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You cannot transfer supermarket expectations onto farmers’ markets, expecting a global array of goods, watermelons in winter. The increase in the number of farmers’ markets is encouraging but deceiving – more markets means more costs for the farmer – and in spite of the popularity of the markets, the only statistic set to rise is farm debt: http://ow.ly/UY8d302sjb1
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For the parents of children that won't survive birth, naming can be a double edged sword – a more painful, but perhaps more meaningful, loss. A mother’s extraordinary account of her choice to continue with a pregnancy that was bound to fail, is a testament to the fact that the value of life is not only in being alive, but also in connecting – no matter how briefly. Sometimes life ends just as it is beginning: http://ow.ly/SV5i302seVq
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Long before the dawn of cat memes, Walter Potter was making tableaux of animals in human-like situations. Frogs at the park, rabbits in the school room, drunken gambling rats: The stiffness and formality of the Victorian era was greatly contrasted by a penchant for whimsy and fantasy http://ow.ly/bPxI302q2I8
Long before internet posts of cute animals, there were Victorian taxidermy tableaux Born in the English village of Bramber in 1835, the Victorian-era taxidermist Walter Potter created a collection of anthropomorphic dioramas that continued to attract thousands of visitors until it was controversially dispersed at auction in 2003. His intricately detailed scenes of stuffed little animals frozen in distinctly human situations – kittens at a weddin...
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Any recreated species would enter a world that had moved beyond it. Genetically editing an elephant does not a mammoth make. Extinction is forever: http://ow.ly/6UAv302nu3h
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Buffer zones, British rule, blundered borders: A diplomat in British India carved an arbitrary topographical line across the land to create an Afghan border. The territorial delineations have had lasting impacts on the state of the region and on Afghan-Pakistani relations http://ow.ly/SgHv302nrd9
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Fifty miles from Cartagena, Colombia, the tight-knit family of Santa Cruz del Islote come under pressure when fish stocks become dangerously low. The colourful island, aquamarine ocean and clear blue sky are dulled by the prospect of returning home yet again without a single fish. While the distant city offers a strange and intimidating alternative, one man questions if they can live off sun, sea and sky alone – and stay in the paradise they call home. On Aeon Video: http://ow.ly/ED7t302kVam
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Making students learn three different notation systems for similar mathematical operations is a bit like asking them to learn three new languages for no good reason. It stalls learning and deters people from mathematics. The 'triangle of power' is more accessible, cleaner, symmetrical and beautiful – mathematically and aesthetically. Will a new notation system be welcomed by mathematicians? On Aeon Video: http://ow.ly/EEwi302slsO
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If algorithms make art, is this an amplification of human artistic expression, or sublimation? The artist becomes the mathematician. On AI, deep learning and computer art: http://ow.ly/cMss302pY7q
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Some scientific fields use mice and fruit flies as their model organism, but the psychology test subject is the American Undergraduate. We are gathering data from the WEIRDos – Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, Democratic test subjects – and making universal claims. Using US undergrads in a lab environment as the sample of humanity is like using zoo gorillas to understand all primates:
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Carnivorous worms in the Waitomo caves of New Zealand glow in the dark to create a natural planetarium and strings of chandeliers. Mimicking the night sky, they disorient their prey who navigate their way via the stars. Unusual and creative predators, on Aeon Video: http://ow.ly/CDga302nvyL
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Exercise, dance, ritual, labour, play – Exercising collectively creates a buzz that improves camaraderie, and camaraderie improves physical performance. The highly bonded team is the better performing one. On physical coordination and collective effervescence: http://ow.ly/YlVN302kPyX
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Sitting around strangers and being drawn into conversation, having time to read and look out of the window – these are now almost nostalgic experiences. Though railway was essential in speeding up the pace of progress, it's sometimes the key to slowing down. In contemplation, as in travel, we construct ourselves: http://ow.ly/IKi2302kJGE
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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
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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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