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By harnessing the power of interferometry, it is possible to directly image the spotted, active surface of distant stars. Studies of zeta Andromedae can teach us about stellar structure, magnetism, formation, evolution – our past and our future [ Ow.ly Link ]
By harnessing the power of interferometry it is possible to directly image

How the face of a distant star reveals our place in the cosmos – Rachael Roettenbacher | Aeon Ideas

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yesterday at 19:00. Facebook
‘Indefinite detention. Can you imagine? The day becomes the month becomes the decade.’

As 50 million crabs migrate from jungle to sea on Christmas Island, refugees struggle with the concept, and the lived reality, of indefinite detainment. Heartrending and humane, this documentary follows a therapist who works closely with the refugees, who notes their steady decline in spite of the marked...
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‘Indefinite detention Can you imagine The day becomes the month becomes the decade’

The island where 50 million crabs roam free and refugees are trapped in limbo | Aeon Videos

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Even as robots and algorithms push humans out of routine physical and cognitive work, there is some work that no technology can match: emotional labour. Care is currently consistently undervalued and underpaid – but if it is the future of human work, will we we learn to value it differently? [ Ow.ly Link ]
Even as robots and algorithms push humans out of routine physical and

The key to jobs in the future is not college but compassion – Livia Gershon | Aeon Essays

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Derek Michael
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The field of adult learning can help explain how people change their minds: it was once thought that old dogs would struggle to learn new tricks, but it’s clear that by helping people to confront biases – to come to terms with cognitive dissonance – people can create worldviews: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The field of adult learning can help explain how people change their

Cognitive dissonance helps old dogs with their new tricks – Suzanne Cope | Aeon Ideas

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06/21/2017 at 19:01. Facebook
Since Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Western philosophers and logicians have, with few exceptions, viewed contradictions as unacceptable. But certain logical paradoxes demonstrate that some contradictions aren’t so easily dismissed as merely false. From the Aeon Video archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Since Aristotles Metaphysics Western philosophers and logicians have with few ex

Western logic has held contradictions as false for centuries. Is that wrong? | Aeon Videos

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Wil Brander
Daniel Hurt
Gianfranco Savino
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06/21/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
The boundary between the quantum world and the classical world turns out not to be a chasm after all, but a sensible, traceable path. Decoherence theory can help to bridge the strangeness of the either/or choice of Bohr’s complementarity. It accepts the world is governed by quantum rules, then tries to recover common sense – and it can: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The boundary between the quantum world and the classical world turns out

The quantum view of reality might not be so weird after all – Philip Ball | Aeon Essays

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Lionel Sacks
Abderrahmane Kadri
Özer Ataoğlu
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06/21/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
In a time when facts can be pawns in a political game, do storytellers have a responsibility to avoid exaggeration? If it is OK to invent details in order to uncover a deeper, emotional truth in storytelling, why not in politics? [ Ow.ly Link ]
In a time when facts can be pawns in a political game

So I exaggerate a little – am I wrong to jazz up my stories? – Andrea Askowitz | Aeon Ideas

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Keith McNichols
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06/20/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
‘Silence is the think tank of the soul.’

There are vanishingly few places left on land untouched by human-made sounds. In the city, auditory horizons are so small we can rarely distinguish the sound of footfall, but even in nature there is the encroaching extinction of quiet. Listen attentively, and it becomes beautifully clear why some parts of the world must remain untouched by human...
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‘Silence is the think tank of the soul’

Preventing the all-consuming sound pollution of modern life starts with listening to nature | Aeon Videos

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Being Hear
John Džan
Ilona Schmitz
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06/20/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Like totalitarian states, cultic regimes depend upon the charisma of an authoritarian leader, and are based on ‘loneliness, on the experience of not belonging to the world’. Cults thrive off an environment of unpredictable terror and love; out of the impulse to run from, and run to. Brainwashing and attachment: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Like totalitarian states cultic regimes depend upon the charisma of an authoritarian

How cult leaders brainwash followers for total control – Alexandra Stein | Aeon Essays

