: 16/02/2016 (Maggie Koerth-Baker) (WebRef=8682)
→ Parents who reject vaccination are making a rational choice – they prefer to put their children above the public good
- Aeon: Burton - Dark books: 07/01/2016 (Tara Isabella Burton) (WebRef=8860)
→ What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas
- Aeon: Chappell - Is it OK to have kids?: 24/12/2015 (Richard Yetter Chappell) (WebRef=8875)
→ Your decision about whether to procreate is serious. That makes it philosophy’s business, alarming as that might sound
- Aeon: Mod - Future reading: 01/10/2015 (Craig Mod) (WebRef=8251)
→ Digital books stagnate in closed, dull systems, while printed books are shareable, lovely and enduring. What comes next?
- Aeon: Gordin - Absolute English: 04/02/2015 (Michael D. Gordin) (WebRef=8013)
→ 30 April, 2019
- Aeon: Jabr - The gene that jumped: 11/12/2014 (Ferris Jabr) (WebRef=7874)
→ Genes that leap from one species to another are more common than we thought. Does this shake up the tree of life?
- Aeon: Emslie - Broken sleep: 07/11/2014 (Karen Emslie) (WebRef=7897)
→ People once woke up halfway through the night to think, write or make love. What have we lost by sleeping straight through?
- Aeon: Davies - A closed loop: 26/09/2014 (Jamie Davies) (WebRef=9037)
→ The DNA helix gave 20th-century biology its symbol. But the more we learn, the more life circles back to an older image
- Aeon: Miller - Talk the talk: 02/06/2014 (Eric C. Miller) (WebRef=8384)
→ A push for English to be the official language of the US has both a dark history and a regressive vision for the future
- Aeon: Marsa - A good trip: 28/03/2014 (Linda Marsa) (WebRef=9006)
→ Researchers are giving psychedelics to cancer patients to help alleviate their despair — and it’s working
- Aeon: Thorpe - The love of stuff: 03/03/2014 (Nick Thorpe) (WebRef=8415)
→ The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough
- Aeon: Switek - Once and future cats: 10/12/2013 (Brian Switek) (WebRef=8724)
→ Sabercats were magnificent, powerful predators – what does their extinction tell us about the future of life on Earth?
- Aeon: Asma - Families made us human: 07/11/2013 (Stephen Asma) (WebRef=8661)
→ The evolution of human culture can be explained, not by the size of our brains, but by the quality of our relationships
- Aeon: Nijhuis - The ghost commune: 31/10/2013 (Michelle Nijhuis) (WebRef=9057)
→ Unplugging from the electrical grid was relatively easy. What we didn’t realise was that we needed the human grid, too
- Aeon: King - Kindred spirits: 22/10/2013 (Barbara J. King) (WebRef=8442)
→ Animals have friends, enemies, allies and life-long companions. Human relationships aren’t so unique after all
- Aeon: Chocano - Je regrette: 16/10/2013 (Carina Chocano) (WebRef=8912)
→ Our forward-charging culture sees regret as a sign of weakness and failure. But how else can we learn from our past?
- Aeon: Andersen - Embracing the void: 15/10/2013 (Ross Andersen) (WebRef=8359)
→ The ancients had pyramids to tame the sky’s mystery. We have Star Axis, a masterpiece forty years in the making
- Aeon: Palmer - Kept women: 10/10/2013 (James Palmer) (WebRef=9039)
→ Mistresses are big business in China, where no official is a real man without his own ernai. What’s in it for the girls?
- Aeon: Case - I contradict myself: 26/08/2013 (Nat Case) (WebRef=8974)
→ I am an atheist and a Quaker. Does it matter what I believe, when I recognise that religion is something I need?
- Aeon: Parks - Inner peace: 26/07/2013 (Tim Parks) (WebRef=5902)
→ We yearn for silence, yet the less sound there is, the more our thoughts deafen us. How can we still the noise within?
- Aeon: Zarkadakis - Ladder to heaven: 07/06/2013 (George Zarkadakis) (WebRef=8890)
→ I have turned away from the church but, up on Mount Athos, I turned on to the mysteries of Orthodox meditation
- Aeon: Birkerts - The art of attention: 24/05/2013 (Sven Birkerts) (WebRef=8609)
→ The peculiar vividness of the world becomes clear when we slow down and attend, learning to see all things anew
- Aeon: Faccini - Survivors: 16/05/2013 (Ben Faccini) (WebRef=9011)
→ Filthy and violent it may be, but life is still precious for the world’s street children. Can you look them in the eye?
- Aeon: Baggini - I still love Kierkegaard: 06/05/2013 (Julian Baggini) (WebRef=5739)
- Aeon: Case - Mad, or bad?: 15/04/2013 (Holly Case) (WebRef=8348)
→ Even in the decade of dissent, Thomas Szasz stood alone when he attacked the idea of madness from the political Right
- Aeon: Greenwood - I grew up in the future: 18/03/2013 (Veronique Greenwood) (WebRef=8574)
→ My mom is a futurist, that peculiar subclass of optimists who believe they can see the day after tomorrow coming
- Aeon: Marriott - When a bough breaks: 20/02/2013 (Edward Marriott) (WebRef=8515)
→ Volcanic feelings of love and hate are part of being a parent: it’s dangerous to pretend otherwise
- Aeon: Hanlon - Is there life on Mars?: 08/01/2013 (Michael Hanlon) (WebRef=8544)
→ Our curiosity about the Red Planet has always been tinged with fantasy – but wishful thinking needn’t be mistaken
- Aeon: MacLeod - Like someone is there: 28/09/2012 (Ken MacLeod) (WebRef=8374)
→ Ineffable encounters and moments of ego-transcendence can be quite matter-of-fact. What’s really going on?
- Priority: 4
- Aeon: Video - Santiago: 18/11/2019 (Emma Allen) (WebRef=8206)
→ Our biological past and our technological future play out on a single human face
- Aeon: Video - A monk interviews Martin Heidegger: 29/10/2019 (Bhikku Maha Mani) (WebRef=8069)
→ A Buddhist monk probes Heidegger on the limits, and necessity, of philosophy
- Aeon: Video - We are built to be kind: 11/06/2019 (WebRef=8146)
→ Don’t misread Darwin: for humans, ‘survival of the fittest’ means being sympathetic
- Aeon: Simon - How Erasmus Darwin’s poetry prophesied evolutionary theory: 29/05/2019 (Ed Simon) (WebRef=8168)
- Aeon: Video - Mars habitat: 24/05/2019 (WebRef=8175)
→ How 3D-printing robots will get Mars home-ready for our arrival
- Aeon: Video - The Vinland Mystery: 06/05/2019 (WebRef=8229)
→ How a husband-and-wife team proved Leif Erikson beat Columbus to Norse America
- Aeon: Video - Maybe it's me: 23/04/2019 (PID Note: Memory151) (WebRef=8258)
→ What happens to our own memories when family elders start to forget us?
- Aeon: Video - The beauty of gefilte fish: 19/04/2019 (WebRef=8266)
→ Delicious? Gross? The great fish dish that divides – and unites – families on Passover
- Aeon: Video - The trial: 22/03/2019 (WebRef=8319)
→ When protecting the US Constitution means defending accused terrorists
- Aeon: Video - Man as industrial palace: 01/03/2019 (WebRef=8337)
→ The body as machine: first imagined in 1927, now brought to new, animated life
- Aeon: Video - Vultures of Tibet: 26/02/2019 (WebRef=8344)
→ To Tibetan Buddhists, sky burials are sacred. To tourists, they’re a morbid curiosity
- Aeon: Video - The power of expectations: 17/01/2019 (WebRef=8419)
→ Want to make a lab rat smarter? Treat it like a smarter lab rat
- Aeon: Video - What the psychic saw: 04/12/2018 (WebRef=8512)
→ The psychic, the skeptic and the life-and-death prophecy that came true
- Aeon: Video - Space volcanoes: 30/10/2018 (WebRef=8588)
→ Lava, ice and hints of life – an immersive 360° tour of volcanism in our solar system
- Aeon: Video - An interview with Simone de Beauvoir: 23/10/2018 (WebRef=8604)
→ ‘I’m against all forms of oppression’: Simone de Beauvoir, in her own words from 1959
- Aeon: Video - Herd of two: 08/10/2018 (WebRef=8632)
→ What can working with horses teach us about power and communication?
- Aeon: Video - Allergy to originality: 24/09/2018 (WebRef=8659)
→ 28 September, 2018
- Aeon: Video - Clean hands: 10/09/2018 (WebRef=8693)
→ Honk for Amen: worship meets convenience at the Daytona Beach Drive-In Christian Church
- Aeon: Video - The Earth is humming: 23/07/2018 (WebRef=8783)
→ A massive earthquake will likely strike Japan again soon – here’s how they’re preparing
- Aeon: Video - While Darwin sleeps: 25/06/2018 (WebRef=8828)
→ A massive insect collection reimagined as ‘a mescaline vision dreamt by Charles Darwin’
- Aeon: Video - Freud vs Jung: 21/06/2018 (WebRef=8458)
→ Sex, religion and envy – how Freud and Jung’s frenetic friendship tore itself apart
- Aeon: Video - Take two leeches and call me in the morning: 24/05/2018 (WebRef=8905)
→ Once dismissed as quackery, medical leeches are back for blood
- Aeon: Video - Army ant bridge collapses and recovers: 30/04/2018 (WebRef=8923)
→ How to maintain infrastructure – the stunning collective intelligence of ant engineers
- Aeon: Video - Godka cirka: 26/04/2018 (WebRef=8938)
→ Alifa has reached the age when girls in her village undergo a ritual cutting she fears
- Aeon: Video - Gloomy Sunday: 05/04/2018 (WebRef=8983)
→ A neural network that keeps seeing art where we see mundane objects
- Aeon: Video - One minute art history: 23/03/2018 (WebRef=8986)
→ A jaunt through five millennia of art history in just one minute
- Aeon: Video - Why the male black widow is a real home wrecker: 13/03/2018 (WebRef=9030)
→ Female black widows have a murderous reputation, but do the males have it coming?
- Aeon: Video - Pleasure and the good life: 21/03/2017152
- Aeon: Video - The need for a new bioethics: 02/05/2016 (WebRef=8437)
→ From identity politics to medicine, the DNA revolution demands a new bioethics
- Aeon: Video - Amar: 21/03/2014 (WebRef=8422)
→ A teen works two jobs on top of school – because great achievements require time
- Aeon: Blum - Highbrows and self-helpers: 22/01/2020 (Beth Blum) (WebRef=9004)
→ Woolf loathed it but it spurred her on. Hemingway drew ideas of manliness from it. Self-help haunted the modernist imagination
- Aeon: Green - Africa, in its fullness: 16/01/2020 (Toby Green) (WebRef=8888)
→ The West focuses only on slavery, but the history of Africa is so much more than a footnote to European imperialism
- Aeon: Boddice - The happy emotions are not necessarily what they appear: 15/01/2020 (Rob Boddice) (WebRef=8873)
- Aeon: Waterlow - The jokes always saved us: humour in the time of Stalin: 11/12/2019 (Jonathan Waterlow) (WebRef=8529)
- Aeon: McKeever & Brunning - Being asexual: 19/11/2019 (Natasha McKeever & Luke Brunning) (WebRef=8202)
→ What is it like to feel love and share physical intimacy yet feel no sexual attraction to the person you are with?
- Aeon: Birkerts & Benfey - On serendipity: 14/11/2019 (Sven Birkerts & Christopher Benfey) (WebRef=8154)
→ A decades-long conversation between friends about books, photography and life, exploring what it is to know, to look, to see
- Aeon: Schneider - The awe of being alive: 12/11/2019 (Kirk Schneider) (WebRef=8137)
→ Existential therapy explores the darkest corners and craggy edges of the many-sided self. The result is true transformation
- Aeon: Mercier - The smart move: we learn more by trusting than by not trusting: 08/11/2019 (Hugo Mercier) (WebRef=8107)
- Aeon: Wilson - How to be an Epicurean: 05/11/2019 (Catherine Wilson) (WebRef=8092)
→ A philosophy that values innocent pleasure, human warmth and the rewards of creative endeavour. What’s not to like?
- Aeon: van Prooijen - Suspicion makes us human: 04/11/2019 (Jan-Willem van Prooijen) (WebRef=8095)
→ Conspiracy theories have always been with us, powered by an evolutionary drive to survive. How’s that working for us now?
- Aeon: Lubrano - Living with ADHD: 18/10/2019 (Sarah Stein Lubrano) (WebRef=8017)
- Aeon: Makdisi - Cosmopolitan Ottomans: 17/10/2019 (Ussama Makdisi) (WebRef=8018)
→ European colonisation put an abrupt end to political experiments towards a more equal, diverse and ecumenical Arab world
- Aeon: Hood - Do we possess our possessions or do they possess us?: 16/10/2019 (Bruce Hood) (WebRef=8020)
- Aeon: Nassar & Barbour - Rooted: 16/10/2019 (Dalia Nassar & Margaret M. Barbour) (WebRef=8019)
→ What if, rather than mere props in the background of our lives, trees embody the history of all life on Earth?
- Aeon: Rasanen - Why older people should be allowed to change their legal age: 09/10/2019 (Joona Rasanen) (WebRef=8016)
- Aeon: Pugh - Deep brain stimulation: 14/08/2019 (Jonathan Pugh) (WebRef=7892)
→ DBS is an incredibly promising intervention for intractable neurological and psychiatric illness. What are the risks?
- Aeon: Maibom - Spot the psychopath: 06/08/2019 (Heidi L. Maibom) (WebRef=7891)
→ Psychopaths have a reputation for cunning and ruthlessness. But they are more like you and me than we care to admit
- Aeon: Burton - The hypersane are among us, if only we are prepared to look: 02/08/2019 (Neel Burton) (WebRef=7900)
- Aeon: Turner - Italy’s erotic revolution in art joined the lusty to the divine: 24/07/2019 (James Grantham Turner) (WebRef=8008)
- Aeon: Sagar - Tainted by association: 22/07/2019 (Paul Sagar) (WebRef=8012)
→ Would you carve a roast with a knife that had been used in a murder? Why not? And what does this tell us about ethics?
- Aeon: Storm - Against disenchantment: 25/06/2019 (Jason Josephson Storm) (WebRef=8110)
→ The move away from myth and toward reason is an ancient human impulse. But must enchantment be the enemy of enlightenment?
