The popular Primitive Technology blog features an unnamed man in Australia’s Far North Queensland building tools and structures using only raw, found materials.
Who should hold power: the few or the many? Concentrating power in the hands of a few – in monarchy, dictatorship or oligarchy – tends to result in power for personal benefit at the expense of others.
Throughout human history there have been individuals who have been ready to risk everything for their beliefs By Timothy Garton Ash Read at Aeon
In every conversation, there is an unspoken code – a set of social rules that guides you. When to talk, when to stop talking, when to listen, and where to look.
Trees lay down rings, the earth tells its story in geological strata and now we’ve found the secret archive of the whale By Rebecca Kessler Read at Aeon
Yellowstone’s reintroduction of wolves in 1995 is one of the best-known instances of a trophic cascade – a single change in a food chain that transforms an entire ecosystem.
People outside academia often struggle to comprehend tenure. We live in a society where job security is in decades-long decline.
How organisations enshrine collective stupidity and employees are rewarded for checking their brains at the office door By André Spicer Read at Aeon
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has both proud supporters and critics of its policies on religious beliefs and sexuality.
In a remote region of the Indian Himalayas, Lobsang Phuntsok, formerly a Buddhist monk, has dedicated his life to rescuing unwanted, orphaned and needy children.
People who can switch between street dialects and standard language might have the same cognitive advantage as bilinguals By Michael Erard Read at Aeon
Planets aren’t rare. Life is surprisingly durable. The more we’ve learned about the Universe, the more the search for extraterrestrial life has shifted from science fiction to serious scientific undertaking.
Programming computers is a piece of cake. Or so the world’s digital-skills gurus would have us believe.
‘They think that a referee has no feelings at all.’ The Polish director Grzegorz Zariczny’s The Whistle follows Marcin, a low-league soccer referee, as he breaks up fights and absorbs the criticisms and ire of angry players, rowdy fans, disgruntled coaches and a referee committee.
In 1776, American Patriots faced problems of crushing sovereign debt, vituperative debates about immigration, and questions about the role of foreign trade.
Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’ is not just a radical kind of art. It’s a philosophical dialetheia: a contradiction that is true By Damon Young & Graham Priest Read at Aeon
In 1614, when the telescope was new technology, a young man in Germany published a book filled with illustrations of the exciting new things being discovered telescopically: moons circling Jupiter, moon-like phases of Venus, spots on the Sun, the rough and cratered lunar surface.
There is something deeply revealing about the books one truly loves in childhood and adolescence By Adam Gidwitz Read at Aeon
Once called the ‘eighth wonder of the world’ by Thomas Edison, Linotype typecasting machines revolutionised publishing when they were invented in 1886, and remained the industry standard for nearly a century after.
Is consciousness everywhere? Is it a basic feature of the Universe, at the very heart of the tiniest subatomic particles?