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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
The doll | Aeon
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Life stages

At 14, Asal is excited about her engagement. Her relatives all have their own opinions

33 minutes

Learning styles don’t exist | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

Learning styles don’t exist

A teaching approach that is based on students’ preferences sounds laudable. But this misunderstands how learning happens

Carl Hendrick

Everything is going to be fine | Aeon
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The future

What’s the healthiest way to handle a creeping feeling that the world is ending?

15 minutes

Disarming transphobia | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Disarming transphobia

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk

Quinnehtukqut McLamore

Born that way | Aeon
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Personality

Born that way

Confident or shy, our temperament is mostly baked-in from birth. But how that influences our lives is up for grabs

Gina Mireault

Linda | Aeon
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Psychiatry and psychotherapy

Pondering the peculiar one-sided intimacy of the client-therapist relationship

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Family passages | Aeon
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Life stages

Family passages

Each new generation learns from its elders. But familial voices now compete for influence with a chorus of urgent others

Elizabeth Svoboda

Philosophy’s blindspot | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

Philosophy’s blindspot

Education has long been ignored by contemporary philosophers. That is a myopic view that must change

David Bakhurst

Deerwoods deathtrap | Aeon
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Family life

Fifty years ago, a train collided with Jack and Betty’s car. Here’s how they remember it

9 minutes

The politics of pain | Aeon
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History

The politics of pain

Medical science can only tell us so much. To understand pain, we need the cultural tools of history, philosophy and art

Rob Boddice

Blaulicht (Blue light) | Aeon
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Medicine

What is it like to be a paramedic, navigating human emergency?

17 minutes

The immediate present | Aeon
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Art

At 95, an artist paints swiftly to capture the fugitive light

6 minutes

Many wisdoms | Aeon
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Self-improvement

Many wisdoms

There are no transcendent insights that rise above human difference. Yet wisdom exists if we look in the right places

Avram Alpert

How to get better at video games (according to babies) | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

Teaching an AI to beat video games still takes human imagination

5 minutes

Believing is seeing | Aeon
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Social psychology

Social contagions can cause genuine illness, and TikTok may be a superspreader

10 minutes

Violator | Aeon
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Virtues and vices

From violent criminal to loving parent – a son’s story of his father’s transformation

23 minutes

The temple of knowledge | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

Ronald grew up in a New York City library. It was as strange and wondrous as it sounds

3 minutes

Cluster feeding | Aeon
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Life stages

An unvarnished, poetic account of a new mother’s struggle to breastfeed

3 minutes

The honesty of pornography | Aeon
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Stories and literature

The honesty of pornography

Often vilified as a weapon of male supremacy, pornography in fact has much to tell us about ourselves and our culture

Kathleen Lubey

Why did consciousness evolve? | Aeon
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Evolution

Why making if-then connections might be the key to consciousness

5 minutes

Small hours | Aeon
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Subcultures

The cast of ‘misfit toys’ who keep life on an idyllic tourist island afloat

7 minutes

The love and death of Yosef and Zilli | Aeon
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Ageing and death

When his elderly parents make a suicide pact, Doron struggles to accept their choice

19 minutes

Obon | Aeon
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Biography and memoir

What Akiko saw at the centre of the Hiroshima blast, and the indelible mark it left

15 minutes

The helpful delusion | Aeon
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Mental health

The helpful delusion

Evidence is growing that mental illness is more than dysfunction, with enormous implications for treatment

Justin Garson