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On the necessity of obedience

George Berkeley was a visionary immaterialist. And a philosopher whose views on subordination to God legitimised slaveryBy Tom JonesRead at Aeon

The Mozart effect

The so-called ‘Mozart effect’ is a case study in how research can get distorted and overstated in the public imaginationBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Africa writes back

European ideas of African illiteracy are persistent, prejudiced and, as the story of Libyc script shows, entirely wrongBy D Vance SmithRead at Aeon

Thai country living

Friends, family, food, music: a recipe for a good life from a Thai country craftsman living far from the bustle of BangkokBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Contact

An alien-made artefact or just interstellar debris? What ʻOumuamua says about how science works when data is scarceBy Matthew BothwellRead at Aeon

It’s rocket science

Meet the high-school dropout turned rocket engineer who wouldn’t let dyslexia stop him from aiming for the skyBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

Radical acceptance

The painful feelings you avoid grow twisted in the dark. By facing your sorrows and struggles you can take back your lifeBy Joshua ColemanRead at Aeon

Philosophy’s lack of progress

For centuries, all philosophers seem to have done is question and debate. Why do philosophical problems resist solution?By Chris DalyRead at Aeon

A brief history of the devil

The devil in all his guises: how a minor character from the Old Testament evolved into a versatile stand-in for human evilBy Aeon VideoWatch at Aeon

How equality slipped away

For 97 per cent of human history, all people had about the same power and access to goods. How did inequality ratchet up?By Kim SterelnyRead at Aeon

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