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Alex Good in The Walrus: The author of the surprise bestseller How to Talk About Books You Haven’t Read, Pierre Bayard, is a standard-bearer for today’s highbrow aliterates. Bayard is a college professor of French literature, a position that paradoxically... Continue reading
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Interviews by Ben Beaumont-Thomas in The Guardian: Vincent Connare, typographer I was working for Microsoft’s typography team, which had a lot of dealings with people from applications like Publisher, Creative Writer and Encarta. They wanted all kinds of fonts –... Continue reading
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Natalie Wolchover in Quanta: As he was brushing his teeth on the morning of July 17, 2014, Thomas Royen, a little-known retired German statistician, suddenly lit upon the proof of a famous conjecture at the intersection of geometry, probability theory... Continue reading
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Bo Winegard and Ben Winegard in Quillette: To paraphrase Mark Twain, an infamous book is one that people castigate but do not read. Perhaps no modern work better fits this description than The Bell Curve by political scientist Charles Murray... Continue reading
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Muneeza Shamsie reviews Only the Longest Threads by Tasneem Zehra Husain in Newsweek Pakistan: Her novel is framed and juxtaposed by the growing friendship between Sara Byrne, a theoretical physicist, and Leonardo Santorini, a science journalist. They are both in... Continue reading
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Patricia Traxler in Agni: Just to give some idea of what killing the NEA will (or more aptly, will not) accomplish, the $146 million budget of the National Endowment for the Arts represents just 0.012% (about one one-hundredth of one... Continue reading
Posted 22 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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From Wired: In September 2013, Marko Ahtisaari resigned from his position as the head of product design at Nokia. The Finnish company had just been acquired by Microsoft and Ahtisaari, the son of a former president of Finland, decided it... Continue reading
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by Paul Bloomfield The decision guaranteeing abortion rights in the United States, found in Roe v. Wade (1973), was based on a right to privacy, which the court found to be primarily protected by the Fourteenth amendment's "concept of personal... Continue reading
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Okay, poets, we get it: things are like other things ...... —A. R. & M. G. Ah, But Math is Like That Too When poets are so dissed by engineers and physicists they really should consider this: (4+2) is just... Continue reading
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by Dwight Furrow In philosophy the most important development in the last 300 years has been the idea that what can be intelligibly said about reality is constructed out of our subjective responses, suitably constrained by social norms and intersubjective... Continue reading
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Asad Raza. Root Sequence. Mother Tongue. Whitney Biennial, 2017. Installation: 26 young, potted trees, tools, and caretakers. More here, here, and here. Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic "In economics, the majority is always wrong." ~ JK Galbraith One of the unfortunate gifts of the current, star-crossed administration is that there's something for everyone that will get their knickers in a twist. If immigration or... Continue reading
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by Tamuira Reid The day Luna went mad her mother thought, finally. The signs had been there, hanging around at the dinner table, in the bathroom where she ironed her hair. It had waited patiently in the corner of a... Continue reading
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by Daniel Ranard In the twentieth century, two important ideas arose with a nominal similarity: Einstein's theory of relativity on the one hand, and the idea of cultural or moral relativism on the other. It's probably fruitless to draw parallels... Continue reading
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by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse We all have had moments when we feel that those with whom we disagree not only reject the point we are focused on at the moment, but also reject our values, general... Continue reading
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I will summarise the key elements of the modern science of evolution, and the reasons why the evidence in its favour is generally regarded among scientists as conclusive, before turning to my main theme, which is the extent to which... Continue reading
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Ambika Kamath writes: Over the last few months, there’s been a slow-boiling battle underway between Holly Dunsworth and Jerry Coyne about the evolution of sexual dimorphism in humans, surrounding the question of why male and female humans, on average, differ... Continue reading
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Richard A. Shweder and Richard E. Nisbett in the Chronicle of Higher Education: It has been a 40-year labor: Regulatory systems are not easy to undo. Nevertheless, in January the federal government opened the door for universities to deregulate vast... Continue reading
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Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: Of all the prejudices of pundits, presentism is the strongest. It is the assumption that what is happening now is going to keep on happening, without anything happening to stop it. If the West... Continue reading
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Rafia Zakaria in Literary Hub: Historian and intellectual Pankaj Mishra’s latest book Age of Anger: A History of the Present, published earlier this month, presents what Mishra calls “an emotional history” at a time of “worldwide emergency” when rage fills... Continue reading
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Ed Yong in The Atlantic: Neanderthal dental plaque is a precious commodity, so it’s a little embarrassing when you’re trying to dislodge a piece and it goes flying across the room. “We just stood still, and everyone’s like: Where is... Continue reading
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