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Jason Stanley in the New York Times: My childhood was privileged and fortunate. My mother was a court stenographer in criminal court, and my father was a professor of sociology at Syracuse University, who had written his doctoral thesis on... Continue reading
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John Bohannon in Science: The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a step closer to the literal meaning: hacking the machinery of... Continue reading
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Amardeep Singh in his own blog: I have been reading and reveling in Teju Cole's new collection of essays, Known and Strange Things, over the past week. Many of the essays here were published earlier in magazines such as The... Continue reading
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John Freeman in Literary Hub: For the past 30 years, Svetlana Alexievich has been writing one long book about the effect of communism and its demise on people in the former Soviet Bloc. Based on interviews, her books conjure a... Continue reading
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Jonathan Weiner in the New York Times: Reader, as you read these words, trillions of microbes and quadrillions of viruses are multiplying on your face, your hands and down there in the darkness of your gut. With every breath you... Continue reading
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Zaheer Kazmi in Prospect: It is commonplace to argue that the problem of Islamist terrorism and extremism would be solved if only Islam reformed itself and became more liberal. But is that right—or even possible? From religious leaders to former... Continue reading
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From the TED website: Summer, 2016: amid populist revolts, clashing resentments and fear, writer Anand Giridharadas doesn't give a talk but reads a letter. It's from those who have won in this era of change, to those who have, or... Continue reading
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by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad Science Fiction literature is fraught with examples of what-ifs of history which speculate on how the would have looked like if certain events had happened a different way e.g., if the Confederates had won the American... Continue reading
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by Paul North Sketch of the DNA Double Helix by Francis Crick Natural science is as valuable as its expression. What does this mean? An analogy with the economy will help. When we work, our working has to produce benefits... Continue reading
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by Michael Liss “In every country there must be a just and equal balance of powers in the government, an equal distribution of the national forces. Each section and each interest must exercise its due share of influence and control.... Continue reading
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Asamprajanya I’m in the weeds on my knees pawing dark earth looking for my squash among prolific opportunist grasses and broad-leafed virtuosos at finding sustenance in the garden of a part-time farmer— finding advantage in his jammed schedule, in life’s... Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara The other night, I w... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt During your 20s and 30s, when you don't have any children, it is inevitable that people will periodically ask you: "Do you want to have kids?" It never mattered who asked. Family, friends, or lesser acquaintances, men... Continue reading
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Katharina Grosse. Rockaway. July 2016. Presented by MoMA PS 1 at Gateway National Recreational Area, Fort Tilden, NY. More here, here and here. Continue reading
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by Dave Maier Consider how difficult it has been to get Big Tobacco to admit that cigarette smoking is bad for you at all, let alone that it kills many thousands of people every year. In particular, you might remember... Continue reading
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1% of humanity are psychopathic, and Trump is a shining example of this horrible disorder. Clinical psychologist George Simon has said that Trump is “so classic that I’m archiving video clips of him to use in workshops because there’s no better example of his characteristics.” He conducts lectures and seminars on manipulative behavior exhibited by narcissists, psychopaths and sociopaths. “Otherwise, I would have had to hire actors and write vignettes. He’s like a dream come true.” Continue reading
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by Matt McKenna Though the target demographic for Suicide Squad can’t yet vote in the United States, it was was still thoughtful of director David Ayer to create a PG-13 film that educates children as to the state of the... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon These songs of mine have to be played. They mustn’t be lost, they have to be out there....They’re Byzantine and their ‘roads’, their tunes are ancient. –Markos Vamvakaris To read this book, this as-told-to autobiography of Markos... Continue reading
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Roger Lowenstein in the New York Times Book Review: The nasty headlines from across the Atlantic — Brexit, terrorism, debt crises — almost make us forget that these were supposed to be Europe’s salad days. With a common currency and... Continue reading
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Emily Underwood in Science: In 2010, neurobiologist Beth Stevens had completed a remarkable rise from laboratory technician to star researcher. Then 40, she was in her second year as a principal investigator at Boston Children’s Hospital with a joint faculty... Continue reading
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Stan Sorscher at the website of the Economic Opportunity Institute: In 2002, I heard an economist characterizing this figure as containing a valuable economic insight. He wasn’t sure what the insight was. I have my own answer. The economist talked... Continue reading
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Yascha Mounk in Slate: There are years, decades even, in which history slows to a crawl. Then there are weeks that are so eventful that they seem to mark the dissolution of a world order that had once seemed solid... Continue reading
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Linda Tirado in Slate: Because our lives seem so unstable, poor people are often seen as being basically incompetent at managing their lives. That is, it’s assumed that we’re not unstable because we’re poor, we’re poor because we’re unstable. So... Continue reading
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