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Justin E. H. Smith in his blog: There is an observation sometimes made in connection with the history of philosophical reflection on the nature of human distinctness, that language has moved in, in the past few centuries, to fill a... Continue reading
Posted 6 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Rashid Khalidi in The New Yorker: Three days after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched the current war in Gaza, he held a press conference in Tel Aviv during which he said, in Hebrew, according to the Times of... Continue reading
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Stephen T. Asma in the Chronicle of Higher Education: September 11 changed the God conversation. Atheism was always a reasonable alternative to theological glitches like the problem of evil, and of course God seemed increasingly unnecessary after Darwin’s revolution, but... Continue reading
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Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: Willem de Kooning made a portrait of Marilyn Monroe in 1954. The painting consists of a few splotches of yellow and blue paint. There are two sketchy and lopsided eyes in the middle of... Continue reading
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by Grace Boey When Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita was first published in 1955, the novel generated an enormous amount of controversy. Narrated by Humbert Humbert, a fictional literature professor in his late thirties, the tragicomedy depicts his obsessive sexual relationship with... Continue reading
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by Liam Heneghan In the early 1980s wanting to be a naturalist — a coleopterist, in particular, that most Darwin-like of naturalists — I spent a couple of summer months in Killarney National Park, in Ireland, making a collection of... Continue reading
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Jennifer West. Film Quilt, 2013. More here, here and here. Continue reading
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Breaking the taboo of divorce in largely conservative India. Continue reading
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by Eric Byrd On Facebook I follow a number of the US Department of the Interior's National Battlefield Parks, National Battle Sites, and Military Parks. In the progress of the Civil War's sesquicentennial each of these sites has had their... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon Timothy Morton. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. University of Minnesota Press 2013. 229 pp. This is a strange book, for it is three. There is the book that is easy to praise... Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara Time in space The race was on: for whoever discovered a way to accurately measure longitude aboard a ship would be able to control the seas --and thereby control the riches of the world! The search for... Continue reading
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by Sarah Firisen I am Jewish by birth. My family wasn’t particularly religious; we went to synagogue at Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, but not really any other time. My brother and... Continue reading
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by Matt McKenna Back in 2000, chances were that if you were using a computer, it was running a Microsoft operating system. In 2014, those chances have diminished considerably, and you are now more likely to be using a device... Continue reading
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by Josh Yarden from every tree of the garden eat but from the tree of knowledge of good and bad don't eat from it because on the day you eat from it you will die (Genesis, 2:16-17) What fruit grows... Continue reading
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Jeanne Guillemin in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Last week, six vials of smallpox virus were discovered in a disused closet at the National Institutes of Health, where they had lain, forgotten and misplaced, for over 30 years. Some of... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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David Biello in Aeon: Call me Victor,’ says the mustachioed scientist as he picks me up from the airport on a brisk, fall afternoon in Germany. Victor Smetacek is an esteemed marine biologist, but he’s decided to spend his golden... Continue reading
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Sean Carroll in Preposterous Universe: One of the most profound and mysterious principles in all of physics is the Born Rule, named after Max Born. In quantum mechanics, particles don’t have classical properties like “position” or “momentum”; rather, there is... Continue reading
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Patrick Cockburn in The Independent: Israeli spokesmen have their work cut out explaining how they have killed more than 1,000 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, compared with just three civilians killed in Israel by Hamas rocket and mortar... Continue reading
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Congratulations, Sean! Jason Socrates Bardi at the American Institute of Physics website: The American Institute of Physics (AIP) today announced that Sean Carroll, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, is the winner of the 2014 Andrew Gemant Award,... Continue reading
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