Sam Dresser
Editor, Aeon

I'm an editor at Aeon. For any and all questions you have concerning Aeon, feel free to email me at sam.dresser@aeon.co. Questions about philosophy, politics, history, and the meaning of life also welcome.

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Idea/Childhood & Adolescence

Five-month-old babies know what’s funny

Gina Mireault

Idea/Social Psychology

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?

Christopher Kavanagh

Essay/Logic

What is logic?

Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge

Catarina Dutilh Novaes

Idea/History of Ideas

How fashion moves philosophy forward

J Bradley Studemeyer

Essay/Meaning & the Good Life

Dreadful dads

Few of the great existentialists had children. How can their philosophy help with the anxiety and dread of fatherhood?

John Kaag & Clancy Martin

Idea/Politics & Government

Sovereignty can be bought and sold like a commodity

Steven Press

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Idea/Human Evolution

How we evolved from drunken monkeys to boozy humans

Robert Dudley

Idea/Ethics

We are entering a new epoch: the century of the migrant

Thomas Nail

Essay/Mathematics

Future tension

Facts about the past and present are either true or false. Can knowledge of the future offer the same degree of certainty?

Anthony Sudbery

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Idea/Anthropology

How our contradictions make us human and inspire creativity

David Berliner

Idea/History

From the king’s touch to the princess’ hug: on magical royalty

Anna Whitelock

Essay/Demography & Migration

The great settling down

The idea that American life is increasingly transient and uprooted is a myth: people are moving less, but worrying more

Claude S Fischer

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Idea/Rituals & Celebrations

How the village feast paved the way to empires and economics

Brian Hayden

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Idea/Future of Technology

How the dearly departed could come back to life – digitally

Muhammad A Ahmad

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Essay/History

Atlantic freedoms

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its defining climax in the Age of Revolution

Laurent Dubois

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Idea/History

Why historians would make bad policy advisers

Neville Morley

Idea/Stories & Literature

Why Sasquatch and other crypto-beasts haunt our imaginations

Ed Simon

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Idea/Ethics

Being moral means you can never do enough

Michael Mitchell

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Essay/Death

The be all and end all

Being with someone in death entails more than just physical wellbeing. Can end-of-life care make space for spirituality?

Christopher Harding

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Essay/History of Technology

The Soviet InterNyet

Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet

Benjamin Peters

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Idea/Political Philosophy

Can liberal values be absolute? Or is that a contradiction?

Max Hayward

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Idea/Neuroscience

Some patients in a vegetative state can still communicate

Tommaso Bruni

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Idea/Ethics

The desire to fit in is the root of almost all wrongdoing

Christopher Freiman

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Idea/History of Science

Opposition to Galileo was scientific, not just religious

Christopher Graney

Essay/Religion

Religion without belief

Most Japanese reject religious belief while embracing multiple forms of ritual practice. Are they religious or secular?

Christopher Kavanagh

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Idea/History of Technology

How Cold War rivalry helped launch the Chinese computer

Thomas S Mullaney

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Idea/Social Psychology

Liberal academics are ‘open’ but are they truly tolerant?

Mark Brandt

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Essay/Ethics

Execution at Happy Farm

Which world would be better: one in which all meat is grown in a lab or one which still contains humanely farmed animals?

Rhys Southan

Idea/Sports & Games

A menace to society: the war on pinball in America

Hadley Hall Meares

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Idea/Cultures & Languages

How the end of democracy made the Greeks more polite

Eleanor Dickey

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