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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture, publishing an original essay every weekday.

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My blackness

At times I’ve tried to escape it. Other times I’ve embraced it. But at all times, people have attempted to define me by it - by Colin Grant Read at Aeon

The doll

‘He bought me gummy bears’: at 14, Asal is engaged to be married. What does her Iranian family think about the prospect? - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Learning styles don’t exist

A teaching approach that is based on students’ preferences sounds laudable. But this misunderstands how learning happens - by Carl Hendrick Read at Aeon

Barry Loewer on causation

Can ‘cause and effect’ ever make sense in a quantum world? A philosopher’s probabilistic attempt to reclaim causation - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Goodbye Pixel

Although it felt more like bereavement for a person than the loss of a thing, the death of a pet isn’t exactly like either - by Julian Baggini Read at Aeon

Everything is going to be fine

An archaeologist, a therapist and doomsday preppers advise an anxious filmmaker on how to cope with the end of the world - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Disarming transphobia

‘Rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ is a popular weapon in the anti-trans arsenal. It is nothing but unscientific bunk - by Quinnehtukqut McLamore Read at Aeon

The other Cleopatra

Daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, she became the influential queen of a mysterious, abundant North African kingdom - by Jane Draycott Read at Aeon

Ethical dilemma: whose life is more valuable?

Given what we know about the inner worlds of nonhuman animals, how can scientists experiment on them for our potential good? - by Aeon Video Watch at Aeon

Forgotten existentialist

Sartre gets much of the credit for existentialism. Karl Jaspers not only preceded him, but offered a way out of despair - by Deborah Casewell Read at Aeon

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