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Aeon Magazine

Since 2012, Aeon has established itself as a unique digital magazine, publishing 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.

  • 20 Hz
    Violent plasma explosions from the Sun’s surface – known as coronal mass ejections – reverberate to the farthest reaches of our solar system. However, due to the Earth’s protective magnetosphere, most people don’t take note of these events unless a particularly powerful solar flare disrupts radio signals or produces colourful… Read more »
  • How the body and mind talk to one another to understand the world
    Have you ever been startled by someone suddenly talking to you when you thought you were alone? Even when they apologise for surprising you, your heart goes on pounding in your chest. You are very aware of this sensation. But what kind of experience is it, and what can it… Read more »
  • What do your dreams look like?
    While your dreams might feel strange or random, and unique to you (if you even remember them at all), an ongoing project by the US psychologist Kelly Bulkeley offers some insight into our most common dream experiences. Since 2009, Bulkeley has encouraged people around the world to submit the contents of… Read more »
  • The telling
    When a parent dies by suicide, how the children are told casts a permanent shadow on their understanding of life and lossBy Jesse BeringRead at Aeon Read more »
  • How we discovered that Europeans used cattle 8,000 years ago
    The use of animals for their renewable products greatly increased human capabilities in prehistory. Secondary products – or anything that can be gleaned from a domestic animal repeatedly over its lifetime – expanded the capabilities of ancient human societies. They helped to provide enough food a...By Jane Gaastra, Haskel Greenfield… Read more »

Brain Pickings

Oh hello. My name is Maria Popova. I am a reader and writer, and I write about what I read here on Brain Pickings — my one-woman labor of love. Drawn from my extended marginalia on the search for meaning across literature, science, art, philosophy, and the various other tentacles of human thought is a record of my own becoming as a person — intellectually, creatively, spiritually — and an inquiry into what it means to live a good life.

Philosophy Now

Welcome to Philosophy Now, the bi-monthly magazine for everyone interested in ideas. Published since 1991, it is the winner of the 2016 Bertrand Russell Society Award. Please look around!

  • Teaching Ethics: What’s The Harm?
    Patrick Stokes discusses some of the ethical problems arising in teaching ethics.
  • Jon Carter’s Cartoon
    by Jon Carter
  • News: February/March 2019
    Brain to Brain networking demonstrated • Saudi Arabia to lift philosophy teaching ban • Philosophy Now Against Stupidity Award — News reports by Anja Steinbauer
  • Hounded in Holland
    Seán Moran considers canine companions.
  • Toughing it Out
    Anushka Bhaskar (18) and Anchal Bhaskar (16) take Resilience 101.

Existential Comics

A philosophy comic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also jokes.

Arts & Letters Daily

Arts & Letters Daily is brought to you by The Chronicle of Higher Education. New material is added to Arts & Letters Daily six days a week. Our motto, “Veritas odit moras,” is found at line 850 of Seneca’s version of Oedipus. It means “Truth hates delay.”

  • “Nightmarish and impolite.” Andrea Dworkin’s critics accused her of gender essentialism, histrionics, and dogmatism. She was undaunted Read more »
  • Ten years ago, Roberto Bolaño was the height of literary fashion. Then the “Bolaño Bubble” burst. His work continues to limp out into the market Read more »
  • Look carefully, attend to people and their situations, learn what is right. For Iris Murdoch, morality was grounded in vision and action, not just metaphysics Read more »
  • When early natural philosophers wrote a book, it might be read by 500 people. Then came Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle and a revolution in pop-science writing Read more »
  • John Stuart Mill is routinely seen by liberals and conservatives as a secular saint. Turns out he was decidedly less secular than we thought Read more »

Blog of the American Philosophical Association

The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations’ International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation.


Quartz was founded in 2012 to serve a new kind of business leader with bracingly creative and intelligent journalism that’s built for users first. We help our audience see around corners, navigate disruption in their industries, build fulfilling careers, broaden their views of the world, and enjoy lives rich with culture.

  • Nigeria has postponed its presidential elections
    *Updated with details from INEC chairman Nigeria will not be deciding its next president today (Feb. 16) as previously planned. Owing to difficulties distributing voting materials, the country’s electoral commission, INEC, is postponing the polls by a week. According to reports, the elections could not possibly have progressed as scheduled… Read more »
  • Sales for the world’s largest pot company just keep getting higher
    Nearly four months to the day since Canada legalized marijuana, Canopy Growth’s sales have never been buzzier. The world’s largest pot company yesterday (Feb. 14) posted revenue up 282% from a year earlier for its fiscal third quarter, shifting a total of over 10,000 kg (22,000 lbs) of pot and… Read more »
  • A crisp Tom Collins is the perfect way to showcase an excellent gin
    True story, I went to high school with a guy named Tom Collins. While I chuckled knowingly over his name at age 15, I never really stopped to consider the cocktail itself. It’s a great drink to make at home because it requires just a handful of ingredients—gin, lemon, simple… Read more »
  • CBP perpetuates the myth that migrant caravans are violent
    US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is working to “temporarily harden” the American side of the Tijuana River “in direct response to the Honduran and Guatemalan migrant caravans.” That’s according to the details on a $400,000 contract awarded to a San Diego company that were posted to a government database… Read more »
  • Colin Kaepernick settles his collusion lawsuit against the NFL
    Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback at the center of a storm of controversy stemming from his protests against police brutality, settled his lawsuit with the NFL today (Feb 15). The suit alleged the league’s teams retaliated against his decision to kneel during the national anthem by colluding to prevent him… Read more »


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  • Who's intent matters in a mutually engaged action?
    A comment I've since forgotten gave a philosophical anecdote about a young couple sitting on a bench where the boy reached for the girl's hand and the girl, wishing to continue to reap the benefits of being courted ignored the act or ignored the significance of the act thus giving… Read more »
  • Have there been any recent attempts to reconcile Moral Realism with Naturalism?
    I recently read several articles on moral anti-realism. Several of them (Street, Clarke-Doane, Joyce) put forth convincing arguments against the notion of moral facts, that is, the notion that there exist objective moral truths that justify moral claims. If this premise is false, and if morality is a by-product of… Read more »
  • Moral question, is killing (a) bug(s) make you a bad person?
    submitted by /u/theSomberscientist [link] [comments] Read more »
  • Why does agency even matter?
    I am not interested in arguments pro/con determinism, I just want to know why agency matters? Seems to be a fundamental, but a seemingly proofless? axiom, in the western canon. submitted by /u/metafaceitious [link] [comments] Read more »
  • Almeder's argument against defeasibility analyses of knowledge
    I'm trying to wrap my head around an argument against defeasibility analyses of knowledge that Robert Almeder presents in pages 55-59 of Blind realism (1992): 1, 2, 3. Defeasibility analyses propose that S knows that p only if S has a non-defective justification of p, where non-defectiveness is in turn… Read more »