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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
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9 days 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?
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13 days 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.
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16 days 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...
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16 days 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
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17 days 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
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6 weeks ago 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...
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6 weeks ago 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
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
Gravitational waves will bring the extreme universe into view | Aeon Ideas
The first direct detection of gravitational waves on 14 September 2015 proved that massive objects can ripple the structure of space, verifying a key prediction of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity. The second detection, made on 26 De...
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
What drives art collectors to buy and display their finds? | Aeon Essays
Collectors drive the art world, but what drives art collectors? It’s less about aesthetics than self-identification
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
Most drug users stop without help, so long as they’re not poor | Aeon Essays
Most addicts just stop using in time, without needing costly treatment. Why do some people walk away while others can’t?
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
The divine fire of Philip K Dick’s religious visions | Aeon Ideas
Although the earliest psychoanalysts saw religion as neurotic, the modern mental health field has stopped pathologising religious beliefs. Contemporary systems of psychiatric diagnosis have no problem with a belief in God, Zoroaster, Demeter, or t...
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
‘Whose language is it anyway?’ The evolution of English, from ‘loaf’ to ‘LOL’ | Aeon Videos
English is a uniquely weird language largely because its evolution has been a long, twisting road through history, happenstance and – as Shakespeare might say – strange bedfellows. This briskly paced jaunt through the history of the English language from The Open University condenses nearly 1500 years of its evolution, from the Anglo-Saxons to the internet, into eleven lively, animated minutes.
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
Ought we accept Hume’s severing of any connection between ‘is’ and ‘ought’? | Aeon Videos
How do you decide whether you ought to do something? Chances are you’ve employed statements about how things are or have been as the basis for making a judgment call. The 18th-century Scottish philosopher David Hume forcefully argued against this approach. According to ‘Hume’s law’, also known as the ‘is/ought problem’, determining what you ought to do based on what is represents a logical mistake because there’s a gap that reason cannot bridge between the facts of the world and the values you might espouse.
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
The string theory wars show us how science needs philosophy | Aeon Essays
String wars among physicists have highlighted just how much science needs philosophy – and not just the amateur version
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6 weeks ago by thx1138
How René Magritte turned philosophy into painting | Aeon Videos
The Belgian surrealist René Magritte (1898-1967) is known for his startling paintings that often double as philosophical riddles. One of his most stark and provocative works, The Treachery of Images (1929) is an exploration of meaning and language, juxtaposing an image of a pipe above the sentence ‘Ceci n’est pas une pipe.’ – French for ‘This is not a pipe.’ A reflection on the fraught nature of words, this video essay explores The Treachery of Images in the context of the work of the influential Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure (1857-1913), who argued that the relationship between an object and its name is arbitrary.
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6 weeks ago by thx1138

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