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Rosa Lyster in The Hairpin: The other night, I pretended I didn’t know who Slavoj Žižek, the Slovenian Hegelian Marxist and cultural critic, was. I’ve done this before, but never to such triumphant effect. This Marxist bro I was talking... Continue reading
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Jason Hickel in The Guardian: Earlier this year media outlets around the world announced that February had broken global temperature records by a shocking amount. March broke all the records too. In June, our screens were covered with surreal images... Continue reading
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Michael Moore at his own website: Friends: I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I gave it to you straight last summer when I told you that Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee for president.... Continue reading
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Laurie Penny in Welcome to the Screaming Room: This is a story about how trolls took the wheel of the clown car of modern politics. It’s a story about the insider traders of the attention economy. It’s a story about... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Esme Cribb in TPM Livewire: New media writer Clay Shirky took to Twitter Friday afternoon to dismiss white liberals' response to Donald Trump as ineffective and self-indulgent – and to rally them to defeat Trump. "Believe this: Trump could win,"... Continue reading
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Joshua Sokol in Quanta: When physicists announced in February that they had detected gravitational waves firsthand, the foundations of physics scarcely rattled. The signal exactly matched the expectations physicists had arrived at after a century of tinkering with Einstein’s theory... Continue reading
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Julian Baggini in The Guardian: The way these cream cakes flaunt themselves,” says saucy Carry On star Barbara Windsor, glaring disapprovingly at a chocolate eclair bursting with whipped cream, “it’s enough to lead a girl astray.” Her frown turns into... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Ed Yong in The Atlantic: In 1995, if you had told Toby Spribille that he’d eventually overthrow a scientific idea that’s been the stuff of textbooks for 150 years, he would have laughed at you. Back then, his life seemed... Continue reading
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Will Davies at the Political Economy Research Center: Given that Brexit was an event imagined and delivered from within the Conservative Party, one of the most important analyses of it is Matthew d’Ancona’s examination of how the idea shifted from... Continue reading
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Zadie Smith in the New York Review of Books: Back in the old neighborhood in North West London after a long absence, I went past the local primary school and noticed a change. Many of my oldest friends were once... Continue reading
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Jacqueline Howard in the Huffington Post: If a team of scientists in Philadelphia and New York have their way, using race to categorize groups of people in biological and genetic research will be forever discontinued. The concept of race in... Continue reading
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Richard L. Hasen and Dahlia Lithwick in Slate: Late last week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg tried to put thecontroversy over her recent criticisms of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump behind her, issuing a written statement of regret... Continue reading
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Sophia Efthimiatou in Literary Hub: He was at a meditation retreat in the Catskills, sitting cross-legged on a big flat rock on the side of a lake, eyes closed, pulse steady, surrounded by chipmunks and beavers and deer and newts,... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Sean Carroll in Preposterous Universe: The other day I was amused to find a quote from Einstein, in 1936, about how hard it would be to quantize gravity: “like an attempt to breathe in empty space.” Eight decades later, I... Continue reading
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David Sloan Wilson and Joseph Henrich in Evonomics: Paleontologists tell us that numerous Homo species once roamed the earth, although only Homo sapiens remains. Several Homo species still inhabit economic world, however — the world as described by traditional economics.... Continue reading
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by Paul Braterman Islam Evolving, Taner Edis, Prometheus Books, June 2016 This is an excellent review of an important but difficult subject, and a welcome change from the ill-informed bluster of a Sam Harris, or the limp apologetics of a... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Jonathan Kujawa While I was in graduate school the film "Trekkies" was released. You can see the trailer here and the full film here. What could easily be mocking is in fact a heartfelt look at a group of... Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic "The scent, the scent alone is enough for our beasts." ~ Marinetti There's that old saying that goes "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro". Certainly, weird times such as these demand weird explanations. Old... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley (who is standing on the bow of the ship above on September 11, 1959) The freight trains at night are so loud that in my dreams they become horizontal twin towers spewing sound into the air in... Continue reading
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John Houck. Portrait Landscape (video still). 2015. From: Public, Private, Secret - current exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York. "It’s unsettling, even before you enter. Stenciled on the ground, just outside the entrance to the International... Continue reading
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by Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad In the late 17th century Gottfried Leibniz conceived of a machine that could be used to settle arguments so that instead of arguing people will just settle dispute by saying "let us calculate." On closer inspection... Continue reading
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