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Since September 2012, Aeon has been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. It asks the biggest questions and finds the freshest, most original answers, provided by world-leading authorities on science, philosophy and society.

Aeon has four channels, and all four are completely free to enjoy. Most weekdays, it publishes Essays – longform explorations of deep issues written by serious and creative thinkers.

From Monday to Friday, it also publishes Ideas – short provocations, maintaining Aeon’s high argumentative standards but in a more nimble and immediate form.

Aeon’s Video channel streams a mixture of curated short documentaries and original Aeon content, including a series of interviews with experts at the forefront of thought.

Finally, Aeon’s Conversations channel invites the reader in to put their own arguments and points of view. With Conversations, old-style web comments give way to a new form of collective inquiry.

Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne and New York. It is not affiliated with any other organisation or political group. Aeon is committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, a humane worldview and good writing. That’s it.

The team

Paul Hains
CEO and Co-founder

Paul oversees Aeon and directs its strategy and development. He has a background in finance and an MA in the Psychology of Religion. He is interested in how new thinking from philosophy, anthropology and psychology challenges conventional ways of understanding knowledge and culture. His vision for Aeon is inspired by the opportunity to bring together creative endeavour and digital technology to enrich the cultural conversations reshaping our cosmopolitan world.

Brigid Hains
Editorial Director and Co-founder

Brigid directs editorial at Aeon, working with the editorial team in the commissioning and production of Essays, Ideas and Videos. She also works closely with Paul in developing Aeon’s overall strategy. Brigid is an environmental historian by training and has particular interests in anthropology, psychology, history, ecology and evolutionary theory. She is on twitter @brigidhains.

Anthony Kolber
Design and Development Director

Anthony has run his own graphic and web design practice for the past nine years, producing a diverse range of work from self-initiated to large-scale commercial projects. Having worked alongside some of Melbourne’s best designers, he has a keen interest in translating and applying formal graphic design systems to the web. You can find him on Twitter @kolber.

Kellen Quinn
Film Programmer

Kellen studied Film and Russian & East European studies at Wesleyan University, Connecticut. He has worked at the Tribeca Film Festival as assistant to the artistic director and as an associate programmer. More recently, he spent three years as the deputy director of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival. He is now based in Brooklyn where he is producing several feature-length narratives and documentaries.

Pam Weintraub
Senior Editor, Psychology and Health

Pam is an editor and writer specialising in psychology and neuroscience. She has previously worked as executive and features editor at Discover, where her acquisitions were widely anthologised and the recipient of numerous national awards; consulting editor at Psychology Today; and in a range of roles at OMNI, from senior editor to editor at large to founding editor of OMNI internet. She is author of 16 books on medicine, psychology and lifestyle, including Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic, which won the American Medical Writers Association book award in 2009. She can be found on Twitter @pam3001.

Marina Benjamin
Senior Editor

Marina is a former arts editor of the New Statesman magazine and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard newspaper in London. Among her books, Living at the End of the World looked at modern end-time cults, Rocket Dreams offered an off-beat elegy to the Space Age, and Last Days in Babylon told the story of the Jews of Iraq. Marina specialises in the culture of science, developmental psychology and strong personal narratives. Her latest memoir, The Middlepause, will be published in 2016.  She can be found on Twitter @marinab52.

Sam Haselby
Senior Editor, Humanities and Social Sciences

Sam is a historian of American religion and politics. He was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and has taught at the American University of Beirut and the American University in Cairo. He was the founding Senior Executive Producer for Content at Al Jazeera America and is the author of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (2015). He is also a visiting faculty member at Columbia University. He can be found on Twitter @HaselbySam.

Corey Powell
Senior Editor, Science and Technology

Corey is an editor and journalist with a special fondness for all things astronomical and particulate. He spent 15 years at Discover, serving as the magazine’s editor in chief for the last four years. Prior to that he was a longtime member of the Board of Editors at Scientific American. He has collaborated with Bill Nye on his two recent books, Undeniable and Unstoppable, and is the author of God in the Equation, an examination of the spiritual impulse in modern cosmology. Corey can be found frequently on Twitter: @coreyspowell.

Sam Dresser

Sam Dresser studied philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in political philosophy and the history of atheism, and likes to take long walks to places he doesn’t particularly want to be. He can be found on Twitter @SmDrssr.

