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Aeon
12/07/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
Americans once shared a project with the rebels of the Indian Subcontinent – to throw off British rule. Haider Ali and George Washington never communicated directly, but they fought a common enemy, and shared an ally in France. Seeing themselves as victims of imperial oppression, Americans began to recognise themselves as part of a coalition that included Mysore. Old solidarities: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Why American revolutionaries admired the rebels of Mysore – Blake Smith | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
12/07/2016 at 02:00. Facebook
Trees are like humans in many ways, but to anthropomorphise them by assigning them individuality is nonsensical: they do not age like us or die as we do. A tree in its natural ecological context lives and dies communally, and is given a second life in death: [ Ow.ly Link ]

What the death of an oak tree can teach us about mortality – Gabriel Popkin | Aeon Ideas

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yesterday at 20:00. Facebook
Time-lapse photography of electrocrystallisation reveals the beauty of base and precious metals as they blossom into coral- and floral-like formations. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Peek into the chemical nursery where metal crystals are born and bred | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
yesterday at 17:00. Facebook
If the reader is the final piece that completes a work of literature, what does it mean if the reader is a computer? Algorithms can now discover trajectories from a database of thousands of novels, and analyse formal patterns and structures. Could AI enhance literary interpretation, or even surpass the human critic? [ Ow.ly Link ]

How AI is revolutionising the role of the literary critic – Inderjeet Mani | Aeon Essays

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yesterday at 02:00. Facebook
Critical thinking is an essential part of a student’s mental equipment, but it cannot be detached from context. Instead of teaching general critical-thinking skills, students should be prepared for life with subject-specific critical-thinking skills that unlock the unique mysteries of each subject: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills – Carl Hendrick | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
12/05/2016 at 20:00. Facebook
Colonising Mars could be humanity’s best chance of longterm survival. What would such a migration mean for humankind? Former NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman discusses the challenges of inducing an atmosphere on Mars, and the psychological strain on the first crew to settle the planet. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Could we make a home on Mars? It would be a very unique psychological situation | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
12/05/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
Polarised reactions to a new obesity therapy reveal the tensions between two duelling narratives: obesity as epidemic, and obesity as a failure of will. Criticism of the way the treatment places a relatively simple, purely mechanistic limitation on digestive physiology, makes clear how weight loss is still viewed as necessarily punitive and sacrificial: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Does a stomach pump for weight loss fuel the obesity stigma? – Nitin K Ahuja | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
12/05/2016 at 02:00. Facebook
Foodie localism purports to support local farmers, but often the opposite is true. Despite the popularity of local food, the average farmer is not thriving. Food systems are built on the backs of people: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Foodie localism loves farming in theory, but not in practice – Debbie Weingarten | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
12/04/2016 at 20:00. Facebook
Diatoms, a form of algae, are invisible to the naked eye. But when placed under a microscope, the symmetrical organisms offer grand displays of nature’s remarkable diversity of colour and form. The Diatomist follows one of the last remaining practitioners of the Victorian art form of diatom arrangement. From the Aeon Video archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Amazing hidden worlds become visible through a forgotten Victorian art form | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
12/04/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
Who better to ask the meaning and purpose of life than those who have lived it? Find an octogenarian, a nonagenarian, or a centenarian who mirrors your image of your future self, and ask about your direction. Ask the aged: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Why we should all ask our elders about how best to live – Karl Pillemer | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
12/04/2016 at 13:01. Facebook
Using search engines and the depth of human curiosity to de-code one of the strangest objects that has survived from the ancient world. From our friends at The Atlantic: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Searching for Lost Knowledge in the Age of Intelligent Machines

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Aeon
12/03/2016 at 20:00. Facebook
In this instalment of Aeon In Sight, the US-based British philosopher Graham Priest explains how the Liar Paradox – debated since antiquity – can upend the traditional Western view that all contradictions must be false. An Aeon Video editor's pick: [ Ow.ly Link ]
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12/03/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
Life is a road, time is a destroyer. What exactly is a metaphor? A metaphor designer's insight into the art and power of using language and imagery to communicate an idea: [ Ow.ly Link ]

How to build a metaphor to change people’s minds – Michael Erard | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
12/03/2016 at 15:01. Facebook
Urban Chinese millennials are trading the metropolis for the forest and returning to an ancient way of life. In search of solitude and the spiritual - last week's most viewed on Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Why some Chinese millennials are taking up the hermit’s life in the mountains | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
12/03/2016 at 13:01. Facebook
The future of work is largely automated. Serious consideration must be given to what comes after work, when full employment will not be an option. Last week's most read: [ Ow.ly Link ]

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem? – James Livingston | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
12/03/2016 at 02:00. Facebook
Without constant vigilance, culture drifts from us slowly into the realms of the unaffordable and the out-of-reach. Without public access, culture dies.Highly-priced culture is endangered culture: [ Ow.ly Link ]

If culture is too expensive for most, everyone pays a price – Jonathan R Goodman | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
12/02/2016 at 20:00. Facebook
From the first migration of humans to the present day, watch humanity’s stunning – and increasingly alarming – expansion to our current population of roughly 7.4 billion. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

How we became more than 7 billion – humanity’s population explosion, visualised | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
12/02/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
Many Americans are only vaguely familiar with the story of how Native Americans were dispossessed of their land. New visualisation shows the scale and speed of native land cessions, and puts the dispossession of native peoples back (figuratively and literally) on the map: [ Ow.ly Link ]

How were 1.5 billion acres of land so rapidly stolen? – Claudio Saunt | Aeon Essays

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11/30/2016 at 23:40. Facebook
Aeon
12/01/2016 at 17:00. Facebook
Passive aggression is a wolf in sheep's clothing: it's power lies in its duplicity. In depriving the receiver of the ability to challenge the perpetrator, it silences. Is red-faced, direct and sweary outrage sometimes a better option? [ Ow.ly Link ]

What is worse: a passive aggressive silence or an outright shout? – Rebecca Roache | Aeon Essays

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