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Philosopher of the human

One can only imagine how much nobler and more decent the world might be if it took more notice of Isaiah Berlin

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The great regression | Aeon
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Subcultures

The great regression

To understand why so many adults are acting just like children, don’t blame Millennials – look to Japan in the 1990s

Matt Alt

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Personality

Wesley wants to solve the rooftop mystery – but does he have what it takes?

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Semiotics of dogs | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Semiotics of dogs

In all its baroque and sometimes cruelly overbred forms, the dog is a paramount symbol of both human hopes and foibles

Katrina Gulliver

Tantra: enlightenment to revolution | Aeon
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History of ideas

Tantra is, and was, a subversive philosophy of feminine power

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Politics and government

What lies beneath government

Buka Town in Bougainville shows how bureaucratic states could be reimagined, not as concrete buildings but as living gardens

Gordon Peake & Miranda Forsyth

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Rituals and celebrations

From roaring fire and molten glass an artist creates a healing ritual

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Religion

The meaning of Purgatory

Think less of a holding pen for Heaven and more as a flow of love from the living, and the weirdness starts making sense

Magnus Course

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Ecology and environmental sciences

Producing food while restoring the planet – a glimpse of farming in the future

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Computing and artificial intelligence

The people of the cloud

Hot, strenuous and unsung. There is nothing soft and fluffy about the caretaking work that enables our digital lives

Steven Gonzalez Monserrate

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Archaeology

Ancient Greek sculptures were colourful. Why does the white marble ideal persist?

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Environmental history

Dancing with water

As storms, droughts and floods become more intense, what can the world learn from Japan’s profoundly wet history?

Giulio Boccaletti

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Astronomy

From zero to 5,000 – music and visuals express 30 years of exoplanet discoveries

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History of ideas

Reasons to be cheerful

A cheery mood, you might think, is a terribly self-absorbed response to serious times. But history tells us otherwise

Timothy Hampton

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Meaning and the good life

You’re astonishing!

Life can be better appreciated when you remember how wonderfully and frighteningly unlikely it is that you exist at all

Timm Triplett

Marilyn Waring on women and economics | Aeon
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Economics

We all play by economic rules set by men. What could a feminist economics look like?

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The right person | Aeon
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Love and friendship

The right person

Contemporary wisdom says that happiness is the measure of a marriage. But is that a harmful way of judging relationships?

Joshua Coleman

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Ecology and environmental sciences

Yo-Yo Ma performs a work for cello in the woods, accompanied by a birdsong chorus

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Demography and migration

The ungreat replacement

Workers in the West have indeed been repressed – but not by immigrants. The policies of their own governments are to blame

John Rapley

A brief guide to Egyptian Surrealism | Aeon
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Art

‘Long Live Degenerate Art’ – how a Surrealist group in Cairo defied repression in 1938

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Why read Fichte today? | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Why read Fichte today?

Inspired by Kant, Fichte launched a radical philosophical system based on subjectivity and aspiring to freedom for all

Gabriel Gottlieb

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Love and friendship

Skiing blind is a challenge – but it helps to have a loved one to guide you

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Imaginary numbers are real | Aeon
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Mathematics

Imaginary numbers are real

These odd values were long dismissed as bookkeeping. Now physicists are proving that they describe the hidden shape of nature

Karmela Padavic-Callaghan

Martha Nussbaum and Bryan Magee on Aristotle | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Metaphysics and beyond – Martha Nussbaum on Aristotle’s indelible ideas

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Ethics

Through the eyes of another

It’s impossible to shed our individual biases. So the best way to establish objectivity is by taking on new perspectives

Heidi Maibom

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