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Aaron Bady in The New Inquiry: University of Leeds professor Brendon Nicholls made a list of the “Five African Novels to Read Before You Die” yesterday, and it’s a fine list, if your best-case scenario is that literate first-world types... Continue reading
Posted 7 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Freddie deBoer over on his blog: This is a question that people like Andrew absolutely have to answer if they want to grapple with this issue in an honest way: are you comfortable with a university system with incredibly low... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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Michael Schulson in Salon: How do ritual and religion become entangled with this violence? Well, because state-building was imbued with religious ideology. Every state ideology before the modern period was essentially religious. Trying to extract religion from political life would... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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In The Economist: Since around 1970 the world’s most Roman Catholic continent has become steadily less so. This trend, much remarked, shows no sign of slowing down, according to an exhaustive new study by the Pew Research Centre, a self-described... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Jeff Yang in Quartz: That’s one way of looking at Koenig’s enterprise—as pure cultural tourism, exploitative of the people and communities involved for the sake of streaming-audio melodrama. And it’s not an inaccurate one, either: There’s something deeply uncomfortable about... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Carrie Arnold in Nautilus: You have just been appointed Conservation Czar. But there is a catch. You can only save three animals...After you make your choices, you will learn about the endangered status of each animal. If you chose to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Operation Zarb-e-Azb is a military offensive being conducted by Pakistani military forces against various militant groups in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan. Up to 30,000 Pakistani soldiers are involved in Zarb-e-Azb, described as a "comprehensive operation" to flush... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Steve Landsburg in The Big Questions: I never met Grothendieck. I was never in the same room with him. I never even saw him from a distance. But whenever I think about math — which is to say, pretty much... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Jody Rosen in NYTimes' T Magazine Blog: McCabe had spent the last three years of his life thinking about London’s roads and landmarks, and how to navigate between them. In the process, he had logged more than 50,000 miles on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Gabriella Coleman on Medium: For six years I have been studying the protest ensemble Anonymous. Some challenges come with the job. By definition, Anonymous is a faceless collective. As many participants in this milieu conceal their identities carefully, it was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Eve Hepburn in openDemocracy: What should the EU do? At the moment, the official position is to keep its head down and say nothing about the internal affairs of one of its valued member-states. But will this strategy work when... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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June Thunderstorm in The Baffler: Does the gardener complain to her employer that raking leaves blisters her hand? Does the house painter point out that the job ranks in the top five professions for incidence of alcoholism? The job is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Elahe Izadi in the Washington Post: People's Internet usage has opened a new door for predictive data. There are already some tools out there, such as Google Trends, which tries to "nowcast," or show what's happening right now with the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Sarah Mesle in the Los Angeles Review of Books: You’re not supposed to say that. Being categorically angry with men is unattractive, and it isn’t (given the basic human decency of most men) really fair. What’s worse, being angry isn’t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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An interview of Robert Crease, historian and philosopher of science at Stony Brook University, New York, on the cultural impact of Heisenberg’s principle on homunculus: What led Heisenberg to formulate the uncertainty principle? Was it something that fell out of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Karen Armstrong in The Guardian: The ferocious cruelty of these jihadist fighters, quoting the Qur’an as they behead their hapless victims, raises another distinctly modern concern: the connection between religion and violence. The atrocities of Isis would seem to prove... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Danah Boyd on Medium: Consider, for example, what’s happening with policing practices, especially as computational systems allow precincts to distribute their officers “fairly.” In many jurisdictions, more officers are placed into areas that are deemed “high risk.” This is deemed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Molly Crabapple in Vice: Though it is now only a sunbaked construction site, Saadiyat, a ten-square-mile atoll 500 yards off the coast of Abu Dhabi, will be home to branches of the Louvre, the Guggenheim, and New York University, alongside... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Mike Healy on the Al Jazeera show 'People and Power': Badam Bagh prison (Credit: Anja Niedringhaus/AP) Once we got there, perhaps the biggest surprise was just how young the majority of the children were. But actually it made sense that... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Rukmini Shrinivasan in The Hindu: A six-month long investigation by The Hindu has revealed that the nature of reported sexual assault in Delhi is far more complex than earlier imagined. Among the key findings is that a third of all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Rachel Aviv at the New Yorker on a middle-school cheating scandal that defines the era of No Child Left Behind: One afternoon in the spring of 2006, Damany Lewis, a math teacher at Parks Middle School, in Atlanta, unlocked the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Fredrik deBoer on his blog: At its most benign, the tendency to treat praising Coates as a kind of secular sacrament simply makes that praise more awkward than it should be, robs people of the language of simple sincere gratitude... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Glenn Greenwald on TomDispatch: On December 1, 2012, I received my first communication from Edward Snowden, although I had no idea at the time that it was from him. The contact came in the form of an email from someone... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Ira Chemus on History News Network: Memories of old conflicts often spark new conflicts. So it's no surprise that there's controversy swirling around the National September 11 Memorial Museum, due to open on May 21, rising from the ashes of... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Dalton Conley in Nautilus: In 1973, Robert Trivers and Dan Willard put forth the hypothesis that the sex of offspring is not, in fact, a random draw. The argument was based on the fact that, in many mammal species where... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at 3quarksdaily