ORIGINAL

The problem of induction

6 minutes

Can the problem of induction save Anthony’s dismal dating life?

Is your dating life a nightmare? David Hume’s problem of induction can help. Sam Dresser shows that an esoteric philosophical puzzle from the 18th century is all you need to keep on keepin’ on.

About I Hope This Helps
A wise man once said: ‘Philosophers have hitherto only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.’ Sam Dresser emphatically agrees. In Aeon’s first original web series, he uses arcane philosophical theories to help solve your personal problems. For more advice from Sam, take a look at our originals video channel.

Video/Anthropology

How footprints trapped in time unlocked a mystery of early hominids

8 minutes

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Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/Mathematics

A brilliant ‘geometric ballet’ of sound, shape and symmetry on the theme of 180°

5 minutes

Idea/Ethics

Why I am not going to buy a cellphone

Philip Reed

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Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

Video/Evil

What, if anything, makes an all-good god less absurd than an all-evil one?

4 minutes

Idea/Ethics

There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos

Richard Moore

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Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Telling memories

Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Helen Haft

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Video/History of Ideas

How did the 20th century’s most glamorous intellectual friendship go wrong?

3 minutes