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 Friday 4 September 2020 
HistoryEssayRepetition and ruptureReinhart Koselleck, the last great theorist of history, sought in the apparent chaos of events a science of experienceby Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann Stories and literatureEssayThe four-fold imaginationWilliam Blake saw angels and ghosts and the Hallelujah sunrise, even on the darkest day. We need to foster his state of mindby Mark Vernon 
CreativityIdeaTo be creative, Chinese philosophy teaches us to abandon ‘originality’by Julianne Chung Violence and aggressionIdeaRecognising our common humanity might not be enough to prevent hatredby Harriet Over 
How to be indistractableStop blaming technology – distraction starts within. Manage your inner triggers to enjoy greater focus and a fuller lifeby Nir Eyal
History of scienceVideoPrelude to the space age – the 1960 film that inspired ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’28 minutes The environmentVideoClearing the Zone Rouge in France, where First World War debris still poses a deadly threat15 minutes 
A philosophy festival in virtual reality?The philosophy festival HowTheLightGetsIn goes virtual from 19 to 20 September, with livestreamed debates on COVID-19, capitalism, patriarchy, particle physics and more. Featuring world-leading thinkers such as Peter Singer, Daniel Dennett and Vandana Shiva!DISCOVER MORE

Mental healthEssayDeluded, with reasonExtraordinary beliefs don’t arise in a vacuum. They take root in minds confronted by unusual and traumatic experiencesby Huw Green Language and linguisticsEssayA history of punctuationHow we came to represent (through inky marks) the vagaries of the mind, inflections of the voice, and intensity of feelingby Florence Hazrat 
MusicIdeaThe jazz singer’s mind shows us how to improvise through life itselfby Melissa Forbes Therapeutic relationshipsIdeaLife coaching is unregulated and growing rapidly. Should it be reined in?by Elias Aboujaoude 
BiologyVideoCape sundews move, react and attack in a way that seems more animal than plant4 minutes KnowledgeVideoCan you know everything about colour if you see in black and white? A thought experiment5 minutes 
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