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A history of punctuation

How we came to represent (through inky marks) the vagaries of the mind, inflections of the voice, and intensity of feeling

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Stories and literature

Aristotle goes to Hollywood

Today, the ancient Greek storyteller would be winning Oscars. To learn how, turn to the Poetics, his masterwork on writing

Philip Freeman

Hieronymus Bosch: The Garden of Earthly Delights | Aeon
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Art

Grotesque imagery meets religious conservatism in Hieronymus Bosch’s art

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Bad therapy | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Bad therapy

Some psychotherapeutic approaches are not only ineffective, they’re actively harmful. We’re now starting to identify them

Yevgeny Botanov, Alexander Williams & John Sakaluk

James Wines: nature’s revenge | Aeon
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Architecture

Why a sculptor pivoted from gallery installations to big-box stores design

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Phenomena: electricity | Aeon
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Physics

Spectacular fractal patterns emerge when electricity meets a wooden surface

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Philosopher of the apocalypse | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Philosopher of the apocalypse

From the ashes of the Second World War, Günther Anders forecast a new catastrophe: technology would overwhelm its creators

Audrey Borowski

Gödel’s incompleteness theorem | Aeon
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Mathematics

How a verbal paradox shattered the notion of total certainty in mathematics

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A new Earth rises | Aeon
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Earth science and climate

A new Earth rises

How did the planet replace the nation-state to become the prime political object of the 21st century?

Erik Isberg

When hope gets in the way | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

When hope gets in the way

Hope is usually seen as a positive agent of change that spares us from pain. But it can also undermine healing and growth

Santiago Delboy

How to be alone | Aeon
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Wellbeing

A tender poem doubles as a guide to sitting comfortably in one’s own company

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Quantum Wittgenstein | Aeon
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Quantum theory

Quantum Wittgenstein

Metaphysical debates in quantum physics don’t get at ‘truth’ – they’re nothing but a form of ritual, activity and culture

Timothy Andersen

Bacon and God’s wrath | Aeon
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Values and beliefs

How a God-fearing Jewish woman found atheism – and bacon – in her later years

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Breakfast with the Panthers | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Breakfast with the Panthers

It wasn’t all young men and guns: the Black Panther Party’s programs fed more hungry kids than the state of California

Suzanne Cope

The last tape | Aeon
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War and peace

Before he leaves to go to war, Artem, 18, says goodbye to the man who raised him

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Since Derrida | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

Since Derrida

A golden generation of French philosophers dismantled truth and other traditional ideas. What next for their successors?

Peter Salmon

Gloria’s call | Aeon
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Art

A mindbending trip that summons the forgotten women of surrealism

17 minutes

Against human exceptionalism | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Against human exceptionalism

In a tight spot, you’d probably intuit that a human life outweighs an animal’s. There are good arguments why that’s wrong

Jeff Sebo

What is movement? | Aeon
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Metaphysics

To see the Universe more clearly, think in terms of processes, not objects

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Energised crowding | Aeon
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Cities

Energised crowding

To understand why early cities thrived, look not to the temples of kings but to their subjects’ bustling neighbourhoods

Michael E Smith

The AI historian | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

How machine learning can help historians decode ancient inscriptions

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A fairly fed world | Aeon
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Poverty and development

A fairly fed world

Last year, 200 million children did not get enough to eat, yet it would be cheap and easy for the world to feed them all

Sharman Apt Russell

Tainted love | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Tainted love

Love is both a wonderful thing and a cunning evolutionary trick to control us. A dangerous cocktail in the wrong hands

Anna Machin

Stray in Kars | Aeon
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Animals and humans

What the ancient city of Kars looks like from the perspective of its stray dogs

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The split-body problem | Aeon
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Biology

The split-body problem

Why we need to stop thinking about parents, offspring and sex when we try to understand how life reproduces itself

Gunnar O Babcock

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