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People in order: age

An extraordinarily simple premise deftly executed, this video arranges a diverse group of 100 people in ascending order from age one to 100.

It is sometimes right to fight in an unjust war

What should soldiers do in a war that ought not to be fought? Should they take part? If it’s wrong for one country to declare war on another, isn’t it also wrong for members of the armed forces to fight in that war?

On the happy life

What makes a life worth living? Massimo Pigliucci introduces Seneca’s classic letter of Stoic philosophy, ‘On the Happy Life’ By Massimo Pigliucci Read at Aeon

James Turrell: you who look

‘Every evening we unfold the light, and every morning, fold it back, to return the blue to the sky.’ The US artist James Turrell has made a career of manipulating light and space, creating ‘new worlds’ that force viewers to confront the fluidity and fallibility of their own visual perception.

When faced with so-called ‘progressive business’, stay skeptical

In Capitalism and Freedom (1962), the economist Milton Friedman once accused corporate social responsibility of being a ‘fundamentally subversive doctrine’.

Monks with guns

Westerners think that Buddhism is about peace and non-violence. So how come Buddhist monks are in arms against Islam?

Gyalmu’s house

‘What can I say? Is there a God or not?’ On 25 April 2015, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake triggered landslides in the Himalayas of Nepal, killing nearly 9,000 people.

If money can make you happy, does debt make you sad?

Humans have long debated the adage ‘Money can’t buy you happiness.' Popular opinion suggests that, indeed, it cannot, but more recently researchers have challenged this notion.

Now THAT was music

One grim day (when youth is over) you find that new music gets on your nerves. But why do our musical tastes freeze over?

Animated life: Pangea, Wegener and the continental drift

For centuries, scientists – and pretty much anyone who had ever laid eyes on a world map – noticed that the continents seemed to fit together like puzzle pieces.

Science has outgrown the human mind and its limited capacities

  The duty of man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads and ...

Join the party of love

Love is not just a feeling given or received, it is an action too. It could be a radical force in politics By Max Harris Read at Aeon

How perspective shapes reality

Picture Jupiter’s moons orbiting the planet. Do you see small dots bouncing back and forth in straight lines as if bound to Jupiter by springs, as Galileo once did?

When philosophy needed Muslims, Jews and Christians alike

If you were asked to name the most important philosopher of 10th-century Baghdad, you would presumably not hesitate to say ‘al-Farabi’.

80 to 90 ft

‘The water temperature is getting warmer, and I don't know if that's good.’ A treaty signed in 1836 grants members of the Ottawa and Chippewa tribe rights to fish in the waters of Lake Michigan.

Caste lives on, and on

Indian society deludes itself that caste discrimination is a thing of the past, yet it suffuses the nation, top to bottom By Prayaag Akbar Read at Aeon

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Two basic types of encryption schemes are used on the internet today. One, known as symmetric-key cryptography, follows the same pattern that people have been using to send secret messages for thousands of years.

What lurks beneath

The grand drama of Freud’s ideas have obscured the reality: every school of psychology needs a theory of the unconscious By Antonio Melechi Read at Aeon


Corals, and the echinoderms and funguses that frequently inhabit them, are characterised by their brilliant colours and slow, creeping movements.

Raising good robots

We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?