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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
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Ross Perlin in The New Inquiry: [The Dictionary of Untranslatables] is at its best not so much when unpacking keywords from disparate national traditions or when wading into the depths of wide-angle comparative philosophy, given that a deep comparison of... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Clare Anderson in Carceral Archipelago Convict hammocks at Hyde Park Barracks Museum. Photo: Eureka Henrich These manifestations of convict heritage are indicative of my generation. By the 1980s, fuelled by a resurgence in family history, an embrace of the ‘new... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Peter T. Leeson on OUPblog: In eras bygone, in societies across the globe, governments didn’t exist—or weren’t strong enough to provide effective governance. Without governments to govern them, the members of such societies relied on self-governance. Self-governance refers to privately... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Graham Priest in Aeon: Western philosophers have not, on the whole, regarded Buddhist thought with much enthusiasm. As a colleague once said to me: ‘It’s all just mysticism.’ This attitude is due, in part, to ignorance. But it is also... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Mark Davie at OUPblog: Torquato Tasso, who died in Rome on 25 April 1595, desperately wanted to write a classic. The son of a successful court poet who had been brought up on the Latin classics, he had a lifelong... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Cait Murphy in Inc. Magazine: But try running a 95-year-old electronics connector manufacturer in the threesquare-mile Westchester County village. Or hiring for it. There are almost certainly more hedge-fund managers in Mount Kisco than there are tool and die makers—and... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Jesse Eisinger in NYTimes Magazine: Serageldin’s life was about to become more ascetic. Two months earlier, he sat in a Lower Manhattan courtroom adjusting and readjusting his tie as he waited for a judge to deliver his prison sentence. During... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Tom Cowan at openDemocracy: In the current conjuncture, cities are sites of two counterposed tendencies. First, the city is upheld as the physical metonym of modernity, the unsurpassable form of human progress, wherein any manner of economic, social and environmental... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Nancy Cook in The Atlantic: In the summer of 2013, four prominent economists from Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley, named Salt Lake City one of the best places in the country for upward mobility. Low-income kids who grew... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Matthew Teller in BBC News Magazine: From desperate poverty less than a century ago, this, after all, has become the richest nation in the world, with an average per-capita income topping $100,000 (£60,000). What's less well understood is the impact... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Vladimir Sorkin in NY Review of Books: In 2014, Lenins were felled in Ukraine and were allowed to collapse. No one tried to preserve them. This “Leninfall” took place during the brutal confrontation on Kiev’s Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square), when... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Thanassis Cambanis in The Boston Globe: The medical students disappeared on a run to the Aleppo suburbs. It was 2011, the first year of the Syrian uprising, and they were taking bandages and medicine to communities that had rebelled against... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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James Palmer in Aeon: Mia could win over anybody who knew her. But to get those chances meant battling past a wall of entrenched prejudice and fear. Willy had been able to get past his initial feelings about her, motivated... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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Omar Waraich in Roads & Kingdoms: When the British ruled India, they had a habit of establishing garrisons in towns across the subcontinent. One of these was located in the ancient town of Sialkot, which now lies in Pakistan’s Punjab... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2014 at 3quarksdaily