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If necessity is the mother of invention, humility is the father, and arrogance the terrible son – the evil twin of confidence. You don’t know everything. Information is not knowledge: http://ow.ly/xTHR302GjFP
‘If I only had a little humility, I’d be perfect,’ the media mogul Ted Turner supposedly said sometime in the 1990s, in a moment of narcissistic exuberance. While Turner has been much humbler since, today’s breed of tech entrepreneurs often displa...
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If a public school has a gymnasium, art studio, garden, playground, library – this is John Dewey’s handiwork, a reflection of his pedagogy. 100 years on, this model is under attack, but standardised testing teaches answers not questions, and questions are the basis of protest, dissent and democracy. On schools for good citizens, not just good workers: http://ow.ly/ydpe302GhV3
He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it
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If a public school has a gymnasium, art studio, garden, playground, library – this is John Dewey’s handiwork, a reflection of his pedagogy. 100 years on, this model is under attack, but standardised testing teaches answers not questions, and questions are the basis of protest, dissent and democracy. On schools for good citizens, not just good workers: http://ow.ly/ydpe302GhV3
He knew how to protect democracy – not by rote and rules but by growing independent-minded kids. Let us not forget it
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Seafood with ocean sounds, strings with dessert – sound is the forgotten flavour sense. Multi-sensory perception is the norm not the exception, so become a sensory alchemist and combine the senses for a richer experience. On Aeon Video: http://ow.ly/Jrqs302GmhP
Can you season seafood with ocean sounds? One of the many ways senses interact Historically, what are considered the five primary human senses – hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste – have been studied as independent phenomena. But according to Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford, this separation is a mistake since our sensory experiences are so intimately intertwined. In this short video commission...
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By harnessing the power of interferometry, it is possible to directly image the spotted, active surface of distant stars. Studies of zeta Andromedae can teach us about stellar structure, magnetism, formation, evolution – our past and our future http://ow.ly/Q0Rt302DW0L
Mount Wilson Observatory, perched atop the San Gabriel Mountains outside Los Angeles, has been the site of some of the greatest expansions in human knowledge of the cosmos. It is here that, in 1924, Edwin Hubble proved the existence of galaxies be...
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Humanity has always searched for, and been terrified of, eternal life. But for apeirophobes, the endless night, the infinite universe, and the eternal afterlife are definitions of fear. To die or to live forever: the paradox is the epitome of terror http://ow.ly/c6fq302Byz6
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Seafood with ocean sounds, strings with dessert – sound is the forgotten flavour sense. Multi-sensory perception is the norm not the exception, so become a sensory alchemist and combine the senses for a richer experience. On Aeon Video: http://ow.ly/Jrqs302GmhP
Can you season seafood with ocean sounds? One of the many ways senses interact Historically, what are considered the five primary human senses – hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste – have been studied as independent phenomena. But according to Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at the University of Oxford, this separation is a mistake since our sensory experiences are so intimately intertwined. In this short video commission...
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In the race to change the world, we're backing ideas as the winner. If you are too, help us continue doing what we do. Your donation will help us pay our writers, film-makers and editors, and help keep Aeon free of intrusive ads. We think that the future of publishing is in community-driven, community-supported enterprise. Help us put ideas first: https://aeon.co/donate
Aeon is a magazine of ideas and culture. We publish in-depth essays, incisive articles, and a mix of original and curated videos — free to all.
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If necessity is the mother of invention, humility is the father, and arrogance the terrible son – the evil twin of confidence. You don’t know everything. Information is not knowledge: http://ow.ly/xTHR302GjFP
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If you run away you will be expelled forever: Smart, beautiful Mümine wants to marry for love and go to school – but her family, working in the tobacco fields in the rolling Macedonian mountains, expect her to work as they do and to accept the husband they find for her. On Aeon Video, from the Archive: http://ow.ly/4jKD302E14O
While Mümine thinks about boys and school, her parents want an arranged marriage Fourteen-year-old Mümine lives with her family in the mountains of Macedonia, members of the Yörüks, a tradition-rich Turkish group of people. During her break from school, Mümine joins her parents and siblings in the field and, as they work together each day, she begins to chafe against the more traditional views of her mother and father who want to marry her off t...
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For many, politically correct words are like Puff Daddy – forever changing, forever the same. But rolling semantic renewal is part of linguistic life in civilised society. Thought changes more slowly than we can change the words for it, and the unpleasant connotations of words and the ways we use them catch up with language itself. Euphemise this: http://ow.ly/q1X8302DQZe
Euphemisms are like underwear: best changed frequently. What work are they doing in our language and why do they expire?
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History has been shaped as much by mass flowerings of empathy as it has by moments of horror. The imaginative capacity for changing places in fantasy with the suffer has the power to shape policy, society, lives. Be moved: http://ow.ly/WdBp302BDOO
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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture, launched September 2012. We publish some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. We ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts.

Aeon has four channels, and all are completely free to enjoy. Most weekdays, we publish Essays – longform explorations of deep issues written by serious and creative thinkers.

From Monday to Friday, we also publish Ideas – short provocations, maintaining Aeon’s high editorial standards but in a more nimble and immediate form.

Aeon’s Video channel streams a mixture of curated short documentaries and original Aeon content, including a series of interviews with experts at the forefront of thought.

Finally, Aeon’s Conversations invite the reader in to put their own arguments and points of view. With Conversations, old-style web comments give way to a new form of collective inquiry.

Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne and New York. It is not affiliated with any other organisation or political group. Aeon is committed to big ideas, serious enquiry and a humane worldview. That’s it.
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