- Aeon: Penha & Carvalhais - If machines want to make art, will humans understand it?: 18/06/2019 (Rui Penha & Miguel Carvalhais) (WebRef=8135)
- Aeon: Pinkard - The spirit of history: 13/06/2019 (Terry Pinkard) (WebRef=8131)
→ Hegel’s search for the universal patterns of history revealed a paradox: freedom is coming into being, but is never guaranteed
- Aeon: Liu - How Adam Smith became a (surprising) hero to conservative economists: 10/06/2019 (Glory M. Liu) (WebRef=8148)
- Aeon: Kaag - Let’s resolve to own the right to make and break resolutions: 07/06/2019 (John Kaag) (WebRef=8149)
- Aeon: Nierstrasz - Asia had the upper hand: 29/05/2019 (Chris Nierstrasz) (WebRef=8167)
→ For centuries, Europeans in Asia were guests, trading partners and subordinates. Only much later did Empire seem imaginable
- Aeon: Campbell - How ballerinas defy the corporeal in a quest for the ethereal: 20/05/2019 (Olivia Campbell) (WebRef=8187)
- Aeon: Coclanis - Too much theory leads economists to bad predictions: 14/05/2019 (Peter A. Coclanis) (WebRef=8198)
- Aeon: Callahan - When breast isn’t best: 09/05/2019 (Laura Frances Callahan) (WebRef=8213)
→ New parents face intense moral pressure from every quarter to breastfeed their babies. But sometimes bottle is better
- Aeon: Cowles - Is emotional labour next to be outsourced and professionalised?: 07/05/2019 (Henry M. Cowles) (WebRef=8218)
- Aeon: Owen - The need for an ending: 25/04/2019 (Andy Owen) (WebRef=8253)
→ When a person goes missing, in war or in ordinary life, their story is cut off mid-sentence. A death can be easier to bear
- Aeon: Johnson - How do we pry apart the true and compelling from the false and toxic?: 23/04/2019 (David V. Johnson) (WebRef=8257)
- Aeon: Kampa - Is acting hazardous? On the risks of immersing oneself in a role: 18/04/2019 (Samuel Kampa) (WebRef=8270)
- Aeon: Harary - An electrical meltdown looms: how can we avert disaster?: 16/04/2019 (Keith Harary) (WebRef=8275)
- Aeon: Harvey - Medieval parasites: 09/04/2019 (Katherine Harvey) (WebRef=8264)
→ People in the Middle Ages took great care over cleanliness – except the clergy, who accepted filth as a sign of devotion
- Aeon: Jarrett - To boost your self-esteem, write about chapters of your life: 05/04/2019 (Christian Jarrett) (WebRef=8293)
- Aeon: McGrath - Good Samaritans after all: 28/03/2019 (Melanie McGrath) (WebRef=8307)
→ It’s a truism of social psychology that witnesses are less likely to intervene if other onlookers are present. Not so
- Aeon: Turner - Chaucer was more than English: he was a great European poet: 22/03/2019 (Marion Turner) (WebRef=8317)
- Aeon: Quiggin - Opportunity costs: can carbon taxing become a positive-sum game?: 11/03/2019 (John Quiggin) (WebRef=8324)
- Aeon: Ariel - At the end of the day, think outside the box about clichés: 06/03/2019 (Nana Ariel) (WebRef=8330)
- Aeon: Malachowski - Rorty’s political turn: 06/03/2019 (Alan Malachowski) (WebRef=8329)
→ When he shifted his attention from philosophy to politics, Richard Rorty revived liberalism’s potential for social reform
- Aeon: Stegenga - Do antidepressants work?: 05/03/2019 (Jacob Stegenga) (WebRef=8331)
→ Depression is a very complex disorder and we simply have no good evidence that antidepressants help sufferers to improve
- Aeon: Small - Nietzsche and the Cynics: 28/02/2019 (Helen Small) (WebRef=8338)
→ How Friedrich Nietzsche used ideas from the Ancient Cynics to explore the death of God and the nature of morality
- Aeon: Brunning - Imagine there’s no jealousy: 27/02/2019 (Luke Brunning) (WebRef=8340)
- Aeon: Romeo - Rebirth of the body politic: 26/02/2019 (Nick Romeo) (WebRef=8343)
→ Individualism is not a sufficient foundation for social life: the image of the body politic reminds us that we are all one
- Aeon: Gaastra, Greenfield & Vander Linder - How we discovered that Europeans used cattle 8,000 years ago: 13/02/2019 (Jane Gaastra, Haskell Greenfield & Marc Vander Linden) (WebRef=8365)
- Aeon: Kasmirli - Tools for thinking: Isaiah Berlin’s two concepts of freedom: 11/02/2019 (Maria Kasmirli) (WebRef=8370)
- Aeon: Robson - Words as feelings: 06/02/2019 (David Robson) (WebRef=8378)
→ A special class of vivid, textural words defies linguistic theory: could ‘ideophones’ unlock the secrets of humans’ first utterances?
- Aeon: McHardy - Gossip was a powerful tool for the powerless in Ancient Greece: 01/02/2019 (Fiona McHardy) (WebRef=8386)
- Aeon: Adelman - Why we need to be wary of narratives of economic catastrophe: 22/01/2019 (Jeremy Adelman) (WebRef=8389)
- Aeon: Machin - The marvel of the human dad: 17/01/2019 (Anna Machin) (WebRef=8398)
→ Among our close animal relatives, only humans have involved and empathic fathers. Why did evolution favour the devoted dad?
- Aeon: Owen - Erik Erikson knew that self-invention takes a lifetime: 16/01/2019 (M.M. Owen) (WebRef=8421)
- Aeon: Plotnick - Who pushes the button?: 16/01/2019 (Rachel Plotnick) (WebRef=8420)
→ From elevators to iPhones, the rise of pushbuttons has provoked a century of worries about losing the human touch
- Aeon: Bevilacqua - The empathetic humanities have much to teach our adversarial culture: 15/01/2019 (Alexander Bevilacqua) (WebRef=8424)
- Aeon: Winner - Whys of seeing: 15/01/2019 (Ellen Winner) (WebRef=8423)
→ Experimental psychology is providing concrete answers to some of the great philosophical debates about art and its meaning
- Aeon: Rapley - Economics as a moral tale: 09/01/2019 (John Rapley) (WebRef=8435)
→ The development sector set out to summon the magic of capitalism from the ashes of communism. How is it going?
- Aeon: Victoria - Breath of life: 20/12/2018 (Brian Victoria) (WebRef=8482)
→ Shinto is uniquely Japanese, yet embodies a once-universal animistic religion of wind and fire, gods and animal spirits
- Aeon: Robson - Why your favourite film baddies all have a truly evil laugh: 18/12/2018 (David Robson) (WebRef=8485)
- Aeon: Su - Separatism is no solution: 11/12/2018 (Alice Su) (WebRef=8500)
→ Partition in Iraq rests on Orientalist ideas – and overlooks what many Iraqis, minorities included, say they want
- Aeon: Nixon - Attention is not a resource but a way of being alive to the world: 07/12/2018 (Dan Nixon) (WebRef=8205)
- Aeon: Given-Wilson - How the Inkas governed, thrived and fell without alphabetic writing: 20/11/2018 (Christopher Given-Wilson) (WebRef=8538)
- Aeon: Dresser - Freud versus Jung: a bitter feud over the meaning of sex: 14/11/2018 (Sam Dresser) (WebRef=8550)
- Aeon: Hemery - Can relationship anarchy create a world without heartbreak?: 13/11/2018 (Sophie Hemery) (WebRef=8551)
- Aeon: Tritschler - Negative capability: 07/11/2018 (Paul Tritschler) (WebRef=8562)
→ Forget memory. Kill desire. Open up in the moment to unleash creativity, intuition, and even political transformation
- Aeon: Hills - Masters of reality: 01/11/2018 (Thomas T. Hills) (WebRef=8583)
→ The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve?
- Aeon: Forbes - We are heading for a New Cretaceous, not for a new normal: 29/10/2018 (Peter Forbes) (WebRef=8067)
- Aeon: Everett - Compulsory School Language-Learning: 12/10/2018 (Daniel Everett) (WebRef=7067)
- Aeon: Polizzotti - L’art de la traduction: 09/10/2018 (Mark Polizzotti) (WebRef=8400)
- Aeon: Humphreys - The urge to share news of our lives is neither new nor narcissistic: 21/09/2018 (Lee Humphreys) (WebRef=8670)
- Aeon: Owen - Our age of horror: 19/09/2018 (M.M. Owen) (WebRef=8675)
→ In this febrile cultural moment filled with fear of the Other, horror has achieved the status of true art
- Aeon: Debes - Dignity is delicate: 17/09/2018 (Remy Debes) (WebRef=8649)
→ Human dignity is a concept with remarkably shallow historical roots. Is that why it is so presently endangered?
- Aeon: Earp - Against mourning: 21/08/2018 (Brian D. Earp) (WebRef=8730)
→ It takes a lifetime of preparation to grieve as the Stoics did – without weeping and wailing, but with a heart full of love
- Aeon: Wellmon - A wild muddle: 16/08/2018 (Chad Wellmon) (WebRef=8744)
→ The ethical formation of citizens was once at the heart of the US elite college. Has this moral purpose gone altogether?
- Aeon: López-Pérez - Cruel to be kind: should you sometimes be bad for another’s good?: 15/08/2018 (Belen Lopez-Perez) (WebRef=8741)
- Aeon: Reeves - The respect deficit: 08/08/2018 (Richard V. Reeves) (WebRef=8754)
→ Economic inequality is an urgent problem. Deeper still is our loss of mutual respect, the foundation of a fair society
- Aeon: D'Angour - Can we know what music sounded like in Ancient Greece?: 08/08/2018 (Armand D'Angour) (WebRef=8463)
- Aeon: Stevens - How the marvel of electric light became a global blight to health: 03/08/2018 (Richard G. 'Bugs' Stevens) (WebRef=8457)
- Aeon: Tampio - Look up from your screen: 02/08/2018 (Nicholas Tampio) (WebRef=8777)
→ Children learn best when their bodies are engaged in the living world. We must resist the ideology of screen-based learning
- Aeon: Noggle - How to tell the difference between persuasion and manipulation: 01/08/2018 (Robert Noggle) (WebRef=8404)
- Aeon: Botting - Mary Wollstonecraft - Bringing down the patriarchy: 25/07/2018153
- Aeon: Schulz - Picture this: why mental representations evolved: 19/07/2018154
- Aeon: Schneider - Private schools are anti-democratic. Can they be redeemed?: 10/07/2018 (Jack Schneider) (WebRef=8821)
- Aeon: Yaffe - Children deserve leniency in law, and the reason is political: 06/07/2018 (Gideon Yaffe) (WebRef=8818)
- Aeon: Cole - The many deaths of liberalism: 28/06/2018 (Daniel H. Cole) (WebRef=8835)
→ More than a century of death notices have not diminished the achievements and the necessity of liberalism
- Aeon: Garber - When should a therapist decide to break confidentiality?: 19/06/2018 (Pamela Garber) (WebRef=8842)
- Aeon: Gieryn - Truth is also a place: 14/06/2018 (Thomas Gieryn) (WebRef=8855)
→ Throughout history, people found truth at holy places. Now we build courts, labs and altars to be truth spots too
- Aeon: Mukand - The divided public heart: 06/06/2018 (Sharun Mukand) (WebRef=8868)
→ Is politics driven by pragmatic self-interest or by identities and ideals? The self-harming voter offers a clue
- Aeon: Tracy - Behold: science as seeing: 17/05/2018 (Gene Tracy) (WebRef=8893)
→ One astronomer’s dimpled pie is another’s cratered moon. How can our mind’s eye learn to see the new and unexpected?
- Aeon: Crowley - Baby boomers are divorcing for surprisingly old-fashioned reasons: 07/05/2018 (Jocelyn Elise Crowley) (WebRef=8788)
- Aeon: Miller - True generosity involves more than just giving: 04/05/2018 (Christian B. Miller) (WebRef=8845)
- Aeon: Chappel - How the crisis of the 1930s made the Catholic Church modern: 01/05/2018 (James Chappel) (WebRef=8927)
- Aeon: Kostakis & Drechsler - Utopia now: 30/04/2018 (Vasilis Kostakis & Wolfgang Drechsler) (WebRef=8925)
→ In 1890 William Morris imagined a world free from wage slavery. Thanks to technology, his vision is finally within reach
- Aeon: Kozubek - Enlightenment rationality is not enough: we need a new Romanticism: 18/04/2018 (Jim Kozubek) (WebRef=8942)
- Aeon: Ghodsee - Anti-anti-communism: 22/03/2018 (Kristen R. Ghodsee) (WebRef=9020)
→ Millions of Russians and eastern Europeans now believe that they were better off under communism. What does this signify?
- Aeon: Page - Why hiring the ‘best’ people produces the least creative results: 30/01/2018 (Scott E. Page) (WebRef=8231)
- Aeon: Judge - Getting in the groove: 15/01/2018 (Jenny Judge) (WebRef=8212)
→ Music reminds us that the mind is more than a calculator. We are resonant bodies as much as representing machines
- Aeon: Rai - Our enemies are human: that’s why we want to kill them: 13/12/2017 (Tage Rai, Piercarlo Valdesolo & Jesse Graham) (WebRef=5924)
- Aeon: Athanasiadis - Everyone in the world should be taxed on their energy footprint: 06/12/2017 (Iason Athanasiadis) (WebRef=5878)
- Aeon: Mirowski - Against citizen science: 20/11/2017 (Philip Mirowski) (WebRef=5824)
→ It might style itself as a grassroots movement but citizen science is little more than a cheap land-grab by big business
- Aeon: Margulis - Music is not for ears: 02/11/2017 (Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis) (WebRef=5721)
→ We never just hear music. Our experience of it is saturated in cultural expectations, personal memory and the need to move
- Aeon: McConnachie - Be amazed: 30/10/2017 (James McConnachie) (WebRef=5713)
→ Before it became a staple of videogames, the maze was a test of reason and courage, a way to find yourself by getting lost
- Aeon: Larson - Marriage should not come with any social benefits or privileges: 16/05/2017 (Vicki Larson) (WebRef=5852)
- Aeon: Kroupa - Has dogma derailed the scientific search for dark matter?: 25/11/2016 (Pavel Kroupa) (WebRef=9071)
- Aeon: Smith - A theory of creepiness: 19/09/2016 (David Livingstone Smith) (WebRef=8056)
→ A bear chasing you is simply scary but a guy with a big mouse’s head can give you the creeps. What’s the difference?
- Aeon: Davidson - Simplicity or style: what makes a sentence a masterpiece?: 22/08/2016 (Jenny Davidson) (WebRef=8717)
- Aeon: Schaffner - Why exhaustion is not unique to our overstimulated age: 06/07/2016 (Anna Katharina Schaffner) (WebRef=8861)
- Aeon: Adams - Is ‘devouring’ books a sign of superficiality in a reader?: 21/06/2016 (Louise Adams) (WebRef=8246)
- Aeon: McAuliffe - Disgust made us human: 06/06/2016 (Kathleen McAuliffe) (WebRef=8180)
→ Our ancestors reacted to parasites with overwhelming revulsion, wiring the brain for morals, manners, politics and laws
- Aeon: Haselby - American secular: 26/05/2016 (Sam Haselby) (WebRef=9059)
→ The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?
- Aeon: Kennedy - Bad thoughts can’t make you sick, that’s just magical thinking: 18/11/2015 (Angela Kennedy) (WebRef=8944)
- Aeon: Chaplin - The hand-held’s tale: 16/10/2015 (Joyce E. Chaplin) (WebRef=5723)
→ For centuries, the powerful would never hold anything useful for themselves. How did devices become universal luxuries?
- Aeon: Brand - Rethinking extinction: 21/04/2015 (Stewart Brand) (WebRef=6744)
→ The idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong – it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis
- Aeon: Marsa - Scorched Earth, 2200AD: 10/02/2015 (Linda Marsa) (WebRef=7996)
→ Climate change has done its worst, and now just 500 million humans remain on lifeboats in the north. How do they survive?
- Aeon: Sites - The unforgiven: 09/04/2014 (Kevin Sites) (WebRef=8543)
→ When soldiers kill in war, the secret shame and guilt they bring back home can destroy them
- Aeon: Roberts - Why the long face?: 14/03/2014 (Adam Roberts) (WebRef=8575)
→ Sadness makes us seem nobler, more elegant, more adult. Which is pretty weird, when you think about it
- Aeon: Birkerts - Last words: 06/12/2013 (Sven Birkerts) (PID Note: Death155) (WebRef=8960)
→ As we mourn the poet, do we not mourn the loss of what he had in his keeping: a way of living that served us for aeons?
- Aeon: McGrath - Stories in the night: 12/04/2013 (Melanie McGrath) (WebRef=8385)
→ Insomnia brings many gifts — the noises of the night, the twist of narrative, and a stolen march on time
- Aeon: Anthes - Beauteous beasts: 25/03/2013 (Emily Anthes) (WebRef=8795)
→ Humans have been breeding animals for beauty for centuries. But should we draw the line at genetically modified pets?
- Aeon: Palmer - The balinghou: 07/03/2013 (James Palmer) (WebRef=8250)
→ Chinese parents bemoan their children’s laziness and greed, but this generation of young people has had enough
- Aeon: Macdonald - Nest of spies: 26/02/2013 (Helen Macdonald) (WebRef=5787)
- Aeon: Quiggin - This world is enough: 15/01/2013 (John Quiggin) (WebRef=5722)
→ For the first time in history we could end poverty while protecting the global environment. But do we have the will?
- Aeon: Pyne - The ice inferno: 11/01/2013 (Stephen J. Pyne) (WebRef=5730)
→ Without night or day, and the sun spinning slowly in a cold sky. Could you stand the mental hypothermia?
