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Great articles and essays by the world's best journalists and writers.
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20 amazing articles and essays


Since it launched in 2012 Aeon has been putting out some of the best writing on the web. We went through their archive and picked out out favourites so far:

Not Nothing by Stephen Cave - Should we worry about killing insects?

How to Choose? by Michael Schulson - Why random decisions are sometimes better than informed choices

The Origin of Laughter, Smiles and Tears by Michael Graziano - What our most distincitve facial expressions tell us about evolution

The Great Forgetting by Kristin Ohlson - Why we forget the first few years of our lives

The Reality Show by Mike Jay - Schizophrenics used to see spirits. Now they talk about hidden cameras – and make a lot of sense

Endless Fun by Michael Graziano - What will happen when we upload ourselves?

Cyborg Dreams by Tom Chatfield - Gadgets are the first thing we touch in the morning and the last thing we stroke at night. Are we their slaves?

The Vegans Have Landed by Rhys Southan - Are vegan ethics really about animal rights?

The vegan carnivore? by Julian Baggini - When we can grow meat in a lab, what will happen to vegetarians?

Omens by Ross Andersen - What will humanity look like millions of years from now?

The Wait of the World by Dava Sobel - How, for the first time in history, time could become disconnected from the turning of the earth

One More Time by Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis - The alchemy of repetition and the genesis of music

I Type, Therefore I Am by Tom Chatfield - How an explosion of text is changing the way we write

This World is Enough by John Quiggin - We have the resources, if we are willing to use them the right way

Enter Halophytes by Mark Anderson - How saltwater plants could be the food of our future

Ad Nauseam by Adam Corner - How the advertising world hacked the consumer backlash

The American Cloud by Venkatesh Rao - What really goes on under America’s hood?

A Raccoon of my Own by Lauren Slater - On homesickness, animals and growing up

Homelands by Charles Crawford - On the balkanisation of the… errr… Balkans

The Obesity Era by David Berreby - Is weight gain a personal issue or a global phenomenon?

11th Sep


Nostalgia on Repeat by Chuck Klosterman - On the amazing ability of music to transport us into the past

One More Time by Elizabeth Margulis - The fascinating psychology of music and how repeated sounds create music in our minds

How Headphones Changed the World by Derek Thompson - A short philosophical history of personal music

The Soundtrack of Your Life by David Owen - Inside Muzak, a company with deep knowledge of how music affects us

Seduced by ‘Perfect’ Pitch by Lessley Anderson - How Auto-Tune took over the world of pop

9th Sep


What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk - Is there a formula for a happy life?

The Futile Pursuit of Happiness by Jon Gertner - Why we are so bad at predicting what will make us happy

There’s More to Life Than Being Happy by Emily Smith - Is trying too hard to be happy making us unhappy?

Happiness is a Glass Half Empty by Oliver Burkeman - How seeing clouds rather than silver lines could make you happier

The Truth About Money by Gregg Easterbrook - We have more of it than effer before, so why aren’t we any happier?

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed by David Cain - Does human misery keep the wheels of commerce turning?

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy by ? - Happiness = reality - expectations