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Essays and videos on social issues, history, political life and the future
My Duduś | Aeon
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Animals and humans

What happened when one woman raised an abandoned squirrel as her own

8 minutes

Goodbye Pixel | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Goodbye Pixel

Although it felt more like bereavement for a person than the loss of a thing, the death of a pet isn’t exactly like either

Julian Baggini

Home and the birdsong | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

Home and the birdsong

In the dark, sylvan villages of medieval England, people named places after the birds that filled the night with music

Michael J Warren

Ed Yong: the hidden world of animal senses | Aeon
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Biology

To understand the limits of human senses, look to the wild world of animal cognition

45 minutes

Fortune favours the shrewd | Aeon
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Evolution

Fortune favours the shrewd

Attaining and maintaining power lies at the heart of almost all animal societies. And it’s as devious as human politicking

Lee Alan Dugatkin

Happy the person | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Happy the person

She has deep emotions, complex social needs and a large, elephant brain. Her legal personhood should be recognised too

Lori Marino

Bird of prey | Aeon
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Biology

Journey deep into the Philippine forest in search of the world’s largest, rarest eagle

95 minutes

Semiotics of dogs | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Semiotics of dogs

In all its baroque and sometimes cruelly overbred forms, the dog is a paramount symbol of both human hopes and foibles

Katrina Gulliver

In the gale | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Yo-Yo Ma performs a work for cello in the woods, accompanied by a birdsong chorus

4 minutes

The dreams of animals | Aeon
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Sleep and dreams

The dreams of animals

The psychic lives of nonhuman dreamers reveal colours, harmonies and beauties of which we had little inkling until now

David M Peña-Guzmán

Freefall into darkness | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Freefall into darkness

Scientists study animals to illuminate human psychology. So why are we blind to the mental lives of our caged subjects?

Garet Lahvis

Against human exceptionalism | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Against human exceptionalism

In a tight spot, you’d probably intuit that a human life outweighs an animal’s. There are good arguments why that’s wrong

Jeff Sebo

Stray in Kars | Aeon
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Animals and humans

What the ancient city of Kars looks like from the perspective of its stray dogs

9 minutes

We must not own animals | Aeon
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Ethics

We must not own animals

We will never truly advance our ethical relationship with other animals until we stop treating them as chattels for use

Gary L Francione

Why you should eat meat | Aeon
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Ethics

Why you should eat meat

Not eating animals is wrong. If you care about animals, then the right thing to do is breed them, kill them and eat them

Nick Zangwill

Becoming a centaur | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Becoming a centaur

The horse is a prey animal, the human a predator. Our shared trust and athleticism is a neurobiological miracle

Janet Jones

Florent Vollant: I dream in Innu | Aeon
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Nature and landscape

Honouring the caribou, in dreams and memories from an Innu singer-songwriter

5 minutes

In a lion | Aeon
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Animals and humans

An unflinching look at a provocative public dissection of a ‘surplus’ zoo lion

13 minutes

Reweaving the wild | Aeon
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Ecology and environmental sciences

Reweaving the wild

Human roads have utterly fragmented the world of wild animals but the engineering to reconnect the pieces is in our grasp

Darryl Jones

Are men animals? | Aeon
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Gender

Are men animals?

Diagnosing men as violent and oversexed beasts is tempting but it’s a regressive idea built on dubious analogies

Matthew Gutmann

Promethean beasts | Aeon
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Evolution

Promethean beasts

Far from being hardwired to flee fire, some animals use it to their own ends, helping us understand our own pyrocognition

Ivo Jacobs

Bug farm | Aeon
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Animals and humans

Familiarity breeds roach-respect, and even love, for a group of Florida insect farmers

13 minutes

The posthuman dog | Aeon
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Animals and humans

The posthuman dog

If humans were to disappear from the face of the Earth, what might dogs become? And would they be better off without us?

Jessica Pierce

The elephant’s song | Aeon
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Animals and humans

A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US

8 minutes