- Aeon: Baggini - A taste of the divine: 17/10/2012 (Julian Baggini) (WebRef=8711)
→ An exquisite, luxurious meal is an ephemeral pleasure – but perhaps that’s the point. So is the human condition
- Priority: 5
- Aeon: Video - The drill: 21/01/2020 (WebRef=8971)
→ ‘I want to take the bullet and save my friends’ – the grim reality of safety drills in US schools
- Aeon: Video - Black sheep: 02/12/2019 (WebRef=8405)
→ What ultranationalism offers working-class teens in England’s north
- Aeon: Video - These giant leaf insects will sway your heart: 26/11/2019 (WebRef=8247)
→ When is a leaf not a leaf? When it’s got six legs and a face
- Aeon: Video - Quiet hours: 05/09/2019 (WebRef=7876)
→ ‘Old age is a ceremony of losses’: the late poet Donald Hall on a life lived long
- Aeon: Video - Is the secret to a happy marriage in your DNA?: 26/07/2019 (WebRef=8006)
→ Till genetics do us part – why the success of your marriage is encoded at birth
- Aeon: Video - Random events: 16/07/2019 (WebRef=8029)
→ A classic film finds order in randomness with the aid of some improbably elaborate sets
- Aeon: Video - Chomsky and Foucault - Justice versus Power: 04/07/2019 (Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault) (WebRef=8111)
→ When Chomsky met Foucault: how the thinkers debated the ‘ideal society’
- Aeon: Video - Someone else's war: 14/05/2019 (WebRef=8199)
→ What motivated three young Britons to join the deadly fight against ISIS in Syria?
- Aeon: Video - The shampoo summit: 29/04/2019 (WebRef=8241)
→ Sink-side diplomacy: a Jewish Israeli filmmaker gets a job at an Arab hair salon
- Aeon: Video - Visualising empires decline: 25/04/2019 (Susannah Heschel) (WebRef=8255)
→ Colonialism as mitosis – the rise and fall of empires, rendered as cell division
- Aeon: Video - Rediscovering Ancient Greek music: 12/03/2019 (Armand D'Angour) (WebRef=8749)
→ Music was ubiquitous in Ancient Greece. Now we can hear how it actually sounded
- Aeon: Video - My raccoon: 04/02/2019 (WebRef=8383)
→ ‘I think animals are the thing. Not people.’ Two brothers, and the wild company they keep
- Aeon: Video - Inferno observatory: 11/01/2019 (WebRef=8432)
→ Scientists haven’t tamed volcanoes but it’s wild and fun to watch them try
- Aeon: Video - Operation Jane Walk: 21/12/2018 (WebRef=8477)
- Aeon: Video - Can food nourish your soul?: 10/12/2018 (WebRef=8502)
→ Liberation of the soul through diet – how a Jain ascetic lives
- Aeon: Video - Furniture poetry: 06/11/2018156
- Aeon: Video - Consciousness and creation: the neuroscience of perception: 02/10/2018 (PID Note: Consciousness157) (WebRef=8643)
→ On the ‘beholder’s share’ – how past experience influences our perception of art
- Aeon: Video - Orgesticulanismus: 11/09/2018 (WebRef=8690)
→ Moved by my father: a hallucinatory animated meditation on the body in motion
- Aeon: Video - People in order: Home: 16/08/2018 (WebRef=8742)
→ What can 73 homes arranged by household income say about their residents?
- Aeon: Video - Ogoh-Ogoh: 26/06/2018 (WebRef=8830)
→ Imposing demons meet a fiery end in an annual Balinese purification ritual
- Aeon: Video - Taller than the trees: 22/05/2018 (WebRef=8901)
→ Ad executive, diligent father, caring son – manhood as a balancing act in modern Japan
- Aeon: Video - Mexican handcraft masters: stonemasonry: 21/05/2018 (WebRef=8908)
→ How keeping a craft tradition alive can bring a 500-year-old city into the future
- Aeon: Video - The commoners: 22/03/2018 (WebRef=9019)
→ The manifest destiny of starlings. How a nod to Shakespeare unleashed an avian conquest
- Aeon: Video - Eyes of Exodus: 12/03/2018 (WebRef=8450)
→ What happens when refugees start to outnumber residents on a small tourist island
- Aeon: Video - Tashi and the monk: 26/09/2016 (WebRef=8706)
→ A monk dedicates himself to giving unwanted children the childhood he never had
- Aeon: Video - Slomo: 21/04/2016 (John Kitchin) (WebRef=8709)
→ A neurologist finds peace and happiness in the feeling of constant acceleration
- Aeon: Video - The insatiable hairy frogfish: 03/07/2015 (WebRef=8936)
→ Don’t be fooled by its shaggy charm: the hairy frogfish eats prey its own size
- Aeon: Video - Flying Anne: 09/04/2014 (WebRef=8579)
→ Anne is 11 and has Tourette’s syndrome. She also has a great love of life
- Aeon: Ehrenfeld - How William James encourages us to believe in the possible: 24/01/2020 (Temma Ehrenfeld) (WebRef=9046)
- Aeon: Dresser - The meaning of Margaret Mead: 21/01/2020 (Sam Dresser) (WebRef=8973)
→ Mead argued that non-Western cultures offered alternative (often better) ways to be human. Why was she so vilified for it?
- Aeon: Lundorff - It’s complicated – why some grief takes much longer to heal: 20/01/2020 (Marie Lundorff) (WebRef=8958)
- Aeon: Malchik - Riot acts: 23/12/2019 (Antonia Malchik) (WebRef=8622)
→ History shows that tumult is a companion to democracy and when ordinary politics fails, the people must take to the streets
- Aeon: Dermendzhiyska - Cradled by therapy: 19/12/2019 (Elitza Dermendzhiyska) (WebRef=8593)
→ Why therapy works is still up for debate. But, when it does, its methods mimic the attachment dynamics of good parenting
- Aeon: Kahn - Project and system: 09/12/2019 (Paul Kahn) (WebRef=8505)
→ There are two ways of seeing order in the world: as a spontaneous system or as an intentional project. Which way lies freedom?
- Aeon: Sperling - Ways of living: 03/12/2019 (Joshua Sperling) (WebRef=8462)
- Aeon: Hughes-Warrington - Wonder works: 30/10/2019 (Marnie Hughes-Warrington) (WebRef=8074)
→ History and philosophy should reveal to us the baffling, strange and wondrous qualities of other lives and other times
- Aeon: McCarraher - Mammon: 22/10/2019 (Eugene McCarraher) (WebRef=8035)
→ Far from representing rationality and logic, capitalism is modernity’s most beguiling and dangerous form of enchantment
- Aeon: Trunzo - The best life possible: 30/09/2019 (Joseph Trunzo) (WebRef=8000)
→ Living with chronic illness is hard. But there are psychological techniques that make it possible to thrive even when ill
- Aeon: Kreutz - Marxism and Buddhism: 17/07/2019 (Adrian Kreutz) (PID Note: Buddhism158) (WebRef=8028)
→ Life is suffering, whether you sit under a Bodhi Tree or stand with the workers. But do the two schools agree on the remedy?
- Aeon: Spinney - What big history says about how royal women exercise power: 12/07/2019 (Laura Spinney) (WebRef=8070)
- Aeon: Barreto - In defence of antidepressants: 11/07/2019 (Vasco M. Barreto) (WebRef=8024)
→ The backlash against antidepressants results from a suspicion of medicine, and misunderstands the very nature of depression
- Aeon: Beatty - The emotional lives of others: 08/07/2019 (Andrew Beatty) (WebRef=8079)
→ On Nias island, the heart can be ‘squeezed’, ‘hot’, even ‘hairy’. What can anthropology say about unfamiliar emotional zones?
- Aeon: Yon - Now you see it: 04/07/2019 (Daniel Yon) (WebRef=8071)
→ Our brains predict the outcomes of our actions, shaping reality into what we expect. That’s why we see what we believe
- Aeon: Zucca - The first socialist: 03/07/2019 (Lorenzo Zucca) (WebRef=8112)
→ Well before Bentham, Cesare Beccaria radically questioned the right of the state to imprison and execute its citizens
- Aeon: Schotte - When pirates studied Euclid: 02/07/2019 (Margaret Schotte) (WebRef=8113)
→ How did the sailors of early modern Europe learn to traverse the world’s seas? By going to school and doing maths problems
- Aeon: Martin - Noah Webster’s civil war of words over American English: 24/06/2019 (Peter Martin) (WebRef=8121)
- Aeon: Hanser - Scots running amok: 11/06/2019 (Jessica Hanser) (WebRef=8145)
→ As loan sharks, drug smugglers, generals and plant hunters, Scots played a central role in expanding the British Empire
- Aeon: Bothwell - Monsters in the dark: 05/06/2019 (Matthew Bothwell) (WebRef=8157)
→ The Universe’s biggest galaxies could hold the key to the birth of the cosmos. Why are these behemoths so hard to find?
- Aeon: Gershon - Part-time work is humane and should be respected and encouraged: 05/06/2019 (Livia Gershon) (WebRef=8158)
- Aeon: Specht - American bull: 04/06/2019 (Joshua Specht) (WebRef=8159)
→ The story of American beef is like the story of the nation as a whole: a mashup of history and myth, bloody and contested
- Aeon: Parker - We need worms: 28/05/2019 (William Parker) (WebRef=8150)
→ You might think they are disgusting. But our war against intestinal worms has damaged our immune systems and mental health
- Aeon: Szifris - How the hard-man mask can affect a prisoner’s sense of self: 01/05/2019 (Kirstine Szifris) (WebRef=8214)
- Aeon: Uribe - Existence precedes likes: how online behaviour defines us: 30/04/2019 (Francisco Mejia Uribe) (WebRef=8238)
- Aeon: Dermendzhiyska - Rejection kills: 30/04/2019 (Elitsa Dermendzhiyska) (WebRef=8237)
→ The brain makes no distinction between a broken bone and an aching heart. That’s why social exclusion needs a health warning
- Aeon: Jackson - A rock, a human, a tree: all were persons to the Classic Maya: 22/04/2019 (Sarah Jackson) (WebRef=8260)
- Aeon: Ergin - Turkey’s hard white turn: 03/04/2019 (Murat Ergin) (WebRef=8297)
→ In 20th-century Turkey, modernisers turned to eugenics and claims of an ancient Asian past to argue that Turks were white
- Aeon: Trunzo - Sailing into the storm: 01/04/2019 (Joseph Trunzo) (WebRef=8277)
→ Acceptance and commitment therapy teaches us how to live a values-driven life even in the face of dark emotions and trauma
- Aeon: Getz - Comics offer radical opportunity to blend scholarship and art: 29/03/2019 (Trevor R. Getz) (WebRef=8304)
- Aeon: Elshakry & Idris - Ibn Tufayl and the story of the feral child of philosophy: 26/03/2019 (Marwa Elshakry & Murad Idris) (WebRef=8312)
- Aeon: Burton - Like the chemical process of osmosis, migration is unstoppable: 13/03/2019 (Robert A. Burton) (WebRef=8321)
- Aeon: Alcoff - A survivor speaks: 07/03/2019 (Linda Martin Alcoff) (WebRef=8328)
→ Victims of sexual assault are commonly judged by the consistency of their story. But consistency is not a high road to truth
- Aeon: Amrith - When the monsoon goes away: 04/03/2019 (Sunil Amrith) (WebRef=8332)
→ The imperious monsoon rains have ruled India for centuries. Already unstable, what happens if they shift fundamentally?
- Aeon: Joy - African art in Western museums: it’s patrimony not heritage: 20/02/2019 (Charlotte Joy) (WebRef=8353)
- Aeon: Bering - The telling: 14/02/2019 (Jesse Bering) (WebRef=8363)
→ When a parent dies by suicide, how the children are told casts a permanent shadow on their understanding of life and loss
- Aeon: Sherman - Why family group texts cause anxiety, and how to escape them: 12/02/2019 (Elisabeth Sherman) (WebRef=8367)
- Aeon: Gordin - Zhores Medvedev and the battle for truth in Soviet science: 06/02/2019 (Michael D. Gordin) (WebRef=8379)
- Aeon: Griffiths - Daily grace: 31/01/2019 (Jay Griffiths) (WebRef=8388)
→ Everyday rituals are ephemeral prayers, a hint to the gods for protection, encircling life like a fragrant garland
- Aeon: Swan - A painful lesson in Zen and the art of honeybee reverence: 29/01/2019 (Heather Swan) (PID Note: Buddhism159) (WebRef=8392)
- Aeon: Sahner - Islam spread through the Christian world via the bedroom: 28/01/2019 (Christian C. Sahner) (WebRef=7881)
- Aeon: Hernandez-Arenaz & Iriberri - Women won’t ask a man for more pay – but they will ask a woman: 21/01/2019 (Inigo Hernandez-Arenaz & Nagore Iriberri) (WebRef=8412)
- Aeon: Foss & Klein - No boss? No thanks: 14/01/2019 (Nicolai Foss & Peter Klein) (WebRef=8425)
→ Far from making them obsolete, the flatter business organisations of today need managers more than ever but in new ways
- Aeon: Dunn - The lost children: 07/01/2019 (Lily Dunn) (WebRef=8439)
→ The adults who joined Bhagwan’s ashram sought freedom, love and light. Many of their children found darkness instead
- Aeon: Melton - Why report injustice when being justly treated is unimaginable?: 17/12/2018 (Desiree H. Melton) (WebRef=8487)
- Aeon: Shapshay - At once tiny and huge: what is this feeling we call ‘sublime’?: 04/12/2018 (Sandra Shapshay) (WebRef=8511)
- Aeon: Braddick - The people vs tyranny: the secular martyrdom of John Lilburne: 26/11/2018 (Michael Braddick) (WebRef=8527)
- Aeon: Lall - How Al-Farabi drew on Plato to argue for censorship in Islam: 12/11/2018 (Rashmee Roshan Lall) (WebRef=8555)
- Aeon: Gillespie - Boudica the warrior queen: 06/11/2018 (Caitlin C. Gillespie) (WebRef=8292)
→ How a widowed queen became a rebel warrior, defying Roman patriarchy, and leading her people to glory even in defeat
- Aeon: Petley - How slaveholders in the Caribbean maintained control: 02/11/2018 (Christer Petley) (WebRef=8582)
- Aeon: Zabala - Why did the pope phone the philosopher?: 01/10/2018 (Santiago Zabala) (WebRef=8644)
- Aeon: Klein - Against civility, or why Habermas recommends a wild public sphere: 24/09/2018 (Steven Klein) (WebRef=8658)
- Aeon: Reiff - Setting a maximum wage for CEOs would be good for everyone: 19/09/2018 (Mark R. Reiff) (WebRef=8676)
- Aeon: Gabriel - Do psychotropic drugs enhance, or diminish, human agency?: 04/09/2018 (Gabriel (Rami() (WebRef=8700)
- Aeon: Dalton - Chronic: 07/08/2018 (Clayton M. Dalton) (WebRef=8756)
→ For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper. Will medicine ever recover?
- Aeon: Nordhaus - The Earth’s carrying capacity for human life is not fixed: 05/07/2018 (Ted Nordhaus) (WebRef=8734)
- Aeon: LaPorte - What are natural foods?: 27/06/2018 (Joseph LaPorte) (WebRef=8815)
→ The glass of orange juice at the breakfast table tells a tale about what’s natural, what’s whole and what’s healthy for us
- Aeon: Whittington - Campus protests should stop at the door of the classroom: 20/06/2018 (Keith E. Whittington) (WebRef=8844)
- Aeon: Warren - Network visualisations show what we can and what we may know: 18/06/2018 (Christopher Warren) (WebRef=8839)
- Aeon: Turner - Bananas have died out once before – don’t let it happen again: 01/06/2018 (Jackie Turner) (WebRef=8471)
- Aeon: Zarkadakis - Do platforms work?: 28/05/2018 (George Zarkadakis) (WebRef=8877)
→ The distributed network has gobbled the hierarchical firm. Only by seizing the platform can workers avoid digital serfdom
- Aeon: Wimmer - How nations come together: 24/05/2018 (Andreas Wimmer) (WebRef=8887)
→ Nations come with a vast array of peoples, languages and histories, but the strong ones share three simple things
- Aeon: Suzman - Envy’s hidden hand: 02/05/2018 (James Suzman) (WebRef=8930)
→ Namibian hunter-gatherers deride those who stand out. What does this tell us about why, and how, we care about fairness?
- Aeon: Monosson - Viral rescue: 12/04/2018 (Emily Monosson) (WebRef=8968)
→ When antibiotics fail, could phage therapy succeed? The germ’s-eye view of infection might open up revolutionary treatments
- Aeon: Aspy - The lucid dreaming playbook: how to take charge of your dreams: 06/04/2018 (Denholm Aspy) (WebRef=8396)
- Aeon: Pfeiffer - Ticks rising: 02/04/2018 (Mary Beth Pfeiffer) (WebRef=8230)
→ In a warming world, ticks thrive in more places than ever before, making Lyme disease the first epidemic of climate change
- Aeon: Owen - I and Thou: 07/03/2018160
- Aeon: Matthews - How do we understand sexual pleasure in this age of ‘consent’?: 06/03/2018 (Heidi Matthews) (WebRef=8179)
- Aeon: Sherman - How New York’s wealthy parents try to raise ‘unentitled’ kids: 21/02/2018 (Rachel Sherman) (WebRef=9069)
- Aeon: Kolla - The French revolutionary origins of national self-determination: 20/02/2018 (Edward Kolla) (WebRef=9066)
- Aeon: Labaree - The five-paragraph fetish: 15/02/2018 (David Labaree) (WebRef=8191)
→ Writing essays by a formula was meant to be a step on the way. Now it’s the stifling goal for student and scholar alike
- Aeon: Owen - Freud in the scanner: 07/12/2017 (M.M. Owen) (WebRef=5877)
→ A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold
- Aeon: Linstrum - The empire dreamt back: 04/12/2017 (Erik Linstrum) (WebRef=5882)
→ To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told
- Aeon: Brownlee - Stop labelling people who commit crimes ‘criminals’: 10/11/2017 (Kimberley Brownlee) (WebRef=5731)
- Aeon: Sbarra - Psychology’s power tools: 09/11/2017 (David A. Sbarra) (WebRef=5732)
→ Cognitive behavioural therapy has created interventions that truly help people to change. Here are the best of them
- Aeon: Cleary - Simone de Beauvoir’s political philosophy resonates today: 10/03/2017 (Skye C. Cleary) (WebRef=5927)
- Aeon: Coclanis - There is a simple way to improve the world’s food systems: 27/02/2017 (Peter A. Coclanis) (WebRef=8360)
- Aeon: Whitmarsh - Bridging the Hellespont: 08/04/2016 (Tim Whitmarsh) (WebRef=8014)
→ In the light of the Syrian refugee crisis, how long can we cling to our traditional ideas of ‘Europe’ and ‘Asia’?
- Aeon: Poole - Not so foolish: 22/09/2014 (Steven Poole) (WebRef=8138)
→ We are told that we are an irrational tangle of biases, to be nudged any which way. Does this claim stand to reason?
- Aeon: Xygalatas - Trial by fire: 19/09/2014 (Dimitris Xygalatas) (WebRef=5928)
→ From fire-walking to the ice-bucket challenge, ritual pain and suffering forge intense social bonds
- Aeon: Scoles - Galactic position system: 20/05/2014 (Sarah Scoles) (WebRef=5884)
→ We can point to our home on a globe and find Earth in a model of the solar system but where are we in the Milky Way?
- Aeon: Wells - Votes for the future: 08/05/2014 (Thomas Wells) (WebRef=5885)
→ Democracies are notoriously short-sighted. With one simple device, we could give unborn citizens a say in our present
- Aeon: Brannen - Acid trap: 18/02/2014 (Peter Brannen) (WebRef=8989)
→ Earth’s oceans are beginning to warm and turn acidic, endangering plankton and the entire marine food chain
- Aeon: Buckingham - The uncertainty machine: 11/10/2013 (Will Buckingham) (WebRef=8765)
→ Forget prophecy and wisdom. Using the I Ching is a weirdly useful way to open your mind to life’s unexpected twists
- Aeon: Bieber - Learning to fall apart: 27/09/2013 (Matt Bieber) (PID Note: Buddhism161) (WebRef=8303)
→ My OCD had been creating vivid, painful rituals for years. So could Buddhist ritual give me a means to fight back?
- Aeon: Webster - Unholy mystery: 20/09/2013 (Jason Webster) (WebRef=9010)
→ Shamanic powers of insight and the power to bring order out of chaos. Is the detective a priestly figure for our times?
- Aeon: Barash - Is there a war instinct?: 19/09/2013 (David P. Barash) (WebRef=7967)
→ Many evolutionists believe that humans have a drive for waging war. But they are wrong and the idea is dangerous
- Aeon: Scott - Riches beyond belief: 28/08/2013 (Brett Scott) (WebRef=8782)
→ If you want to know what money is, don’t ask a banker. Take a leap of faith and start your own currency
- Aeon: Hoare - The whale’s return: 23/07/2013 (Philip Hoare) (WebRef=7968)
→ Ancient yet playful, endangered but resurgent, the North Atlantic right whale is a living reminder of how little we know
- Aeon: Lemons - Splendid no more: 14/05/2013 (John Lemons) (WebRef=8531)
→ America’s national parks are overrun with cars and visitors – what happened to the spirit of wilderness preservation?
- Aeon: Lynch - Mortal remains: 25/01/2013 (Thomas Lynch) (PID Note: Death162) (WebRef=7889)
→ The dead are no longer welcome at their own funerals. So how can the living send them on their way?
- Aeon: Heneghan - Out of kilter: 09/10/2012 (Liam Heneghan) (WebRef=8794)
→ Old ideas of balance and harmony need to be put aside if we are to save a natural world in constant flux
- Aeon: Thomson - The Sherwood syndrome: 17/09/2012 (Hugh Thomson) (WebRef=8773)
→ We picture ancient Britain as a land of enchanted forests. That’s a fantasy: axes have been ringing for a very long time
- Priority: 6
- Aeon: Video - Gargantuan: 22/04/2019 (WebRef=8261)
→ The difference between an enormous beast and a puny newt is just a matter of perspective
- Aeon: Video - Van Gogh's ugliest masterpiece: 25/03/2019 (WebRef=8315)
→ Ugly on purpose: the intentionally drab desperation of Van Gogh’s ‘The Night Café’
- Aeon: Video - Searching for wives: 19/02/2019 (WebRef=8356)
→ Snap matchmaking: Indian expats seek the perfect picture to get a wife back home
- Aeon: Video - The night wolves: 29/01/2019 (WebRef=8393)
→ Rebels with a nationalist cause: the Russian bikers fighting for a new motherland
- Aeon: Video - Poetry of Perception: Song of Myself: 07/01/2019 (WebRef=8440)
→ ‘Now I will do nothing but listen’ – Walt Whitman on how sound shapes the self
- Aeon: Video - The night watch: 09/10/2018 (WebRef=8630)
→ How Rembrandt used light and motion to make a mundane commission a masterpiece
- Aeon: Video - The forgotten children of China's prisoners: 13/08/2018 (WebRef=8735)
→ With their father in prison, Wei, Yan and Won are invisible to the Chinese state
- Aeon: Video - Clair de Lune: 06/08/2018 (WebRef=8750)
→ Soar around the Moon, carried by the music of Debussy, in this breathtaking space flight
- Aeon: Video - So ... sometimes fireflies eat other fireflies: 19/06/2018 (WebRef=8841)
→ How crafty and deadly codebreakers complicate the business of firefly love
- Aeon: Video - The liberation of Ypres, Belgium: 11/06/2018 (WebRef=8870)
→ Wreckage, anguish and resilience – the final days of the First World War
- Aeon: Video - A fistful of stars: 14/05/2018 (WebRef=8896)
→ Embark on an operatic, interactive journey to a witness the birth of a star
- Aeon: Video - The world in a corner: 03/05/2018 (WebRef=8911)
→ How the vast powers of the sea shape life on a sacred peninsula in Oaxaca, Mexico
- Aeon: Video - The ministry of the stove: 23/04/2018 (WebRef=8933)
- Aeon: Video - How to make a pearl: 02/04/2018 (WebRef=8976)
→ What it’s like to spend a decade in the darkness and yet retain an inner light
- Aeon: Video - Kurt Vonnegut - The shape of stories: 11/12/2017 (WebRef=8698)
- Aeon: Video - Sartre vs Camus: 27/01/2017163
- Aeon: Video - Please vote for me: 25/04/2016 (WebRef=8342)
→ See real democracy in action – how Chinese third-graders elect a class monitor
- Aeon: Video - Reverence: 05/05/2015 (WebRef=8530)
→ How branded yarmulkes combine traditional Jewish values with popular culture
- Aeon: Video - Suburban God: 09/04/2015 (WebRef=8009)
→ What place does God have in an affluent, suburban world? A pastor explores
- Aeon: Video - Bhiwani junction: 17/03/2015 (WebRef=8366)
→ When boxing is the best career path for 12-year-old Himanshu in India
- Aeon: Video - Out of our minds: 18/06/2014 (WebRef=8535)
→ A comparative cognition road trip across the US in search of a map of the mind
- Aeon: Video - Pockets: 29/01/2014 (WebRef=9050)
→ What’s in your pocket right now? And what does it say about you?
- Aeon: Queen & Bischofberger - Could mining gold from waste reduce its great cost?: 22/01/2020 (Wendy Lee Queen & Mirko Bischofberger) (WebRef=9003)
- Aeon: Prattico - Habermas and climate action: 18/12/2019 (Emilie Prattico) (WebRef=8577)
→ Jürgen Habermas offers a framework for action on climate change – justice and deliberation are as important as the science
- Aeon: Johnson - Real love stories: 05/12/2019 (Sue Johnson) (WebRef=8475)
→ Romantic expectations are often ridiculous and unhelpful, but attachment science can guide us to real and lasting love
- Aeon: Lane - The first global city: 30/07/2019 (Kris Lane) (WebRef=7899)
→ High in the Andes, Potosí supplied the world with silver, and in return reaped goods and peoples from Burma to Baghdad
- Aeon: Zenit & Rodriguez - Cheers! How the physics of fizz contributes to human happiness: 17/04/2019 (Roberto Zenit & Javier Rodriguez Rodriguez) (WebRef=8273)
- Aeon: Degroot - Did European colonisation precipitate the Little Ice Age?: 12/04/2019 (Dagomar Degroot) (WebRef=8276)
- Aeon: McCool - Total eclipse: 08/04/2019 (Deanna Csomo McCool) (WebRef=8284)
→ Even with loving parents and caring therapists, a child whose diagnosis came too late can lose the fight
- Aeon: Briggs & George - Words for every body: 26/03/2019 (Ray Briggs & B.R. George) (WebRef=8311)
→ Some critics say that terms such as ‘chestfeeding’ and ‘front hole’ erase cis women’s identities. Here’s why we disagree
- Aeon: Bandopadhyay - After the storm: 05/02/2019 (Saptarishi Bandopadhyay) (WebRef=8381)
→ Few things tell us more about the nature of state sovereignty, and the threats to it, than the politics of disaster relief
- Aeon: Murphy - He’s not the guy on Quaker Oats: he’s much more interesting: 04/01/2019 (Andrew Murphy) (WebRef=8444)
- Aeon: Baum - Collective psychiatry: 17/12/2018 (Emily Baum) (WebRef=8486)
→ Chinese psychiatry remains committed to the political ideal of mental hygiene, long after its discrediting in the West
- Aeon: Webber - Sedimentation: the existentialist challenge to stereotypes: 14/12/2018 (Jonathan Webber) (WebRef=8492)
- Aeon: Brennan - When the state is unjust, citizens may use justifiable violence: 03/12/2018 (Jason Brennan) (WebRef=8514)
- Aeon: Mirza - Love in a time of migrants: on rethinking arranged marriages: 27/11/2018 (Farhad Mirza) (WebRef=8524)
- Aeon: Chopra - End intellectual property: 12/11/2018 (Samir Chopra) (WebRef=8554)
→ Copyrights, patents and trademarks are all important, but the term ‘intellectual property’ is nonsensical and pernicious
- Aeon: Zi - A funhouse mirror for the soul: 05/11/2018 (Zhuang Zi & Alan Jay Levinovitz) (WebRef=8573)
→ Classic text with a new introduction and commentary by Alan Jay Levinovitz
- Aeon: Olsson - The big squeeze: 05/09/2018 (Ola Olsson) (WebRef=8696)
→ Sicily’s mafia sprang from the growing global market for lemons – a tale with sour parallels for consumers today
- Aeon: Protasi - Love your frenemy: 16/07/2018 (Sara Protasi) (WebRef=8798)
→ Envy is the dark side of love, but love is the luminous side of envy. Is there a way to harness envy wisely, for growth?
- Aeon: Bortolotti - How validating their distorted memories helps people with dementia: 25/06/2018 (Lisa Bortolotti) (WebRef=8829)
- Aeon: Ghosh - What did Max Weber mean by the ‘spirit’ of capitalism?: 12/06/2018 (Peter Ghosh) (WebRef=8851)
- Aeon: Schoeller - Psychogenic shivers: why we get the chills when we aren’t cold: 04/06/2018 (Felix Schoeller) (WebRef=8863)
- Aeon: Sheker - What good is religion?: 22/05/2018 (Manini Sheker) (WebRef=8899)
→ International development has focussed on material goods, but religion has an important role to play in human flourishing
- Aeon: Kottman - The sexual origins of patriarchy and the radical power of love: 30/04/2018 (Paul A. Kottman) (WebRef=8924)
- Aeon: Mestyan - Was Cairo’s grand opera house a tool of cultural imperialism?: 25/04/2018 (Adam Mestyan) (WebRef=8937)
- Aeon: El Shakry - Every Sufi master is, in a sense, a Freudian psychotherapist: 17/04/2018 (Omnia El Shakry) (WebRef=8949)
- Aeon: Jones - An aid industry labouring under neocolonial structures is no help: 11/04/2018 (Lynne Jones) (WebRef=8965)
- Aeon: Shapiro - The stowaway’s story chimes with the explorer in us all: 04/04/2018 (Laurie Gwen Shapiro) (WebRef=8981)
- Aeon: Fuller - In the gap between writer and reader the novel comes to life: 27/03/2018 (Claire Fuller) (WebRef=8994)
- Aeon: Mattfeld - Centaur or fop? How horsemanship made the Englishman a man: 20/03/2018 (Monica Mattfeld) (WebRef=9014)
- Aeon: Nixon - The swiftness of glaciers: language in a time of climate change: 19/03/2018 (Rob Nixon) (WebRef=9012)
- Aeon: Hulatt - Against popular culture: 20/02/2018 (Owen Hulatt) (WebRef=9067)
→ For Adorno, popular culture is not just bad art – it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of our aesthetic freedom
- Aeon: Melechi - What was the beguiling spell of Jung’s ‘collective unconscious’?: 19/02/2018 (Antonio Melechi) (WebRef=9063)
- Aeon: Robbins - How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice: 12/12/2017 (Bruce Robbins) (WebRef=5925)
- Aeon: Wallace - Touching the sky: 06/12/2017 (Lary Wallace) (WebRef=5879)
→ At their best, daredevils rival philosophers and mystics in their exploration of human mortality and spirit
- Aeon: Spicer - How to fight work bullshit: 04/12/2017 (André Spicer) (WebRef=5881)
- Aeon: Andersen - Why marathon runners in the United States are getting slower: 21/11/2017 (Jens Jakob Andersen) (WebRef=5823)
- Aeon: Shopin - Rough, smooth or deep: why the sound of a voice is multisensory: 15/11/2017 (Pavlo Shopin) (WebRef=5795)
- Aeon: Strube - How socialism helped to seed the landscape of modern religion: 14/11/2017 (Julian Strube) (WebRef=5796)
- Aeon: Darley - Intimate spaces: 17/10/2017 (Gilian Darley) (WebRef=8898)
→ In his Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard created a philosophy of at-homeness, rich in emotion and memory
- Aeon: Jacobi - How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women: 26/05/2017 (Tonja Jacobi & Dylan Schweers) (WebRef=5825)
- Aeon: Francis - Storyhealing: 06/03/2017 (Gavin Francis) (WebRef=9040)
→ Literature can enthuse medicine, and medicine can inspire literature. They are complementary treatments for being human
- Aeon: Kavanagh - People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers: 16/01/2017 (Christopher Kavanagh) (WebRef=4245)
- Aeon: Halwani - Why sexual desire is objectifying – and hence morally wrong: 09/12/2016 (Raja Halwani) (WebRef=8781)
- Aeon: Silver - Right on track: 18/07/2016 (Margarita Gokun Silver) (WebRef=8716)
→ If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train
- Aeon: Ciciolla & Luthar - Why mothers of tweens – not babies – are the most depressed: 04/04/2016 (Lucia Ciciolla & Suniya Luthar) (WebRef=8263)
- Aeon: Scheinman - What lies beneath: 28/07/2015 (Ted Scheinman) (WebRef=5826)
→ From Piltdown to Mormon seer stones, prehistory has always beckoned the trickster, since bad science makes for good stories
- Aeon: Marzluff - Birdland: 09/10/2014 (John M. Marzluff) (WebRef=8634)
→ Human sprawl is usually a threat to wildlife, but birds buck the trend. Can we help biodiversity take wing in our suburbs?
