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Hugh D. Reynolds interviews Juliana Baggini over at 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: In the first chapter, Eternal truths, you write: ‘One of the problems we face is not the absence of truth, but its overabundance.’ You make a case for maintaining... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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Dani Rodrik in Boston Review: A journalist calls an economics professor for his view on whether free trade is a good idea. The professor responds enthusiastically in the affirmative. The journalist then goes undercover as a student in the professor's... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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Dani Rodrik over at the Milken Institute Review: The logic of sustaining an open economy by compensating those who end up with smaller slices of the pie is impeccable. That’s how European nations, with their extensive safety nets and generous... Continue reading
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Daniel C. Dennett at Edge.org: Having turned my back on propositions, I thought, what am I going to do about this? The area where it really comes up is when you start looking at the contents of consciousness, which is... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Adam Tooze over at his website: In May 2009 as the scale of the fiscal shock became clear, Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journalreported that markets were up in arms. Yardeni was once more to the fore warning that “Ten... Continue reading
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Simon During over at academia.edu: Why is it just now that a need is felt for courses on the humanities as such, and why, too, are histories and defences of the humanities pouring from the presses? As we all know,... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Luigi Guiso, Helios Herrera, Massimo Morelli, and Tommaso Sonno in Vox.eu: Several studies have addressed the issue of populism recently. Algan et al. (2017) study the political consequences of the Great Recession in Europe, documenting that in post-2008 elections, EU... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Wendy Orent in Aeon: We think of evolution, described by Charles Darwin in 1859, as a slow dance: nature chooses the best-adapted organisms to reproduce, multiply and survive in any given ecosystem. As organisms adapt to changing ecological circumstances over... Continue reading
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Xan Brooks in The Guardian: If modern day Hollywood has a Harry Lime figure, it is surely Harvey Weinstein, another hubristic monster who played by his own rules. Weinstein, sources say, would typically explain his volcanic temper and voracious appetites... Continue reading
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Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: In 1997 the British anti-racist organisation the Runnymede Trust published its highly influential report Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All. The report both brought to public consciousness the reality of anti-Muslim bigotry and framed it in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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From The Guardian: Scientists have tried editing a gene inside the body for the first time, in a bold attempt to tackle an incurable a disease by permanently changing a patient’s DNA. On Monday in California, 44-year-old Brian Madeux intravenously... Continue reading
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Nauman Naqvi in Outlook India: Two years in a row, in the opening lecture of a class called ‘What is Modernity?’ that I teach at a start-up liberal arts university in Karachi as part of the freshman core curriculum, I... Continue reading
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Faith A. Pak in the Harvard Crimson: Aesthetics is a topic traditionally claimed by the humanities, especially by philosophy and art history. “It’s just one of those questions that science has shied away from, because it didn’t seem answerable or... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Nithyanand Rao in The Wire: Relatives, well-wishers and dignitaries kept arriving to greet Professor Sharadchandra Shankar Shrikhande. Seated on the lawns, he would adjust his hearing aid –trying to hear over the firecrackers in the background – thank them and... Continue reading
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George Monbiot in The Guardian: What do we believe? This is the crucial democratic question. Without informed choice, democracy is meaningless. This is why dictators and billionaires invest so heavily in fake news. Our only defence is constant vigilance, rigour... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Faye Flam at Bloomberg: Which would you choose, sneaked or snuck? My first instinct when faced with this question was to worry about which was correct. While sneaked sounds vaguely more grammatically correct, snuck sounds natural. The person who posed... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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John Rennie and Lucy Reading-Ikkanda in Quanta: Intelligence is not a quality to attribute lightly to microbes. There is no reason to think that bacteria, slime molds and similar single-cell forms of life have awareness, understanding or other capacities implicit... Continue reading
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Julia Felsenthal in Vogue: “I am quite convinced,” writer Clifton Fadiman once observed, “that our culture makes it difficult, if not impossible, for children ever really to know their parents.” If you’re not familiar (and if you’re anywhere close to... Continue reading
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Mehdi Hasan in The Intercept: Kudos to Germany's spooks. Back in December 2015, the German foreign intelligence agency, BND, distributed a one-and-a-half-page memoto various media outlets titled: “Saudi Arabia — Sunni regional power torn between foreign policy paradigm change and... Continue reading
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by David M. Introcaso Over the past several months the White House has taken several significant steps to undermine our nation's ability to mitigate climate change or global warming. While these policies are being rolled out the increasingly dramatic effects... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3quarksdaily