Editorial Director and Co-Founder, Aeon+Psyche
Deeply interested in the nexus between the human and natural worlds, Brigid was trained as an environmental historian, has taught history and philosophy of science, and studied human ecology and anthropology. Never entirely at home in the academic world, she finds the wide-ranging interests of Aeon+Psyche a profoundly satisfying outlet for her sense of curiosity. In addition to supporting Paul’s overall direction of Aeon+Psyche, Brigid directs the editorial team to ensure that the vision of the magazines is manifest in our publishing programme. She works closely with our commissioning editors, photo editor, video programmers and production team, with the aspiration that our offerings are humane, diverse, thoroughly researched and brought to aesthetically pleasing life every week in both magazines. Outside of her work at Aeon+Psyche, Brigid is a member of the Melbourne Humanities Foundation, the Human Ecology Research Group at University College London, and the British Museum Friends Advisory Council, as well as a committed supporter of Indigenous education in Melbourne. You can find Brigid on Twitter @brigidhains.
Dance and theatre
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
Ecology and environmental sciences
Can we restore nature?
In seeking a means to heal our wounded planet, we should look to the painstaking, cautious craft of art conservation
The pioneering psychologist who proved that being gay isn’t a mental illness
A vision for agriculture
We know how to replace toxic, intensive livestock raising with beautiful, efficient grasslands. Do we have the will?
Randall D Jackson
Nature and landscape
A place of silence
Our cities are filled by the hubbub of human-made noise. Where shall we find the quietness we need to nurture our spirit?
The meaning of Margaret Mead
Mead argued that non-Western cultures offered alternative (often better) ways to be human. Why was she so vilified for it?
Mood and emotion
Trigger warnings don’t help people cope with distressing material
The planet is burning
Wild, feral and fossil-fuelled, fire lights up the globe. Is it time to declare that humans have created a Pyrocene?
Stephen J Pyne
History and philosophy should reveal to us the baffling, strange and wondrous qualities of other lives and other times
Xenophobic one minute, tolerant the next: humans are strange primates
United by feelings
Universal emotions are the deep engine of human consciousness and the basis of our profound affinity with other animals
Stephen T Asma & Rami Gabriel
Cognition and intelligence
Women’s minds matter
Feminists never bought the idea of the computational mind set free from its body. Cognitive science is finally catching up