- Aeon: Currion - The humanitarian future: 10/09/2014 (Paul Currion) (WebRef=8326)
→ Can humanitarian agencies still fly the flag of high principle, or are they just relics of an imperial model of charity?
- Aeon: Klerkx - Outer limits: 01/08/2014 (Greg Klerkx) (WebRef=8945)
→ Where does earth end and space begin? Finding the border between the two is not as simple or scientific as you might think
- Aeon: Whiteley - The fire burns yet: 25/11/2013 (+AWhiteley (Peter)A) (WebRef=5827)
→ Native American peoples are still here and still caring for their land. Can their conquerors say the same?
- Aeon: Paxson - What is peace?: 06/12/2012 (Margaret Paxson) (WebRef=8633)
→ Forget ideals of milk and honey. Peace is found in the grit of everyday life, in a town that takes in troubled strangers
- Aeon: Barash - Only connect: 05/11/2012 (David P. Barash) (WebRef=8089)
→ Buddhism and ecology both refuse to separate the human and natural worlds – and demand that we act accordingly
- Priority: 7
- Aeon: Video - Home (Dom): 23/01/2020 (WebRef=9021)
→ When home is two sisters, a houseful of vulnerable men, and a lot of tough love
- Aeon: Video - Symphonie diagonale: 14/01/2020 (WebRef=8848)
→ Dadaism ridiculed the meaninglessness of modern life – with captivating results
- Aeon: Video - A million to one: 20/06/2019 (WebRef=8133)
→ A Nobel laureate and a flea circus join forces for an unforgettable demonstration of inertia
- Aeon: Video - Dan Tepfer's player piano is his composing partner: 16/05/2019 (WebRef=8194)
→ Meet the jazz pianist who improvises in tandem with a piano that plays itself
- Aeon: Video - The amazing underwater tape of the caddisfly: 03/05/2019 (WebRef=8234)
→ When life is but a stream, insects need something extra-sticky to survive
- Aeon: Video - Baraf: ice men of Mumbai: 02/04/2019 (WebRef=8300)
→ Mumbai’s fishing industry is hungry for ice. Plunge into the fray with those who feed it
- Aeon: Video - The acrobatic fly: 06/12/2018 (WebRef=8508)
→ Feet of strength! Spotlight on the amazing agility of houseflies
- Aeon: Video - Pumpkin movie: 29/10/2018 (WebRef=8590)
→ Creepy comments and weird whispers: friends trade tales from the patriarchy on Halloween
- Aeon: Video - Flawed: 11/10/2018 (WebRef=8625)
→ There’s nothing like falling for a plastic surgeon to help you embrace your body as it is
- Aeon: Video - A view from the window: 21/09/2018 (WebRef=8672)
→ What does school look and sound like when you and your classmates are deaf?
- Aeon: Video - Geometry: 17/08/2018 (WebRef=8720)
→ Geometric animations form a hypnotic tapestry of minimalist design
- Aeon: Video - Measuring the average foot: 10/07/2018 (WebRef=8820)
→ Before modern measurement standards, finding the length of a foot took a village
- Aeon: Video - Optimism: 05/06/2018 (WebRef=8864)
→ In the persistence and resilience of life, there is cause for hope
- Aeon: Video - Steklarski blues: 07/05/2018 (WebRef=8913)
→ The techno dystopia of a Slovenian glass factory is a timeless mashup of people and machines
- Aeon: Video - Journey birds: 20/04/2018 (WebRef=8954)
→ What it means to leave home and find it somewhere else – or never find it again
- Aeon: Video - Mushrooms of concrete: 25/05/2017 (WebRef=8380)
→ Albania built 750,000 bunkers for a war that never came. Now what?
- Aeon: Video - Best of luck with the wall: 07/11/2016 (WebRef=8814)
→ What would 2,000 miles of a US-Mexico border fence actually look like?
- Aeon: Video - Path of freedom: 06/01/2014 (WebRef=8755)
→ In a tough American prison, a former inmate returns to teach meditation
- Aeon: Gupta - Is crip the new queer?: 26/11/2019 (Rahila Gupta) (WebRef=8245)
→ Disability activists who look to queer theory for their politics end up limiting their real transgressive potential
- Aeon: Krishnan - Why synthetic chemicals seem more toxic than natural ones: 16/08/2019 (Niranjana Krishnan) (WebRef=7890)
- Aeon: Jay - Why is psychedelic culture dominated by privileged white men?: 26/06/2019 (Mike Jay) (WebRef=8118)
- Aeon: Pearce - Why the community that sings together stays together: 21/06/2019 (Eiluned Pearce) (WebRef=8130)
- Aeon: Paul - A radical legal ideology nurtured our era of economic inequality: 19/06/2019 (Sanjukta Paul) (WebRef=8115)
- Aeon: Keating - Time to update the Nobels: 18/04/2019 (Brian Keating) (WebRef=8269)
→ Science today is an intricate, collaborative, global enterprise. Nobel prizes for individual scientists are an anachronism
- Aeon: Kumar - Bombay nights: 16/04/2019 (Arun Kumar) (WebRef=8274)
→ In the night schools of Bombay, factory workers dreamed that literacy and learning would raise them to respectability
- Aeon: Vasanthakumar - ‘Playing the victim’ is politically vital and morally serious: 01/03/2019 (Ashwini Vasanthakumar) (WebRef=8335)
- Aeon: Owen - Breathtaking: 25/02/2019 (M.M. Owen) (WebRef=8327)
→ From first cry to last sigh, we do it without a thought. Yet the benefits of conscious breathing are truly remarkable
- Aeon: George - Purity rules: 30/01/2019 (Rose George) (WebRef=8390)
→ It is difficult to catch and straightforward to treat. So why does society still shame and punish people infected with HIV?
- Aeon: O'Neill - Seduction, Inc: 04/01/2019 (Rachel O'Neill) (WebRef=8443)
→ The pickup industry mates market logic with the arts of seduction – turning human intimacy into hard labour
- Aeon: Jacobi & Berlin - Why won’t the US Supreme Court do anything about racism?: 12/12/2018 (Tonja Jacobi & Ross Berlin) (WebRef=8498)
- Aeon: Adamson - Material intelligence: 28/11/2018 (Glenn Adamson) (WebRef=8522)
→ The chasm between producers and consumers leaves many of us estranged from beauty and a vital part of an ethical life
- Aeon: Rhodes & Bloom - CEOs should have been the fall guys; why are they still heroes?: 19/10/2018 (Carl Rhodes & Peter Bloom) (WebRef=8611)
- Aeon: Kring - Wait for it: how schizophrenia illuminates the nature of pleasure: 17/10/2018 (Ann M. Kring) (WebRef=8614)
- Aeon: Agada - A truly African philosophy: 27/09/2018 (Ada Agada) (WebRef=8651)
→ ‘Consolation philosophy’ understands the human being as a unity of feeling and reason, in a cosmos rich with primal emotion
- Aeon: Black - Let’s bring back the Sabbath as a radical act against 'total work: 14/09/2018 (William R. Black) (WebRef=8683)
- Aeon: Martin - The macho sperm myth: 23/08/2018 (Robert D. Martin) (WebRef=8262)
→ The idea that millions of sperm are on an Olympian race to reach the egg is yet another male fantasy of human reproduction
- Aeon: Maxwell - Sweet artifice: 18/07/2018 (Catherine Maxwell) (WebRef=8801)
→ Dandies in the age of decadence favoured synthetics over nature, nowhere more so than in perfumery’s fabulous counterfeits
- Aeon: Wazir - If you want to eat clean and green, is the future halal?: 16/07/2018 (Burhan Wazir) (WebRef=8797)
- Aeon: Meng Xue - Cotton textile production in medieval China unravelled patriarchy: 27/06/2018 (Melanie Meng Xue) (WebRef=8833)
- Aeon: Davies - The transcendent bissu: 12/06/2018 (Sharyn Graham Davies) (WebRef=8852)
→ In Indonesia, high ritual power is held by those whose identity goes beyond female and male. The West is just catching up
- Aeon: Erizanu - The revolutionary sex: 31/05/2018 (Paula Erizanu) (WebRef=8885)
→ For one shining moment, being a Russian woman meant sexual freedom and radical equality. Never seen before – or since
- Aeon: Shevlin - Brutality is common in video games, but not sexual violence. Why?: 23/05/2018 (Henry Shevlin) (WebRef=8752)
- Aeon: Bari - The puzzle of beauty: 07/05/2018 (Shahidha Bari) (WebRef=8172)
→ Rather than a golden ratio or a moral judgment, beauty is more like a radical jolt that awakens us to the world
- Aeon: Goebel - A metropolitan world: 24/04/2018 (Michael Goebel) (WebRef=8935)
→ Urbanisation might be the most profound change to human society in a century, more telling than colour, class or continent
- Aeon: Simon - ‘Cycle and Epicycle, Orb in Orb’: the science of Paradise Lost: 28/03/2018 (Ed Simon) (WebRef=8997)
- Aeon: Harvey - The salacious Middle Ages
Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much: 23/01/2018 (Katherine Harvey) (WebRef=8456)
→ Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much as venereal disease, and practiced complex sexual health regimens
- Aeon: Feinberg - The other side of the curtain: 11/12/2017 (Melissa Feinberg) (WebRef=5926)
→ During the Cold War, US propagandists worked to provide a counterweight to Communist media, but truth eluded them all
- Aeon: Muka - Stop boycotting SeaWorld if you care about marine conservation: 08/12/2017 (Samantha Muka) (WebRef=5876)
- Aeon: Engelthaler - Porridge is funnier than oatmeal, and booby is funnier still: 28/11/2017 (Tomas Engelthaler & Thomas T. Hills) (WebRef=5851)
- Aeon: Waterhouse - The small business myth: 08/11/2017 (Benjamin C. Waterhouse) (WebRef=5734)
→ Small businesses enjoy an iconic status in modern capitalism, but what do they really contribute to the economy?
- Aeon: Kukis - War once helped build nations, now it destroys them: 07/11/2017 (Mark Kukis) (WebRef=5735)
- Aeon: Atran - Alt-Right or jihad?: 06/11/2017 (Scott Atran) (WebRef=5737)
- Aeon: Orange - Latte pappas: 18/01/2017 (Richard W. Orange) (WebRef=5901)
→ Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternative male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment
- Aeon: McKenna - Ageing out of drugs: 22/08/2016 (Stacey McKenna) (WebRef=8767)
→ Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?
- Aeon: Baggini - To tip or not to tip?: 10/03/2015 (Julian Baggini) (WebRef=8334)
→ Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York – tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?
- Aeon: Gershon - A libertarian utopia: 28/04/2014 (Livia Gershon) (WebRef=8595)
→ Libertarians are united by opposition to government, but when it comes to planning a new society they are deeply divided
- Aeon: Greenwood - Cows might fly: 17/12/2013 (Jeronique Greenwood) (WebRef=9061)
→ When the land is all filled up, it’s time to get creative with it, as small countries like Switzerland already know
- Aeon: Molteni - The good catch: 01/10/2013 (Megan Molteni) (WebRef=8838)
→ Hope for the world’s devastated oceans rests on a change in the hearts of the fishermen that know them best
- Aeon: Harding - Couched in kindness: 19/11/2012 (Christopher Harding) (WebRef=8694)
→ Jakucho Setouchi is a revered nun and famous novelist, yet few know how psychoanalysis shaped her spiritual life
- Priority: 8
- Aeon: Video - Dulce: 10/01/2020 (WebRef=8806)
→ For Dulce, the rite of passage of learning to swim might soon be her means of survival
- Aeon: Video - Albatros soup: 31/05/2019 (WebRef=8748)
→ He ate the albatross soup, then shot himself: why? A trippy animation solves the riddle
- Aeon: Video - Scenes from a dry city: 29/03/2019 (WebRef=8306)
→ This is what climate change looks like: the social fissures of Cape Town’s water crisis
- Aeon: Video - What you can tell about a person from the junk they leave behind: 18/10/2018 (WebRef=8613)
- Aeon: Video - The adorable sea slug is a sneaky little thief: 18/09/2018 (WebRef=8680)
→ Far from sluggish: the remarkable sea creature that weaponises its dinner
- Aeon: Video - Black 14: 26/07/2018 (WebRef=8787)
→ In 1969, black football players stood against racism in one of the whitest states in the US
- Aeon: Video - The botanist: 14/06/2018 (WebRef=8854)
→ Resilience and ingenuity – a Tajik teacher’s hydroelectric station made from Soviet scraps
- Aeon: Video - Fieldwork - comb jellies: 31/05/2018 (WebRef=8883)
→ Take a shimmering, surreal swim with what might be the Earth’s oldest animals
- Aeon: Video - The hanging: 11/05/2018 (WebRef=8910)
→ Defying death and the law, Kirill chases freedom atop Moscow’s tallest buildings
- Aeon: Video - The view from space: 19/04/2018 (WebRef=8952)
→ The majestic Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts orbiting above
- Aeon: Video - Age, height, education: 16/04/2018 (WebRef=8946)
→ Matchmaking is big business at an outdoor Shanghai dating market
- Aeon: Video - Sichuan opera: 16/03/2018 (WebRef=9034)
→ The extraordinary physical and mental demands of performing Sichuan opera
- Aeon: Video - The watchmaker: 26/02/2018 (WebRef=9054)
→ Finding chaos and precision in all things – a philosophy of watchmaking
- Aeon: Video - Satellite baby: 19/04/2016 (WebRef=8655)
→ From the US to China and back again by age six. Why ‘satellite babies’ struggle
- Aeon: Levy - Is virtue signalling a perversion of morality?: 29/11/2019 (Neil Levy) (WebRef=8288)
- Aeon: Case - The horror of sameness: 28/11/2019 (Holly Case) (WebRef=8289)
→ What people most fear is not difference, but a world in which nothing and nowhere is unique, in which everyplace is the same
- Aeon: Young - How can we help the hikikomori to leave their rooms?: 16/07/2019 (Emma Young) (WebRef=8030)
- Aeon: Haselby - Muslims of early America: 20/05/2019 (Sam Haselby) (WebRef=8163)
→ Muslims came to America more than a century before Protestants, and in great numbers. How was their history forgotten?
- Aeon: Elkin - Susan Sontag was a monster: 16/05/2019 (Lauren Elkin) (WebRef=8174)
→ She took things too seriously. She was difficult and unyielding. That’s why Susan Sontag’s work matters so much even now
- Aeon: Fox - How Jung’s collective unconscious inspired Alcoholics Anonymous: 08/05/2019 (Charles Fox) (WebRef=8217)
- Aeon: Warnke - The woman subject: 10/04/2019 (Georgia Warnke) (WebRef=8282)
- Aeon: Olberding - Tidying up is not joyful but another misuse of Eastern ideas: 18/02/2019 (Amy Olberding) (WebRef=8339)
- Aeon: Kukla - Sex talks: 04/02/2019 (Rebecca Kukla) (WebRef=8361)
→ The language of sexual negotiation must go far beyond ‘consent’ and ‘refusal’ if we are to foster ethical, autonomous sex
- Aeon: Das - Modern technology is akin to the metaphysics of Vedanta: 02/01/2019 (Akhandadhi Das) (WebRef=8434)
- Aeon: Robertson - All woman: the utopian feminism of Charlotte Perkins Gilman: 17/09/2018 (Michael Robertson) (WebRef=8681)
- Aeon: Lopez - The Buddhist monk who became an apostle for sexual freedom: 03/09/2018 (Donald S. Lopez) (WebRef=8702)
- Aeon: Medrano & Urton - The khipu code: the knotty mystery of the Inkas’ 3D records: 13/06/2018 (Manuel Medrano & Gary Urton) (WebRef=8286)
- Aeon: Reiff - Even if you build it, the poor can’t come: against supply-side: 05/06/2018 (Mark R. Reiff) (WebRef=8865)
- Aeon: Powers - Facing time: 03/04/2018 (Steven Powers) (WebRef=8980)
→ Behind bars in Texas, I saw masculinity in all its violence and vulnerability. Was this the war that men had primed me for?
