Aeon

21 articles
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Distilling the moral essence of jerkitude.

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On wine’s sacred and profane history.

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Why humans love to watch other creatures.

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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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Why we love repetition in music.

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

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

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

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The scientific pursuit of the afterlife.

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Do dolphins and humans really share a special bond?

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

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

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“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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On the scientific research of Romanian orphans.

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

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How humanitarian disasters are good for nature.

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On the lives of street kids.

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

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On starting a rural retreat for recovering addicts.

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On the moral behavior of animals.