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Essays and videos on philosophy, the history of ideas, ethics and life’s big questions
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

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

Becoming | Aeon
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Biology

Watch a single cell become a complete organism in six pulsing minutes of timelapse

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What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil? | Aeon
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War and peace

What did Hannah Arendt really mean by the banality of evil?

Thomas White

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

Gender is not a spectrum | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Gender is not a spectrum

The idea that ‘gender is a spectrum’ is supposed to set us free. But it is both illogical and politically troubling

Rebecca Reilly-Cooper

Why philosophy is so important in science education | Aeon
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Philosophy of science

Why philosophy is so important in science education

Subrena E Smith

EXCLUSIVEUnravel | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

This is the final resting place of your cast-off clothing

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Off-beat Zen | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

Off-beat Zen

How I found my way out of depression, thanks to the writings of the English priest who brought Buddhism to the West

Tim Lott

The problem of mindfulness | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

The problem of mindfulness

Mindfulness promotes itself as value-neutral but it is loaded with (troubling) assumptions about the self and the cosmos

Sahanika Ratnayake

Creative blocks | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Creative blocks

The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What’s holding us up?

David Deutsch

How the light gets out | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

How the light gets out

Consciousness is the ‘hard problem’, the one that confounds science and philosophy. Has a new theory cracked it?

Michael Graziano

Does life have a purpose? | Aeon
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Biology

Does life have a purpose?

Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?

Michael Ruse

A theory of jerks | Aeon
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Ethics

A theory of jerks

Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude

Eric Schwitzgebel

Escape the echo chamber | Aeon
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Knowledge

Escape the echo chamber

First you don’t hear other views. Then you can’t trust them. Your personal information network entraps you just like a cult

C Thi Nguyen

Beyond true and false | Aeon
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Logic and probability

Beyond true and false

Buddhist philosophy is full of contradictions. Now modern logic is learning why that might be a good thing

Graham Priest

Kids? Just say no | Aeon
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Ethics

Kids? Just say no

You don’t have to dislike children to see the harms done by having them. There is a moral case against procreation

David Benatar

Why the trial by ordeal was actually an effective test of guilt | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

Why the trial by ordeal was actually an effective test of guilt

Peter T Leeson

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to | Aeon
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Knowledge

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to

Daniel DeNicola

Pornucopia | Aeon
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Sex and sexuality

Pornucopia

Critics say that porn degrades women, dulls sexual pleasure, and ruins authentic relationships – are they right?

Maria Konnikova

The new mind control | Aeon
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Information and communication

The new mind control

The internet has spawned subtle forms of influence that can flip elections and manipulate everything we say, think and do

Robert Epstein

The power thinker | Aeon
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Political philosophy

The power thinker

Original, painstaking, sometimes frustrating and often dazzling. Foucault’s work on power matters now more than ever

Colin Koopman

Omens | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Omens

When we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see – human extinction or a future among the stars?

Ross Andersen

I am not a story | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

I am not a story

Some find it comforting to think of life as a story. Others find that absurd. So are you a Narrative or a non-Narrative?

Galen Strawson