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 Happy endings are no longer sealed with a kiss and the goal of heterosexual romance has been replaced by a new ideal: family love.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)

American Petro-Topia

The daughter of a plastics manufacturer assesses the toxins that get passed from one generation to another, in her family and yours. First published in 2015, this story, like petrochemistry, stays with you.

Source: Aeon
Published: Mar 1, 2015
Length: 17 minutes (4,400 words)

The Scalp from Sand Creek

In 1864, United States soldiers murdered 200 Cheyenne and Arapaho families in a small village, and they pilfered their remains as trophies. Museums and private collectors finally returned what material they had to the tribes. The questions now are: does repatriation help First Nations heal? And what else can be done?

Source: Aeon
Published: Jun 8, 2017
Length: 7 minutes (1,976 words)

Walk the Lines

From Iain Sinclair to Lauren Elkin and W. G. Sebald, the meditative stroll, based on the dérive or ‘drift,’ is a popular literary form in England. When one young writer considers his own stroll, he maneuvers through the form’s past, present and future.

Author: Will Wiles
Source: Aeon
Published: Apr 12, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)

Rules of Ascent

For mountaineers, it’s not enough to get to the top – it must be done a certain way. But why is the harder way better?

Author: Paul Sagar
Source: Aeon
Published: May 8, 2017
Length: 14 minutes (3,540 words)

In Praise of Cash

Cash might be grungy, unfashionable and corruptible, but it is still a great public good, important for rich and poor alike.

Source: Aeon
Published: Mar 1, 2017
Length: 10 minutes (2,700 words)

End of a Golden Age

Now that many Americans fear we’re entering a dark period of decline, it’s useful to analyze the industrialized world’s post-War period of economic prosperity to understand what made it exceptional, and why we cannot recreate it.

Source: Aeon
Published: Feb 22, 2017
Length: 13 minutes (3,300 words)