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Sean Carroll in Preposterous Universe: Don Page Don Page is one of the world’s leading experts on theoretical gravitational physics and cosmology, as well as a previous guest-blogger around these parts. (There are more world experts in theoretical physics than... Continue reading
Posted 13 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Tunku Varadarajan interviews Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the New York Times: Ayaan Hirsi Ali is Islam’s best known—her critics would say most incendiary—dissident in the West. Born in Somalia, she escaped an arranged marriage by seeking asylum in the Netherlands,... Continue reading
Posted 21 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Lydia Kiesling in The Guardian: “I’m in a self-hatred mode right now, actually,” the New York Times-bestselling author Harlan Coben tells me on the phone. “I’m writing a little slower than I want to be writing.” It’s odd to hear... Continue reading
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Matthew Bishop in the New York Times: For many people, Bretton Woods stands for that rarest of moments: when governments and experts come together to restore order to a chaotic global economy. After the financial meltdown of 2008, the president... Continue reading
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Bente Scheller at the Heinrich Böll Stiftung: If you cannot overthrow the tyrant, co-operate with him – after four disastrous years in Syria this seems to be the conclusion the international community has arrived at. While back in 2011 Bashar... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: The British Parliament can be an archaic, backward-looking institution, wedded to tradition, and not known for taking a revolutionary stance. Yet its members have just made a groundbreaking decision, one that no other legislature has so... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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David Shulman in the New York Review of Books: Benjamin Netanyahu has won again. He will have no difficulty putting together a solid right-wing coalition. But the naked numbers may be deceptive. What really counts is the fact that the... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Kenneth Roth has picked the three winners from the nine finalists: Top Quark, $500: Kenan Malik, Assimilation vs. Multiculturism Strange Quark, $200: Xavier Marquez, The Saudi Monarchy as a Family Firm Charm Quark, $100: Omar Ali, Blasphemy, blasphemy laws, Pakistan,... Continue reading
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by Paul Braterman In my last post, I said that the right way to undermine creationism is to promote appreciation of the science of evolution, by presenting it in ways that are engaging, enjoyable, and above all personal. In this... Continue reading
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by Namit Arora A review of Odysseus Abroad, a novel by Amit Chaudhuri. Ananda Sen, the young Bengali protagonist in Amit Chaudhuri’s sixth novel, Odysseus Abroad, is an aspiring poet, singer of ragas, and seeker of the romantic spark in... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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by Yohan J. John In Part I of this series, we looked at how the concept of information brought communication and computation together. Claude Shannon and the other pioneers of information theory showed that discrete symbols could be used to... Continue reading
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I’m still dwelling on how ironic all the feverish proclamations of capitalism are going to look someday. …………………… —Justin E.H. Smith Gabriel’s Mad Ave. Apocalyptic Horn I’m through with dumpster dinners at the corner of Wall Street and New I’m... Continue reading
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by Mandy de Waal A South African literary event called 'The Time of the Writer' was to have been a moment of celebration for local writer Zainub Priya Dala. The author's debut novel, called What About Meera, was due to... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Frances Stark. Pull After Push, 2010. Paint, printed matter, linen tape, stickers on panel More here, and here. Continue reading
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by Lisa Lieberman Walden Lodge Hollywood, California, Summer 1941 I believe that the person you are when you're eight years old is the person you really are. I was creeping up on Geoffrey as he sat meditating on the lawn—not... Continue reading
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by Ahmed Humayun Conventional wisdom has it that if you don't like your job or want to pursue your passion or just have a great idea, you should just go ahead and launch a startup, because the barriers to launching... Continue reading
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The story of television broadcasting is a fascinating one about technology development, entrepreneurship, engineering, and even space exploration. It is an American story, and it is a story worth telling Continue reading
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the Wall Street Journal: “Islam’s borders are bloody,” wrote the late political scientist Samuel Huntington in 1996, “and so are its innards.” Nearly 20 years later, Huntington looks more right than ever before. According to the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily