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Will violence always be with us? Jo Hedesan says it can be significantly reduced, but not completely eliminated http://ow.ly/KNwXl
Violence does not exist only in human society; it is an expression of the need for survival in all living things. A wolf is violent toward sheep; so is a bull fighting another bull for the right to procreate. For better or worse, human beings are ...
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What is the best lesson we can learn from the study of history? That we're fallible and we hardly ever realize it. http://ow.ly/KBO60
I'm frequently amazed by people who represent history as a steady climb to progress. Yes, we've done some amazing things, and there's a lot of areas in which we've made great technological and moral progress. But people underestimate the degree to...
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What is the most likely explanation for the Fermi Paradox? Join the conversation at Aeon Ideas http://ow.ly/KBMil
What is the most likely explanation for the Fermi Paradox?
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A profile of the legendary comics author and esoteric thinker Alan Moore, from the archive: ow.ly/Kyvxr
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Can secular people benefit from prayer? By @hhavrilesky, who’s “not that into Him” but is searching for ritual. ow.ly/KpFLS
Even secular people need time out to meditate, reflect, and give thanks. Is prayer the answer?
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No, meditation, reflection, and giving thanks is the answer. Silly question.
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Does tipping humanise or commodify the experience of eating at a restaurant? Is it polite or demeaning? ow.ly/K7JL3
Rude in Tokyo, rude not to in New York – tipping mystifies tourists, economists and anthropologists. Should we stop?
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Social media provides a new venue in which disclosures of depression symptoms are allowed. Can this prevent suicide? ow.ly/KF1bx
The stigma of depression is lifting on social media, so if suicide is signalled in your newsfeed, should you intervene?
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A wily octopus stalks an unsuspecting rock crab, dispatching the crustacean with merciless efficiency. Aeon video: ow.ly/KyqMn
Wearing a seashell as a disguise, the wily and merciless veined octopus stalks an unsuspecting rock crab
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The crisp bubbles of real New York seltzer from the city’s last bottler offer refreshment and rich nostalgia. Video: ow.ly/KwiGl
The crisp bubbles of real New York seltzer from the city’s last bottler serve up refreshment and stir up rich nostalgia
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Design fictions draw on a long tradition of technological storytelling. Every technology starts with a story. ow.ly/KwizN
As technological choices become ever more complex, design fiction, not science, hints at the future we actually want
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As our planet gets ever more crowded, do experts really have a grasp on the population forecast 100 years from now? ow.ly/K7KdW
As our planet gets ever more crowded, do the experts have any idea how many of us there will be 100 years from now?
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Delicate quantum effects, bizarre theories of reality, mysterious tangles of light – Aeon essays on quantum theory: http://ow.ly/K2sZu
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Aeon is an online magazine of ideas and culture. We publish original essays and short documentary films, free to all. aeon.co/magazine & aeon.co/film
Introduction

Aeon Magazine, which launched in September 2012, publishes an original essay every weekday. See a selection of our most popular essays.

Aeon Film, which launched in November 2013, screens contemporary and classic short documentaries.

Our content is organised around five themes:

World Views takes on contemporary culture clashes, ancient philosophical conundrums and the many ways in which our beliefs shape experience.

Nature & Cosmos looks through the eyes of cutting-edge scientists, explorers and other attentive observers to bring the universe’s myriad patterns into focus.

Being Human puts our own nature under the microscope, comparing insights from psychology, anatomy, evolutionary theory and simple introspection.

Living Together searches for fresh lessons and hopeful developments in the greatest and most complicated of human projects, co-existence.

Altered States explores ritual, play, recreation and imagination: whatever it takes to get beyond the everyday world.