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After Stephanie passes up an opportunity to attend a prestigious university, she falls into a deep hole of regret. But there’s one solution she hadn’t thought of: modal realism.
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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.
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Mood and emotion
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Ageing and death
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Technology and the self
Adaptive technologies have helped Stephen Hawking, and many more, find their voice
Gender and identity
‘When you’re done, you stay human!’ What gender transition means to John
Stories and literature
Solaris and beyond – Stanisław Lem’s antidotes to the bores of American sci-fi
Philosophy of language
For Ludwig Wittgenstein, language is a game, but not a frivolous one
The brain repurposed our sense of physical distance to understand social closeness
Consciousness and altered states
You need to make friends with pain to run through the Grand Canyon and back