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Steven Pinker in Current Biology: Between 2005 and 2007, a quartet of bestsellers by Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, and Christopher Hitchens launched the New Atheism. Emboldened by the growing success of science in explaining the world (including our... Continue reading
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H. M. Naqvi in Scroll: When Abdullah Hussain ashed a cigarette, he always missed the ashtray. There was an inevitable salting in his immediate periphery. He had large, dramatic hands that he used to swat the air when he spoke.... Continue reading
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Albert Burneko in The Concourse: At the intersection of all the annoying things a rock star can be—messianic, pretentious, vapid, dumb, old, creatively bankrupt, grandiose, utterly bereft of self-awareness, calcified into a grotesque oily wire-rack-in-the-grocery-store knockoff of himself, part of... Continue reading
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from an Adirondack Chair . close by the hydrangea in white, and a wheelbarrow old and purely struck with rust, the hydrangea’s lace planets in close galaxies of three-petal poems, the barrow’s hard, black tire and load of pulled weeds... Continue reading
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by Thomas R. Wells Every week or so a literature professor publishes an eloquent essay about what literature is good for. Here's a nice example. The backdrop is the decades long decline of literature degree programmes in the Anglophone world.... Continue reading
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by Charlie Huenemann Philosophy students are typically taught the wrong lesson from the great Scottish skeptic David Hume. The standard story goes something like this. British empiricists like Locke and Berkeley wanted to connect everything we know to what we... Continue reading
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Rafael Gómez Barros. Casa Tomada, 2012. Resin, Fiber Glass, Madera, Screen Cotton, Cuerda Arenas, Cerrejón, Coal. More here, here, and here. Continue reading
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by Carl Pierer Fig. 1: a Ceilidh as Braid This column last month, here, provided a first glimpse at the fascinating field of braids. Beneath their obvious beauty – to which their widespread aesthetic use bears testimony - lies a... Continue reading
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by Hari Balasubramanian Decisions under demand uncertainty – the so called newsvendor problem. In October 2007, my father and I took a day train from Bangalore to Chennai. About halfway into the 7-hour journey is a station called Jolarpet, where... Continue reading
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Adam Taylor in the Washington Post: Just after midnight Saturday, one of the most perplexing border disputes in the world officially ended. India and Bangladesh began the exchange of over 160 enclaves – small areas of sovereignty completely surrounded on... Continue reading
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Emily Anthes in Nature: Before making the first incision, confirm the patient's identity. Mark the surgical site. Ask about allergies. Discuss any anticipated blood loss. Introduce yourself by name. These are some of the 19 tasks on the World Health... Continue reading
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Walter Kirn in Good: The man beside me at the blackjack table, a tipsy, middle-aged salesman, was on a winning streak. Again and again, over half an hour of play, he’d drawn the cards he’d needed to beat the dealer,... Continue reading
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Shigeko Kubota (uncut raw interview) from Jason Drakeford on Vimeo. Shot on November 21, 2014 at her studio. Currently in post-production on a short film profile. (COMING SOON) Continue reading
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Cynthia Barnett in the New York Times: On the 25th of October in 1859, the steam clipper Royal Charter rounded the island of Anglesey off the coast of Wales on what was supposed to be the celebratory last evening of... Continue reading
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Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when Alex was pulled over by Denver police officers one night in 2009, he lost his belief in a... Continue reading
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David Robson at the BBC: If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could hear their shells painfully crunching? And would you... Continue reading
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Cynthia Haven in her blog: Charlie Hebdo has announced that they will publish no more cartoons featuring Mohammed, although every other religion and public figure will continue to be fair game. In other words, the terrorists have won. “We have... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Arjun Bhagoji, Nithyanand Rao and Raghavi Rao Kodati in The Fifth Estate: What are you working on at the moment? The truth is I haven’t done much math or music or poetry or anything in the past year. But I... Continue reading
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Joseph D'Urso at Thomson Reuters Foundation: Investment banking doesn't rank highly on most people's lists of ethical career choices, but according to one of the world's most famous living philosophers, becoming a hot shot in finance may be the best... Continue reading
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