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Skye C Cleary and Massimo Pigliucci in Aeon: A strange thing is happening in modern philosophy: many philosophers don’t seem to believe that there is such a thing as human nature. What makes this strange is that, not only does... Continue reading
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Michael Jordan: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the mantra of the current era. The phrase is intoned by technologists, academicians, journalists and venture capitalists alike. As with many phrases that cross over from technical academic fields into general circulation, there is... Continue reading
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Jared Diamond in the New York Times: For over a decade, National Geographic’s Genographic Project has been collecting saliva samples from willing participants, analyzing small pieces of their mother’s and father’s DNA (so-called mitochondrial DNA and Y chromosome DNA, respectively).... Continue reading
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Susan Watkins in The New Left Review: Of all the opposition movements to have erupted since 2008, the rebirth of a militant feminism is perhaps the most surprising—not least because feminism as such had never gone away; women’s empowerment has... Continue reading
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From The New Yorker: Elif Batuman: One of my most memorable encounters with Shakespeare took place in the Taurus Mountains, in 2012, where I was reporting a story about the Arslanköy Women’s Theatre Group, a rural Turkish theatre company, founded... Continue reading
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Cathy Lynn Grossman in Publishers Weekly: Stephen Asma, a philosophy professor at Columbia College in Chicago, was a childhood Catholic altar boy who grew up to become a “cultural Buddhist” and religion-skewering writer for Skeptic magazine. Now, at 51, he's... Continue reading
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Andrew Elrod in the Boston Review: For the past fifty years, after all, among the easiest and most widely accepted formulas for people to work together to change their futures has been through patterns of personal consumption. We invest our... Continue reading
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Simina Mistreanu in Foreign Policy: Rongcheng was built for the future. Its broad streets and suburban communities were constructed with an eye to future expansion, as the city sprawls on the eastern tip of China’s Shandong province overlooking the Yellow... Continue reading
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Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse 1. Here's a philosophical heuristic about normative assessment: Domains and grounds for assessing responsibility will track domains and grounds for holding ourselves and others to be praise-worthy and blame-worthy. So, if there are... Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic "The edge of the unnavigable, the region of no information." ~ Pynchon, Bleeding Edge Last month I ended with a question: If art is partly about eliciting a diversity of reactions that come from a shared experience... Continue reading
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by Amanda Beth Peery She tips her golden watch up her wrist to wash the soap's extra speckled sponged white drops, left like a sea substance foaming across rocks or some mysterious ice, from her own unshelled, soft winter-pink wrist.... Continue reading
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by Jalees Rehman Do you still remember the first day of school when you started first grade? If you were fortunate enough (or in some cases, unfortunate enough) to run into your classmates from way back when, you might sit... Continue reading
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Sarah Simblet. Cedar, 2015. Pencil drawing. More here, here, and here. Thanks to Lauren Shaw for the tip! Continue reading
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by Thomas Manuel In Dishonoured by History: ‘Criminal Tribes' and British Colonial Policy, Meena Radhakrishna presents rare scholarship on some of the worst excesses of the British Empire. The Criminal Tribes Act, 1871 was passed with intention of demarcating certain... Continue reading
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by Dwight Furrow Unlike ice cream, orange juice, and most other things that taste good, wine is peculiar in that it is an object of devotion. Many people abandon lucrative, stable careers for the uncertainties and struggles of winemaking; others... Continue reading
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by Shiban Ganju An update and gratitude is overdue to the readers and editors of 3QD who supported the NGO, ‘Save a Mother' in its infancy. Years have passed. So, what's new? Nothing seems to have changed in ten years... Continue reading
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Jay Keyser at MIT Press: When the history of modern theoretical linguistics is written, Morris Halle will be one of its chapter headings. Together with Noam Chomsky, his influence was seminal in turning linguistics from a descriptive discipline in which... Continue reading
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Amia Srinivasan in the New York Review of Books: All men are created equal—but in what sense equal? Obviously not in the sense of being endowed with the same attributes, abilities, wants, or needs: some people are smarter, kinder, and... Continue reading
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Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti and Daniel Steinmetz-Jenkins in The Guardian: Since Donald Trump’s election, the American left has asked itself tough questions about what it must do to respond to his rise. An equally important conversation needs to happen over the future... Continue reading
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From Quillette: Quillette: What are some of the classic experiments in psychology that you think an educated person should know about? Steven Pinker: Where to begin? I’d cite studies of illusions and biases, to remind people of the fallibility of... Continue reading
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Michael Saler in The Weekly Standard: Caution: Netflix’s Black Mirror may be hazardous to your health. This anthology series about the perils of modern technologies is one of the most captivating shows on television; with its talented casts, immersive worlds,... Continue reading
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Yanis Varoufakis in The Guardian: For a manifesto to succeed, it must speak to our hearts like a poem while infecting the mind with images and ideas that are dazzlingly new. It needs to open our eyes to the true... Continue reading
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