Kid Culture

Americans have always had issues raising their children as citizens instead of tiny, mighty monarchs.”

Source: Aeon
Published: May 14, 2020
Length: 15 minutes (3,996 words)

We Are Nature

“Even the Anthropocene is nature at work transforming itself.”

Author: Beth Lord
Source: Aeon
Published: Apr 28, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

The Hunger Mood

Is losing weight a matter of psychology, not physiology?

Source: Aeon
Length: 14 minutes (3,700 words)

Traumatized by the cure

“You gave us more life, but you didn’t attend to the issues that make life worth living.” Are survivors of life-threatening illness suffering from a form of PTSD?

Author: Liza Gross
Source: Aeon
Published: Mar 3, 2020
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

The pointing ape

A chimpanzee called Clint instigated a significant line of research into how chimpanzees use gestures to manipulate people.

Source: Aeon
Published: Oct 1, 2019
Length: 23 minutes (5,800 words)

Deep Brain Stimulation

In 2017, the US medical device company Medtronic announced that it had implanted deep brain stimulation (DBS) equipment in 150,000 patients worldwide to reduce debilitating tremors. This is a powerful therapy, but have the risks proved to outweigh the benefits?

Source: Aeon
Published: Aug 14, 2019
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Love isn’t what it was

Love, in the world of Walt Disney films, has changed. Happy endings are no longer sealed with a kiss and the goal of heterosexual romance has been replaced by a new ideal: family love. Sophus Helle explores this twist in the Disney tale.

Source: Aeon
Published: Jun 12, 2019
Length: 14 minutes (3,500 words)

Musical Pleasures

Human beings have savored listening to music for centuries, but the mechanisms behind that pleasurable experience still elude comprehension.

Source: Aeon
Published: Sep 4, 2018
Length: 13 minutes (3,268 words)

The Quantified Heart

“Artificial intelligence promises ever more control over the highs and lows of our emotions. Uneasy? Perhaps you should be.”

Source: Aeon
Published: Jul 12, 2018
Length: 12 minutes (3,000 words)

Die Like a Dog

Pet dogs often have a peaceful death that forestalls protracted suffering and pain. Why can’t we do the same for humans?

Source: Aeon
Published: May 15, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,988 words)