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David Chalmers at Edge: I’ve been thinking a lot about the impact of technology on philosophy, and how technology can illuminate or sometimes even transform philosophical questions. These are exciting times right now in technology, with massive advances the last... Continue reading
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by Genese Sodikoff One does not normally think about infection, illness, and recovery in terms of a three-staged "rite of passage" as European ethnographer Arnold van Gennep defined it, although catching a disease certainly involves a period of physical transition... Continue reading
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"All humans are genetically 99.9 per cent identical.” —Roger Highfield, Science Editor Great Wall, Tremendous Wall . Something there is that doesn’t love a wall one poet said imagining friendly neighbors working their way along that which stood between, resetting... Continue reading
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You can't afford to have cancer without insurance. What is the outlook for the cancer patient if Obamacare is repealed? The answer may surprise you. Continue reading
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Jiang Zhi. Love Letters (12), 2014. Archival inkjet prints. "In 2010, Jiang Zhi’s wife, whose name meant Orchid, died suddenly at the age of 37. His photo series Love Letters (2011–2014) was his way of mourning her: “She loved flowers,”... Continue reading
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by Christopher Bacas My first paid gig: volunteer fire hall, Saturday night. The leader picked me up at my house and drove to a small township outside the city. Barry was related to a woman who worked with my mother.... Continue reading
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“THE PRESIDENT IS HUMAN. HE GETS SICK” -- White House Press Secretary Responding to Reporters' Questions in The New York Times, January 9, 1992 A thousand tiny dots of light: I diminish the noise. Duped smirk on aging face, eyes... Continue reading
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by Elise Hempel I remember my grandfather, sometime in the 1970s, sitting in his checkered wing-chair on the back porch of his Chicago house, his slippered feet propped as usual on the ottoman, complaining that there were too many Blacks... Continue reading
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by Max Sirak There's a reason change is hard. It's biology's fault. Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon write in their book, A General Theory of Love, "Because human beings remember with neurons, we are disposed to see more... Continue reading
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by Maniza Naqvi A very decent, elegant, graceful and intelligent man, the kind who opens doors for his wife, and wins a Nobel prize for Peace just by being has for eight years occupied the White House, furthering and expanding... Continue reading
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Mark Dunbar in The American Conservative: The European poet Paul Celan once said that a poem “intends another, needs this other, needs an opposite.” For Wallace Stevens, this otherness was the world at large—the reason, perhaps, why his poetry contained... Continue reading
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Rayyan Al-Shawaf in the Los Angeles Review of Books: David Hajdu, on the first page of Love for Sale: Pop Music in America, dismisses the category of popular music: Of the countless terms for categories of music […] the least... Continue reading
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Andrea Thompson in Scientific American: 2016 was the hottest year in 137 years of record keeping and the third year in a row to take the number one slot, a mark of how much the world has warmed over the... Continue reading
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John Holbo in Crooked Timber: I agree with a lot in this piece by Will Wilkinson. But I disagree with stuff he says after asking the question ‘why is our moral culture polarizing?’ One place to start is to ask... Continue reading
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Jean-Paul Delahaye in Inference Review: In November 2008, a paper entitled “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” was published online.1 The system described in the paper, including a monetary unit termed “bitcoins,” embodied the world’s first cryptocurrency. The most striking... Continue reading
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Robert Pinsky at CNN: 'Exile and Lightning' You choose your ancestors our Ancestor Ralph Ellison wrote. Now, fellow-descendants, we endure a Moment of charismatic indecency And sanctimonious greed. Falsehood Beyond shame. Our Polish Grandfather Milosz and African American Grandmother Brooks... Continue reading
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J.M. Coetzee in the New York Review of Books: The year is 1790, the place an unnamed outpost on the Paraguay River ruled from faraway Buenos Aires. Don Diego de Zama has been here for fourteen months, serving in the... Continue reading
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Jennifer Oullette in New Scientist: Dark matter has just suffered another blow. Only one experiment claims to have seen signs of the mysterious stuff, and now the massive XENON100 experiment has failed to find any evidence for that signal. This... Continue reading
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John Semley in The Globe and Mail: Since finishing Peter Pomerantsev’s Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia a few weeks ago, I have been gripped by one singular ambition: moving to Moscow.... Continue reading
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James Ryerson in the New York Times: Americans seem to be forever undergoing a “crisis” of civility. Year after year, we’re told that the norms dictating decent behavior are eroding; that we’ve lost sight of the basic regard we owe... Continue reading
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Rebecca Robbins in Stat: The new immersive art installation here in the heart of Silicon Valley was dreamed up by David Byrne, the front man of the Talking Heads, and loosely modeled after the work of neuroscience and psychology labs... Continue reading
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Adriana Barton in The Globe and Mail: By the time we get wrinkles and grey hair, sayings like “age is just a number” start to sound a bit rosy. But on a biological level, there’s no doubt that some people... Continue reading
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