Nigel Warburton
Editor and Interviewer

Nigel is a writer, philosopher, and podcaster. He is interviewer for the popular Philosophy Bites podcast. His books include A Little History of Philosophy, The Art Question, and Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction. Nigel is on Twitter @philosophybites.

Andy Sansom
Photography and Illustrations Editor

Andy studied philosophy at the University of Ulster. Prior to working at Aeon he has worked for The Times, the BBC and various other national media in the UK. He is interested in documentary photography, Kierkegaard and Peanuts.

Adam D’Arpino
Associate Producer, Video

Adam studied at Syracuse University, earning a Master’s degree in Arts Journalism with concentrations in film, music and television. He is now based in Brooklyn, where he has covered film for MTV, and all corners of the cultural landscape for online publications such asmental_flossThe Airship and Nerve. He has also worked in the press office at the Sundance Film Festival, and written and produced comedy across the web.

Matthias Siegel
Senior Developer

Matthias studied Computer Science and Media Science in Tübingen, Germany, before moving to Australia in order to live in a house at the beach. After helping to launch The Conversation in the US, he joined Aeon as a software engineer with an interest in infrastructure and simplicity, trying to master the art of deleting more code than he writes.

Steven Martin
Senior Front-End Developer

Steven is dedicated to pushing the limits of web design with Node and Ruby. He has worked as a software engineer at Lockheed Martin and Penguin Books after studying Computer Science, Arts and Science at Deakin University. In his spare time he can be found browsing interesting libraries on GitHub, eating pizza and drinking many varieties of soft drinks and milkshakes.

Ali Hawken
Associate Editor

Ali has always had an affinity for the written word. Following studies in Journalism and Political Science at Griffith University in Australia, she worked as editor of numerous music and arts publications, both at home and abroad, and lived in London and Norway. Now she has rediscovered her Australian roots, she oversees the editorial production at Aeon. She is interested in philosophy, political thought and the vast reaches of the galaxy. One day, she hopes to walk on the Moon. She can be found on Twitter @alihawken.

Elena Seymenliyska

Elena studied English at Sofia University in Bulgaria and graduated in English from Queen’s University, Belfast. She worked as an academic book publisher at Hodder Headline before training as a journalist at City University, London. Since then she has worked for national newspapers in the UK including The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian. She reviews fiction, laughs at puns and likes short sentences. Elena is on Twitter @elena_sey.

Will Fraker
Social Media and Community Manager

Will received his B.A. in Science in Society from Wesleyan University, where he explored questions at the intersection of philosophy, biology, and neuroscience. His thesis focused on embodied cognition and the need for paradigm change in the philosophy of mind and environment. Since graduating, he has written for the Nature Conservancy and worked as a Production Assistant for an Executive Producer on various climate change documentary projects. He spends his free time playing music and rock climbing. You can find him on Twitter @WillFraker. 

Jessica Au
Editorial Assistant

Jessica studied Arts/Law at the University of Melbourne and has worked as an editor, writer and bookseller. Her first novel, Cargo, was published by Picador and she has written for the Guardian, The Age and the Australian Book Review. She’s interested in the environment, the arts, philosophy, culture, and how narrative reflects the way we live.

Molly McKew
Editorial Assistant

Molly graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012 with an Arts (Hons) degree with Majors in Australian Studies and Indigenous Studies. Since her first job as an 11-year-old newspaper girl, she has worked on farms, in real estate, second-hand books, universities and many places in between. She is very happy to find herself back in the publishing world.

Thomas Marrows
Digital Consultant

Thomas has passionate interests in creativity, commerce and technology. Happiest when making – whether digitally or with physical materials. Always aiming for simplicity; sometimes achieving it. He trained in product design at Glasgow School of Art and has a decade of experience leading design and development teams producing digital tools and advertising for global brands.

Jeremy Leslie
Creative Consultant

Jeremy Leslie leads the magCulture studio, dividing his time between designing, consulting and writing. He’s a passionate advocate for editorial design, which he sees as an ever-changing discipline that has always adapted to new contexts, and is currently going through one of its most exciting eras. His latest book, Independence, was published in 2015 and the magCulture online Journal is a key source of news and opinion about editorial design for print and digital. Reach him on Twitter @magCulture.