Simpson’s paradox is a statistical phenomenon in which a trend appears in small data sets, but differs or reverses when those sets are combined into a larger group.
In 2010, the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, focused attention on the entertainment groups’ orca (or killer whale) shows.
Planned for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia by the Toronto businessman Tony Trigiani, the 24-metre Mother Canada monument was intended to serve the dual purpose of honouring the country’s war dead and boosting the area’s largely seasonal fishing economy.
A revival of interest in the power of introspection and thought has brought Freud’s ideas back into the scientific fold By M M Owen Read at Aeon
Technological advances and historically unprecedented income inequalities have raised living standards while enabling a new global elite to enjoy lifestyles more lavish in energy consumption and environmental impact than those enjoyed by any aristocracy in the past.
At their best, daredevils rival philosophers and mystics in their exploration of human mortality and spirit By Lary Wallace Read at Aeon
Centrifuges are a basic component of any modern medical laboratory. Used to separate different types of cells within a blood sample by spinning them extremely quickly, they are an essential tool for detecting many diseases.
The discovery of independent life beyond Earth would have deep philosophical implications for us, and our ideas of morality By Tim Mulgan Read at Aeon
The Renaissance painter Albrecht Dürer was regarded by his friends as a master in the art of mind-wandering.
‘Just like the bad things, the beautiful things are temporary too.’ Roberto Olivera was raised in poverty in southern California, where he worked the tomato fields alongside his mother and abusive stepfather, migrant workers from Mexico.
After getting lost in the conference hotel, I finally located the ‘creativity workshop’. Joining the others, I sat cross-legged on the floor.
To help rule its empire, Britain turned to psychoanalysis. But they weren’t willing to hear the truth it told By Erik Linstrum Read at Aeon
The tempestuous sex lives of praying mantises have long been fodder for cartoons and trivia nights, but what really happens when these wonderfully weird insects procreate?
Albert Einstein said that the ‘most incomprehensible thing about the Universe is that it is comprehensible’.
The Jefferson Davis Monument stood in New Orleans from 1911 – when it was dedicated in a ‘Whites Only’ ceremony – until 11 May 2017.
The swarming, ever-changing character of the living world challenges our deepest assumptions about the nature of reality By John Dupré Read at Aeon
Digital technologies are a market product and play politics by different means. It’s up to us to harness them for democracy By Jack Shenker Read at Aeon
Art thou not, fatal vision, sensibleTo feeling as to sight?Macbeth (Act II, scene 1), William Shakespeare As virtual reality headsets hit the market, they bring with them the echoes of Macbeth’s words: the world they immerse you in might look or even sound right, but can’t be touched or grasped.
‘You use the white man’s bigotry against him.’ In this 1970 interview resurrected for PBS’s animated series Blank on Blank, the US writer and civil-rights activist Maya Angelou recalls the ‘education’ she received from her stepfather – a pool- and gambling-hall owner who ‘lived by his wits’ – and his con-man friends.
Philippa Foot was one of a group of brilliant women philosophers who swam against the tide of 20th-century moral thought By Nakul Krishna Read at Aeon