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Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson in Prospect: If you study philosophy at a British or American university, your education in the history of the subject will likely be modest. Most universities teach Plato and Aristotle, skip about two millennia to Descartes, zip... Continue reading
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Steven Salaita in the Chicago Tribune: Being recruited for a tenured faculty position at a major university is no small feat, nor should it be; tenure represents the pinnacle of an academic career. In my case, it involved numerous interviews... Continue reading
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David P. Barash in the New York Times: It’s irresponsible to teach biology without evolution, and yet many students worry about reconciling their beliefs with evolutionary science. Just as many Americans don’t grasp the fact that evolution is not merely... Continue reading
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Early Autumn Surf ...... it’s still the birds have gone knowing it’s time but today is an anomalous summer day which, breaking protocol, has oozed into early fall with temperate trappings lulling me with spacious softness and late brilliance, being... Continue reading
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by Hari Balasubramanian The Shortest Path How does Google Maps figure out the best route between two addresses? The exact algorithm is known only to Google, but probably some variation of what is called the shortest path problem has to... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley Go on, admit it. You've always wanted to come back as a capybara. Why not? There are worst entities for a come-back kid when its mortal coil is taken up again. As a capybara you would live... Continue reading
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Jay Kelly. Before Your Very Eyes. 2013. Collage & resin on panel, 60"x96" made of vintage magazines, hand dyed paper, novels & art books. More here and here. Current show in Boston. Continue reading
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by Emrys Westacott Like millions of other people, I found the recent Israel-Gaza conflict sickening and depressing. After fifty days of military exchanges from July 8 to August 26, over 2,000 Gazans had been killed of which, even according to... Continue reading
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by Mathangi Krishnamurthy On July 15, 2013, after a hundred and sixty-three years of witnessing birth, death, revolution and marriage, the Indian telegraphic service sent out its last telegram. I felt a small sense of loss, but truth be told,... Continue reading
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by Charlie Huenemann How much of the world do we actually experience? Of course, I'm not bemoaning the shortness of human life, or the narrow range of the visual spectrum, or the insensitivities of our skins and tongues. There's no... Continue reading
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by Carl Pierer Hard-working, dedicated snow plough driver, Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård), is living a peaceful life with his wife Gudrun in a small, rural town in Norway. Just after being named Citizen of the Year, their son is found... Continue reading
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by Maniza Naqvi Offspring of wanton wants, they arrive, together, these gods of war and weather, to the beating drums, and sound of thunder, crying out crisis, each September. This century's, Septembers, all arrive back to school, as it were,... Continue reading
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by Thomas Rodham Wells ‘Libertarian paternalism' is how Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein characterise their big idea, redesigning how choices look so that we will be nudged to choose the option in our own best interests. Their proposal has come... Continue reading
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Peter D. O. Smith in Scientia Salon: This article is neither a defense of nor an attack against either religion or secularism. It treats them as well established sociological facts and no more than that. I take them as given... Continue reading
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Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: In the early 1920s, farmers in New Jersey noticed their potatoes were shriveling, their leaves becoming deformed. The plants were sick with an illness that came to be known as potato spindle tuber... Continue reading
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Clare Melamed in Aeon: Close observers of the development scene will have noticed an interesting shift over the past few years. Where once institutions such as the World Bank and charities like Oxfam described their goal as simply ‘ending poverty’,... Continue reading
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John Palattella in The Nation: The highway leading from the airport to town is new, or at least has been recently upgraded: four lanes of smooth blacktop running north-south and bordered by broad sidewalks empty under the blistering summer sun.... Continue reading
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Michael Lewis at Bloomberg: Our financial regulatory system is obviously dysfunctional. But because the subject is so tedious, and the details so complicated, the public doesn't pay it much attention. That may very well change today, for today -- Friday,... Continue reading
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Steven Pinker in the Wall Street Journal: Why is so much writing so bad? Why is it so hard to understand a government form, or an academic article or the instructions for setting up a wireless home network? The most... Continue reading
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Thomas Wells in The Philosopher's Beard: The Scots have made their choice. The British Union will continue. I can understand their hesitancy, their decision to opt for security and an assured place in something that more or less works, rather... Continue reading
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Simon Waxman in the Boston Review: This is the anniversary of “the day the world almost died.” On September 26, 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov was bunkered near Moscow, monitoring readings from the Soviet nuclear early warning satellite Oko, when... Continue reading
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