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05/24/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
The origin of tarot is a jumbled one, its symbols cherrypicked from diverse traditions; its history one of gaming and the occult. But for all its use and misuse, tarot does encode wisdom. It allows a querent to access aspirations and emotional concerns, much like an informal and accessible form of therapy: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The origin of tarot is a jumbled one its symbols cherrypicked from

Tarot cards: a tool of cold tricksters or wise therapists? – James McConnachie | Aeon Essays

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Bradford Hatcher
Ilka Tiedemann
Louis Fabrice Tshimanga
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Aeon
05/24/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
As the apex predators of the Arctic foodchain, polar bears occupy a very distinctive ecological niche. A fat polar bear is a happy polar bear, and it requires a lot of energy to keep a polar bear pudgy. Such chubbiness is only achievable through the consumption of seal fat, and to hunt seals the bears need ice. Ice is life: [ Ow.ly Link ]
As the apex predators of the Arctic foodchain polar bears occupy a

Polar bears need to be fat, and they can’t be without sea ice – Thea Bechshøft | Aeon Ideas

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yesterday at 19:00. Facebook
Staying atop an unruly bull is an activity in which some form of injury is unavoidable, prayers or not. This film portrays a subtle and thoughtful portrait of faith, sport and masculinity inside Camp of Champions, an evangelical Christian rodeo Bible camp for ages six to 17 in Oklahoma. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Staying atop an unruly bull is an activity in which some form

Deep faith and rough rides – life at an evangelical rodeo Bible camp | Aeon Videos

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yesterday at 16:01. Facebook
Ebola is a region. Lyme is a town. Swine flu is spread by humans, not pigs. Disease names can be informative, but misnomers can stigmatise places, species and human groups with devastating consequences. The politics of naming diseases: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Ebola is a region Lyme is a town Swine flu is spread

Disease naming must change to avoid scapegoating and politics – Laura Spinney | Aeon Essays

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yesterday at 01:01. Facebook
Accepting the things you cannot change is the key to a serene life: if you understand what is and what is not under your control, you will become impervious to the inevitable ups and downs of life. The Stoic dichotomy of control is simple enough – you just have to do it… [ Ow.ly Link ]
Accepting the things you cannot change is the key to a serene

To be happier, focus on what’s within your control – Massimo Pigliucci | Aeon Ideas

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Richard Joyce
Christian Golden
Bradford Hatcher
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05/22/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
Colourful squares and rectangles twist, turn and spin in this psychedelic geometry lesson, all to the staccato plucking of a koto. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Colourful squares and rectangles twist turn and spin in this psychedelic geometry

Getting down with squares – the dance styles of geometry | Aeon Videos

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05/22/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
A myth tells us that we would have resisted the Germans in Nazi-occupied France. But when only 2 per cent of the French population did, who can say? Perhaps you’d collaborate with those who you believed were the best guardians of France’s interests. Perhaps you’d resist until it risked your study, freedom, or life. Be honest: what would you do? [ Ow.ly Link ]
A myth tells us that we would have resisted the Germans in

Put yourself in Vichy France: do you resist or collaborate? – Robert Gildea | Aeon Essays

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Joshua Darlington
Donna Cain Carty
Vaughn Kelsing
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Aeon
05/22/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Wittgenstein used ‘language-games’ to draw attention, not only to language itself, but to the actions into which it is woven. In 1964 Herbert Marcuse declared that Wittgenstein’s work was reductive, limiting and a distraction from real politics. His criticisms are serious. Are they grounded? [ Ow.ly Link ]
Wittgenstein used languagegames to draw attention not only to language itself but

How playing Wittgensteinian language-games can set us free – Sandy Grant | Aeon Ideas

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Nicolas Palou
Ralph Dumain
John Amyas Dixon
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Aeon
05/21/2017 at 19:01. Facebook
The passage of time is often difficult to visualise, its effects so gradual they can be hard to perceive. We age but we don’t even notice it: in one photo, a child; in the next, an adult. Watch the ageing process, and a life in a single face. From the Aeon Video archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The passage of time is often difficult to visualise its effects so

Imperceptible and unstoppable: the ageing process comes to life | Aeon Videos

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Deborah Dodsworth Lessin
Tuomas Santakallio
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05/21/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
More and more people are being diagnosed with mental illness. Did psychiatrists create the problem, or just recognise it? While many benefit from mental health treatment, there is a fine line between protecting and pathologising. On how to strike the balance: [ Ow.ly Link ]
More and more people are being diagnosed with mental illness Did psychiatrists

Do psychiatrists really think that everyone is crazy? – Joseph Pierre | Aeon Essays

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Erik Albert
Bradford Hatcher
Nic Reagan
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Aeon
05/21/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Is inference the best way to explain the origin of consciousness? The mathematics of mind-time: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Is inference the best way to explain the origin of consciousness The

Is inference the best way to explain the origin of consciousness?

