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Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator | Aeon
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Physics

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

Joel Frohlich

The empty brain | Aeon
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Neuroscience

The empty brain

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer

Robert Epstein

Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now | Aeon
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Economics

Conspicuous consumption is over. It’s all about intangibles now

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence | Aeon
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Cognition and intelligence

What know-it-alls don’t know, or the illusion of competence

Kate Fehlhaber

The play deficit | Aeon
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Childhood and adolescence

The play deficit

Children today are cossetted and pressured in equal measure. Without the freedom to play they will never grow up

Peter Gray

English is not normal | Aeon
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Language and linguistics

English is not normal

No, English isn’t uniquely vibrant or mighty or adaptable. But it really is weirder than pretty much every other language

John McWhorter

The obesity era | Aeon
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Biology

The obesity era

As the American people got fatter, so did marmosets, vervet monkeys and mice. The problem may be bigger than any of us

David Berreby

Indifference is a power | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

Indifference is a power

As legions of warriors and prisoners can attest, Stoicism is not grim resolve but a way to wrest happiness from adversity

Lary Wallace

Night school | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

Night school

New evidence suggests that we can learn while we sleep, but do we really want to put our hours of rest to work?

Kenneth Miller

Fuck work | Aeon
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Work

Fuck work

Economists believe in full employment. Americans think that work builds character. But what if jobs aren’t working anymore?

James Livingston

The macho sperm myth | Aeon
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Human reproduction

The macho sperm myth

The idea that millions of sperm are on an Olympian race to reach the egg is yet another male fantasy of human reproduction

Robert D Martin

The meanings of life | Aeon
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Meaning and the good life

The meanings of life

Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?

Roy F Baumeister