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My blackness

At times I’ve tried to escape it. Other times I’ve embraced it. But at all times, people have attempted to define me by it

Learning styles don’t exist | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

Learning styles don’t exist

A teaching approach that is based on students’ preferences sounds laudable. But this misunderstands how learning happens

Carl Hendrick

The doll | Aeon
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Life stages

At 14, Asal is excited about her engagement. Her relatives all have their own opinions

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Goodbye Pixel | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Goodbye Pixel

Although it felt more like bereavement for a person than the loss of a thing, the death of a pet isn’t exactly like either

Julian Baggini

Barry Loewer on causation | Aeon
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Metaphysics

Bertrand Russell wanted to kill off causation. Can contemporary philosophy rescue it?

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Everything is going to be fine | Aeon
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The future

What’s the healthiest way to handle a creeping feeling that the world is ending?

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Disarming transphobia | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Disarming transphobia

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk

Quinnehtukqut McLamore

The other Cleopatra | Aeon
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The ancient world

The other Cleopatra

Daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, she became the influential queen of a mysterious, abundant North African kingdom

Jane Draycott

Ethical dilemma: whose life is more valuable? | Aeon
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Ethics

How many monkeys is it worth sacrificing to save a human life?

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Forgotten existentialist | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Forgotten existentialist

Sartre gets much of the credit for existentialism. Karl Jaspers not only preceded him, but offered a way out of despair

Deborah Casewell

London mudlark | Aeon
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Archaeology

From Roman pots to glass eyes, the shore of the river Thames teems with surprises

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Born that way | Aeon
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Personality

Born that way

Confident or shy, our temperament is mostly baked-in from birth. But how that influences our lives is up for grabs

Gina Mireault

Linda | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Pondering the peculiar one-sided intimacy of the client-therapist relationship

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There’s no planet B | Aeon
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Space exploration

There’s no planet B

The scientific evidence is clear: the only celestial body that can support us is the one we evolved with. Here’s why

Arwen E Nicholson & Raphaëlle D Haywood

It never existed | Aeon
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Global history

It never existed

The idea of a ‘precolonial’ Africa is theoretically vacuous, racist and plain wrong about the continent’s actual history

Olúfẹ́mi Táíwò

The great Moon hoax | Aeon
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History of science

Bat-people on the Moon – what a famed 1835 hoax reveals about misinformation today

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Enter the conductrice | Aeon
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Music

Enter the conductrice

Will a new generation of women on the podium perpetuate the tyrannical charisma of their male predecessors or overturn it?

Xenia Hanusiak

Second shot | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Thirty years after one teenager shot another, is it time to forgive?

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The golden fuel | Aeon
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Economic history

The golden fuel

Asia’s rise to economic power and food security has been powered not by rice but by American maize, the ultimate flex-crop

Peter A Coclanis

Connecting the human body to the outside world | Aeon
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Biotechnology

What it’s like to wear a prosthetic that ‘feels’

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Family passages | Aeon
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Life stages

Family passages

Each new generation learns from its elders. But familial voices now compete for influence with a chorus of urgent others

Elizabeth Svoboda

Philosophy’s blindspot | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

Philosophy’s blindspot

Education has long been ignored by contemporary philosophers. That is a myopic view that must change

David Bakhurst

Deerwoods deathtrap | Aeon
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Family life

Fifty years ago, a train collided with Jack and Betty’s car. Here’s how they remember it

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Women at the barricades | Aeon
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History

Women at the barricades

The transgressions of working-class women formed the revolutionary heart of the 1871 Paris Commune

Carolyn Eichner

Chemical somnia | Aeon
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Chemistry

A square inch in a Petri dish becomes a grand stage for chemical transformations

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