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Suzanne Joinson in the New York Times: S. A. Chakraborty’s novel, the first of a projected trilogy, opens with a veiled woman fortunetelling in what appears to be 18th-century Cairo. We quickly learn that Nahri earns her money as a... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Jay Elwes in Prospect: Each day, humans create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. A byte is the amount of data needed by a computer to encode a single letter. A quintillion is one followed by 18 zeros. We float on... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Emran Feroz in The New Arab: Emran Feroz: One of your central arguments in your recent book "Age of Anger" is that many aspects of today's violence are connected to the violence that took place in Europe in the 19thcentury.... Continue reading
Posted 15 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Salman Rushdie in Vogue: Salman Rushdie with sisters Sameen and Nevid When I was growing up in Bombay (which wasn't Mumbai then, and still isn't in my personal lexicon), Christmas wasn't really a thing. Not only were we not Christians,... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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Sophie Pinkham in The Nation: Commemoration can consolidate national feeling through celebration or mourning. It can remind a country of its gravest mistakes, or it can whitewash them. Evolving national historical narratives turn defeats into victories and villains into heroes,... Continue reading
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Miriam Markowitz in GQ: The people of Louisiana first began to call themselves the Cajun Navy during Katrina, when people like Todd Terrell went to rescue their neighbors in New Orleans. They revived the name last year when Baton Rouge... Continue reading
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Robbie Gonzalez in Wired: On July 1, 2013, Amos Joseph Wells III went to his pregnant girlfriend's home in Fort Worth, Texas and shot her multiple times in the head and stomach. He then killed her mother and her 10-year-old... Continue reading
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Dag Herbjørnsrud in Aeon: As the story usually goes, the Enlightenment began with René Descartes’s Discourse on the Method (1637), continuing on through John Locke, Isaac Newton, David Hume, Voltaire and Kant for around one and a half centuries, and... Continue reading
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Anthony Gottlieb in Lapham's Quarterly: There is an “official theory” about the nature of minds that “hails chiefly from Descartes,” wrote Gilbert Ryle, an Oxford philosopher. According to the theory, each person has a mind that is a private, inner... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Samantha Cole at Vice: There’s a video of Gal Gadot having sex with her stepbrother on the internet. But it’s not really Gadot’s body, and it’s barely her own face. It’s an approximation, face-swapped to look like she’s performing in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Les Hatton and Gregory Warr in Times Higher Education: Given the entirely appropriate degree of respect that science has for data, the ongoing discussion of peer review is often surprisingly data-free and underlain by the implicit assumption that peer review... Continue reading
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Shehryar Fazli in the Los Angeles Review of Books: It’s worth starting with a few words about the recent controversy around Taibbi, related to a 2000 memoir, The eXile: Sex, Drugs, and Libel in the New Russia, he co-wrote with... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Massimo Pigliucci in Plato's Footnote: During the last several weeks I’ve been sparring on Twitter with Bryan van Norden, a self-described “leading scholar” of Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism, based in Singapore. He has written a book, just out, entitled Taking... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Allie Brosh in Hyperbole and a Half: The year I learned that Christmas did not, in fact, originate as a celebration of my amazing ability to temporarily transform into a "good" child for a few weeks was the year my... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Albert Silver in Chess News: Imagine this: you tell a computer system how the pieces move — nothing more. Then you tell it to learn to play the game. And a day later — yes, just 24 hours — it... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Carlos Ballesteros in Newsweek: A United Nations official investigating poverty in the United States was shocked at the level of environmental degradation in some areas of rural Alabama, saying he had never seen anything like it in the developed world.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Sarah Firisen When I was in my early to mid twenties and starting out in my career, my grandmother repeatedly told me (and she meant it with love), that if I wasn’t careful, I’d quickly end up an old... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Michael Liss I have a problem. Each December I write a political New Year's ditty to send to friends and family. I've had a good time with them, even when the news (at least from my perspective) is less... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Stephen Shore. Lookout Hotel, Ogunquit, Maine. July 16, 1974. More here, here, and here. Current show at MoMA. Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily