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The case of Norman Douglas

He was a literary lion and an infamous pederast: what might we learn from his life about monstrosity and humanity?By Rachel Hope ClevesRead at Aeon

You and the thing that you love

‘I was just shoving myself into the moment’: how a skateboarder continues to do what he loves after losing his sightBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Safety is fatal

Humans need closeness and belonging but any society that closes its gates is doomed to atrophy. How do we stay open?By David NapierRead at Aeon

Should computers run the world?

As algorithms increasingly shape our lives, their efficient, ethical use demands a dose of humanity, argues Hannah FryBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

The joy of being animal

Human exceptionalism is dead: for the sake of our own happiness and the planet we should embrace our true animal natureBy Melanie ChallengerRead at Aeon

The artefact artist

‘An Indiana Jones in Gotham’ – how an urban archaeologist unearths centuries-old treasure beneath New York CityBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Brain wifi

Instead of a code encrypted in the wiring of our neurons, could consciousness reside in the brain’s electromagnetic field?By Johnjoe McFaddenRead at Aeon

My brother’s keeper

Once, these two men were a Guantánamo Bay prisoner and guard; 13 years later, Mohamedou and Steve reunite as friendsBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

The gender of dementia

Are women really at greater risk from dementia? Until we reckon with social roles and inequalities, it’s impossible to sayBy Kate GregorevicRead at Aeon

Hannah Arendt: What remains?

Beyond ‘Banality’ – a rare interview with Hannah Arendt from 1964 captures her making as an intellectual giantBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

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