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Khanyiso Khali
John Tarpley
Sudesh Kaneria
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06/20/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Curators are loath to ascribe meaning to artwork, but until they do, contemporary art will be preferred by today’s audiences to ‘old art’ from lesser-known greats. Only the most famous artists of the past make it as special exhibitions, and audiences crave the contemporary: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Curators are loath to ascribe meaning to artwork but until they do

Why does contemporary art make for wildly popular blockbusters? – Judith H Dobrzynski | Aeon Ideas

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Miklos Legrady
Gillian Fisher
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06/19/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
While seemingly immutable in the daytime sky, a look at the Sun from the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft reveals a dynamic and unpredictable body. The star which gives us life appears violent, angry and erupting up close. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
While seemingly immutable in the daytime sky a look at the Sun

The Sun – our steady, reliable companion – tells a very different story up close | Aeon Videos

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06/19/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
More than democracy or progressive reform, the great levellers of inequality are plague and war. Where does that leave processes of peaceful equalisation, the dream of narrowing inequality without the bloodshed? [ Ow.ly Link ]
More than democracy or progressive reform the great levellers of inequality are

Are plagues and wars the only ways to reduce inequality? – Walter Scheidel | Aeon Essays

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Dale Muckerman
Ferran Alcalde
Aaron Kenna
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06/19/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Under the exploitative logic of capitalism, female nudity can't be a form of freedom. For 20th Century feminism, getting naked was a form of protest. Today, it may only perpetuate the problem of reducing women to their bodies and not their words. From the archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Under the exploitative logic of capitalism female nudity cant be a form

Female nudity is powerful – but not necessarily empowering – Shahidha Bari | Aeon Ideas

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Erik Albert
Aaron Kenna
Matt Pitcher
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06/18/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
Two of the last surviving kamikaze pilots recall their mixed feelings when they escaped with their lives shortly before Japan’s surrender. From the Aeon Video archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Two of the last surviving kamikaze pilots recall their mixed feelings when

‘The order could come at any moment’: two kamikaze pilots tell their story | Aeon Videos

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Jardel Felisberto
Thomas Harvey
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06/18/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
What is it about bread that gets people going? Is it just that people like to eat it? The meditative process of kneading, the relationship with time? Perhaps the way that, once a sourdough starter starts bubbling away, it can live forever? Bread-heads – from the archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
What is it about bread that gets people going Is it just

Time to bake a manly loaf of sourdough bread – Sam Leith | Aeon Essays

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Sue Mooney
Andrew Sasala
Nisha Bullayya
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06/17/2017 at 21:00. Facebook
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06/17/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
It’s High Noon for the mantis shrimp, who defends its home to the last. An Aeon Video editor’s pick: ow.ly/9P1130cEm42
Jason Cullmann
Sharon Collingwood
Peter Lindsey-Jones
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06/17/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
One of the great paradoxes of solitude, is that it offers us not an escape, not a paradise, not a dwelling place where we can maintain our integrity by ignoring a vicious and corrupt social world – but a way back to the world, a new motive for return. From the archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
One of the great paradoxes of solitude is that it offers us

The allure – and danger – of the solitary life – John Burnside | Aeon Essays

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Ronald Haley
Andre Helal
Arshad Ali
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06/17/2017 at 14:00. Facebook
Many intentional communities fail, but the Hutterites – a resilient sectarian society defined by strict devotion to simplicity and community – continue after 400 years. While they favour ‘old ways’, they do welcome the new in farming. Is this the secret to their success? Last week’s most viewed, on Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Many intentional communities fail but the Hutterites a resilient sectarian society defined

Utopian communities rarely last. How have the Hutterites done it over four centuries? | Aeon Videos

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Helen May
Donna Cain Carty
Haroon S Ellahi Shaikh
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06/17/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Expertise is in crisis: experts are either dismissed, or they are hailed as an authority on almost anything, regardless of their discipline. At the crux of the issue is a kind of narcissism – of those experts who believe they are qualified to run a democracy without input from the voters, and of the laypeople who believe they don’t need the knowledge and experience of experts. Last week’s most...
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Expertise is in crisis experts are either dismissed or they are hailed

It's time to reboot the relationship between expertise and democracy – Tom Nichols | Aeon Essays

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