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Is ineffability a symptom of the insufficiency of language to capture the ultimate truths of the world? Can you deny the existence of an ineffable truth, while accepting the idea of ineffable knowledge? Speaking the unspeakable: http://ow.ly/Mu8N3084edC
Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?
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Big Pharma pours research dollars into anti-beta-amyloid therapies for Alzheimer's disease, even as clinical trials fail to improve patient outcomes. An alternative hypothesis places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, but still scientists resist the idea that pathogens could drive the disease: http://ow.ly/dAUf3081Xtu
A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good
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What happened when a beam of protons travelling at nearly the speed of light passed through Soviet scientist Anatoli Bugorski's head, Phineas Gage-style? Particle accelerators and the human body: http://ow.ly/ACwT307VqdL
What would happen if you stuck your body inside a particle accelerator? The scenario seems like the start of a bad Marvel comic, but it happens to shed light on our intuitions about radiation, the vulnerability of the human body, and the very natu...
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Throughout the ages, the (un)dead return. How ghosts, ghouls and zombies show the need for the dead among us. The revenants: http://ow.ly/aHqx307T6qD
There is, it would seem, no greater chasm than that which divides the living from the dead. We who still dwell on the side of life know this as we relegate the inert bodies of those so recently just like ourselves to the elements from which they c...
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How does an idea become fashionable in philosophy, and what is behind the rise and fall of popularity? It is natural that there is flux and volatility in the field, but philosophy may be particularly capricious in its search for new paradigms, the ground-breaking and the 'exciting': http://ow.ly/z23f307QIWR
The rise and fall of popular positions in the field of philosophy is not governed solely by reason. Philosophers are generally reasonable people but, as with the rest of the human species, their thoughts are heavily influenced by their social sett...
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Poorly designed drug policies can worsen violence and contribute to epidemics, bringing disproportionate harm to women and girls. Women users and ex-users of drugs should be granted meaningful participation in drug policy and programming, as part of an approach based on self-determination and empowerment. From our partner, Open Society Foundations: http://ow.ly/vYIK307QkSG
Catalina was in prison for a drug conviction in Guaviare, Colombia. She had been detained for possessing some coca paste­ – an amount barely sufficient to economically support herself and her two young children for a few weeks. She didn’t know whe...
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Hazing is the ritualised abuse and humiliation of newcomers initiated into a group, a practice that continues despite official efforts to eradicate it. Why does hazing remain so appealing that people risk punishment, injury and even death to keep them alive? http://ow.ly/qMY730822K5
In the autumn of 1900, Oscar Booz, a 17-year-old student at West Point military academy, was hazed by fellow cadets. Tabasco sauce was forced down his throat on three different occasions, and he was coerced into boxing a much larger student who sa...
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Like a public marriage contract, an official ‘co-parenting agreement’ would enshrine the rights and responsibilities of each parent in respect of their children. It would also help single adults find a suitable co-parent for forming a family ‘minus the couple’: http://ow.ly/zcXB307XEwe
When I was in graduate school in the United States in the early 1980s, a member of our women’s support group informed us that she was pregnant. Although she was single and not in a serious relationship, she told us she intended to have the baby a...
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Reflecting on the history of logic forces us to reflect on what it means to be a reasonable cognitive agent – to think properly. A guide through the three golden periods of logic, from philosophy to mathematical instantiations: http://ow.ly/Ky6F307VmtJ
Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge
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According to Marcus Sidonius Falx, 'a wife should have no emotion of her own but should reflect the mood of her husband'; 'too much sleep makes you soft and deadens the heart'; and conception may be aided by having 'a light snack first' – A guide to family management from a Roman patriarch of noble birth (and, in turn, a guide into the history of patriarchy): http://ow.ly/SD9p307SZYQ
His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman
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When Daniel Everett suggested that the Pirahãs of the Amazon had a non-recursive language, challenging Noam Chomsky's theory of a universal grammar, it caused enormous controversy. Why do some linguists become so emotional in the debate over innate language and language recursion? http://ow.ly/Krni307QKbn
I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?
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The way children approached the world was, according to American philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer John Dewey, near to the attitude of the scientific mind. The scientific method as we know it today comes from psychological studies of children only a century ago. Child’s play: http://ow.ly/QuNK307Od0V
The authoritative statement of scientific method derives from a surprising place — early 20th-century child psychology
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Aeon is an online magazine of ideas and culture. We publish in-depth essays, incisive articles, and a mix of original and curated videos - free to all. aeon.co
Introduction
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.