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Psychology

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

7 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

Names for snow | Aeon
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Knowledge

Yes, the Inuit have dozens of words for snow – but what does each one mean exactly?

6 minutes

The invention of free love | Aeon
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History of ideas

The invention of free love

Percy Shelley thought romantic love freed men and women from the strictures of monogamy, but did it free them equally?

Neil McArthur

Ida western exile | Aeon
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Technology and the self

One woman prepares for the risky solitude of Georgia O’Keeffe’s American West

8 minutes

The legacy of Sappho | Aeon
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The ancient world

Sappho’s homoerotic poetry was beloved in ancient Greece – and burned centuries later

5 minutes

En pointe! | Aeon
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Dance and theatre

From calluses to burnt shoes, the elegance of ballet is built from the ground up

4 minutes

Five years after the war | Aeon
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Gender and identity

Timothée built his identity around his absent father. What happens when they meet?

17 minutes

Brother | Aeon
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Addiction

From back pain to addiction – one man’s struggle with opioids, as told to his sister

14 minutes

Smoke break | Aeon
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Work

Catch those idle moments of connection between coworkers on a smoke break

10 minutes

Leave them alone | Aeon
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Stories and literature

Leave them alone

Parenting advice from D H Lawrence: don’t smother your children with love. They are more sagacious than you think

Lara Feigel

Not just a bowl of fruit | Aeon
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Ageing and death

‘It’s not beautiful, but it’s interesting’ – an ageing nude model surveys her body

4 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

The utopian machine | Aeon
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Subcultures

The utopian machine

For children like me, growing up in an utopian community, life was a bewildering chaos of freedom and indoctrination

Susanna Crossman

Drawing on autism | Aeon
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Ethics

An animator wonders: can you ever depict someone without making them a caricature?

10 minutes

Life in the buff | Aeon
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Subcultures

Life in the buff

Naturists believed nudity was profoundly beneficial to society. In order to spread the message, they took to photography

Annebella Pollen

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

Why we crave | Aeon
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Addiction

Why we crave

The neuroscientific picture of addiction overlooks the psychological and social factors that make cravings so hard to resist

Zoey Lavallee

Mother and baby | Aeon
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Human rights and justice

The staggering cruelty of Ireland’s Church-run ‘mother and baby homes’

18 minutes