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There Is Only Coffee

Ethiopian coffee is highly prized – not least by the locals who drink it, bless with it, and work together to produce it The post There Is Only Coffee appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Can secular people still be moved by sacred art?

The loveliest image I know is Fra Angelico’s ‘Entry of the Blessed into Paradise’, a scene from his painting The Last Judgment of 1431.

The Diatomist

Amazing hidden worlds become visible through the Victorian art of arranging microscopic algae in kaleidoscopic patterns The post The Diatomist appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Does disgust have any place in moral reasoning?

Every spring a pro-life group – one whose campaigning methods are so shockingly offensive that I won’t publish their name here – sets up shop on my university’s campus quad.

Can the creative weirdness of CGI be recovered from cliche?

James Cameron’s underwater adventure The Abyss (1989) is widely considered the first film to have successfully made extensive use of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, to show audiences something they could never witness otherwise.

After My Garden Grows

A micro-agriculture programme offers hope for a girl living in a rigidly patriarchal society in rural India The post After My Garden Grows appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Colin Furze: Inside the Mind of an Inventor

Colin Furze doesn’t necessarily chase world records; they just tend to be the end result of his eccentric inventions The post Colin Furze: Inside the Mind of an Inventor appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Moral character is the foundation of a sense of personal identity

One morning after her accident, a woman I’ll call Kate awoke in a daze. She looked at the man next to her in bed.

X-Ray Man

More than 50 years after participating in secret US Army nuclear tests, Darrell Robertson can finally tell his story The post X-Ray Man appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Sillas (Musical Chairs)

The artist Francis Alÿs turns a classic children's game into a poetic, imaginative rumination on the nature of play The post Sillas (Musical Chairs) appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why are today’s craft beers so bitter?

Brian Hunt and I sat under a redwood tree in his rutted, gravel driveway in a rural part of Sonoma County, California.

When it comes to buying sex are women any different from men?

In the middle of every month, when the moon is full, and straight after payday, Louise meets Tom in a smart hotel in north Sydney to indulge in what she calls ‘my little ritual’.

Analogue People in a Digital Age

In an Irish pub, the switch from analogue to digital TV brings up life’s big questions: death, money, politics, the soul The post Analogue People in a Digital Age appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

When commercial satellites unite quantum physics and relativity

Watching a rocket as it slowly starts to heave itself out of Earth’s deep gravity well and then streaks up into the blue, you suddenly grasp on a visceral level the energies involved in space exploration.


Michael’s love of surfing seems ordinary enough until you see what it takes for him to get out on the ocean The post Birthright appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

The Zen ideas that propelled Japan’s young kamikaze pilots

Dusk, that most beautiful moment With no pattern. Millions of images appear and disappear. Beloved people.

Why broken sleep is a golden time for creativity

It is 4.18am. In the fireplace, where logs burned, there are now orange lumps that will soon be ash. Orion the Hunter is above the hill.

Amish Barn Raising

Tradition and teamwork are awe-inspiring in this time-lapse of an Amish barn raising The post Amish Barn Raising appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Forget the lone genius, it’s copycats who drive progress

Imitation might be a form of flattery, but it is also a good way to end up in legal trouble. More than 6,000 lawsuits over patent infringements were filed in the United States last year.

The Horsemen

To the horsemen of Almonte in Spain, nature is a religion, and herding is the 500-year-old ritual that defines them The post The Horsemen appeared first on Aeon Magazine.