Support Aeon

‘I receive the free Aeon newsletter every day and I look forward to seeing what Aeon has prepared for me. Long story short, Aeon adds value to my life.’

Mabvuto Zulu, Zambia, Friend of Aeon

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.
But we can’t do it without you.

Donate now

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking.

No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all. But we can’t do it without you.

Donate now

Thomas Hills
Professor of Psychology, University of Warwick

Thomas T Hills is professor of psychology at the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK.

Written by Thomas Hills

Essay/
Social psychology
Masters of reality

The trances and healing powers of shamans are so widespread that they can be counted a human universal. Why did they evolve?

Thomas T Hills