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The beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas carries with it the power to destroy. After losing family and her village in a landslide following a massive earthquake in 2015, Nima builds a new life, brick by brick. This moving and inspiring film is testimony to how one rebuilds a life after so much is snatched away. Aeon Video Exclusive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The beauty of the Nepalese Himalayas carries with it the power to

After a landslide destroys her village, a woman rebuilds her life in a...

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yesterday at 16:01. Facebook
It doesn’t happen to everyone, but it could certainly happen to you. At the end of your twenties, one thing becomes abundantly clear: current music is just noise. Is it that the youth of today have it all wrong? Or that, no longer trying on identities like new clothes, adults are less likely to succumb to the sound of a musician’s soul? [ Ow.ly Link ]
It doesnt happen to everyone but it could certainly happen to you

Why do your musical tastes get frozen over in your twenties? – Lary...

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Endrikh Darkvine
Yahiya Abdul-Jabar
Alex McGilvery
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yesterday at 01:00. Facebook
The Baconian method proposed that observations should be systematically collected, tabulated and objectively analysed using inductive logic to generate generalisable ideas. It is rarely used today – its cost and required labour are too prohibitive. But in the age of data mining, and with advances in computing and networked databases, this method is for the first time possible. Indeed the...
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The Baconian method proposed that observations should be systematically collecte

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities – Ahmed...

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Carl Lindquist
Robert Altenbern
Monika Pickles
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04/24/2017 at 19:01. Facebook
When meteorologist Alfred Wegener noticed how ice caps looked like puzzle pieces after they had fractured and drifted apart, he concluded that something similar must have happened with the continents. But when he published a paper on continental drift, he was met with icy reception from the geologist community. The story is a fine example of how science benefits from perspectives outside of...
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When meteorologist Alfred Wegener noticed how ice caps looked like puzzle pieces

How an Earth science outsider finally put the Pangea puzzle together |...

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04/24/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
Politics is inescapably emotional. When the role it plays is inevitable, we should ensure that the emotion is a positive one. If hate plays a part, shouldn't love too? When love has a place in politics, it serves as a reminder that the personal is political. Politics becomes a politics of warmth, of other people: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Politics is inescapably emotional When the role it plays is inevitable we

It is time for love to become a radical force in politics – Max Harris |...

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Kiridaren Jayakumar
Alfred MacDonald
Joe Kireina
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04/24/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Iranians are fighting tough censorship laws with the help of the internet, but in a country where strict censorship has prevented the publication of printed books for years, why is Tehran opening the world’s biggest bookstore? From the archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Iranians are fighting tough censorship laws with the help of the internet

Why is the Iranian government opening the world’s biggest bookstore? –...

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Ron Herff
Angela RUmpf
Susan Johnson
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04/23/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
In Tajikistan, 1 in 3 people are undernourished, and 50% of calories consumed come from home-baked bread. Traditional baking is at once an indicator of poverty and a preservation of tradition. The baking process is unique, efficient, and elegant. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
In Tajikistan 1 in 3 people are undernourished and 50 of calories

Can a traditional practice still be beautiful when it indicates poverty?...

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James Cibulka
Jardel Felisberto
Heidi Faust
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04/23/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
As Japan’s climatic range triggers a staggering cherry flowering, known as the sakura, friends and families organise traditional flower-viewing picnics, or hanami. The hanami might appear to hard-headed environmentalists as nothing more than the mawkish appreciation of natural beauty – Western environmentalism currently maintains a functional view of nature, while attention to its beauty is...
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As Japans climatic range triggers a staggering cherry flowering known as the

What's wrong with Japan's cherry blossom picnics? – Rebecca Giggs | Aeon...

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Maureen Milaney McLeod
Mark Joseph Williams
Lakshman Chakravarthy
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04/22/2017 at 19:00. Facebook
How did the 20th century’s most glamorous intellectual friendship go wrong? On the bust-up between famed French existentialist philosophers Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre - an Aeon Video original: ow.ly/DRrx30b3E0H
Jeff Meyer
Nessy Nikolaeva
Andrés Paniagua
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04/22/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
‘The human brain is the most complex object we know, and the journey from one brain to another is surely the most difficult.’

There is always something to cling to in an unhappy situation that stops you escaping from it. In shyness – the longing for connection, foiled by fear and awkwardness – perhaps there is a single thread of thought that suggests that voluble people do not really listen...
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The human brain is the most complex object we know and the

Shyness cannot be ‘cured’. It is part of being human – Joe Moran | Aeon...

