In 1977, Glenn Burke, a rookie outfielder in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Los Angeles Dodgers, lifted his arm high above his head and slapped palms with his teammate Dusty Baker to celebrate a milestone home run, marking what is widely regarded as the first documented instance of a high five.
Cute things are usually vulnerable, fragile and weak. But cuteness itself is mighty indeed. Morten L Kringelbach and his colleagues at the University of Oxford recently described cuteness as ‘one of the most basic and powerful forces shaping our behaviour’.
From sundials and swinging pendulums to vibrating quartz crystals, humans have many ways of measuring the passage of time.
By 2010, everyone had heard the ‘austerity’ rallying cry. Immediately following the 2008 financial crisis, especially in Europe, it resounded: ‘Stimulate no more, now is the time for all to tighten!
The book has always been a sign of status and refinement; a declaration of self-worth – even for those who hate to read By Frank Furedi Read at Aeon
Cardiovascular diseases represent the main cause of death in the European Union and in the world. Yet, compared with men, women suffering heart attacks are less likely to get treated on time, and their chances of being diagnosed correctly, and receiving beneficial medication and advice, are much ...
From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own? By Murray Shanahan Read at Aeon
Humans have long imagined beings in other worlds or on other planets whose emotions, motivations and physiologies closely mirror our own.
‘I didn’t do enough.’ This is a conclusion we all hope to avoid, especially as our lives close. It is, perhaps, the ultimate regret.
Being with someone in death entails more than just physical wellbeing. Can end-of-life care make space for spirituality?
Growing up in a poor, violence-stricken section of Baltimore in Maryland, Coffin Nachtmahr was bullied for having a stutter and not fitting into ‘any specific molds’.
Human-level intelligence is familiar in biological hardware – you’re using it now. Science and technology seem to be converging, from several directions, on the possibility of similar intelligence in non-biological systems.
Soviet scientists tried for decades to network their nation. What stalemated them is now fracturing the global internet By Benjamin Peters Read at Aeon
‘Not so much an accomplishment as an affliction...’ Stephen Fry Hates Dancing turns a monologue on the myriad ways in which the British comedian and actor hates rhythmic human movement into a strange celebration of the art through a spirited interpretive-dance reenactment/rebuttal.
Is liberalism an idea fit only for the contemporary West, proper to this particular historical, social and geographical context?
‘I only regret you could not have suffered longer.’ One of the most storied and difficult 100-mile races in the world, the Barkley 100 takes place every March or April in the rugged terrain of Tennessee’s Frozen Head State Park.
Mainstream economics is built on the premise that the economy is a machine-like system operating at equilibrium.
Multilateral imperial politics triggered an indigenous arms race and led to the violent transformation of Native America By David J Silverman Read at Aeon
‘What would you do if you saw a six-year-old alone in a public place?’ So begins a short video from UNICEF, which has received more than 2 million views on YouTube.
If we abandon the cult of the Great White Innovator, we will understand the history of technology in a much deeper way By Patrick McCray Read at Aeon