- Aeon: Fraser - Why greeting-card clichés are utterly empty yet full of meaning: 12/03/2018 (Daniel Fraser) (WebRef=9029)
- Aeon: Flint - Blinded by the light: the violence of flash photography: 28/02/2018 (Kate Flint) (WebRef=9051)
- Aeon: Satia - Guns and the British empire: 14/02/2018 (Priya Satia) (WebRef=8087)
→ Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European. Then came the British Empire to drive industry backwards
- Aeon: Raworth - Monopoly was invented to demonstrate the evils of capitalism: 21/07/2017 (Kate Raworth) (WebRef=8080)
- Aeon: Postrell - Losing the thread: 05/06/2015 (Virginia Postrell) (WebRef=8503)
→ Older than bronze and as new as nanowires, textiles are technology — and they have remade our world time and again
- Aeon: Watkins - Stoop stories: 26/06/2014 (D. Watkins) (WebRef=5797)
→ My black friends call it Murderland. My white friends call it Charm City, a town of trendy cafés. I just call it home
- Aeon: Margulis - One more time: 07/03/2014 (Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis) (WebRef=8772)
→ Why do we listen to our favourite music over and over again? Because repeated sounds work magic in our brains
- Aeon: Monbiot - Accidental rewilding: 04/06/2013 (George Monbiot) (WebRef=8922)
→ In places once thick with farms and cities, human dispossession and war has cleared the ground for nature to return
- Priority: 9
- Aeon: Video - The sleep artist: 08/07/2019 (WebRef=8081)
→ The work of a sleepwalking artist offers a glimpse into the fertile slumbering brain
- Aeon: Video - The great thinkers: 21/06/2019 (WebRef=8132)
→ The Bing Bang, reincarnation and other theories of life from budding philosophers
- Aeon: Video - Shepherd's Delight: 13/06/2019 (WebRef=8140)
→ A horse walks into a pub: on the excruciating trauma of being told a joke
- Aeon: Video - A date with an Enfield: 12/04/2019 (WebRef=8278)
→ Love in a time of Street View: on the fraught intersection of human and digital memory
- Aeon: Video - Toute la memoire du monde: 11/04/2019 (WebRef=8281)
→ A bibliophile’s paradise: the National Library of France in a classic documentary from 1956
- Aeon: Video - Commodity city: 16/10/2018 (WebRef=8618)
→ Five miles of fake flowers, cat cushions and muzak: enter the world’s largest market
- Aeon: Video - Counter mapping: 04/10/2018 (WebRef=8639)
→ Native cartography: a bold mapmaking project that challenges Western notions of place
- Aeon: Video - Is the Western dead?: 10/08/2018 (WebRef=8747)
→ How Westerns captured the American psyche and eventually bit the dust
- Aeon: Video - Paraiso: 29/05/2018 (WebRef=8878)
→ How three Mexican window-washers of Chicago’s skyscrapers see the world
- Aeon: Video - 1928-1930: more interviews with elderly people throughout the US: 18/05/2018 (WebRef=8892)
→ Old people said the darndest things in the Twenties
- Aeon: Video - Why are US cities still so segregated?: 10/05/2018 (WebRef=8917)
→ Why racial segregation is a design feature, not a bug, of US cities
- Aeon: Video - The bicycle's first century: 27/04/2018 (WebRef=8940)
- Aeon: Video - Sun Moon London: 06/04/2018 (WebRef=8985)
→ The rare celestial events that briefly made the British capital a city of otherworldly wonders
- Aeon: Video - The price tag hasn't always existed: 03/04/2018 (WebRef=8978)
→ How the Quakers became unlikely economic innovators by inventing the price tag
- Aeon: Video - City of gold: 27/03/2018 (WebRef=8993)
→ ‘For one demented summer, it was Mecca’ – the rise and fall of a Yukon gold rush town
- Aeon: Video - Fish story: 27/02/2018 (WebRef=9052)
→ Caspar Salmon trawls for the strange truth behind a fishy family legend
- Aeon: Video - Pyramiden: population 6: 09/05/2016 (WebRef=8688)
→ The Soviet ghost town frozen in time high in the Arctic
- Aeon: Video - Seltzer works: 19/03/2015 (WebRef=8880)
→ As real New York seltzer goes down, its crisp bubbles stir up rich nostalgia
- Aeon: Video - World fair: 27/02/2015 (WebRef=8733)
→ The future was now at the 1939 World’s Fair – and it is still awesome
- Aeon: Video - The last days of Peter Bergmann: 15/12/2014 (WebRef=8725)
→ In 2009, a man arrived in an Irish town with a plan to disappear forever
- Aeon: Video - One year lease: 11/12/2014 (WebRef=8728)
→ The bizarre story of a year-long sentence under the eye of an intrusive landlady
- Aeon: Video - The last ice merchant: 12/02/2014 (WebRef=8564)
→ A man struggles to carry on a dying trade – harvesting ice from a glacier
- Aeon: Video - Richard: 02/12/2013 (WebRef=8602)
→ The nomadic life of London piano tuner who values freedom over possessions
- Aeon: Video - Unusual choices: 29/11/2013 (WebRef=8236)
→ Ani Chudrun used to present on TV. She gave up fame to be a Buddhist nun. Why?
- Aeon: Video - Return of the sun: 11/09/2013 (WebRef=9016)
→ Experience winter’s end and spring’s dawn in northern Greenland
- Aeon: Kirkpatrick - Why Simone de Beauvoir didn’t believe in being ‘a strong woman’: 20/09/2019 (Kate Kirkpatrick) (WebRef=8666)
- Aeon: Herring - Henri Bergson, celebrity: 06/05/2019 (Emily Herring) (WebRef=8228)
→ Women loved Bergson’s philosophy of creativity, change and freedom, but their enthusiasm fuelled a backlash against him
- Aeon: Fischel - What do we consent to when we consent to sex?: 23/10/2018 (Joseph J. Fischel) (WebRef=8584)
- Aeon: St John - The big empty: 10/09/2018 (Graham St John) (WebRef=8691)
→ How an impossibly flat expanse of absofreakinglutely nothing inspires creativity and transformation at Burning Man
- Aeon: Barger - On God’s side? The challenge of liberation theology: 06/08/2018 (Lilian Calles Barger) (WebRef=8759)
- Aeon: Haselby - These should be the end times for American patriotism: 08/05/2018 (Sam Haselby) (WebRef=8915)
- Aeon: Miller - A future just, green and free, under a tree named Karl Marx: 13/03/2018 (Daegan Miller) (WebRef=9031)
- Aeon: Zentner - Men want beauty, women want wealth, and other unscientific tosh: 21/12/2017 (Marcel Zentner) (WebRef=5951)
- Aeon: Berenstein - The flavour revolutionary: 19/12/2017 (Nadia Berenstein) (WebRef=5952)
→ Henry Theophilus Finck sought to transform the modern United States, by appealing to Americans’ tastebuds
- Aeon: Subramanian - Buck to the future: 25/10/2016 (Samanth Subramanian) (WebRef=8669)
→ He’s a forgotten hippie idol, a sage of 1960s counterculture. What can we learn from Bucky Fuller’s faith in technology?
- Aeon: Mackay - Why we need to bring back the art of communal bathing: 26/08/2016 (Jamie Mackay) (WebRef=8713)
- Aeon: Behar - Searching for home: 14/04/2014 (Ruth Behar) (WebRef=8287)
→ My connection to place is fluid and complex. In a nomadic world, do we still need a home?
- Aeon: Pyne - Burning like a mountain: 14/01/2014 (Stephen J. Pyne) (WebRef=8220)
→ Fire has come roaring back into America’s West after a century of attempted extirpation. Can our land take the wild heat?
- Aeon: Mifflin - Ink sessions: 10/01/2014 (Margot Mifflin) (WebRef=8557)
→ When a tattoo marks a personal transformation, or the reclaiming of an abused body, the tattoo artist becomes a healer
- Aeon: Havrilesky - Human stains: 30/10/2013 (Heather Havrilesky) (WebRef=8975)
→ The laundry will never be done. Rather than pedalling faster and faster the answer is to surrender to the eternal tide
- Aeon: Twigger - Desert silence: 26/04/2013 (Robert Twigger) (WebRef=8596)
→ City life is a constant, maddening hum. Only in a place like the Sahara can we hear the nothingness that revives
In-Page Footnotes:Footnote 3: Robogamis are the real heirs of terminators and transformers (WebRef=8807)
Footnote 4: Wolf pack (WebRef=8792)
- Author: Jamie Paik
- Author Narrative: Jamie Paik is professor of mechanical engineering and director of the reconfigurable robotics lab at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in Lausanne.
- Author's Conclusion: Robotics technology is advancing to be more personalised and adaptive for humans, and this unique species of reconfigurable origami robots shows immense promise. It could become the platform to provide the intuitive, embeddable robotic interface to meet our needs. The robots will no longer look like the characters from the movies. Instead, they will be all around us, continuously adapting their form and function – and we won’t even know it.
Footnote 5: Spinoza's 'Ethics' - what do you mean by 'God' (WebRef=8592)
- Aeon Subtitle: A masterwork of nature filmmaking that helped transform how wolves were seen
- Aeon Abstract:
- The Canadian author, artist and naturalist Bill Mason (1929-1988) was celebrated for his films exploring his country’s vast wilderness. Perhaps his best-known work is a trio of films about wolves – Death of a Legend (1971), Cry of the Wild (1972) and Wolf Pack (1974) – aimed at educating the public and dispelling negative myths about the animals.
- For Wolf Pack, the shortest of the trilogy, Mason chronicled the lives of wolves facing the dramatic changes of the seasons over the course of a year, elucidating the central role of social hierarchies and cycles in their lives.
- With profound respect and admiration for the wolves permeating each sequence, Mason finds brutality and beauty in the pack’s perpetual struggle for survival, creating an iconic entry in the crowded field of nature documentaries.
Footnote 6: Is artificial-womb technology a tool for women’s liberation? (WebRef=8578)
- Aeon Subtitle: Freedom is learning to like what it’s rational to like: Spinoza’s ‘abominable heresies’
- Today, the philosophical treatise known as the Ethics (1677) by Baruch Spinoza ("Spinoza (Benedict de), Curley (Edwin), Hampshire (Stuart) - Ethics") is widely considered a masterwork of philosophy. But at the time of its publication, Spinoza’s radical vision of God as synonymous with nature was enough for the Portuguese-Jewish congregation of Amsterdam to excommunicate him for ‘abominable heresies’.
- In this short video from the London Review of Books, the British philosopher and historian Jonathan Ree dissects the radical rationalism of the Ethics, elucidating Spinoza’s once-unconventional views on God, freedom and the necessity of approaching the world with an ‘intellectual love’ above all else.
While it's interesting to hear what Jonathan Ree has to say, I've never been able to extract anything clear from the Ethics itself, not that I've tried since my undergraduate days, so never know whether commentators are saying what Spinoza said, or what they would have liked him to have said.
Footnote 7: Polyphonic Mozart (WebRef=8581)
- Author: Sasha Isaac
- Author Narrative: Sasha Isaac recently graduated from New York University where she studied bioethics. Her master’s thesis was on transnational surrogacy in India.
Footnote 8: Consciousness is real (WebRef=8572)
- Aeon Subtitle: Singing Mozart in the MRI shows how overtone singers can hit two notes at once
- In polyphonic overtone singing, vocalists manipulate their tongue, mouth and throat to produce two tones at once. While the technique has emerged in disparate societies, it is thought to have originated in (and is most commonly associated with) Mongolian culture.
- For this video, the German singer Anna-Maria Hefele entered an MRI machine to perform Mozart’s ‘Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling’ (‘Longing for Springtime’), alternating between ‘normal’ monophonic and polyphonic overtone singing.
- Produced by researchers at the Freiburg Institute for Musicians’ Medicine in Germany, the MRI imagery provides an extraordinary peek into the distinct differences between these singing styles, revealing yet another marvel of human physiology.
Thankfully this is very brief. Not very enlightening, and the effect isn't very impressive, and has nothing to do with Mozart, or so I imagine.
Footnote 9: How pottering about in the garden creates a time warp (WebRef=8553)
- Author: Massimo Pigliucci
- Aeon Subtitle: Consciousness is neither a spooky mystery nor an illusory belief. It’s a valid and causally efficacious biological reality
Footnote 10: Rules or citizens? (WebRef=8542)
- Author: Hariet Gross
- Author Narrative: Harriet Gross is professor of psychology, as well as acting pro vice chancellor and head of the College of Arts, at the University of Lincoln in the UK. Her latest book is The Psychology of Gardening (2018).
Footnote 11: Philosopher of the human (WebRef=8520)
- Author: Melissa Lane
- Author Narrative: Melissa Lane is the Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Her books include Eco-Republic (2011/2012) and The Birth of Politics (2015), and she often appears on the In Our Time broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
- Aeon Subtitle: Ancient Athenian and Greek practices afford us insights into how and why to maintain real accountability in public life
- See Also:
→ Guerin, McCrae & Shepheard - Accountability in modern government: Recommendations for change
→ Gasaway & Parrish - Administrative Law In Flux: An Opportunity For Constitutional Reassessment
→ Lane - Antianarchia: interpreting political thought in Plato
- This is an interesting paper in two regards. Firstly, it gives an account of Athenian democracy – and to a lesser degree the Roman Republic – that might be new to most. Secondly, it applies this historical survey to the present day in the US and UK.
- I suspect many readers not interested in ancient history won’t get to the second part, and so won’t know what the paper is really about, as it’s not at all well signposted, though the sub-title is a clue.
- The paper does point out that ancient Greek city states were much smaller than modern democracies, but I think it underestimates the disruptive effect of persistent litigation if any citizen can “call out” any minister or bureaucrat mid-term.
- Also, it’s clearly a response to current disquiet about political accountability; yet there’s much more accountability in the US and UK systems, despite recent chafing, than under most governments – democratic or otherwise – currently or historically.
Footnote 12: Mary Beard: women and power (WebRef=8507)
- Author: Johnny Lyons
- Aeon Subtitle: One can only imagine how much nobler and more decent the world might be if it took more notice of Isaiah Berlin
- See Also:
→ Berlin - Two Concepts of Liberty
- This is a useful paper, describing Berlin’s contention that ethical discussions should be rooted in real-life, and especially historical, contexts, rather than confined to a discussion of concepts.
- It points out the tension between two forms of liberty:-
Berlin pointed out that positive freedoms have tended towards the construction of utopias that have turned dystopic.
- Negative (freedom from molestation) and
- Positive (freedom to do what you like provided you don’t interfere with others’ freedoms).
- Berlin seems to have thought that ethics can be objective without there being a single right answer to every moral dilemma. This could have done with further elaboration.
Footnote 13: Is there anything especially expert about being a philosopher? (WebRef=8480)
- Author: Mary Beard
- Aeon Subtitle: Why Medusa lives on – Mary Beard on the persistent legacy of Ancient Greek misogyny
- ‘To be men, they have to learn to silence women. I don’t think we’ve entirely got over that.’
- From philosophy and politics to literature and art, the Western world has inherited much from Ancient Greece. But one disturbing cultural legacy is the enduring view of women as lesser beings who should shut up and stay out of the public intellectual sphere. Our social media is rife with examples of this persistent misogyny, which casts vocal women as stupid, shrill or some combination of the two.
