Many ancient Greek philosophers were suspicious of emotions, believing that reason was the key to freeing the mind from destructive, distracting impulses.
The 18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant believed that human beings tend to be evil. He wasn’t talking about some guy rubbing his hands and crowing with glee at the prospect of torturing an enemy.
One of the most influential American poets of the 20th century, E E Cummings is famous for his experimental, distinctive use of capitalisation, punctuation and structure.
The American jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr wrote in 1925: ‘If I were having a philosophical talk with a man I was going to have hanged (or electrocuted) I should say, I don’t doubt that your act was inevitable for you, but to make it more avoidable by others we propose to sacrifice you to the c...
Animal consciousness is taboo in many areas of biological science. What’s so hard about the inner lives of other species?
Have you ever wondered how many contradictory thoughts you have in a day? How many times your thoughts contradict your actions?
If the sultan of Mysore had had a bit more luck, George Washington might be known as the Haider Ali of North America By Blake Smith Read at Aeon
A project by the Italian chemistry student and photographer Emanuele Fornasier, Crystal Birth features close-up time-lapse photography of electrocrystallisation, a process in which an electrical current running through a chemical solution results in the gradual buildup of metal on an electrode.
Amid this year’s titanic political and social upheavals, the town of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, found time for quiet mourning.
Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence By Inderjeet Mani Read at Aeon
Travelling to and eventually colonising Mars could be humanity’s best chance of longterm survival. But the opportunity to live on a new planet would come with unprecedented challenges – some predictable, some unforeseeable.
Being an air-traffic controller is not easy. At the heart of the job is a cognitive ability called ‘situational awareness’ that involves ‘the continuous extraction of environmental information [and the] integration of this information with prior knowledge to form a coherent mental picture’. Vast ...
A new medical device enables the expulsion of stomach contents for weight loss. Are you feeling disgusted?
From our origins in Africa, humans began migrating around the globe roughly 100,000 years ago. But it was only with the advent of agriculture about 12,000 years ago that our population started to swell to more than a million.
It was in 2012 that Major League Baseball ran an ad showing generations of parents sharing the beloved American pastime with their kids.
Now fundamental to our understanding of Earth science, the theory of continental drift was highly controversial – if not outright derided by the majority of the scientific community – when the German geophysicist Alfred Wegener first proposed it in 1912.
Tight-lipped, frosty and fake, the passive-aggressive person never quite takes the blame. Is this always a bad thing?
Christianity has played a central role in African-American life from the late 18th century to the present.
A nation is either strong or weak. A country is either bravely independent or cravenly beholden. You are either a follower of this school of thought or that one.
From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested By Charles Leadbeater Read at Aeon