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Tara Ní Dochartaigh
Darcie Venietta Vaneck
Debbie Miller
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04/22/2017 at 14:01. Facebook
NASA maintains that no human beings have ever had sex in space, but as the prospect of Mars missions draws nearer, and if humans do seek to colonise space, space seems set to turn from a place where people work to a place where people live and reproduce. Sooner or later, we need to have the space-sex talk. Last week's most viewed video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
NASA maintains that no human beings have ever had sex in space

Everything you always wanted to know about sex in space | Aeon Videos

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James Hope
JJ Burd
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04/22/2017 at 12:00. Facebook
The French Foreign Legion is famed for marching great distances with heavy loads, but the legionnaires are carried too by their legends, their mythos of belonging and self-sacrifice. How a division of nationless, death-idolising, desert-traversing young men evolved into an elite fighting force that continues today. Last week's most read: [ Ow.ly Link ]
The French Foreign Legion is famed for marching great distances with heavy

Why young men queue up to die in the French Foreign Legion – Robert...

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John Orcutt
Carolyn Egan
Fábián Emőke
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04/22/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Since 10th-century Islamic philosophers relied on translations of Hellenic texts, philosophy became a necessarily interfaith phenomenon, requiring the collaboration of Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars. Even in the disputes between scholars, one can see how philosophy and the sciences provided neutral ground for intellectuals of different faiths, highlighting the inter-religious nature of...
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Since 10thcentury Islamic philosophers relied on translations of Hellenic texts

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike – Peter...

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Michael Handelman
Sandy Small
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04/21/2017 at 19:01. Facebook
Picture Jupiter’s moons orbiting the planet. Do you picture dots on springs attached to the planet? An overhead view of small bodies circling in elliptical orbits? Moons in helical motion? There are multiple mathematical descriptions to describe phenomena, and each one presents a different truth about reality. The models we pick shape our world. Aeon Video: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Picture Jupiters moons orbiting the planet Do you picture dots on springs

Models are always imperfect, and the ones we choose greatly shape our...

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James Cibulka
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04/21/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
Quantum theory is great at predicting the outcomes of experiments, but unable to provide a complete account of the processes occurring during the experiments. Indeed, as the theory has evolved, some of the most prominent articulations of quantum processes evade the principle of falsifiability, thus undermining the very bulwarks of science, fringing into more speculative realms. If we are to...
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Quantum theory is great at predicting the outcomes of experiments but unable

What really happens in Schrödinger’s box? – Adrian Kent | Aeon Essays

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John Modica
Ian Wardell
Phillip Neal
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04/21/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Is there something inherently exploitative about surrogacy, or can its stigma be overcome? For many, surrogacy threatens the most intimate ideas of family and the mother-child relationship, and speaks to the unease many feel at the outsourcing of the body. For others, it is a pragmatic solution to the body's limits: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Is there something inherently exploitative about surrogacy or can its stigma be

Can surrogacy ever escape the taint of global exploitation? – Katharine...

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04/20/2017 at 19:01. Facebook
An 1836 treaty allows local tribes to fish in Lake Michigan. For Cindi and Ed John, members of the Ottawa and Chippewa tribe, the lake is essential to their culture, lifestyle and business. But as temperatures rise, fish once found at a depth of 50 feet have gone deeper in search of cooler waters. Through the lens of their fishing business, one can see the prism-like effects of climate change....
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An 1836 treaty allows local tribes to fish in Lake Michigan For

In the murky waters of climate change, native fishers are among the most...

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04/20/2017 at 16:01. Facebook
While caste may hum below the threshold of social visibility in India – with occasional, horrifying bursts of caste discrimination and violence – it has by no means disappeared. Widely understood as a kind of pyramid hierarchy, caste is also often regarded as contained within that pyramid structure. But even as education, republicanism, industrialisation and modernisation help to flatten the...
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While caste may hum below the threshold of social visibility in India

How India deludes itself that caste discrimination is dead – Prayaag...

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Srinivasan Narayanan
Alex Ferguson
Amy J. Colley
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04/20/2017 at 01:00. Facebook
Public-key cryptography transformed the concept of secure communication, even before its wider benefits were fully realised. Now cryptographers think that a new kind of computer based on quantum physics could make public-key cryptography insecure. Public-key systems can, in theory, be broken by a quantum computer. Fight quantum with quantum: [ Ow.ly Link ]
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Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity – Joshua...

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Mark McIntire
Mark Fonken
Andrew Cossins
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04/19/2017 at 19:01. Facebook
Letter by letter each word was formed, and letter by letter the Linotype at the New York Times completed its last words. This video showcases the final day of printing at the newspaper in 1978 before it moved to a fully electronic process. The machines that made mass education possible give way to a new age. From the archive: [ Ow.ly Link ]
Letter by letter each word was formed and letter by letter the

The last day of hot metal press before computers come in at The New York...

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Lloyd Jordan
Dan White