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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

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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

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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

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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