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James Kohl
Suzan S. Sun
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Aeon
05/20/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
When cancer takes up residence in her body, Kim responds with creativity. An Aeon Video editor’s pick: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Ebeevar Tardes
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05/20/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
Turing predicted that by the year 2000 we would have thinking machines. But today, people aren't any better than he was at programming AI. The universality of computation implies that AI is possible, but programming it will first require overcoming hurdles in philosophical understanding, namely, grasping how minds reliably create explanations. From the archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Turing predicted that by the year 2000 we would have thinking machines

How close are we to creating artificial intelligence? — David Deutsch — Aeon Essays

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John Diem
Oleg Alexandrov
Don Bronkema
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05/20/2017 at 14:01. Facebook
Cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) have some of the animal kingdom’s most fascinating evolutionary histories – they were terrestrial and then amphibious before they were aquatic. Watch the process of incremental change, in Darwin’s words ’the infinitude of connecting links’, as the amphibious Pakicetus becomes the sperm whale in its present form. Last week’s most viewed: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Cetaceans whales dolphins and porpoises have some of the animal kingdoms most

Watch as the whale becomes itself: slowly, slowly, from land to sea, through deep time | Aeon Videos

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James Kohl
Brian Danner
Chris Riordan
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05/20/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
Human capital theory implies that human interests naturally coincide with the values of capitalism – an account of society and the workforce that grew from polarised Cold War times, and which was necessarily diametrically opposed to communist collectivism. Today’s zero-hour contracts and the Uberisation of the workforce are a consequence of this ideational weapon. Last week’s most read: [...
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Human capital theory implies that human interests naturally coincide with the values

How the Cold War led the CIA to promote human capital theory – Peter Fleming | Aeon Essays

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Mark Ammer
Inong Chin
Prashant Waikar
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Aeon
05/20/2017 at 03:17. Facebook
How can the extraordinary cost of space exploration be justified when funds could be better spent alleviating poverty? A scientist whose designs have flown on Apollo manned Moon missions argues that the inspiration and shoot-off technologies that space exploration founds is reason enough. Space can be a hope-bringer, and help give a new generation of young people more rewarding and richer...
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How can the extraordinary cost of space exploration be justified when funds

Space exploration is still the brightest hope-bringer we have – Earle Kyle | Aeon Ideas

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Erik Albert
Adam Manning
Joe Elegua
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05/19/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
Suppose you went back in time and killed your grandfather when he was a child? But if you killed your grandfather, you prevented your own existence, and if you never existed, how could you have committed the murder in the first place? Perhaps quantum superposition can remove the paradox, and release us from this terrible tale of time travel and murder, once and for all? Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Suppose you went back in time and killed your grandfather when he

How quantum superposition could unravel the ‘grandfather paradox’ | Aeon Videos

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Luccia Jalila Malika Rogers
Özer Ataoğlu
Curtis Polk
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05/19/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
Venice and New York, both masters of the sea, both flooded terribly in recent years, are markers of the rising tide and of a shift in the relationship between maritime cities and the waters they border. Venice’s increasingly high acqua alta always seems like an exaggeration of past tides, rather than an initiation into an uncertain future. With a shrug, the flooded piazzas seem more charming,...
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Venice and New York both masters of the sea both flooded terribly

The sea is eating away at the cities that love it most – Tom Griffiths | Aeon Essays

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05/19/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Coding is not 'easy' and 'fun'. It is better to admit that coding is complicated, technically and ethically. As more and more ‘decisions’ are being entrusted to software, including life-or-death ones, we need a frank and open conversation about what computer programming really is: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Coding is not easy and fun It is better to admit that

Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex – Walter...

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Tiffany Victoria Horan
Oleg Alexandrov
Paul Topping
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Aeon
05/18/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
‘It’s not my job to divide people into black or white, legal or illegal. My job is being a farmer – to feed people.’ A French olive farmer and activist became a lightning rod for the debate around immigration when he began housing refugees at his home near the Italian border. He sees his work as a moral imperative, a manifestation of ‘Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité’, but his critics say his...
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The farmer turned human rights activist who breaks France’s laws to defend its values | Aeon Videos

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Erik Albert
Mourad Chergui