Marina Benjamin
Senior Editor, Aeon

Marina is a senior editor at Aeon. She is a former arts editor of the New Statesman magazine and deputy arts editor of the Evening Standard newspaper in London. Among her books, Living at the End of the World looked at modern end-time cults, Rocket Dreams offered an off-beat elegy to the Space Age, and Last Days in Babylon told the story of the Jews of Iraq. Marina specialises in the culture of science, developmental psychology and strong personal narratives. Her latest memoir, The Middlepause, will be published in 2016. She can be found on Twitter @marinab52.

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Playing games for real

My father was hopelessly, joyously addicted to gambling and I his moral critic. How did I end up playing pro blackjack?

Marina Benjamin

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

My daughter, myself

Storms of doubt and change I expected as the parent of an adolescent, I just thought they would be hers, not mine

Marina Benjamin

Edited by Marina Benjamin

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Essay/Politics & Government

Fire, hatred and speed!

The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany

Jay Griffiths

Essay/Mathematics

How to play mathematics

The world is full of mundane, meek, unconscious things embodying fiendishly complex mathematics. What can we learn from them?

Margaret Wertheim

Idea/Death

Ghosts and ghouls haunt the living with a message about life

Thomas W Laqueur

Idea/Art

Why the dandy is a subversive work of public art

Tara Isabella Burton

Essay/History

Drugs du jour

LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times

Cody Delistraty

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Essay/Addiction

The addiction habit

Addiction changes the brain but it's not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it's learned – like a habit

Marc Lewis

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Idea/Race

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

James Q Whitman

Essay/The Home

Nobody is home

From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested

Charles Leadbeater

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Idea/Meaning & the Good Life

Why the simple life is not just beautiful, it’s necessary

Emrys Westacott

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Essay/Stories & Literature

Full-body reading

Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in

Anna Wilson

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Idea/Education

Coeducation at university was – and is – no triumph of feminism

Nancy Weiss Malkiel

Essay/Childhood & Adolescence

The end of adolescence

In the 20th century it offered a bridge from the innocence of childhood to the responsibilities of adult life. Not any more

Paula S Fass

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Idea/Fertility, Pregnancy and Childbirth

Can surrogacy ever escape the taint of global exploitation?

Katharine Dow

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Essay/Making

Chabuduo! Close enough ...

Your balcony fell off? Chabuduo. Vaccines are overheated? Chabuduo. How China became the land of disastrous corner-cutting

James Palmer

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Idea/Politics & Government

The right to vote should be restricted to those with knowledge

Jason Brennan

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Idea/Subcultures

Female nudity is powerful – but not necessarily empowering

Shahidha Bari

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Essay/Gender

Is motherhood gendered?

For a new generation of trans parents and their children, the meaning of motherhood is undergoing a thorough renovation

Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore

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Essay/Food & Drink

Hot stuff

Pepperheads love the hit of a habanero, the kick of a bhut jolokia. But what’s the allure of a fruit designed to repel?

Kendra Pierre-Louis

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

Why we need to bring back the art of communal bathing

Jamie Mackay

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Essay/Law & Justice

Prostitution is not sex work

Decriminalising the sex trade is touted as a means to empower women and rebrand a necessary service. This is utterly wrong

Kat Banyard

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Idea/History

What happened when a Muslim student went to Cambridge in 1816

Nile Green

Idea/Art

Does technological analysis destroy the romance of art history?

Noah Charney

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Essay/History

Bodies electric

We are not the first to think that the human being might be much improved with the judicious application of electricity

Iwan Rhys Morus

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Essay/Memoir

For the love of stuff

I am my things and my things are me. I don’t want to give them up: they are narrative prompts for the story of my life

Lee Randall

Idea/Ecology & Environmental Sciences

Why we must keep the fires of the magical firefly burning

Sara Lewis

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Essay/Mood & Emotion

Only the lonely

Loneliness is hell: debilitating yet formative. Can we avoid the pains of loneliness yet enjoy the pleasures of solitude?

Cody Delistraty

Idea/Race

Black conservatives do not speak for the black majority

Leah Wright Rigueur

Essay/History of Science

Hazard lines

The Fukushima disaster shows why the line between high and low risk is individual. Can we learn to manage our own safety?

Timothy Jorgensen

Essay/Education

Schooled in nature

There’s a way to teach children without colonising their minds: the lifelong way of the indigenous people of Mexico

Jay Griffiths

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Idea/Stories & Literature

How philosophy came to disdain the wisdom of oral cultures

Justin E H Smith

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