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How consciousness works. And why we believe in ghosts – Michael Graziano | Aeon Essays

Scientific talks can get a little dry, so I try to mix it up. I take out my giant hairy orangutan puppet, do some ventriloquism and quickly become …

Why regret is essential to the good life – Carina Chocano | Aeon Essays

I regret everything. Decades-old decisions, things I said, things I didn’t say, opportunities I missed, opportunities I took, recent purchases, …

Can the multiverse explain the course of history? – Andrew Crumey | Aeon Essays

Andy Murray’s unexpectedly strong start against Roger Federer in the Wimbledon 2012 final put the <i>Daily Telegraph</i> columnist Matthew Norman in a …

How Buddhist ritual helped me ride out the storm of OCD – Matt Bieber | Aeon Essays

Our society likes to portray obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as a cute quirk, a goofy, if irritating, eccentricity. It is not. For the person …

Forget prophecy: the I Ching is an uncertainty machine – Will Buckingham | Aeon Essays

I stepped into the dark of the ramshackle hillside temple. It was a hot day, and the climb had been steep. There were no other tourists around. The …

Be Mine? Why It’s Smart to Court Your Friends

I could tell she was courting me. The constant compliments about my accessories. The invitations to lectures at the library. The birthday card on my …

A Hairy Chest Makes a Man

Humans veered toward bare skin when the cost-benefit analysis favored having "fewer parasites" over a "warming, furry coat." But does it make me seem less virile?<p>Given that I come from a clan of hirsute Russian Jews, it is a particularly personal disappointment that my chest is bare, save the …

How Glass Magnifies Desire

We no longer just look through glass; we also want it to peer into us.<p>During the climax of the 2011 film <i>Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,</i> Ethan Hunt and a fellow super spy access an interactive, multi-touch car windshield to dynamically plan a faster route as they drive through the crowded …

Study Theology, Even If You Don't Believe in God

This lost liberal art encourages scholars to understand history from the inside out.<p>When I first told my mother—a liberal, secular New Yorker—that I wanted to cross an ocean to study for a bachelor’s degree in theology, she was equal parts aghast and concerned. Was I going to become a nun, she …

Obamacare: The Biggest Insurance Scam in History

(Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: takomabibelot, massmatt)The Affordable Care Act (ACA), also called "Obamacare," may be the biggest …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Preserving Liberty Is More Important Than Making a Fetish of the Constitution

Though important, the document isn't an end in itself—advancing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is the end.<p>The U.S. Constitution has done a tremendous amount to advance and safeguard liberty. I favor adhering to the document far more often than the average American. We'd be better off, …

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot's prison letters to Slavoj Žižek

2 January 2013<p><i>Dear Nadezhda,</i><p>I hope you have been able to organise your life in prison around small rituals that make it tolerable, and that you have time to read. Here are my thoughts on your predicament.<p>John Jay Chapman, an American political essayist, wrote this about radicals in 1900: "They are …

Your Zodiac Sign, Your Health

Many doctors used to take astrology seriously—and season of birth has been linked to increased risk for a number of serious diseases. Can modern medicine actually learn from stars and seasonality?<p>Your birthday is an inescapable mark, one of a small number of qualities in life you can never change, …

Why We're Sometimes Kind Without Reason

Our brains are constantly, subtly being primed in fascinating ways by our physical surroundings.<p>The eminent sociologist Erving Goffman suggested that life is a series of performances, in which we are all continually managing the impression we give other people. If this is so, then public spaces …

Storybook Plutocracy

George Packer’s <i>The Unwinding</i> is a minor masterpiece of the social-disintegration genre—a beautifully written, clinically observed story of the …

How feminism fell into disrepair among American teenagers – Pamela Erens | Aeon Essays

My teenaged children and I were hanging out in our kitchen, just as we’d done thousands of times before, when one of them said something that made me …

The Vatican's Journey From Anti-Communism to Anti-Capitalism

The pope's strong condemnation of income inequality and free markets shows how much has changed in the Catholic Church since the Cold War.<p>Reuters<p>Pope Francis is once again shaking things up in the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he issued his first “apostolic exhortation,” declaring a new enemy for …

What Is a Poem?

You read it; it reads you. An Object Lesson.<p>When I used to ask students what a poem is, I would get answers like “a painting in words,” or “a medium for self-expression,” or “a song that rhymes and displays beauty.” None of these answers ever really satisfied me, or them, and so for a while I …

The FBI files on being and nothingness

I was leafing through some FBI files on French philosophers when a new candidate for occupancy of the populous Grassy Knoll in Dallas leapt out at …

Will we ever get our heads round consciousness? – Michael Hanlon | Aeon Essays

Over there is a bird, in silhouette, standing on a chimney top on the house opposite. It is evening; the sun set about an hour ago and now the sky is …