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Stephen King on childhood


‘It’s a secret world that exists by its own rules and lives in its own culture.’ Using archival audio excerpted from a 1989 interview with Stephen King, this instalment of PBS’s animated Blank on Blank series features the horror fiction master discussing why his work combines the fantastical universe of childhood with the macabre realities of adulthood, and how effective horror preys on the practical fears ‘just outside the spotlight’ of reality.

The missing fossils matter as much as the ones we have found


The coelacanths are an ancient group of lobe-finned fishes, with weird appendages that take the form of bony, fleshy, muscular stalks.

Unwelcomed


When you come back to your home country after a lifetime away, there is nothing that can prepare you for the shock of return By Enuma Okoro Read at Aeon

Latte pappas


Sweden’s hands-on dads represent an alternate male form forged by lowered testosterone and the potent hormones of attachment By Richard W Orange Read at Aeon

There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease


In the 1830s, British settlers in New Zealand imported European rabbits for food and sport. With no native predators, the rabbits soon took over.

Order from chaos


A collaboration between the UK-based electronic musician Max Cooper and the French motion graphics artist Maxime Causeret, Order from Chaos features an experimental soundtrack inspired by the concept of emergence accompanied by mesmerising representations of emergent systems, including the cooperation of simple cells, swarm behaviour and Alan Turing’s proposed mathematical theory of embryology.

Life-and-death thought experiments are correctly unsolvable


People have concerns about the psychological effects of endlessly playing shoot-em-up video games but I sometimes wonder whether doing moral philosophy is just as corrosive.

Unspeakable things


Life's most meaningful experiences can leave us tongue-tied. What can be said, let alone understood, about the unsayable?

The super salmon


Energised by a charming, eclectic cast of characters, including the titular fish, The Super Salmon dives into a civic battle between government bureaucrats and grassroots activists over the proposed Susitna-Watana Dam in southern Alaska: a $6 billion project that critics believe would greatly damage a vital salmon-spawning area.

People are intensely loyal to groups which abuse newcomers. Why?


In the autumn of 1900, Oscar Booz, a 17-year-old student at West Point military academy, was hazed by fellow cadets.

A bug for Alzheimer’s?


A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good By Melinda Wenner Moyer Read at Aeon

Invisible lives: a legacy of China’s family planning rules


In 1979 China introduced one of the largest social engineering efforts in human history – the ‘one-child policy’ – to combat population growth. In addition to leaving the country with problematic demographic imbalances, this family planning policy has created an underclass of 13 million unregistered people, all born ‘illegally’.

We need a contract for co-parenting, not just for marriage


When I was in graduate school in the United States in the early 1980s, a member of our women’s support group informed us that she was pregnant.

The dying language of whistling, El Silbo


The language of whistles known as Silbo Gomero – or just el silbo (‘the whistle’) – was once heard widely throughout La Gomera, one of the smallest of the seven main Canary Islands off the Atlantic Coast of Africa.

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator


What would happen if you stuck your body inside a particle accelerator? The scenario seems like the start of a bad Marvel comic, but it happens to shed light on our intuitions about radiation, the vulnerability of the human body, and the very nature of matter.

What is logic?


Is logical thinking a way to discover or to debate? The answers from philosophy and mathematics define human knowledge By Catarina Dutilh Novaes Read at Aeon

Ghosts and ghouls haunt the living with a message about life


There is, it would seem, no greater chasm than that which divides the living from the dead. We who still dwell on the side of life know this as we relegate the inert bodies of those so recently just like ourselves to the elements from which they came: earth or fire – ashes to ashes; air in the to...

How to be a patriarch


His duties are many, his challenges weighty, but his glory can be great. A guide to family management, by a Roman nobleman By Marcus Sidonius Falx & Jerry Toner Read at Aeon

Territory


‘Shit, the monkeys are here...’ The Rock of Gibraltar is an imposing limestone monolith, towering 426 metres over the Mediterranean Sea on the southern coast of Spain in the British overseas territory of Gibraltar.

Chomsky, Wolfe and me


I took on Noam Chomsky’s ideas about language and unleashed a decade of debate and ridicule. But is my argument wrong?


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