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Matthew Jakubowski in Truce: Before I ask more about your blogging—when you decided to pursue your interest in ethical criticism as a research topic, can you say more about that particular choice, especially how becoming a mother made you want... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Juan Cole in TruthDig: The map is useful and accurate. It begins by showing the British Mandate of Palestine as of the mid-1920s. The British conquered the Ottoman districts that came to be the Mandate during World War I (the... Continue reading
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Scott Aaronson in Big Questions Online: Picture, if you can, the following scene. It’s the year 2040. You wake up in the morning, and walk across your bedroom to your computer to check your email and some news websites. Your... Continue reading
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by Tamuira Reid I'm pregnant. You say the words the same way you say I'm an alcoholic, but this time you aren't sitting in a church basement with a shitty assortment of store-bought cookies on your lap. You hear a... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Jalees Rehman Ramadan is the month of fasting and a time for spiritual growth among Muslims. The traditionalist approach to "spiritual growth" is for Muslims to complement their fasting with performing additional prayers at night and regular reading of... Continue reading
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Invisible Disassembling the invisible has its own mathematics, different rules apply, the process has its special calculus because the unseen is huge and impudent, powerful and odd When we were dumb and ignorant the spirit wind would startle us, would... Continue reading
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by Dwight Furrow Few terms in the wine world are more controversial than "terroir", the French word meaning "of the soil". "Terroir" refers to the influence of soil and climate on the wine in your glass. But the meaning of... Continue reading
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by Shadab Zeest Hashmi The fridge is between pesto and grasshopper green; the dining table is oval. A cubist picture hangs on the wall. It changes meaning, depending on the time of the day and the way I fall into... Continue reading
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Annemarie Busschers. Self portrait. 2013 Pencil, graphite, acrylic. More here and here. Continue reading
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by Jonathan Kujawa Mathematicians have a soft spot in their hearts for mathematical trifles. These beguiling little puzzles are more amusing than important, and also often devilishly hard. These are the sorts of math problems professional mathematicians are embarrassed to... Continue reading
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by Kathleen Goodwin I only recently had the pleasure of reading Haruki Murakami's memoir "What I Talk About When I Talk About Running", published in 2009. There were multiple times when reading this elegant little book when I literally gasped... Continue reading
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His 1908 Adam and Eve gouache on cardboard might almost have been painted by William Blake. There are Gauguin-inspired peasants and a self-portrait in which he looks like Valentino painted by Matisse. Continue reading
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Clive Cookson in the Financial Times: Since the 1950s proponents of artificial intelligence have maintained that machines thinking like people lie just a couple of decades in the future. In Superintelligence – a thought-provoking look at the past, present and... Continue reading
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Justin E. H. Smith in the New York Times: I am at the Jardin des Plantes, in the Fifth Arrondissement on the Left Bank of the Seine. Here we find one of the world’s oldest zoos, still officially called a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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From Mumbai Boss: “I have two different routines depending on whether I’m writing a book or not. I write a book once every four-five years, and it normally takes the best part of a year to put the thing down... Continue reading
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Hussein Ibish in The National: Lost amid the carnage, the key fact about the latest Israeli-Palestinian conflagration remains largely unrecognised: Egypt’s new and pivotal role. Egypt has always been the default broker between Israel and Hamas, since it is able... Continue reading
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by Ahmed Humayun Islam has a new caliph, at least if the Iraq-based militant organization that calls itself the Islamic State is to be believed.* In what was touted to be his first public appearance, self-proclaimed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
In the beginning was the word —John 1:1 Entreaty send me a poem that hunkers on haunches watching for the day to begin, that waits for the right word to come with the sun during the last hours of the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at 3quarksdaily
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by Yohan J. John Attitudes toward science in the public sphere occupy an interesting spectrum. At one extreme there are the cheerleaders -- those who seem to think that science is the disembodied spirit of progress itself, and will usher... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at 3quarksdaily