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Anis Shivani in Salon: There continues to be a gross underestimation, even among politically aware liberals, of what we are really up against, and how to counter it. Increasingly, our fellow citizens are resorting to the concepts of fascism to... Continue reading
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by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse Wisdom is a product of experience and reflection. As a consequence, it's often quite a long road to that goal. It's for this reason that the poetic expression, "the Owl of Minerva... Continue reading
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by Jonathan Kujawa While laying in bed on the night of January 20, 1884, Lewis Carroll conjured up the following puzzle: Three Points are taken at random on an infinite Plane. Find the chance of their being the vertices of... Continue reading
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“The woolly mammoth vanished from the Earth 4,000 years ago, but now scientists say they are on the brink of resurrecting the ancient beast in a revised form, through an ambitious feat of genetic engineering.” — Hannah Devlin inThe Guardian... Continue reading
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by Dwight Furrow I must confess to having once been an olfactory oaf. In my early days as a wine lover, I would plunge my nose into a glass of Cabernet, sniffing about for a hint of cassis or eucalyptus... Continue reading
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by Jalees Rehman The Affordable Care Act, also known as the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act", "Obamacare" or the ACA, is a comprehensive healthcare reform law enacted in March 2010 which profoundly changed healthcare in the United States. This... Continue reading
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Eileen Alice Soper (1905-1990). When Badgers Awake. John Lister-Kaye, naturalist and wildlife writer, describes his experience with Soper in "Gods of the Morning": "As we approached the (badger) setts in the dusk she seemed to slough off her human-ness and... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley National Theater, Goethe and Schiller To paraphrase Heinrich Heine, I dream of Weimar in the night—not the era, but the town of Weimar, a lovely word on its own, one steeped in intellectual significance, historical resonance, cultural... Continue reading
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by Katalin Balog "As he died to make man holy, let us die to make things cheap." --Leonard Cohen, "Steer your way" In this article I use a distinction borrowed from philosophy, between objectivity and subjectivity, to look at the... Continue reading
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by Amanda Beth Peery In Pliny the Elder's Natural History, he describes a fourth-century BC painter, Apelles of Kos, as superior to all other painters. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Apelles "continues to be regarded as the greatest painter of... Continue reading
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by Shadab Zeest Hashmi The ghost that lurks around the old Bombay Company bookshelf is the ghost of an elliptical future, trailing the past like a spectacular, burning, comet-tail. It is the wispy energy of my own half-dreamed, half-written book... Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic There's a certain kind of conversation in which I find myself every so often, which can roughly be summarized as "What's the big deal about DJing"? As someone who was a quasi-professional DJ in a former life,... Continue reading
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Thomas Nagel in the New York Review of Books: For fifty years the philosopher Daniel Dennett has been engaged in a grand project of disenchantment of the human world, using science to free us from what he deems illusions—illusions that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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From Edge: The general question I've been living with is how do we go about getting a better scientific grip on everything social? The social sciences have developed away from the natural sciences, even with some bit of hostility toward... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Jordana Cepelewicz in Nautilus: It is 7 o’clock in the morning and Harvey Friedman has just sent an email to an unspecified number of recipients with the subject line “stop what you are doing.” It features a YouTube link to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Rumana Ahmed in The Atlantic: In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country... Continue reading
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Paul Buchheit in AlterNet: Yes, inequality is getting worse every year. In early 2016 Oxfam reported that just 62 individuals had the same wealth as the bottom half of humanity. About a year later Oxfam reported that just 8 men... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Brent Simpson, Robb Willer & Ashley Harrell in Nature: The threat of free-riding makes the marshalling of cooperation from group members a fundamental challenge of social life. Where classical social science theory saw the enforcement of moral boundaries as a... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Heather Jones in the Irish Times: “I’ve found another one!” My mother is delighted, full of excitement, cup of tea in hand at our small kitchen table in Dublin, overloaded with notes and books. She has long had a passionate... Continue reading
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Elizabeth Kolbert in The New Yorker: In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed... Continue reading
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Matthew Sedacca in Nautilus: In the late 1990s, a team of physicists at the Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso in Italy began collecting data for DAMA/LIBRA, an experiment investigating the presence of dark matter particles. The scientists used a scintillation... Continue reading
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