- As the classicist Mary Beard of the University of Cambridge argues, nearly every leading female politician has been at some point depicted as Medusa – that beautiful woman of Ancient Greek myth who was transformed into a hideous beast as punishment for her own rape.
- In this video, commissioned by the Getty Museum on the occasion of Beard receiving their 2019 Getty Medal for contributions to the arts, she elaborates on the telling similarities between Ancient Greek depictions of women and those in our own times.
- See Also:
→ Wikipedia: Medusa
- This - like most of what Mary Beard has to say (at least on screen) - is just an incoherent rant. She assumes her interlocutors will be sympathetic - or else too antipathetic to be worth arguing with.
- She mentions – without attribution – Ovid’s version of the myth without saying that it is “late”. It fits her feminist case.
- That said, there are many other cases amongst the Greek myths of (groups of) females – the harpies, furies, sirens, maenads and maybe others. Many of these terms are still used misogynistically.
Footnote 14: Julian Barbour: what is time? (WebRef=8481)
- Author: David Egan
- Author Narrative: David Egan is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy at CUNY Hunter College in New York. He is the author of The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday (2019).
- Author's Introduction:
- Outside a university setting, telling people that I’m pursuing a career in philosophy can be a bit of a conversation stopper. More times than I can count, I’ve faced the bemused but well-intentioned question: ‘How is that useful?’ I seem like a nice guy, smart, capable – why am I intent on doing something that won’t make me rich and won’t in any appreciable way make the world a better place?
- Author's Conclusion:
- So how is philosophy useful? The response I’ve learned to counter with is that the question being asked is itself a philosophical question. One of the things we do in philosophy is precisely to ask what’s worth doing and why. For the most part, my questioners have already presupposed a fairly limited set of acceptable answers to the question of what’s worth doing – answers that generally bottom out in the material wellbeing of oneself and others. But those answers, innocuous as they might seem to the speaker, are philosophical answers to a philosophical question.
- In other words, we’re all doing philosophy all the time. We can’t escape the question of what matters and why: the way we’re living is itself our implicit answer to that question. A large part of a philosophical training is to make those implicit answers explicit, and then to examine them rigorously. Philosophical reflection, once you get started in it, can seem endlessly demanding. But if we can’t avoid living philosophically, it seems sensible to learn to do it well.
- This is a sensible analysis.
- The author points out that philosophy - like acting - builds on skills that are core to being a person, so "beginners" can succeed in the right context, though not in all.
- In contrast, knowledge of - and skills in - the "hard" sciences and (say) violin-playing are specialisms rather than part of everyone's skill-sets.
- So - I suppose - the entry costs to the specialisms is much higher, and so they seem to demand more skill.
- That is not to say that training in the non-specialist humanities is a fraud. Not every actor can play Hamlet convincingly, and philosophers need to sharpen up their analytical and critical skills to perform competently.
Footnote 15: The driver is red (WebRef=8474)
- Author: Julian Barbour
- Aeon Subtitle: From sky charts to atomic clocks, time is a mysterious story that humans keep inventing
- The standardisation and accuracy of human timekeeping has improved by leaps and bounds over the millennia – from tracing the stars, to the invention of timepieces, to the atomic 'clocks' of today. But for all our efforts, the concept of time, including whether it’s little more than an illusion of human psychology, remains deeply puzzling.
- In this interview with Robert Lawrence Kuhn for the PBS series Closer to Truth, the independent British physicist Julian Barbour endeavours to distinguish between our experience of time and its scientific underpinnings, including what has and hasn’t changed about our conception of time since we first looked to the skies to measure it.
- This video is too brief to say anything sensible, but was useful in introducing me to Julian Barbour, whom I'd not heard of before.
- Barbour's view is that time is an illusion.
Footnote 16: Pluck versus luck (WebRef=8467)
- Aeon Subtitle: A spy thriller for an era in which the Holocaust risks being forgotten
- 'The noose that had hung his friends after the war for what they had done, the noose that he thought he had escaped, had found him.'
- In the wake of the Second World War, former SS officials and Nazi collaborators fled Europe, hoping to evade prosecution and knowing that South American governments were sympathetic to the Nazi cause. Adolf Eichmann, the chief 'architect' of the Holocaust, was the highest ranking member of the Third Reich to escape to the continent, where he made Buenos Aires his new home and 'Ricardo Klement' his new name.
- The US artist Randall Christopher’s animation The Driver Is Red follows the Israeli mission that captured Eichmann on 11 May 1960, forcing him to finally stand trial for his crimes. With the pace and tension of a spy thriller, the short documentary frames the fervour for justice as a tribute to those who committed themselves to tracking down Nazi war criminals long after the Second World War’s end. Now that very few people with memories of Nazism’s rise are still alive, Christopher made the film freely available online, warning of the ominous spectre of 'extreme nationalism, open racism, attacks on the press [and] reckless talk of war' in our own era.
- See Also:
→ The Driver is Red
- 'The driver is red' was the code-expression in a telegram to Mossad to announce that Eichmann had been found, so that the snatch-squad could assemble.
- While the animation covers the tracking, finding and snatching, it doesn't cover how Eichmann was smuggled out of Argentina.
- For more information, see Wikipedia: Adolf Eichmann (capture).
Footnote 17: Why learning a new language is like an illicit love affair (WebRef=8468)
- Author: David Labaree
- Author Narrative: David Labaree is Lee L Jacks professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. He is the former president of the History of Education Society and former vice president of the American Educational Research Association. His most recent book is A Perfect Mess: The Unlikely Ascendancy of American Higher Education (2017).
- Aeon Subtitle: Meritocracy emphasises the power of the individual to overcome obstacles, but the real story is quite a different one
- Author's Conclusion:
- In fact, the only thing that’s less fair than the meritocracy is the system it displaced, in which people’s futures were determined strictly by the lottery of birth. Lords begat lords, and peasants begat peasants.
- In contrast, the meritocracy is sufficiently open that some children of the lower classes can prove themselves in school and win a place higher up the scale. The probability of doing so is markedly lower than the chances of success enjoyed by the offspring of the credentialed elite, but the possibility of upward mobility is nonetheless real. And this possibility is part of what motivates privileged parents to work so frantically to pull every string and milk every opportunity for their children.
- Through the jousting grounds of schooling, smart poor kids can, at times, displace dumb rich kids. The result is a system of status attainment that provides advantages for some while at the same time spreading fear for their children’s future across families of all social classes. In the end, the only thing that the meritocracy equalises is anxiety.
- This is an honest but rather annoying piece.
- It purports to show how – for the “advantaged” – the climb up the greasy academic pole is much easier than for the “disadvantaged”.
- The author is of the type I recognise from King’s – a politico / waster who blew his opportunities as an undergraduate at an elite institution (Harvard) but who still ends up making it good on account of his background and connections.
- In one of the author’s re-tellings, he shows that the “making good” was a struggle, and did involve a lot of grit, but he confesses that the success of these efforts was in the main ultimately down to his connections, coupled with some lucky breaks.
- While this is no-doubt correct, I think this is biased towards the experiences of those in the liberal arts. In mathematics and the hard sciences, no amount of connections will get you anywhere without hard work and ability. You have to get things right.
- Maybe amongst those few, preferment in teaching or administrative posts is still more likely for those with the right pedigree, but great intellect will still win through. I wonder if Richard Feynman has anything to say on the matter?
- One thing I did note in my own experience is that those from privileged backgrounds were much better prepared by their schools – both academically and socially – which made settling in and the rigours of the academic work much easier to accommodate. But wasters – like myself – only have themselves to blame.
Footnote 18: Consider the axolotl: our great hope of regeneration? (WebRef=8268)
- Author: Marianna Pogosyan
- Author Narrative: Marianna Pogosyan is a lecturer in cultural psychology at the IES Abroad in Amsterdam and at the University of Amsterdam’s Politics, Psychology, Law and Economics (PPLE) college in The Netherlands.
- Author's Introduction: Learning a new language is a lot like entering a new relationship. Some will become fast friends. Others will hook their arms with calculus formulas and final-exam-worthy historical dates, and march right out of your memory on the last day of school. And then sometimes, whether by mere chance or as a consequence of a lifelong odyssey, some languages will lead you to the brink of love.
- Interesting piece, describing how learning and living in a new language affects your use of your mother tongue.
- The author is Armenian, but lived in Japan from childhood.
Footnote 19: Canine exceptionalism (WebRef=8248)
- Author: Scott Sayare
- Author Narrative: Scott Sayare is a writer currently based in New York. His features and essays have appeared in Harper’s, The New Republic, The Guardian and The New Yorker, among others.
- Like earthbound immortals, salamanders regenerate. If you cut off a salamander’s tail, or its arm, or its leg, or portions of any of these, it will not form a stump or a scar but will instead replace the lost appendage with a perfect new one, an intricacy of muscle, nerve, bone and the rest. It will sprout like a sapling. Science has been chopping up salamanders for more than 200 years with the aim of simply understanding the mechanics of their marvels, but more recently with the additional aim of someday replicating those marvels in ourselves. Might salamanders be the great hope of regenerative medicine?
- In its most common form, which scientists call the white mutant, the axolotl resembles what the translucid foetus of a cross between an otter and a shortfin eel might look like. On the internet, it is celebrated for its anthropoid smile; in Mexico, where the Aztecs once hailed as it as a godly incarnation, it is an insult to say that someone looks like one. Behind its blunt and flattened head extends a distended torso resolving into a long, ichthyic tail. The axolotl can grow to nearly a foot in length; four tiny legs dangle off its body like evolutionary afterthoughts. It wears a collar of what seem to be red feathers behind each cheek, and these ciliated gill stalks float and tremble and gently splay in the water, like the plumage in a burlesque fan. They grow back if you cut them off, too. Precisely how the animal accomplishes this, or any of its feats of regrowth, is not well understood.
- If the axolotl mirrors us so nicely, it’s fitting that we, too, are neotenous. Our flat faces, small noses, hairless bodies and upright postures are all features of infancy in our evolutionary cousins and forebears. We also spend more of our lives in a juvenile state than any other primate. Our brains grow rapidly for a longer period, and are consequently larger; our childhoods are greatly extended, providing occasion for the lengthy training of those brains. We also maintain throughout our lives a ‘remarkable persistent juvenile characteristic of investigative curiosity’, in the words of the zoologist Konrad Lorenz. ‘The constitutive character of man,’ Lorenz wrote in 1971, ‘is a neotenous phenomenon.’
Footnote 20: Cuneiform writing with Irving Finkel (WebRef=8221)
- Author: Jessica Hekman
- Author Narrative: Jessica Hekman is a postdoctoral associate at the Broad Institute of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. She is interested in the genetics of canine behaviour, and writes a blog called The Dog Zombie.
- Aeon Subtitle: Trainers working with dogs every day have documented extraordinary talents and skills. Will science ever catch up?
- Final Paragraph: The perspective of dog trainers, with their deep experience in real-world canine abilities, provides a rich source of theories for academics to test. Collaboration between dog trainers and research scientists could lead to a partnership that deepens our understanding of canine cognition. Dog trainers will keep exploring dogs’ learning limits. Now it’s up to the scientists to reach out and use this resource.
- This deserves some serious study, especially as there's an example of a Tibetan Terrier (allegedly) performing imitative behaviour.
Footnote 21: Trigger warnings don’t help people cope with distressing material (WebRef=8222)
- Author: Irving Finkel
- Aeon Subtitle: How writing began, and other unexpectedly funny stories about cuneiform
- Abstract: Cuneiform, the ancient Sumerian script that emerged in Mesopotamia’s Fertile Crescent circa 3000 BCE, is the first known system of written communication to move beyond pictograms into abstract representations of language. In this lecture, as unexpectedly funny as it is edifying, Irving Finkel, a writer and curator at the British Museum in London, elucidates how cuneiform developed into an advanced writing system with its own internal logic, contradictions and – for those who would attempt to decipher it centuries later – exasperating snags. Having hooked the audience at the Royal Institution in London, Finkel then reveals how a trilingual inscription at Mount Behistun in modern-day Iran became cuneiform’s very own Rosetta Stone, unlocking secrets of the script previously thought lost to time.
- This is a very witty lecture by a lecturer bearing a striking resemblance to myself, at least in my winter mode.
- I was interested to note the similarities in the semiotic structures of the Cuneiform and Hieroglyphic scripts.
- There's a reference to 'Finkel's book', though it's not stated which. Presumably it's Cuneiform, British Museum Press (11 May 2015), 112 pp. No doubt this is a replacement for "Walker (C.B.F.) - Reading the Past: Cuneiform", which hails from 1897 and is only 64 pp. But as I've purchased but not yet read this book, it wouldn't be rational to buy Finkel's.
- However, I've just now bought "Finkel (Irving) - The Ark Before Noah: Decoding the Story of the Flood", which has some cuneiform in it, and which expatiates on the tablet the translation and interpretation of which greatly enhanced Finkel’s reputation.
Footnote 22: Science + religion (WebRef=8223)
- Author: Christian Jarrett
- Author Narrative: Christian Jarrett is a senior editor at Aeon, working on the forthcoming Psyche website focused on psychological wellbeing. A cognitive neuroscientist by training, his writing has appeared in BBC Future, WIRED and New York Magazine, among others. His books include The Rough Guide to Psychology (2011) and Great Myths of the Brain (2014). His next, on personality change, will be published in 2021.
- Conclusion: It’s important not to overstate the scientific case against trigger warnings. Research into their effects is still in its infancy and, most notable, none of the recent studies has focused on their use among people with mental-health diagnoses. Yet already the results are surprisingly consistent in undermining the specific claim that trigger warnings allow people to marshal some kind of mental defence mechanism. There is also a solid evidence base that avoidance is a harmful coping strategy for people recovering from trauma or dealing with anxiety. The clear message from psychology then is that trigger warnings should come with their own warning – they won’t achieve much, except encourage maladaptive coping and the belief that folk are sensitive and need protecting.
- This is all very comfortably saying what I wanted to hear, and believe to be true.
- It cites a book that Jonathan Sacks had as his book of 2018: “One of the most bracing reads of 2018 was Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt’s The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure (Allen Lane). Confronting the ever-growing constraints on free speech in universities, the authors show how a generation of students is being encouraged to develop mindsets that will do them psychological as well as intellectual harm. Brilliantly written, forcefully argued and highly original in its approach, this report from the front line of student politics is an important warning and a powerful defence of the university as a place where we give a respectful hearing to views with which we disagree.”
Footnote 23: The planet is burning (WebRef=8207)
- Author: Tom McLeish
- Author Narrative: Tom McLeish is a professor of natural philosophy in the Department of Physics at the University of York in the UK. He is the author of Faith and Wisdom in Science (2014), Let There Be Science (2016) and The Poetry and Music of Science (2019)
- Aeon Subtitle: The science-versus-religion opposition is a barrier to thought. Each one is a gift, rather than a threat, to the other
- Author's Conclusion: A relational narrative for science that speaks to the need to reconcile the human with the material, and that draws on ancient wisdom, contributes to the construction of new pathways to a healthier public discourse, and an interdisciplinary educational project that is faithful to the story of human engagement with the apparently chaotic, inhuman materiality of nature, yet one whose future must be negotiated alongside our own. Without new thinking on ‘science and religion’, we risk forfeiting an essential source for wisdom today.
- I've not engaged with this piece as much as I should have, so may have missed its point.
- It was interesting to see the repositioning of the "where were you ..." passage in Job in the service of a scientific worldview (rather than as "shut up!")
- Seeing the forebears of science in religion is special pleading. The scientific method had to arise somewhere, sometime, and all advanced societies at the time were religious.
- Maybe the monotheistic religions do denigrate human reason, but they don't thereby inculcate empiricism and experiment. Surely Job has to go against experience to maintain his faith in the light of experience, as have theists throughout troubled times.
Footnote 24: Thinking about one’s birth is as uncanny as thinking of death (WebRef=8208)
- Author: Stephen J. Pyne
- Author Narrative: Stephen J Pyne is an emeritus professor at the school of life sciences at Arizona State University. His latest book is Fire: A Brief History (2019).
- Aeon Subtitle: Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene?
