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Sean Carroll in Preposterous Universe: I got to know Charles “Chip” Sebens back in 2012, when he emailed to ask if he could spend the summer at Caltech. Chip is a graduate student in the philosophy department at the University... Continue reading
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb and Gregory F. Treverton in Foreign Affairs: Even as protests spread across the Middle East in early 2011, the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria appeared immune from the upheaval. Assad had ruled comfortably for over a... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Steve Snyder in Scientia Salon: If there’s one thing that a lot of people are sure they know about Cynicism, it’s that it’s nothing other than a usually unwarranted, almost totally negative attitude about life in general, and most of... Continue reading
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Beena Sarwar in the Huffington Post: Although Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has termed the Peshawar attack a national tragedy, announced three days of national mourning and promised to eradicate the terrorists, real change won't occur unless Pakistan discards the "good... Continue reading
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Nathaniel Comfort in The Point: The notion that your genes are your essential self—genetic essentialism—is fairly recent. Although the idea that heredity contributes to our health and identity is ancient, the idea that for practical purposes it is all that... Continue reading
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Steven Reisner in Slate: Thanks to revelations in the newly released report from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is now widely known that the CIA’s torture program was created, supervised, and implemented by two licensed clinical psychologists—James Mitchell... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Ferris Jabr in Aeon: Between 300 and 130 million years ago, as trees and flowering plants grew to dominate the globe, the sun-loving ferns of yore found themselves trapped beneath forest canopies. Most fern species perished under this umbrage, but... Continue reading
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Joseph Levine in the New York Times: The case of Steven Salaita has been hotly debated both in and out of academic circles in the past few months. Salaita is the Palestinian-American professor and scholar whose offer of a tenured... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
Forgetfulness The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one by... Continue reading
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Harriet Hall in The Skeptical Inquirer: In 1800, conventional medicine was a disaster. Doctors weakened patients with bloodletting and purging, they poisoned them with mercury and other harmful substances, and they often killed more patients than they cured. Dr. Samuel... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Muhammad Idrees Ahmad in The Nation: Pakistan suffers from an enduring sense of vulnerability that was born of the calamities that attended its creation. It was the trauma of partition that formed Pakistan’s national psyche. The new nation inherited all... Continue reading
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by Tasneem Zehra Husain Remember Plato's allegory about the cave? Prisoners, chained inside a cave, sit facing a blank wall with a fire lit behind. All they know of the world is through shadows cast on the wall, by whatever... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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By Namit Arora On how caste patriarchy in urban India hijacks and distorts the reality of gender violence. Delhi now lives in infamy as India’s ‘rape capital’. Two years ago a gruesome and fatal gang rape unleashed intense media and... Continue reading
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by S. Abbas Raza A friend's wedding recently provided occasion for me to return to Karachi, the city of my birth and much of my fondly remembered childhood, after an absence of several years. Both my parents died a few... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt I still remember the first time I heard it. It was back in the late ‘90s, when I had cable. There was this openly gay guy, bald, a little overweight, a beard I think. He had some... Continue reading
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Egon Schiele. Self Portrait with Chinese lantern Fruits. 1912. More here, and here. Current show at Neue Galerie, NYC. Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara “.....all the charming and beautiful things, from the Song of Songs, to bouillabaisse, and from the nine Beethoven symphonies to the Martini cocktail, have been given to humanity by men who, when the hour came, turned from... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon Talcott Parsons I am going to continue the psycho-cultural argument I introduced in my previous 3DQ post, American Craziness: Where it Came from and Why It Won’t Work Anymore. The core of my argument somes from an... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley Continue reading
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Nobody gets paid enough in this country. Here’s a statistic that will blow your head right out of your ass: if we were paid by how much we’ve increased our productivity over the last 30 years — in other words, if our wages kept pace with our productivity — the median household in America would, instead of earning just under $50,000 a year, make $92,000 a year. Continue reading
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by Eric Byrd A few years ago I found a copy of the 1990 English translation of Guido Ceronetti's The Silence of the Body: Materials for the Study of Medicine in a used bookstore's Humor section. Those are usually dead... Continue reading
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by Josh Yarden Translation has its limitations how do you say... we stumble, severely at times We do not realize when we do not realize understanding stands down misunderstanding stands in The translator pretends to be Superman disguised as a... Continue reading
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