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The Sleepwalker


Green, how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches. The ship out on the sea and the horse on the mountain.

Whatever you do, don’t call this an ‘interesting’ idea


My understanding of the word interesting came not from school but from a 14-inch black-and-white television showing Star Trek reruns in the late 1970s.

The Masada mystery


Have archaeologists proven the ancient tale of mass suicide in the Judaean desert or twisted science for political end?

San Siro


Originally opened in 1926 and most recently renovated in 2016, the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza in Milan – better known as San Siro stadium – is one of the most legendary athletic venues in the world, home to the revered (and reviled) AC Milan football club.

There is a moral argument for keeping great apes in zoos


I get apprehensive whenever someone asks me about my job. I’m a philosopher who works on the question of how language evolved, I reply.

Oliver Sacks on ripe bananas


In 1993, inspired by H G Wells’s short story 'The Country of the Blind' (1904), the renowned neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks set out to study life on Pingelap – a small Micronesian island where an estimated tenth of the population has achromatopsia, a rare genetic disorder that leaves people close to or entirely colourblind.

Sex and death in Homer


Why would Odysseus dump a hot nymph? Or toyboys lust after his wife Penelope? Unveiling the erotic mysteries of the Odyssey By C D C Reeve Read at Aeon

The Great Enrichment


This is how Europe became the richest place on earth: by being politically fragmented, yet intellectually united By Joel Mokyr Read at Aeon

On shared false memories: what lies behind the Mandela effect


Would you trust a memory that felt as real as all your other memories, and if other people confirmed that they remembered it too?

The caretaker


‘I hope she can stay a little bit more...’ With many Americans either too far away or too busy to care for their elderly relatives, the task is frequently shifted to professional caregivers – often female immigrants from cultures where caring for elders is seen as a moral imperative. The Caretaker is the story of Joesy, an undocumented Fijian immigrant, as she looks after Haru, an elderly Japanese woman in the final months of her life.

The very microbes that helped us evolve now make us sick


Between the mid-1990s and the mid-2000s alone, the likelihood of having a classmate with a food allergy increased by 20 per cent in the United States.

The great cryptocurrency heist


Blockchain enthusiasts crave a world without bankers, lawyers or fat-cat executives. There's just one problem: trust By E J Spode Read at Aeon

Riding light


According to Albert Einstein’s theory of special relativity, the speed of light (approximately 299,792 kilometres – or roughly 7.5 rotations around the Earth – per second in a vacuum) is the Universe’s speed limit, and therefore the fastest we could ever hope to travel through space.

Living in the now


She can paint, but not name a painting; learn new music without knowing a tune. Lonni Sue is teaching us much about memory.

Understanding other religions is fundamental to citizenship


By walking down the street of any major city, you are likely to see more diversity than an 18th-century explorer did in a lifetime.

Meet the Earthship


Built in and around the town of Taos in New Mexico, the oddball collection of off-the-grid houses known as ‘Earthships’, made from natural and recycled materials, might at first glance look like a gimmick aimed at idealistic hippies or survivalists prepping for doomsday.

If Aquinas is a philosopher then so are the Islamic theologians


Maybe I’m just an optimist, but I think people today mostly acknowledge the importance and originality of philosophy in the Islamic world.

Lessons from the night


As armies of white-collar workers funnel out of office buildings at the close of their working day, many janitors are just beginning theirs, preparing for long shifts that must be finished while their cities sleep.

Telling memories


Jewish émigrés from the former Soviet Union tell inconsistent stories. What does this say about the nature of memory?

Fire, hatred and speed!


The glamour, bullying and violence of the libertarian alt-Right has a direct political ancestor, and it’s not Nazi Germany By Jay Griffiths Read at Aeon


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