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I hope this helps: modal realism

What to do about deep regret? In a new Aeon series Sam Dresser mines philosophy to solve your personal dilemmas The post I hope this helps: modal realism appeared first on Aeon Magazine.


At the only checkpoint on the India-Pakistan border, a nightly ritual unites the citizens of long-adversarial countries The post Wagah appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why don’t our brains explode when we watch movies?

Suppose you were sitting at home, relaxing on a sofa with your dog, when suddenly your visual image of the dog gave way to that of a steaming bowl of noodles.

Self-sacrifice is the ultimate irrationality: what motivates it?

The YouTube video is grainy and little more than 90 seconds long. A group of men sit under olive trees on a hill, in a scene that would resemble a cheery picnic were it not for the rifles resting at their feet.


What do the spiritual practices of five-year-olds across five religions tell us about the meaning and power of ritual?

The plant family tree

How our developing understanding of plants changed our knowledge of life itself – from Linnaeus to Darwin to DNA The post The plant family tree appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Could we reboot a modern civilisation without fossil fuels?

Imagine that the world as we know it ends tomorrow. There’s a global catastrophe: a pandemic virus, an asteroid strike, or perhaps a nuclear holocaust.

The forensic photographer

Crime scenes, black lights and fingerprints – the greatest tool the forensic photographer has is his enquiring mindset The post The forensic photographer appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

An interview with a conscientious objector

First Lieutenant Jacob Bridge is stationed in Hawaii as a logistics officer.

Suburban God

What place does God have in an affluent, suburban world? A pastor travels door-to-door to find out The post Suburban God appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Could we make our home on a rogue planet without a Sun?

It’s 10,000 years in the future. You are a space explorer, preparing to land on the surface of a newly discovered world that might support life.

Daniel Levitin on information overload

Why daydreaming not multitasking is the way to process the unprecedented amount of information we now face The post Daniel Levitin on information overload appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Will New Age ideas help us in the high-tech future?

Close your eyes, and envision a glowing crystal suspended in infinite space. Now breathe in slowly, counting backwards from 10.

Transformers: the premake

Amateur video from the making of ‘Transformers 4’ mutates into a disquieting treatise on capitalism and Hollywood The post Transformers: the premake appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

In memory of Charles Bowden, a writer and a sensualist

Last August, when I heard that he’d died – peacefully in his sleep aged 69, and not gunned down by cartel assassins, as so many had predicted – I bought six yellow peppers and a bottle of cheap hearty red wine.

Which human embryos make it?

Only a third of human embryos can become babies. New research helps predict which ones are likely to succeed The post Which human embryos make it?


‘Maybe the water is too expensive to wash them’: how Indian women recast and recycle the clothes the West throws away The post Unravel appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

What can we do to save the Universe from certain death?

We are doomed. Our best efforts to reproduce, to conserve, protect and survive will, in the end, come to nought.

Parking problem solved

What happened to this ingenious, forgotten solution to the problem of parallel parking from the automobile’s early days?

Should we be suspicious of the Anthropocene idea?

Officially, for the past 11,700 years we have been living in the Holocene epoch. From the Greek for ‘totally new’, the Holocene is an eyeblink in geological time.