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Morgan Meis in The Porch: Every ghost story that has ever been told has its roots in existential panic. It is a panic we’ve all experienced at some time or other, generally in the wee hours when the mind turns... Continue reading
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Damian Carrington in The Guardian: Google and a leading nuclear fusion company have developed a new computer algorithm which has significantly speeded up experiments on plasmas, the ultra-hot balls of gas at the heart of the energy technology. Tri Alpha... Continue reading
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Radhika Sanghani in The Telegraph: It was on a family trip to the Isle of Wight’s Osborne House that Shrabani Basu discovered a secret that had lain untold since Queen Victoria’s death. The Indian journalist had taken her two teenage... Continue reading
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Elizabeth Anderson in Vox: Consider some facts about how American employers control their workers. Amazon prohibits employees from exchanging casual remarks while on duty, calling this “time theft.” Apple inspects the personal belongings of its retail workers, some of whom... Continue reading
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Julianne Tveten and Paul Blest in Current Affairs: To see why Silicon Valley policy-making would be so insidious, we should look at a plan that seems, on the surface, like one of its most progressive ideas: the tech community’s recent... Continue reading
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Matthew C Klein in the FT's Alphaville: Christian Odendahl is one of the finest analysts of the German economy writing in English. So it’s worth your time to closely read his review of the country’s labour market reforms of the... Continue reading
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Morgan Meis in The New Yorker: Recently, I spent an afternoon with the artist Charles McGee, at his home in Rosedale Park, a neighborhood in northwest Detroit. I was trying to understand the thinking behind his new mural downtown, titled... Continue reading
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Jordana Cepelewicz in Quanta: More than a quarter billion people today are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), the World Health Organization estimates, and more than 850,000 of them die every year as a result. Although an effective and... Continue reading
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Supriya Nair in The Atlantic: One day in June, towards the end of Ramadan, two young Muslim brothers on a visit to Delhi to buy new clothes for Eid boarded a train to return home, three hours away. Soon, they... Continue reading
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Jeremy Scahill in The Intercept: EVEN AS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is... Continue reading
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Dani Rodrik in Project Syndicate: The G20 has its origins in two ideas, one relevant and important, the other false and distracting. The relevant and important idea is that developing and emerging market economies such as Brazil, India, Indonesia, South... Continue reading
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Kate Raworth in Aeon: 'Buy land – they aren’t making it any more,’ quipped Mark Twain. It’s a maxim that would certainly serve you well in a game of Monopoly, the bestselling board game that has taught generations of children... Continue reading
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Max Roser and Esteban Ortiz-Ospina over at Our World in Data: The most important conclusion from the evidence presented in this entry is that extreme poverty, as measured by consumption, has been going down around the world in the last... Continue reading
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Robert J Hartman in Aeon: There is a contradiction in our ordinary ideas about moral responsibility. Let’s explore it by considering two examples. Killer, our first character, is at a party and drives home drunk. At a certain point in... Continue reading
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Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni in The Mission: For the last five years, we lived with one of the most brilliant people on the planet. Sort of. See, we just published the biography of Dr. Claude Shannon. He’s the most... Continue reading
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by Paul North An informal talk before first-time college goers, the summer before their first year at an Ivy League university. How does it feel when your group's social practices bring the world to the brink of destruction? How does... Continue reading
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Shirazeh Houshiary. East Window of the Church of St. Martin In the Fields, London. 2008. More here, here, and here. Continue reading
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by Dave Maier Epistemology books (in the previous century anyway) pretty much all start out the same way. Epistemology is the philosophy of knowledge, and so the first thing we have to do is to determine What Knowledge Is, before... Continue reading
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bby Leanne Ogasawara I admit, the only reason I picked the book up off the shelf was because of the photograph of Mont Saint-Michel on the cover. Ah, Mont Saint-Michel. We had just returned from the legendary floating island, and... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon One of the most interesting effects of the Trump presidency has been the response various cities and states have had to the Trump administration’s blindness to global warming: They have decided to bypass the federal government and... Continue reading
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