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Fear not | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Fear not

You might think that horror movies are a delicious, trashy pleasure. But watching them has surprisingly wholesome effects

Mathias Clasen

The great world of Gregory Blackstock | Aeon
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Art

How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations

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Healthcare workers of yore | Aeon
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History of science

Healthcare workers of yore

Looking past conventional histories of medicine we see that women delivered much of medieval healthcare. Just as today

Sara Ritchey

The diamond | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

An afternoon with hobbyist diamond miners in Arkansas is a thing of rare beauty

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The Rashomon effect | Aeon
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Knowledge

What can a Kurosawa classic tell us about reality, knowledge and truth?

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Why simplicity works | Aeon
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Physics

Why simplicity works

Does the existence of a multiverse hold the key for why nature’s laws seem so simple?

Johnjoe McFadden

Feeling, in situ | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Feeling, in situ

What if emotions are not universal and hardwired but exquisite acts of meaning-making specific to context and culture?

Elitsa Dermendzhiyska

Moths in slow motion | Aeon
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Biology

Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second

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Being Persian | Aeon
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Nations and empires

Being Persian

To be Persian before nationalism was to belong to a generous, plural identity woven through language, kin and manners

Mana Kia

The silent pulse of the Universe | Aeon
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Astronomy

Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor

16 minutes

Acoustic naturalism | Aeon
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Architecture

Acoustic naturalism

Our movies and offices are engineered to sound natural based on what rang false in the theatres of 18th-century Paris

Joseph L Clarke

The elephant’s song | Aeon
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Animals and humans

A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US

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When hope is a hindrance | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

When hope is a hindrance

For Hannah Arendt, hope is a dangerous barrier to courageous action. In dark times, the miracle that saves the world is to act

Samantha Rose Hill

Slavery en famille | Aeon
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History

Slavery en famille

The story of Marie Aymard and five generations of her family tells an intimate history of slavery in a small French town

Emma Rothschild

Magnetic river | Aeon
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Physics

In this 1975 lecture, the maglev train’s inventor deconstructs his ingenious design

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Enduring memory | Aeon
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Biology

Enduring memory

How can animals whose brains have been drastically remodelled still recall their kin, their traumas and their skills?

Thomas R Verny

Fifty per cent | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

To know or not to know? Lillian weighs the costs of a life-changing genetic test

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Creatures of the Popol Vuh | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Creatures of the Popol Vuh

For the K’iche’ Mayans, animals were not lower beings but neighbours, alter egos and a way to communicate with the gods

Jessica Sequeira

The impossible map | Aeon
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Information and communication

There are many ways to make a flat map of the world – each of them a unique distortion

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Chairwork | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Chairwork

It is a powerful, liberating therapy that lets you (literally) shift perspective on who you are, and who you could become

Scott Kellogg & Amanda Garcia Torres

Asylum | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Asylum

Patients and psychiatrists at Saint-Alban in France fought against fascism side by side. What can we learn from them?

Ben Platts-Mills

Phenomena: energy | Aeon
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Chemistry

Liquid experiments show how beautiful things can happen when chemicals meet

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A theory of my own mind | Aeon
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Cognition and intelligence

A theory of my own mind

Knowing the content of one’s own mind might seem straightforward but in fact it’s much more like mindreading other people

Stephen M Fleming

While you were sleeping | Aeon
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Work

What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?

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