Aeon

26 articles
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There Is No Shame Worse Than Poor Teeth in a Rich World

Life in America without dental care.

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My Daughter, Myself

A mom on hitting menopause as her daughter hits adolescence.

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Exodus

Elon Musk’s dreams of colonizing Mars.

"Fuck Earth!" Elon Musk said to me, laughing. "Who cares about Earth?"
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Lock Up Your Wives!

Marital advice columns from the past.

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The Great Forgetting

On childhood amnesia, or why we don’t remember much before age seven.

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A Theory of Jerks

Distilling the moral essence of jerkitude.

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Sacrament

On wine’s sacred and profane history.

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Animal Magnetism

Why humans love to watch other creatures.

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A Libertarian Utopia

At a high-profile Libertarian conference, everyone agrees government should be smaller, but what should replace it is much more contested.

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One More Time

Why we love repetition in music.

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Acid Trap

How warming and acidifying oceans endanger the entire marine food chain.

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The Geel Question

For centuries, a little town in Belgium has been treating the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

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Cows Might Fly

Why a cow being airlifted by a helicopter says so much about the Swiss economy.

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Life After Death

The scientific pursuit of the afterlife.

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Keep Smiling

Do dolphins and humans really share a special bond?

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Emancipation

Frederick Douglass and the specter of slavery in Talbot County, Maryland.

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Embracing The Void

A visit to Star Axis, a desert art installation that connects you to the cosmos.

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How The Light Gets Out

“In the computer age, it is not hard to imagine how a computing machine might construct, store and spit out the information that ‘I am alive, I am a person, I have memories, the wind is cold, the grass is green,’ and so on. But how does a brain become aware of those propositions? ”

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Detachment

On the scientific research of Romanian orphans.

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The American Cloud

The “naked technological realities” of America’s heartland and how they power a “cosy coastal world of pretend farmers’ markets and happy cows.”

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Are Coders Worth It?

On cushy jobs in web development, deeply un-cushy opportunities in writing, and our assumptions about the value of labor.

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Accidental Rewilding

How humanitarian disasters are good for nature.

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Survivors

On the lives of street kids.

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My Foreign Mom

“I love my mother a not-normal amount.”

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An Unexpected Fix

On starting a rural retreat for recovering addicts.

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The Kindness of Beasts

On the moral behavior of animals.