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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
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

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

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

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The gallery that destroys all shame | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The vulva dialogues – inside a sex-ed class that rebels against genitalia shame

11 minutes

Spring fever | Aeon
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Sex and sexuality

What does the Dutch model of comprehensive, ‘shame-free’ sex-ed look like?

9 minutes

Kids game | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The charity that teaches underprivileged kids to humanely hunt their next meal

10 minutes

Philosophy with children | Aeon
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Knowledge

Philosophy with children

Kids don’t just say ‘the darndest things’. Playful and probing, they can be closer to the grain of life’s deepest questions

Jana Mohr Lone

With charisma to spare | Aeon
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Thinkers and theories

With charisma to spare

Franz Brentano, philosopher and psychologist, was an iconic teacher eclipsed by his students, Freud and Husserl among them

John A Goldsmith

Ebb tide | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

A retired teacher embarks on a mission to find out what became of a beloved student

16 minutes

Education, unchained | Aeon
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Education

Education, unchained

Rousseau’s child-centred ideals are now commonplace but his truly radical vision of educational freedom still eludes us

James Brooke-Smith

This is your brain on Pokémon | Aeon
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Neuroscience

Parents have long suspected Pokémon rewires kids’ brains. Now there’s evidence

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Kid culture | Aeon
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Family life

Kid culture

In most cultures, kids tag along with grownups or mooch with friends but American life is heavy with ‘kid-friendly’ artifice

Sarah Menkedick

I was homeschooled for eight years: here’s what I recommend | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

I was homeschooled for eight years: here’s what I recommend

Mordechai Levy-Eichel

Talent, you’re born with. Creativity, you can grow yourself | Aeon
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Cognition and intelligence

Talent, you’re born with. Creativity, you can grow yourself

Jyoti Mishra

Musical traumas | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

It’s great to learn music as a child – except when it’s no fun at all

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Summerhill | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The school where children make the rules and learn what they want to learn

28 minutes

The lady and the owl | Aeon
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Animals and humans

A gentle stroll through an owl sanctuary might just restore your faith in humanity

28 minutes

Trigger warnings don’t help people cope with distressing material | Aeon
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Mood and emotion

Trigger warnings don’t help people cope with distressing material

Christian Jarrett

Science is deeply imaginative: why is this treated as a secret? | Aeon
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Philosophy of science

Science is deeply imaginative: why is this treated as a secret?

Tom McLeish

The value of shame | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The value of shame

Immanuel Kant held that moral education is hydraulic: shame squashes down our vices, making space for virtue to rise up

Louise Chapman

Why streaming kids according to ability is a terrible idea | Aeon
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Education

Why streaming kids according to ability is a terrible idea

Oscar Hedstrom

Thinking on your feet | Aeon
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Philosophy of mind

Thinking on your feet

Don’t just do it, think about it too: how Gilbert Ryle’s philosophy of mind can help athletes teach themselves to improve

Josh Habgood-Coote

Bombay nights | Aeon
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Global history

Bombay nights

In the night schools of Bombay, factory workers dreamed that literacy and learning would raise them to respectability

Arun Kumar

The growth mindset problem | Aeon
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Teaching and learning

The growth mindset problem

A generation of schoolchildren is being exhorted to believe in their brain’s elasticity. Does it really help them learn?

Carl Hendrick