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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
The immediate present | Aeon
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Art

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

6 minutes

Why did consciousness evolve? | Aeon
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Evolution

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

5 minutes

Seeing and somethingness | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

Seeing and somethingness

An evolutionary approach to consciousness can resolve the ‘hard problem’ – with radical implications for animal sentience

Nicholas Humphrey

Ghosts | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

With human help, AIs are generating a new aesthetics. The results are trippy

9 minutes

Thalia Wheatley: social neuroscience | Aeon
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Neuroscience

The brain repurposed our sense of physical distance to understand social closeness

5 minutes

Imaginology | Aeon
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Knowledge

Imaginology

We need a new kind of approach to learning that shifts imagination from the periphery to the foundation of all knowledge

Stephen T Asma

The middle of the world | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

You need to make friends with pain to run through the Grand Canyon and back

5 minutes

How to be alone | Aeon
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Wellbeing

A tender poem doubles as a guide to sitting comfortably in one’s own company

3 minutes

John Ruskin: in awe of nature | Aeon
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Beauty and aesthetics

For Ruskin, words couldn’t capture nature’s palette. So here it is in black and white

6 minutes

A is for autism | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Autistic children and adults sketch out the look and feel of their sensory world

11 minutes

The philosopher’s zombie | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

The philosopher’s zombie

The infamous thought experiment, flawed as it is, does demonstrate one thing: physics alone can’t explain consciousness

Dan Falk

Pivotal mental states | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

Pivotal mental states

Spiritual highs and mental breakdowns are both products of the same evolved brain system granting us the power to transform

Ari Brouwer

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?

7 minutes

Hacking enlightenment | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

‘Meditation without meditating’ might be possible. Can it also be made ethical?

9 minutes

Around is around | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

A series of animated illusions illustrates how we project depth on to flat surfaces

8 minutes

Nightmares becalmed | Aeon
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Sleep and dreams

Nightmares becalmed

I’m a dream engineer. Through touch, scent and sound, we help people rescript the dramas of their sleeping lives

Michelle Carr

Brain wifi | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

Brain wifi

Instead of a code encrypted in the wiring of our neurons, could consciousness reside in the brain’s electromagnetic field?

Johnjoe McFadden

Phantasia | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

Phantasia

Imagination is a powerful tool, a sixth sense, a weapon. We must be careful how we use it, in life as on stage or screen

Paul Giamatti & Stephen T Asma

2020: a space odyssey | Aeon
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Space exploration

Spacewalks above, pandemic below – how one ISS crew member experienced 2020

15 minutes

Nyctophobia | Aeon
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Mental health

The dark side of ego loss – what it’s like to disappear into depersonalisation

9 minutes

In exile from the dreamscape | Aeon
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Sleep and dreams

In exile from the dreamscape

We live in a wake-centric world that devalues dreaming, yet we need to experience dreams to be our authentic selves

Rubin Naiman

Repetition | Aeon
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Film and visual culture

Dive into a boundless cityscape with an immersive artwork inspired by the infinite

6 minutes

Giant Steps | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Step into synaesthesia’s visual soundscape, built with the music of John Coltrane

2 minutes

Mary’s room | Aeon
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Knowledge

Can you know everything about colour if you see in black and white? A thought experiment

5 minutes