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Brishen Rogers in the Boston Review: “Amazon needs only a minute of human labor to ship your next package,” read a CNN headline last October. The company has revolutionized its warehouse operations using an army of 45,000 robots and other... Continue reading
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Ethan Siegel in Forbes: The collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on the morning of November 7, 1940, is the most iconic example of a spectacular bridge failure in modern times. As the third largest suspension bridge in the world,... Continue reading
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From Wired: Pope Francis already has a reputation for barnstorming. His positions on poverty, on gay priests, and liberation theology would have been shocking enough on their own, but in contrast to the more conservative positions of previous popes, they... Continue reading
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Michael Chabon in Literary Hub: The tallest man in Ramallah offered to give us a tour of his cage. We would not even have to leave our table at Rukab’s Ice Cream, on Rukab Street; all he needed to do... Continue reading
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Sarah Zhang in The Atlantic: The modern world gives us such ready access to nachos and ice cream that it’s easy to forget: Humans bodies require a ridiculous and—for most of Earth’s history—improbable amount of energy to stay alive. Consider... Continue reading
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AC Grayling in Prospect: War, then, has changed in dramatic respects, technologically and, consequentially, in character too. But in other fundamental respects it is as it ever was: people killing other people. As Theodor Adorno said, thinking of the development... Continue reading
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Skye Cleary in 3:AM Magazine: 3AM: I understand that your book grew out of a New York Times opinion piece by the same name: How to Be a Stoic? Why did you decide to write the book? Or was it... Continue reading
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by Scott Aikin and Robert Talisse Argument by analogy is like a powerful chainsaw. If you know how to use it, you can do some nice work. But if you aren't careful, you can make a big mess, and maybe... Continue reading
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Dilemma take the dilemma of the moon: two horns one night, tomorrow a small coin in a vast thought simple as circle things pass which is small consolation if they forever return as two horns mercilessly at opposite corners of... Continue reading
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by Paul Braterman Below, R: How not to; "The Scientific Method", as inflicted on Science Fair participants. Click to enlarge Consider this, from a justly esteemed chemistry text: Scientists are always on the lookout for patterns.… Once they have detected... Continue reading
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Fazal Sheikh. Jamaa Abdullai and her brother Adan, Somali refugee camp, Mandera, Kenya, 1992. More here, and here. Continue reading
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by Jalees Rehman Would you rather receive $100 today or wait for a year and then receive $150? The ability to delay immediate gratification for a potentially greater payout in the future is associated with greater wealth. Several studies have... Continue reading
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by Amanda Beth Peery In this image produced by Google's DeepDream algorithm, a pattern of archways stretches across the screen in an Escher-esque eye-game, the intricate façade of a building with impossible architecture. This vision is the result of a... Continue reading
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by Misha Lepetic "Machines…quell the revolt of specialized labor." ~ Marx In my previous post, I wrote about alternative ways of viewing the encroaching effects of automation on employment. I suggested that, instead of viewing it as a zero-sum game,... Continue reading
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Parker Bauer in The Weekly Standard: In January 1944 the up-and-coming novelist Vladimir Nabokov sent the oracular literary critic Edmund Wilson a letter, with two enclosures. The first was a sample of Nabokov's new translation of the Russian verse novel... Continue reading
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Steve Taylor in Psychology Today: Questionnaires by psychologists have shown that almost everyone - including college students - feels that time is passing faster now compared to when they were half or a quarter as old as now. And perhaps... Continue reading
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Jennifer Ouellette in Physics World: After being found guilty of heresy by the Catholic Church, Galileo Galilei was infamously placed under house arrest for the last nine years of his life. But he was far from idle during this time,... Continue reading
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Eric Barker in Time: Karen Arnold, a researcher at Boston College, followed 81 high school valedictorians and salutatorians from graduation onward to see what becomes of those who lead the academic pack. Of the 95 percent who went on to... Continue reading
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Matt Staggs at Signature: What do you, your town, and your employer all have in common? Scalability. According to physicist Geoffrey West, there are mathematical principles that govern the growth and longevity of complex organisms, crowded cities, and even corporations.... Continue reading
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Shehryar Fazli in the Los Angeles Review of Books: The 2016 presidential election, with its tides of rage, party divisions, and Russian meddling, was always going to howl for the kind of radical treatment given to earlier historic campaigns, like... Continue reading
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