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Parallel Universe everything unknown returns to life upon awakening in my bed supine in light sun bequeathed day ignites a fire beneath my blankets burn mind’s the filament of a lamp upon awakening stupidity tumbles down a sheer of chance... Continue reading
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by Charlie Huenemann Now that every click we make is watched, archived, and meta-data-fied, it is time to start thinking seriously about a personal ethics of internet consumption. This goes beyond mere paranoia and worry over what others might think... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Emrys Westacott I dislike tipping. That is, I dislike the whole tipping system. As a card-carrying tightwad I can't honestly say I enjoy leaving tips, but that's not my point. My point is about the general practice, the social... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Mohau Modisakeng. Inzilo (Film Still), 2013. Single channel video installation, duration: 4 min 57 sec More here, here, and here. Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Michael Lopresto Chris Mortensen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. He thinks that the inconsistent hasn't been taken seriously enough in Western philosophy, that the masterpieces of Reutersvärd rub our noses in the inconsistent, and... Continue reading
Posted 18 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Brooks Riley Jean-Luc Godard once inscribed a picture to me with these words: "This is the surface, Brooks, and that's why it's deep." At the time, I was skimming the surface, darting from one life experience to another without... Continue reading
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by Carl Pierer In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant states that an action has moral worth if and only if it is done from duty.Kant argues for his position by showing that morally right actions done from... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley Continue reading
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by Mathangi Krishnamurthy As a rule, I am wary of art installations. I am never sure if the form they take bear any relation to the political content they claim to espouse. Also, as a rule, I visit modern art... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Thomas Rodham Wells Governments should tax the production and consumption of junk entertainment like Angry Birds and The Bachelor to correct the market failures that encourage their overconsumption. As with tobacco and alcohol, the point of such sin taxes... Continue reading
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Linda Geddes in New Scientist: Metabolic processes that underpin life on Earth have arisen spontaneously outside of cells. The serendipitous finding that metabolism – the cascade of reactions in all cells that provides them with the raw materials they need... Continue reading
Posted 19 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm from claudiapalma on Vimeo. Continue reading
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Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical... Continue reading
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Adam Kirsch in The New Republic: The careers of Stefan Zweig and Walter Benjamin offer a contrast so perfect as to become almost a parable. The two writers were contemporaries—Benjamin was born in 1892, Zweig in 1881—and both operated in... Continue reading
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Massimo Pigliucci in Scientia Salon: Recently, here at Scientia Salon I published three essays — two by Robert Nola [2] and one by Coel Hellier [3] — that epitomize radical empiricism, more so in Hellier’s than in Nola’s case, I... Continue reading
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Connie Bruck in The New Yorker: On July 23rd, officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee—the powerful lobbying group known as AIPAC—gathered in a conference room at the Capitol for a closed meeting with a dozen Democratic senators. The... Continue reading
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Joe Hyams in Playboy in 1963: Playboy: All right, let’s start with the most basic question there is: Are you a religious man? Do you believe in God? Sinatra: Well, that’ll do for openers. I think I can sum up... Continue reading
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David A. Bell in The National Interest: In a famous exchange in 1994, Michael Ignatieff asked Eric Hobsbawm whether the vast human costs inflicted by Stalin on the Soviet Union could possibly be justified. Hobsbawm replied, “Probably not. . .... Continue reading
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David Wolman in Medium: During the winter and early spring of 2009, Selvaggi and other seismologists at Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology had been monitoring numerous tremors around L’Aquila. The sequence of small quakes over a short period... Continue reading
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Ed Yong in Not Exactly Rocket Science: Think of all the adults you know. Think of your parents and grandparents. Think of the teachers you had at school, your doctors and dentists, the people who collect your rubbish, and the... Continue reading
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Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher in Aeon: Humans are astounding creatures, our unique and highly complex traits encoded by our genome – a vast sequence of DNA ‘letters’ (called nucleotides) directing the building and maintenance of the body and brain.... Continue reading
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