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Edmund White in the Times Literary Supplement: I never met Vladimir Nabokov face to face, though I exchanged phone calls and letters with him. My psychiatrist encouraged me to visit him in Switzerland, but I was too afraid that I... Continue reading
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A new study looks at rates of lethal violence across a thousand species to better understand the evolutionary origins of humanity’s own inhumanity. Ed Yong in The Atlantic: Which mammal is most likely to be murdered by its own kind?... Continue reading
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Michael Chabon in GQ: Half an hour late, and just ahead of his minder—he was always a step ahead of his ponderous old minder—Abraham Chabon sauntered into the room where the designer Virgil Abloh was giving a private preview of... Continue reading
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These are taken from NPR's transcript of the first presidential debate. Only newlines have been inserted. From Geoff Greer's website: Travel I just left Detroit and I just left Philadelphia and I just – you know, you’ve seen me, I... Continue reading
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Debora MacKenzie in New Scientist: Try, for a moment, to envisage a world without countries. Imagine a map not divided into neat, coloured patches, each with clear borders, governments, laws. Try to describe anything our society does – trade, travel,... Continue reading
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Nicholas Tampio in Aeon: I have published widely on Islamic political thought, including an encyclopedia entry on the topic. Reading the Quran, Islamic jurisprudence (fiqh), philosophy (falsafa) and Ibn Khaldun’s history of the premodern world, the Muqaddimah (1377), has enriched... Continue reading
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Grigori Guitchounts in Nautilus: The animals of neuroscience research are an eclectic bunch, and for good reason. Different model organisms—like zebra fish larvae, C. elegans worms, fruit flies, and mice—give researchers the opportunity to answer specific questions. The first two,... Continue reading
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David Graeber in Evonomics: Over the course of the last century, the number of workers employed as domestic servants, in industry, and in the farm sector has collapsed dramatically. At the same time, “professional, managerial, clerical, sales, and service workers”... Continue reading
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As neural networks tease apart the structure of language, they are finding a hidden gender bias that nobody knew was there. From the MIT Technology Review: Back in 2013, a handful of researchers at Google set loose a neural network... Continue reading
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Jonathan Balcombe in Nautilus: Intelligence is shaped by the survival requirements that an animal must face during its everyday life, according to cognitive ecology. Some birds can remember where they buried tens of thousands of nuts and seeds, which allows... Continue reading
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Drawing on influences from Foucault to Said, the Colombian's arguments have a sophistication that often goes unrecognised. Simon Reid-Henry in The Guardian: One response to the development impasse caused by modernisation and dependency theories was "can do" neoliberalism; another involved... Continue reading
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Rachel Cooke in The Guardian: The German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Visiting him there is a vertiginous experience. For one... Continue reading
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Lisa Zyga in Phys.org: Quantum measurements are often inherently unpredictable, yet the usual way in which quantum theory accounts for unpredictability has long been viewed as somewhat unsatisfactory. In a new study, University of Oxford physicist Chiara Marletto has developed... Continue reading
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Robert Irwin in The Independent: The Ottoman sultan Selim the Grim – having defeated the Mamluks in two major battles in Syria and Egypt – entered Cairo in 1517. He celebrated his victory by watching the crucifixion of the last... Continue reading
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Hannah Dawson, Hilary Lawson, John Searle, and Rana Mitter discuss: Watch more videos on iai.tv Continue reading
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by Ali Minai By this point in US Election 2016, everyone acknowledges that the Presidential candidacy of Donald Trump is one of the most transformative phenomena to arise in American society in a long time – possibly since the Civil... Continue reading
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by Tasneem Zehra Husain There's no doubt about it: conflict commands attention. Perhaps it made sense as an evolutionary strategy. Historically, the conflicts we would become aware of were those that occurred in our immediate vicinity, and as such, could... Continue reading
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by Holly A. Case Croatian State Archives, main reading room This story—a true one—is about a graphomaniac. I found him in the Croatian State Archives, Zagreb, where even the washrooms have signature tiles. Art nouveau beads drip from the lamps... Continue reading
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S. Abbas Raza. Downtown Manhattan at sunset from the roof of the New Museum. July, 2016 Digital photograph. [Click to enlarge.] Continue reading
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by Richard King When economist Branko Milanović first published his now-famous chart showing changes in global income distribution between 1988 and 2008 he furnished the world with a neat explanation for the various anti-establishment types now rocking the boat of... Continue reading
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by Thomas R. Wells Collective action problems pit individual selfishness against the collective interest in areas as diverse as pollution, trade, peace, and public roads. The invisible hand of the market can't reach them. Instead we need politics. The European... Continue reading
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The environmentalist argument for embracing a more frugal, simple lifestyle is strong. Some argue that small actions by individuals make little difference, but this view is mistaken. It fails to recognize how the small actions of individuals can gradually alter the default attitudes in a culture. Continue reading
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