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Sam Haselby
Senior Editor, Aeon

Sam is a senior editor at Aeon and a historian. He is the author of The Origins of American Religious Nationalism (paperback, 2016) and can be found on Twitter @HaselbySam

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History
American secular

The founding moment of the United States brought a society newly freed from religion. What went wrong?

Sam Haselby

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History
Guns and the British empire

Eighteenth-century Indian arms were as sophisticated as European. Then came the British Empire to drive industry backwards

Priya Satia

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History
Teachers and students

Medieval people knew that love and pain and dread and desire made the experience of education possible, and could also sow ruin

Irina Dumitrescu

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Biology
Local links run the world

Networks regulate everything from ant colonies and middle schools to epidemics and the internet. Here’s how they work

Deborah M Gordon

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History
The salacious Middle Ages

Medieval people feared death by celibacy as much as venereal disease, and practiced complex sexual health regimens

Katherine Harvey

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War & Conflict
The deterrence myth

Nuclear deterrence continues to dominate international relations. Yet there is no proof it ever worked, nor that it ever will

David P Barash

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Politics & Government
Beyond liberal Islam

Western liberalism is not the apex and terminus of human history, and it ought not to serve as the measure of Islam

Zaheer Kazmi

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History
The flavour revolutionary

Henry Theophilus Finck sought to transform the modern United States, by appealing to Americans' tastebuds

Nadia Berenstein

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History
The other side of the curtain

During the Cold War, US propagandists worked to provide a counterweight to Communist media, but truth eluded them all

Melissa Feinberg

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Subcultures
Touching the sky

At their best, daredevils rival philosophers and mystics in their exploration of human mortality and spirit

Lary Wallace

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History
The empire dreamt back

To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told

Erik Linstrum

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Politics & Government
Democratising the digital

Digital technologies are a market product and play politics by different means. It’s up to us to harness them for democracy

Jack Shenker

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History
Struggling to see Palestine

For Westerners, the Bible and its prophecies have obscured as much as they've revealed about the Holy Land

Michael Press

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Economics
The small business myth

Small businesses enjoy an iconic status in modern capitalism, but what do they really contribute to the economy?

Benjamin C Waterhouse

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History of Science
Science is broken

Perverse incentives and the misuse of quantitative metrics have undermined the integrity of scientific research

Siddhartha Roy & Marc A Edwards

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Music
Music is not for ears

We never just hear music. Our experience of it is saturated in cultural expectations, personal memory and the need to move

Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis

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Religion
Monuments to unbelief

Atheist museums, Satanic temples and Thomas Paine statues: how secularists push back against religion in the public sphere

Leigh E Schmidt

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Politics & Government
Treat people as citizens

How a generation of political thinkers has underestimated the abilities of ordinary people and undermined democracy

Nicholas Tampio

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