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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 …

Taoism

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

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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

Photograph: David Levene/AFP/Getty/Guardian<p>'We are the children of Dionysus, sailing in a barrel and not ­recognising any authority' … Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot writing to Slavoj Žižek. Photograph: David …

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 …

Feminism

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 …

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 …