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Brigid Hains

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.

Edited by Brigid Hains

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

Can we restore nature? | Aeon
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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

Liam Heneghan

The psychologist who sparked the gay rights movement | Aeon
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Mental health

The pioneering psychologist who proved that being gay isn’t a mental illness

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A vision for agriculture | Aeon
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The environment

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

A place of silence | Aeon
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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?

Liam Heneghan

The meaning of Margaret Mead | Aeon
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Anthropology

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?

Sam Dresser

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

The planet is burning | Aeon
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Deep time

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

Wonder works | Aeon
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History

Wonder works

History and philosophy should reveal to us the baffling, strange and wondrous qualities of other lives and other times

Marnie Hughes-Warrington

Xenophobic one minute, tolerant the next: humans are strange primates | Aeon
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Human evolution

Xenophobic one minute, tolerant the next: humans are strange primates

Christian Jarrett

United by feelings | Aeon
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Human evolution

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

Women’s minds matter | Aeon
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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

Sally Davies



Recent Comments

Money talks

Brigid Hains

An excellent overview to the development of money throughout history can be found in Yuval Noah Harari’s book Sapiens. I think he does a great job in explicating how money is entirely a social construct and yet a potent, inescapable reality in all agrarian and industrial societies.

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Bucket lists are a good way to ruin the experience of nature

Brigid Hains

I’d like to hear from Liam Heneghan on this one....

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