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We are interwoven beings

A dragon needs the clouds and the wind in order to fly. What happens when we too relinquish individualistic reasoning?

Wanderlust of the ancients | Aeon
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The ancient world

Wanderlust of the ancients

The Roman Empire enabled an early version of globalisation that offered travellers adventure, novelty and opportunity

Fabio Fernandes

Bernard Williams and Bryan Magee on Descartes | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Bernard Williams on Descartes’s audacious endeavour to prove knowledge is possible

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Was Colin Wilson a fascist? | Aeon
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Stories and literature

Was Colin Wilson a fascist?

For thousands of fans, he made philosophy thrillingly relevant. Yet there is a deep unsavoury undercurrent to his worldview

Jules Evans

Small hours | Aeon
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Subcultures

The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat

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The love and death of Yosef and Zilli | Aeon
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Ageing and death

When his elderly parents make a suicide pact, Doron struggles to accept their choice

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Our Earth, shaped by life | Aeon
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Earth science and climate

Our Earth, shaped by life

Darwin was the first to see that all lifeforms, from worms to corals, transform the planet. What does that mean for us?

Olivia Judson

Obon | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left

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This essay isn’t true | Aeon
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Metaphysics

This essay isn’t true

Alethic nihilism is the theory that nothing is true. There is much to gain by taking this radical idea seriously

David Liggins

Ed Yong: the hidden world of animal senses | Aeon
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Biology

To understand the limits of human senses, look to the wild world of animal cognition

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Cogitating black holes | Aeon
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Cosmology

Cogitating black holes

The Universe cannot always be understood through observation. Instead, physicists explore by devising thought experiments

Michael Dine

Cast out with love | Aeon
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Design and fashion

From sheep to sea – an ode to the iconic sweater that warms Cornish sailors

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The helpful delusion | Aeon
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Mental health

The helpful delusion

Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

Justin Garson

Trenches in Chernobyl | Aeon
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War and peace

Trenches in Chernobyl

Disturbing and inhaling radioactive dust, in their haste Russian soldiers unburied the wrecked, undead Earth itself

Michael Marder

Emory Douglas: the art of the Black Panthers | Aeon
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Art

The revolutionary artist who propelled the Black Panther movement with imagery

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Keeping the score | Aeon
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Anthropology

Keeping the score

The gifts we exchange are both generous and yet fraught with social rules and obligations. Marcel Mauss explained why

Gili Kliger

Names for snow | Aeon
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Knowledge

Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly?

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The invention of free love | Aeon
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History of ideas

The invention of free love

Percy Shelley thought romantic love freed men and women from the strictures of monogamy, but did it free them equally?

Neil McArthur

Ida western exile | Aeon
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Technology and the self

One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West

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Jesuits in the boardroom | Aeon
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Economic history

Jesuits in the boardroom

As corporations struggle to survive in a more uncertain world, they should look to the success of the Society of Jesus

Paolo Quattrone

Using the Astronomicum Caesareum book | Aeon
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History of science

How one of history’s most beautiful books was used to find fate in the cosmos

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The doxxing of Rose Mainville | Aeon
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History

The doxxing of Rose Mainville

When a young street vendor found her name in a guidebook to the sex workers of Paris, she couldn’t live with the shame

Amanda E Herbert & David N Woodworth

The legacy of Sappho | Aeon
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The ancient world

Sappho’s homoerotic poetry was beloved in ancient Greece – and burned centuries later

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Attuned to the aesthetic | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

Attuned to the aesthetic

The ultimate value of the world can be discovered if you are sensitive to what is beautiful

Tom Cochrane

The science of symmetry | Aeon
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Evolution

Symmetry rules life on Earth – but it comes with many fascinating exceptions

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