- Third-fire upsets the choreography between natural and anthropogenic fire directly by competing with second-fire and indirectly by altering the climate. Even if fossil-fuel burning and its legacy vanished overnight, we would still have deep obligations to get fire right in living landscapes. The consequences of our effluent-gagged atmosphere will linger for decades, perhaps centuries into a deep future. But as we ratchet third-fire down, we need to ratchet second-fire up. Third-fire adds to Earth’s carbon load. First-fire and second-fire recycle what exists.
- Still, fire’s three-body problem will persist. Unless the Milankovitch cycles dim and the oceans and continents abruptly rearrange themselves, the cold will remain camped outside the gates, waiting for a crack that it can wedge into another ice age. At some point in the future, we will have to rekindle third-fire. For a few generations, it needs to remain in the ground as fossil fallow. Then we will see if our fire powers will destroy or save us.
- Our history has been a story of how we and fire have co-evolved. The same holds for our future.
- See Also:
→ Aeon: Pyne - Burning like a mountain
- The three fires are, in order, natural fire caused by lightening; man-made fire burning organic materials; and, the burning of fossil fuels.
- Fire is necessary to partially off-set the Pleistocene alternating ice-ages versus temperate climate.
- However, too much burning of fossil fuels upsets the balance.
Footnote 25: What is to be done about the problem of creepy men? (WebRef=8166)
Footnote 26: Walter Lippmann - public opinion and propaganda (WebRef=8153)
- Author: Heidi Matthews
- Author Narrative: Heidi Matthews is an assistant professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Canada, where she also co-directs the Nathanson Centre on transnational human rights, crime and security. She researches and teaches the law of war, international criminal law, and law and sexuality.
- Extract: As researchers warn, what most people intuit to be creepy aligns closely with the attributes of individuals and populations already on or beyond the boundaries of social acceptance. The mentally ill and disabled, the physically deformed, those with ticks or other abnormal movements or facial features, the impoverished and the homeless are all more likely to be judged creepy. With this knowledge, we need to guard against confirmation bias when perceived creeps actually do act in harmful ways.
Footnote 27: Classics for the people (WebRef=8142)
- Aeon Subtitle: Before Chomsky, there was Lippmann: the First World War and ‘manufactured consent’
- Abstract / Introduction:
- While the ‘manufacture of consent’ is an idea now mostly associated with Noam Chomsky, the phrase was actually coined by the US journalist and writer Walter Lippman in his influential book Public Opinion (1922) – a fact that Chomsky and Edward S Herman, his co-author of Manufacturing Consent (1988), readily acknowledge.
- Lippman contended that, because the world is too complex for any individual to comprehend, a strong society needs people and institutions specialised in collecting data and creating the most accurate interpretations of reality possible. When used properly, this information should allow decisionmakers to ‘manufacture consent’ in the public interest.
- However, in one of the most damning critiques of democracy, Lippman identifies how public opinion is instead largely forged by political elites with self-serving interests – powerful people manipulating narratives to their own ends.
- This video essay from the YouTube: Then & Now channel dives into Lippman’s legacy, starting with his study of the rise of the importance of public opinion during the First World War, and extending through an examination of why, a century after Public Opinion, democracy still has a major mass-media problem.
Footnote 28: The self in dementia is not lost, and can be reached with care (WebRef=8143)
- Author: Edith Hall
- Author Narrative: Edith Hall is a professor in the department of classics and Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London. She has published more than 20 books, broadcasts frequently on radio and television, and publishes widely in mainstream and academic journals and newspapers. Her latest book is Aristotle's Way (2018).
- Aeon Subtitle: A Classical education was never just for the elite, but was a precious and inspiring part of working-class British life
- Conclusion: The experiences of classical antiquity by the historical British working class have been messy, complicated and diverse. They have, by turns, been inspirational and depressing, too. But, finally, they can also help us think about the place of the ancient Greeks and Romans within the modern curriculum. Classical education need not be intrinsically elitist or reactionary; it has been the curriculum of empire, but it can be the curriculum of liberation. The ‘legacy’ of Greece and Rome has been instrumental in progressive and enlightened causes, both personal and political. Understanding the ancient world can enrich not only the imagination and sociocultural literacy but also citizenship skills and the power of argumentation and verbal expression. Recovering the working-class classicists of the past can also function as a rallying cry to modern Britain to support the case for the universal availability in schools of classical civilisation and ancient history, and for the revival of the proud tradition of free or affordable university extension schemes across the nation.
Footnote 29: I came from the unknown to sing (WebRef=8129)
- Author: Muireann Irish
- Author Narrative: Muireann Irish is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Sydney in Australia.
- The view that without our memories we are no longer ourselves is pervasive, and has led to the use of stigmatising language, even within the dementia-care setting, such as ‘loss’, ‘disintegration’ and ‘unbecoming’. There remains a recalcitrant perception that in parallel with the progressive pathological onslaught in the brain is the inevitable demise of personhood, akin to a ‘living death’.
- Viewing dementia in this way, as an erosion of the self, might serve a protective function, enabling carers to detach from the confronting reality of dementia, with metaphors of bereavement commonly used in relation to the anticipatory grief experienced by carers. However, recent research by my lab challenges the idea that the self is entirely lost in Alzheimer’s. Of course, people with dementia experience significant changes in their self-concept, self-knowledge, social relationships, perception of their own capacity, and even their physical appearance. Yet the essence of the person endures. Recognising this has important implications for approaches to care. We must consider the experience of the people living with dementia, even if this means challenging or confronting our own perceptions or expectations about their selfhood.
- While the illness is devastating, not all memories are obliterated by Alzheimer’s, and much of the person’s general knowledge and recollection of the distant past is retained. There remains a vast repository of life experiences, personal history, stories and fables that endures, even late into the illness.
- This is very light on the philosophy of the Self, but may eventually come in useful as a guide for coping should it become necessary.
Footnote 30: Little Ice Age lessons (WebRef=8127)
- Author: Ghazi Hussein
- Author Narrative:
- The poet Ghazi Hussein was born to a Palestinian family exiled in Syria. Starting at age 14, he was subjected to 20 years, on and off, of imprisonment and torture, and deemed ‘guilty of carrying thoughts’ though never formally charged. In prison, Hussein often felt hopeless and wished for death but, through his poetry, he was able to build a mental sanctuary that saved his life.
- In 2000, he arrived in the UK, where, after a three-year legal struggle, he and his family gained political asylum, settling in Edinburgh.
- Now a BAFTA award-winning playwright and acclaimed poet, Hussein continues to draw on his experience of oppression, using his writing to explore and confront the racism he encounters in Scotland. Despite this, he still considers Edinburgh his first and only home, a place where he has a voice.
- Aeon Subtitle: ‘My cell is smaller than my size’ – how writing poetry saved a political prisoner
- Summary: In this short film by the UK-Iranian artist Roxana Vilk, Hussein reflects on the pain and perseverance that has defined his life, performing poems from his book Taking it Like a Man: Torture and Survival, a Journey in Poetry (2006).
Footnote 31: Do you think science can understand everything? (WebRef=8108)
- Author: Dagomar Degroot
- Author Narrative: Dagomar Degroot is an associate professor of environmental history at Georgetown University and co-director of the Climate History Network. His most recent book is The Frigid Golden Age: Climate Change, the Little Ice Age, and the Dutch Republic, 1560–1720 (2018).
- Aeon Subtitle: The world’s last climate crisis demonstrates that surviving is possible if bold economic and social change is embraced
- Author’s Conclusion
- The past tells us that when climatic trends make it impossible to live in the same city, grow food in the same way or continue existing economic relationships, the result for a society is not invariably crisis and collapse. Individuals, communities and societies can respond in surprising ways, and crisis – if it does come – could provoke some of the most productive innovations of all. Those responses, in turn, yield still more transformations within evolving societies. If that was true in the past, it is even more true today, as seismic political and cultural changes coincide with the breakneck development and democratisation of artificial intelligence, synthetic biology and other revolutionary technologies.
- Most attempts to estimate the economic or geopolitical impacts of future warming therefore involve little more than educated guesswork. The future is hard to predict – perhaps harder than it ever was – and both collapse and prosperity seem possible in the century to come. So let us approach the future with open minds. Rather than resign ourselves to disaster, let us work hard to implement radical policies – such as the Green New Deal – that go beyond simply preserving what we have now, and instead promise a genuinely better world for our children.
- There are a few – fairly gentle – criticisms of this sanguine view of our prospects.
- While the impending crisis is greater, our resources to meet it are also greater.
- However, these resources are not evenly distributed and many countries will lose out badly.
- There are also many other challenges and risks that may complicate matters.
Footnote 32: Divine transports (WebRef=8105)
- Aeon Subtitle: Can science understand everything? NASA scientists attempt to answer the question
- Summary: ‘Please define everything…’
This short documentary is built around a single question posed in 2005-6 to scientists working at the NASA Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley: ‘Do you think science can understand everything?’ Most of them pause or take a deep breath before venturing out on such thin ice. From seeking clarity on the meaning of the question, to weighing careful, nuanced answers, to relative certainty one way or the other, their perspectives provide a fascinating window on to the varying motivations and world views of scientists working at the frontiers of human knowledge.
- Author: Mark Vernon
- Aeon Subtitle: Whether via music, dance or prayer, the trance state was key to human evolution, forging society around the transcendent
- Author's Conclusion:
- ‘For myself, I remain an atheist,’ Dunbar told me. ‘The trance hypothesis is neutral about the truth claims of religions whether you believe or don’t, though it does suggest that transcendent states of mind are meaningful to human beings and can evolve into religious systems of belief.’
- And in this final observation there is, perhaps, some good news for us, whether we’re religious or not. It’s often said that many of today’s troubles, from divisive political debates to spats on social media, are due to our tribal nature. It’s added, somewhat fatalistically, that deep within our evolutionary past is the tendency to identify with one group and demonise another. We are destined to be at war, culturally or otherwise. But if the trance theory is true, it shows that the evolutionary tendency to be tribal rests on an evolutionary taste for that which surpasses tribal experience – the transcendence that humans glimpsed in altered states of mind that enabled them to form tribes to start with.
- If we long to belong, we also long to be in touch with ‘the more’, as the great pioneer of the study of religious experiences William James called it. That more will be envisaged in numerous ways. But it might help us by prompting new visions that exceed our herd instincts and binary thinking, and ease social tensions. If it helped our ancestors to survive, why would we think we are any different?
Footnote 33: Keeping secrets (WebRef=8102)
- I ought to have something profound to say about all this, but don’t.
- I think the author is correct to dismiss the “new atheists” when they treat the issue of religion as purely a matter of fact.
- However, while the non-cognitive aspects of religion are essential to the participants, without the factual underpinning – so that religious practice is a heart-felt response to something real rather than something fanciful – the practice is of no interest to me, whatever its value in cementing societies together.
Footnote 34: We all know that we will die, so why do we struggle to believe it? (WebRef=8096)
- Author: Karen Vallgarda
- Aeon Subtitle: All families have secrets, from the innocent to the deeply sinister. Are there good reasons to keep them under wraps?
- Author's Conclusion:
- Instead of unequivocally condemning secrets, then, we might recognise that, although some are harmful, others are useful and, perhaps most importantly, a secret can be enabling and suffocating, protective and oppressive all at once. What we need to ask is therefore: whom does the secret protect? Does it undergird asymmetrical relationships of power, does it challenge them, or does it do both at the same time? And to confessions: whose truth was established as the truth and what did this do?
- Once we move beyond the confinements of the cultural imperative of disclosure, secrecy and confessions will prove to be a powerful lens through which to examine how the emotionally charged micropolitics of the family tie in with the macropolitical currents in any society, past or present.
Footnote 35: Turn and live with animals (WebRef=8068)
Footnote 36: Mistaken (WebRef=8066)
- Author: Bathsheba Demuth
- Aeon Subtitle: The slaughterhouse ethic of Soviet and American whalers tells us we must look beyond communism and capitalism to survive
- Author's Conclusion:
- The logic of expanding consumption, of the commercial whaler and the factory ship, is the logic of the slaughterhouse: one that conceals death from the people who take it into their homes, or eat it, or wear it. Doing so sloughs off moral harm upon the proximate few, while many of us, the relatively wealthy in particular, stay at a distance, indulging in the illusion that humans are not dependent on others – on the gift of the whale, in Yupik terms, or on healthy populations and habitats, in the language of ecology.
- In the 19th and 20th centuries, this slaughterhouse logic defined the relations between whales and people. Angyi was not the patrimony of either sort of foreign whaler, capitalist or socialist, but from their labour both developed conceptions of cetacean emotions, perhaps even moral action. Some described a kind of ethical injury done by ignoring the sentiments and sentience of whales. Yet the societies that sent market and socialist whalers to the Bering Strait left their labourers no space to act on such experiences. The term for this might be dehumanised work or alienated work, except it is more. Labour that reduces the world only to the tallied commodities of profit or plan impoverishes a society’s moral imagination. It is blind not just to the death necessary to sustain life but to the wills, emotions and even ethical judgment of other living beings.
- Angyi: Part of being a good person involved hearing what, as the hunters took to their boats and readied their harpoons, a whale spoke. On St Lawrence Island, generations of whalers described how a bowhead could keep close, in sight even when submerged, but always just out of harpoon range. Sometimes, the pursuit lasted more than an hour. Eventually, the bowhead would choose either to swim away or to surface close to the right-hand side of the boat, the side where the harpooner sat waiting. The Yupik word for this behaviour is angyi, from the root ang-, which signifies the act of giving. After a period of deliberation, a bowhead chose to give itself to its hunters, speaking through her movements her consent to die.
- Clearly the idea of Angyi is sentimentalised and – strictly speaking – false. But it’s a more wholesome view of the interdependence and mutual sentience of all animals than that adopted by industrial “farming”.
- The article also points out the natural longevity of bowhead whales – up to 200 years. They remain in the arctic, and the cold slows their metabolism. Warm-water or migratory species don’t live so long – though up to 100 years for the larger species.
Footnote 37: Raymond Tallis - What is Extended Mind (WebRef=8059)
- Author: Daniel Ward
- Author Narrative: Daniel Ward practices as a lawyer specialising in commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is also a PhD candidate in legal studies at the University of Cambridge and has published papers on political and legal theory.
- Aeon Subtitle: Assuming that another person’s opinions are immune from criticism is not a marker of respect. It is, in fact, dehumanising
- Author’s Conclusion:
- General infallibility creates the illusion that people are essentially mindless. It holds that we believe what we believe, and value what we value, for no reason at all, or at least for reasons that are unintelligible to anyone else. Under those conditions, no one can engage with anyone else’s views or take them seriously. If, today, identities are becoming increasingly tribally defined, with each group living in its own ‘bubble’, this is an illusion that we urgently need to learn to see through.
- To err is human. Missteps, misapprehensions, misspeakings, momentary lapses and mess-ups are part of the fabric of life. Yet we are capable of making mistakes precisely because we are thoughtful, intelligent beings with complex goals and sincerely held values. We wouldn’t be able to if we were otherwise. Regrets: we’ve had a few. But we are the wiser for them.
- The author’s (rejected) notion of personal “infallibility” is motivated my Paul A. Samuelson’s economic assumption that the agent’s preferences are infallibly revealed by what they spend their money on, even though some of their purchases may turn out to be mistaken.
- Author: Raymond Tallis
- Aeon Subtitle: 'Minds have always been outside themselves': Raymond Tallis on extended cognition
- In this interview with Robert Lawrence Kuhn for the PBS series Closer to Truth, the UK philosopher, writer and retired neuroscientist Raymond Tallis offers his nuanced view of the extended mind thesis, proposed by Andy Clark and David Chalmers in 1998. Their paper "Chalmers (David) & Clark (Andy) - The Extended Mind" shifted the bedrock of modern philosophy, psychology and neuroscience, and eventually became the most cited philosophy paper of the decade.
- Its thesis was that our consciousnesses are constantly integrating and being moulded by outside objects, including other people, in ways that suggest that the mind extends far beyond the confines of the skull, or even the skin.
- Somewhat controversial upon its publication, the paper’s central idea gained greater popular traction as innovations in technologies such as medical implants and smart devices seemed to narrow the gap between human cognition and external objects.
- Two decades on from the paper’s publication, Tallis finds much to admire and to critique in its central contention, embracing the notion