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Nuclear deterrence is more ideology than theory | Aeon Essays
The above describes only some of the inadequacies and outright dangers posed by deterrence, the doctrinal fulcrum that manipulates nuclear hardware, software, deployments, accumulation and escalation. Undoing the ideology – verging on theology – of deterrence won’t be easy, but neither is living under the threat of worldwide annihilation. As the poet T S Eliot once wrote, unless you are in over your head, how do you know how tall you are? And when it comes to nuclear deterrence, we’re all in over our heads.
nuclearweapons  deterrence  conflict  internationalrelations  review  critique  Aeon  2018 
5 days ago by inspiral
Music is in your brain and your body and your life | Aeon Essays
Pairing minor (sad) audio with major (happy) video leads to the minor music being rated as happier
music  research  aeon  Elizabeth  Hellmuth  Margulis 
9 weeks ago by gdw
Would the world be more peaceful if there were more women leaders? | Aeon Ideas
Many activists believed that if women had political power, they would not pursue war. But how true is this? Do incidences of violent conflict alter when women become leaders, or when their share of parliamentary representation rises? In what sense do women mother wars?
aeon  war  peace  military  women  worldleaders 
10 weeks ago by brendanmcfadden
Can a lie ever be noble? Why Kant believed even a life-saving fib was immoral | Aeon Videos
To the 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant, the ethics of honesty were clear-cut: telling the truth, no matter the consequences, was a ‘categorical imperative’ – a moral duty. Taking chilling (and chilly) inspiration from Stanley Kubrick’s film The Shining (1980), this brief animated snippet details Kant’s inflexible perspective on truth-telling, and its contrast with utilitarianism, which emphasises good outcomes over actions that are always right or wrong.
10 weeks ago by thx1138
How clever is it to dismiss IQ tests? | Aeon Ideas
‘IQ tests just measure how good you are at doing IQ tests.’ This is the argument that is almost always made when intelligence-testing is mentioned. It’s often promoted by people who are, otherwise, highly scientifically literate. You wouldn’t catc...
10 weeks ago by thx1138
Busy and distracted? Everybody has been, since at least 1710 | Aeon Essays
Busy, distracted, inattentive? Everybody has been since at least 1710 and here are the philosophers to prove it
11 weeks ago by thx1138
The internet as an engine of liberation is an innocent fraud | Aeon Essays
Technology promised to set us free. Instead it has trained us to withdraw from the world into distraction and dependency
october 2017 by thx1138
How does LSD induce short-term psychosis but long-term optimism? | Aeon Ideas
When most people think of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­the image that comes to mind is hallucinating hippies at Woodstock, but the drug’s original use was psychotherapeutic. As early as the 1960s, researchers showe...
Aeon  drugs 
october 2017 by thx1138
Why Giordano Bruno is still a free speech hero today | Aeon Essays
For anyone who dares to voice dangerous ideas and risk imprisonment or exile, Giordano Bruno remains a hero
october 2017 by thx1138

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