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Life and death thought experiments teach the tragic conflict between life, and what makes life valuable in the first place. The best way to view the trolley problem is to not to see it as a problem to be solved at all: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Life-and-death thought experiments are correctly unsolvable – Julian Baggini | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
yesterday at 23:00. Facebook
We’re proud to announce that The Queen Mary Centre for the History of the Emotions has partnered with Aeon as part of our Partnership Programme. It is the first research centre in the UK dedicated to the history of the emotions, and aims to provide a focus for interactions between social and cultural historians of the emotions, and historians of science and medicine. It also seeks to...
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Aeon
yesterday at 20:00. Facebook
A stunning immersive soundtrack is combined with motion graphics to capture the concept of emergence, from endosymbiosis to swarm behaviour. Order out of chaos – Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

A transfixing audiovisual dive into varieties of emergence | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
yesterday at 17:00. Facebook
Is ineffability a symptom of the insufficiency of language to capture the ultimate truths of the world? Can you deny the existence of an ineffable truth, while accepting the idea of ineffable knowledge? Speaking the unspeakable: [ Ow.ly Link ]

What, if anything, can be said about what is unsayable? – Silvia Jonas | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
yesterday at 02:00. Facebook
Hazing is the ritualised abuse and humiliation of newcomers initiated into a group, a practice that continues despite official efforts to eradicate it. Why does hazing remain so appealing that people risk punishment, injury and even death to keep them alive? [ Ow.ly Link ]

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why? – Christopher Kavanagh | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
01/16/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
A dive into the battle between bureaucrats and activists over the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam is combined with the story of the ‘ninja of all salmon’ – a radio-tracked fish that made a mammoth spawning journey up the Susitna river. Quirky and full of humour, The Super Salmon is a refreshing twist on the usual environmental activism documentary: [ Ow.ly Link ]

A Herculean fish and the fight against a $6 billion mega-dam project in Alaska | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
01/16/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Big Pharma pours research dollars into anti-beta-amyloid therapies for Alzheimer's disease, even as clinical trials fail to improve patient outcomes. An alternative hypothesis places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, but still scientists resist the idea that pathogens could drive the disease: [ Ow.ly Link ]

How microbial infections might cause Alzheimer’s disease – Melinda Wenner Moyer | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
01/16/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
Are humans the only linguistic species? Apes use hand gestures to communicate, and vervet monkeys on the plains of Kenya have distinct alarm calls for a leopard, an eagle or a snake – you wouldn’t call it language, but it unquestionably carries rich meaning: [ Ow.ly Link ]

The link between language and cognition is a red herring – Frans de Waal | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
01/15/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
From ancient trade to modern theoretical physics and computer programming, the history of mathematics closely mirrors the history of zero – first as a concept, and then ultimately as a number. From the Aeon Video archive: ow.ly/fKaR307YDSU

A history of nothing: how zero went from nil to something | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
01/15/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Murderland, Harm City, Charm City, Smalltimore – A Stoop Storytelling Session brings the two Baltimores together for one night: [ Ow.ly Link ]

These are my two Baltimores, black and white – D Watkins | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
01/14/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
‘I might have been just like them.’ Through lucid self-examination, the son of a Holocaust survivor grapples with the possibility of forgiving evil. An Aeon Video editor's pick: ow.ly/57QM307YHwT
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01/14/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Private land ownership is a beautiful dream gone badly wrong. It’s time to reinstate the forgotten ideal of the commons. Who owns the earth? [ Ow.ly Link ]

Is it time to upend the idea that land is private property? – Antonia Malchik | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
01/14/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
A radical addiction recovery programme forcibly detains addicts and culminates in a compulsory 11,000 page autobiographical thesis. An evenhanded look at a controversial approach. Last week's most viewed on Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Can writing an 11,000-page autobiographical thesis cure addiction? | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
01/14/2017 at 13:01. Facebook
LSD in the ’60s; ecstasy in the ’80s; ‘smart’ drugs today: how we get high reflects the desires and fears of our times. Last week's most read: [ Ow.ly Link ]

How each generation gets the drugs it deserves – Cody Delistraty | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
01/14/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
Like a public marriage contract, an official ‘co-parenting agreement’ would enshrine the rights and responsibilities of each parent in respect of their children. It would also help single adults find a suitable co-parent for forming a family ‘minus the couple’: [ Ow.ly Link ]

We need a contract for co-parenting, not just for marriage – Laurie Shrage | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
01/13/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
The ‘one-child policy’ has created an underclass of 13 million unregistered people, all born ‘illegally’. Without official registration, they are not classed as Chinese citizens, and are forced to fight for even the most basic forms of social welfare. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

How the one-child policy created a Chinese underclass of 13 million people with no rights | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
01/13/2017 at 16:45. Facebook
With a flood of dark memes and viral horror stories, the internet is mapping the contours of modern fear. Creepypasta: [ Ow.ly Link ]

‘Creepypasta’ is how the internet learns our fears – Will Wiles | Aeon Essays

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Aeon
01/13/2017 at 02:00. Facebook
What happened when a beam of protons travelling at nearly the speed of light passed through Soviet scientist Anatoli Bugorski's head, Phineas Gage-style? Particle accelerators and the human body: [ Ow.ly Link ]

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator – Joel Frohlich | Aeon Ideas

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Aeon
01/12/2017 at 20:00. Facebook
The whistling language 'el silbo' of the Canary Islands was named a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2009. It has phrases and intonations like any spoken language, it can be used to communicate across a valley or as far as sound can travel, and even the animals seem to understand. But it is slowly dying. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]

A rare language of whistles echoes less and less across the island where it was born | Aeon Videos

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Aeon
01/12/2017 at 17:00. Facebook
Reflecting on the history of logic forces us to reflect on what it means to be a reasonable cognitive agent – to think properly. A guide through the three golden periods of logic, from philosophy to mathematical instantiations: [ Ow.ly Link ]

The rise and fall and rise of logic – Catarina Dutilh Novaes | Aeon Essays

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