Since September 2012, Aeon has been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. It asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.

Everything on the site is free to enjoy. Aeon Magazine publishes an original essay most weekdays, exploring topics such as the nature of consciousness, the psychology of solitary confinement and the missing chapters in the story of human evolution. Its sister channel, Aeon Video, streams short documentaries about society and nature, many of them exclusive to Aeon. Learn more about Aeon Video.

Aeon Ideas, now in open beta, is an entirely new platform designed for dynamic conversations on the defining questions of our age.

Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, San Francisco and Melbourne. It belongs to Aeon Media Ltd. It is not affiliated with any other organisation or political group. Aeon is committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, a humane worldview and good writing. That’s it.

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The Team

Paul Hains
CEO and Co-founder

Paul oversees Aeon and directs its strategy and business development. He has a background in finance and graduate qualifications in psychology and comparative religion. Paul is particularly interested in how new thinking from philosophy, anthropology and psychology challenges conventional ways of understanding knowledge and culture. His vision for Aeon is inspired by the convergence of this thinking with emerging digital technologies for generating and sharing ideas.

Brigid Hains
Editorial Director and Co-founder

Brigid directs editorial at Aeon, working with the editorial team on the commissioning and production of the Magazine and Film channels. She also works closely with Paul in developing Aeon’s overall strategy. Brigid has a PhD in History and an MSc in Anthropology and Development Studies and throughout her career has been been animated by the art of communicating ideas with scope and significance to a wide audience, within and beyond the academic world. She is on twitter @brigidhains.

Ed Lake
Deputy Editor

Ed spent five years at The Daily Telegraph before moving to the Middle East to work on The National, where he was deputy editor on the Review section. He is interested in the philosophy of science, the history of political thought, and novels in which a dreamer wakes into a world transformed. He can be found on Twitter @ejklake.

Ross Andersen
Deputy Editor

Ross is the former Science Editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books. He has written extensively about science and philosophy for several magazine publications, including The Atlantic, The Economist and Scientific American. His main interests are deep time, space science, and the phenomenology of nature. He lives in Berkeley and can be found on Twitter @andersen.

Thomas Marrows
Digital and Product Development Director

Thomas has passionate interests in creativity, commerce and technology. Happiest when making – whether digitally or with physical materials. Always aiming for simplicity; sometimes achieving it. He trained in product design at Glasgow School of Art and has a decade of experience leading design and development teams producing digital tools and advertising for global brands.

Marina Benjamin
Senior Editor

Marina is a former arts editor of the New Statesman magazine and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard newspaper in London. Among her books, Living at the End of the World (1998) looked at modern end-time cults, Rocket Dreams (2003) offered an off-beat elegy to the Space Age, and Last Days in Babylon (2007) told the story of the Jews of Iraq. Marina has an ongoing interest in the culture of science and in multi-faith dialogue. She can be found on Twitter @marinab52.

Pam Weintraub
Senior Editor

Pam is an editor and writer specialising in psychology and neuroscience. She has previously worked as executive and features editor at Discover, where her acquisitions were widely anthologised and the recipient of numerous national awards; consulting editor at Psychology Today; and in a range of roles at OMNI, from senior editor to editor at large to founding editor of OMNI internet. She is author of 16 books on medicine, psychology and lifestyle, including Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, which won the American Medical Writers Association book award in 2009. She can be found on Twitter @pam3001.

Sam Haselby
Senior Editor

Sam is a historian of American religion and politics. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and has taught at the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo. He was the founding Senior Executive Producer for Content at Al Jazeera America and is the author of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism, to be published by Oxford University Press in April 2015. Currently he is also a visiting faculty member at Columbia University. He can be found on Twitter @HaselbySam.

Kellen Quinn
Film Programmer

Kellen studied Film and Russian & East European studies at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival as assistant to the artistic director and as an associate programmer. More recently, he spent three years as the deputy director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He is now based in Brooklyn where he is producing several feature-length narratives and documentaries.

Andy Sansom
Photography and Film Editor

Andy studied philosophy at the University of Ulster. Prior to working at Aeon he has worked for The Times, the BBC and various other national media in the UK. He is interested in documentary photography, Kierkegaard and Peanuts.

Sam Dresser
Associate Editor

Sam Dresser studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in political philosophy and the history of atheism, and likes to take long walks to places he doesn’t particularly want to be. He can be found on Twitter @SmDrssr.

Elena Seymenliyska

Elena studied English at Sofia University in Bulgaria and graduated in English from Queen’s University, Belfast. She worked as an academic book publisher at Hodder Headline before training as a journalist at City University, London. Since then she has worked for national newspapers in the UK including The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. She reviews fiction, laughs at puns and likes short sentences.

Ali Hawken
Editorial Assistant

Ali has always had an affinity for the written word. Following studies in Journalism and Political Science at Griffith University in Australia, she has worked as editor of numerous music and arts publications, both at home and abroad, with time spent living in London and Norway. Having now rediscovered her Australian roots, she oversees the editorial production at Aeon Magazine. She is interested in philosophy, political thought and the vast reaches of the galaxy. She one day hopes to walk on the moon. She can be found on Twitter @alihawken.

Meagan Day
Social & Community Manager

In addition to handling social media for Aeon, Meagan is a writer and editor at Full Stop. She has also written for n+1, The New Inquiry, The Believer, and Salon. She has special interests in society, politics and culture. She can be found on Twitter at @meaganmday.

Adam D'Arpino
Video Assistant

Adam studied at Syracuse University, earning a master's degree in Arts Journalism with concentrations in film, music and television. He's currently based in Brooklyn, where he's covered film for MTV, and all corners of the cultural landscape for online publications like mental_floss, The Airship and Nerve. He's also worked in the press office at the Sundance Film Festival, and written and produced comedy across the web.