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Marilyn Merritt in Science: The Evolution of Imagination, by philosopher Stephen Asma, is an ambitious and exciting book about creativity, rich with eclectic disciplinary references and enlivened with personal anecdotes. Charting new territory, Asma emphasizes the biological bases of imagination—sensory... Continue reading
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Parul Sehgal in The Atlantic: On the night she won the Booker Prize in 1997 for her novel, The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy had a strange and frightening dream. She was a fish being ripped from the water... Continue reading
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Natalie Wolchover in Quanta: Physicists have wondered for decades whether infinitely dense points known as singularities can ever exist outside black holes, which would expose the mysteries of quantum gravity for all to see. Singularities — snags in the otherwise... Continue reading
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Jared Ware in Shadow Proof: In the infancy of the Trump presidency, a new community defense network is espousing anti-racist and anti-capitalist politics to build coalitions in cities, small towns, and rural areas across America. Redneck Revolt recruits predominantly poor... Continue reading
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Andrew J. Bacevich in The American Conservative: During the Age of Trump, Year One, a single word has emerged to capture the essence of the prevailing cultural mood: resistance. Words matter, and the prominence of this particular term illuminates the... Continue reading
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Tim Lewis in The Guardian: The Angry Chef’s railing against the trend for clean-eating and wellness bloggers, his frustration at the miraculous properties assigned to kale and coconut oil quickly found an audience. The Sun asked Warner to contribute to... Continue reading
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Masha Gessen in Harper's Magazine: When each day brings more news than we are used to seeing in a week, and the kind of news that only the most catastrophic imagination can accommodate, we find ourselves talking about the Reichstag... Continue reading
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Lisa Zyga in Phys.org: Researchers have built a new type of "neuron transistor"—a transistor that behaves like a neuron in a living brain. These devices could form the building blocks of neuromorphic hardware that may offer unprecedented computational capabilities, such... Continue reading
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Walter Scheidel in Aeon: The principal sources of inequality have changed over time. Whereas feudal lords exploited downtrodden peasants by force and fiat, the entrepreneurs of early modern Europe relied on capital investment and market exchange to reap profits from... Continue reading
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by Jalees Rehman How many hours of sleep does the average person require? The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recently convened an expert panel which reviewed over 5,000 scientific articles and determined that sleeping less... Continue reading
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Blots In inkwell times when quills were used (ends of sharpened feathers split which above a writer's work twitched as when a bird would scratch an itch) we scratched our hieroglyphs in night-black licks pausing intermittently to dip the split... Continue reading
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by Daniel Ranard Sometimes it's easier to understand abstract math with a story. W­hen I explain bits of math to unsuspecting friends, I'm always happy by how quickly they follow. Even precise definitions and proofs are easy to learn with... Continue reading
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Unknown artist. Ganga hiding in the feet of Lord Krishna, to escape the wrath of Radha. An exhibition titled "Ganga: A River of Life and Eternity", celebrating the river Ganges, currently at the National Museum, Delhi, envisioned and curated by... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley First, the jungle out there: Sound familiar? Hint: It's not the clatter of journalists in a feeding frenzy over the latest insanity to emerge from the White House. Just an ur-Twitter storm here in Mitteleuropa at 4... Continue reading
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by Genese Sodikoff The story of kuru is a classic one in anthropology and medicine. Called the "laughing death" in the Australian newspapers, the disease swept over the Fore population of Papua New Guinea's eastern highlands over the course of... Continue reading
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by Dwight Furrow Wine and science writer Jamie Goode's post What is Greatness in a Wine? is insightful because it moves greatness out of the realm of subjectivity and personal preference: "Greatness is conferred on wine by a community of... Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic "These are the guys that were too tough for the chain gang." ~ Bomber Back in the mists of time, at the dawn of the World Wide Web, the promise of an open, decentralized, disaggregated network seemed... Continue reading
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Rebecca Solnit in Literary Hub: He was supposed to be a great maker of things, but he was mostly a breaker. He acquired buildings and women and enterprises and treated them all alike, promoting and deserting them, running into bankruptcies... Continue reading
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Joshua Rothman in The New Yorker: In 2004, when she was twenty-three, Sunaura Taylor Googled “arthrogryposis,” the name of a condition she has had since birth. Its Greek roots mean “hooked joints”; the arms and legs of many people who... Continue reading
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Sadaf Halai in the Herald: Indian authors writing in English were the rising stars of the anglophone literary world in the 1990s, notes Muneeza Shamsie in the preface to her groundbreaking and exhaustive book, Hybrid Tapestries: The Development of Pakistani... Continue reading
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Thomas Small in the Times Literary Supplement: Shahab Ahmed begins What is Islam? with an intriguing anecdote. At a Princeton banquet, a Cambridge logician turns to a distinguished Muslim academic seated at the same table and asks him whether he... Continue reading
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