Support Aeon

Ideas can change the world

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

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.

Become a Friend for $5 a month or Make a one-off donation

Toposcape

2 minutes

What we’ve done with our world, from ingenuity to devastation – in two kinetic minutes

A dizzying trip over a wide scope of humanity’s footprint on Earth, Toposcape spins across the globe, traversing New York’s dense urban development, Denmark’s community-focused housing, Namibia’s biodiverse desert Namib, Saudi Arabia’s centre-pivot irrigation circles, and deforestation in the Amazon. Assembled from more than 4,000 Google Earth images set to the song Midnight by Caravan Palace – a  hint that we, and our planet, might be running out of time – the UK-based filmmaker Adnaan Jiwa’s audiovisual piece showcases examples of environmental innovation and degradation from across the world, highlighting our collective capacity for expansion, creation and destruction.

Director: Adnaan Jiwa

Music: Caravan Palace

Support Aeon

Ideas can change the world

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview.

But we can’t do it without you.

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.

Become a Friend for $5 a month or Make a one-off donation

Essay/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

Essay/Subcultures
Touching the sky

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

Lary Wallace