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What makes train travel such an antidote to life’s stresses? | Aeon Essays
If there is a greater thrill of travelling than the discovery of unfamiliar places, for me it’s getting there by train.
aeon  traveling  trains 
24 days ago by lorenzck
The autistic view of the world is not the neurotypical cliché | Aeon Essays
"Too many depictions of autistic people rely on tired clichés. The neurotypical world needs to take note of our own voices"

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"I’m delighted to say that my own memoir, The Electricity of Every Living Thing (2017), recently landed on a pile of other wonderful books by autistic authors, including The Reason I Jump (2007) by Naoki Higashida, The State of Grace (2017) by Rachael Lucas, Odd Girl Out (2017) by Laura James and The Autistic Alice (2017) by Joanne Limburg, but it’s fair to say that as a group we have not yet reached the kind of critical mass that would make autism better understood, not least among clinicians."
autism  articles  aeon 
24 days ago by jblocksom
What would it take to build a tower as high as outer space? | Aeon Ideas
Want to build an elevator into space? Look to the bounty of biological life for tips on mechanical engineering
28 days ago by thx1138
The swiftness of glaciers: language in a time of climate change | Aeon Ideas
As consciousness of climate change has grown, a new class of dead metaphors has entered the English language. We speak routinely of carbon footprints, of wiping species off the face of the Earth, and of greenhouse gases, but we no longer see the feet, the hands, the faces and the backyard sheds that were once vivid when those phrases were newly coined. Geologists now talk of searching for the ‘human signature’ in the fossil record. Some geo-engineers want to inject vast clouds of sulphur aerosols into Earth’s atmosphere in the hopes of ‘resetting the global thermostat’. Many of these coinages attempt to give an intimate, human dimension to planetary phenomena that can seem intimidatingly vast and abstract. Adam Smith in 1759 responded similarly to the massive scale of economic forces by inserting the human body in the form of the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. Today, the science-fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson brings that dead metaphor back to life, complaining that, when it comes to the environment, ‘the invisible hand never picks up the check’.
language  climate  change  aeon 
5 weeks ago by betajames
Is eating natural food the same as eating what's healthy? | Aeon Essays
The glass of orange juice at the breakfast table tells a tale about what’s natural, what’s whole and what’s healthy for us
food  natural  health  review  Aeon  2018 
12 weeks ago by inspiral
りんねぴさんのツイート: "ショー開始2時間近く前から最前列埋め尽くして機材並べるこいつらなんなん・・・ 狭いし段差もないステージなんだから後ろの子供たちが見えなくなるとか考
otaku  kigurumi  precure  show  suiteprecure  aeon 
june 2018 by pillow
エダ カナリさんのツイート: "大日のプリキュアのショーをたまたまチラ見したら最前列全員一眼レフ持ったガチ勢ですごいと思った尊敬… "
kigurumi  show  curemelody  curerythm  aeon  event  precure  suiteprecure 
june 2018 by pillow
Ringing the chords of the Universe: how music influenced science | Aeon Essays
It’s no surprise that mathematics has influenced music. But did you know that the influence goes both ways?
music  mathematics  aeon 
june 2018 by lendamico
Why big data is actually small, personal and very human | Aeon Essays
By many calculations, a Hopi Indian man named Don Talayesva counts as the most-intensively documented such subject in history, in a life stretching from 1890 to 1976. Talayesva participated in 350 hours of formal interviews with the anthropologist Leo Simmons alone between 1938 and 1940, during which he used his life experiences as a Hopi to fill the taxonomic pigeonholes for ‘Hopi’ within an encyclopedic knowledge bank, the Human Relations Area File, hosted at Yale. There were also 8,000 diary pages Talayesva contributed to ethnographers; 341 dreams written down in wire-bound notebooks; a set of wide-ranging interviews; a full Rorschach protocol and other projective tests; and, as the result of all this, a thriving correspondence with the French surrealist André Breton.
bigdata  aeon  data  stories  interesting 
may 2018 by Walpole

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