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Great books are still great

Read with love, rather than critical distance, the classics can provide tools to subvert oppressive hierarchies

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Hope is not optimism | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Hope is not optimism

Even when you know that prospects are grim, hope can help. It’s not just a feeling, but a way to step into the future

David B Feldman & Benjamin W Corn

The Battle of San Romano | Aeon
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Art

An artistic collaboration across centuries brings a 1432 battle scene to arresting life

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The chocolate route | Aeon
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Food and drink

The chocolate route

The humble cocoa bean’s journey from its Amerindian origins to worldwide dominance is a lesson in the power of trade

Irene Fattacciu

Departing gesture | Aeon
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Values and beliefs

A funeral director takes in bodies that social stigma leaves unclaimed

11 minutes

Zen kōans | Aeon
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Philosophy of religion

What Zen Buddhist riddles reveal about knowledge and the unknowable

5 minutes

Becoming a centaur | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Becoming a centaur

The horse is a prey animal, the human a predator. Our shared trust and athleticism is a neurobiological miracle

Janet Jones

Inka khipu | Aeon
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History of technology

Reading the strings and knots that keep the secrets of the Inka Empire

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The worldly turn | Aeon
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Economics

The worldly turn

After generations of ‘blackboard economics’, Berkeley and MIT are leading a return to economics that studies the real world

Tom Bergin

Unsafe passage | Aeon
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Demography and migration

Tension, bureaucracy and deep humanity define life aboard a refugee rescue ship

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This paradoxical life | Aeon
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Logic and probability

This paradoxical life

When logic fails to make sense of a world noisy with inconsistency, paraconsistent logics hold out (im)possible solutions

Zach Weber

Setapa | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Absorb the infectious rhythms of Setapa – a joyous dance from southern Africa

7 minutes

Uncovering Sparta | Aeon
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The ancient world

Uncovering Sparta

Mythological home of Helen, war-making polis of Leonidas and now a modest municipality: the city is a palimpsest

Daphne D. Martin

In pursuit of the hole | Aeon
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Art

In pursuit of the hole

Dig into the voids, pin-pricks and cut-outs of art and history, and those absences speak volumes about what’s been missed

Kim Beil

Florent Vollant: I dream in Innu | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

Honouring the caribou, in dreams and memories from an Innu singer-songwriter

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The meaning of anger | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

The meaning of anger

Is anger like energy, forever changing form but never dissipating, or part of our repertoire of desires, the cry of a need unmet?

Josh Cohen

Powers of ten, updated | Aeon
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Cosmology

Revisiting ‘Powers of Ten’ – what we’ve learned about the Universe since 1977

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The Waste Age | Aeon
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Design and fashion

The Waste Age

Recognising that waste is central, not peripheral, to everything we design, make and do is key to transforming the future

Justin McGuirk

The end of travel | Aeon
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Travel

The end of travel

Driven by the need for a storied life, I relished the opportunity for endless travel. Is that a moment in time, now over?

Henry Wismayer

How to ride a pterosaur | Aeon
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Biology

It’s a massive, winged Cretaceous beast – could a human ride one?

9 minutes

How disruptions happen | Aeon
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History

How disruptions happen

Major disruptions in world history follow a clear pattern. What can upheavals of the past tell us about our own future?

David Potter

The six sides of Merce Cunningham | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Technology, philosophy, randomness – how Merce Cunningham pushed dance to its limits

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Stoics as activists | Aeon
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Ethics

Stoics as activists

You might think of it as a philosophy for turning away from the world, but ancient Stoics took a stand against tyranny

Massimo Pigliucci

Sounding the Sumburgh foghorn | Aeon
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History of technology

Behold as a mechanical foghorn in Shetland awakes from its year-long slumber

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Trolls be gone | Aeon
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Information and communication

Trolls be gone

Anonymous users generate most toxic abuse and conspiracy theories online. The right to be anonymous should be curtailed

Stephen Kinsella

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