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Tom Nichols in Market Watch: Why can’t Americans agree about anything? The United States has survived through periods of great division and yet today we all now seem incapable of finding common ground on even the smallest issues. This is... Continue reading
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Susana Martinez-Conde and Stephen L. Macknik in Scientific American: We are surrounded by mirrors all day, every day—when we drive, brush our teeth, check our hair while heading out the door. Yet for all their ubiquity, mirrors remain somewhat mysterious.... Continue reading
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Debra W. Soh in Playboy: On a beautiful sunny morning on Saturday, I followed hundreds of women, men and children making their way through Toronto’s downtown core as part of the highly publicized March for Science that took place in... Continue reading
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Chloe Farand in The Independent: America is regressing to have the economic and political structure of a developing nation, an MIT economist has warned. Peter Temin says the world's’ largest economy has roads and bridges that look more like those... Continue reading
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Tim Urban in Wait But Why: Okay maybe that’s not exactly how it happened, and maybe those weren’t his exact words. But after learning about the new company Elon Musk was starting, I’ve come to realize that that’s exactly what... Continue reading
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John A. Byrne in Poets & Quants: From the very beginning, the Harvard Business School treated Duff McDonald as a barbarian at the gate. A veteran journalist and author, McDonald first approached the school about cooperating with him on a... Continue reading
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by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse Disagreement is a pervasive feature of our ordinary lives. We disagree with family members over what would make for a good Tuesday night dinner, with colleagues over how to solve some thorny... Continue reading
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From Wikipedia. by Jonathan Kujawa Approximately 1900 years ago Theon of Smyrna authored On Mathematics Useful for the Understanding of Plato. In it, Theon wrote: For Eratosthenes says in his writing he Platonicus that when the god pronounced to the... Continue reading
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The Free Exercise of At its center is a tree which wraps the garden in its entirety The roots of it run deep— some say to a molten core while some insist they exit the other side to suck juices... Continue reading
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by Brooks Riley I feel a stress disorder coming on. Call it Persistent Trump Stress Disorder. Or PTSD 2.0. This is not about Trump himself, the ‘dingo' here, whose many inadequacies, fallacies and prevarications are scrutinized, dissected, biopsied, and finally... Continue reading
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by Jalees Rehman On 5 November 2015, an iron ore tailings dam burst in Bento Rodrigues near the Brazilian city of Mariana, releasing 60 million cubic meters of a reddish-brown mud-flood. This toxic flood buried neighboring villages and flowed into... Continue reading
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by Dwight Furrow Turner's The Fighting Temeraire Beauty is not solely in the eye of the beholder so I argued last month. This month I can't resist taking on the other platitude that harms our understanding of beauty—that beauty is... Continue reading
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by Tamuira Reid 1. Theresa killed a man with her car. It wasn't her fault but still. It was dark. The road was long. Oldies played on the radio. The kind of music people dance to when they think no... Continue reading
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Authenticity is a term that often comes up in postcolonialism and especially my own subdiscipline of Muslim literary studies. But what does it mean to be authentic, and is the quest for authenticity a productive or stifling one? A fetishization of authenticity can trap apparently 'authentic' cultures in picturesque poverty and a pastoral past that never existed, ignoring their plural present. The anti-authenticity stance can also be challenged on academic grounds, because what is research if not a process of authentication? Authenticity cannot be so easily dismissed as a discourse of power, since it is one in the service of knowledge too. Continue reading
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Michael J. Coren in Quartz: Silicon Valley is obsessed with happiness. The pursuit of a mythical good life, achievement blending perfectly with fulfillment, has given rise to the quantified self movement, polyphasic sleeping, and stashes of off-label pharmaceuticals in developers’... Continue reading
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Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic: January 29, 1912, was a beautiful day in Antarctica. A group of British explorers, led by a 37-year-old Victor Campbell, were on a cheerful journey across what we now call the Nansen Ice Shelf and... Continue reading
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Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: This week marked the anniversary of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto. The Ghetto had been established by the Germans in 1940 in the Muranów district of the Polish capital, imprisoning some 400,000 Jews, virtually all... Continue reading
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Harry Lewis in the Washington Post: When should traditional liberal values be sacrificed to important but narrower ends? That is the question behind Harvard University’s effort to subordinate freedom of association and freedom of speech to a locally fashionable form... Continue reading
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Yuval Harari in the New York Times: In “The Knowledge Illusion,” the cognitive scientists Steven Sloman and Philip Fernbach hammer another nail into the coffin of the rational individual. From the 17th century to the 20th century, Western thought depicted... Continue reading
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From Columbia University Press: This selection of poetry and prose by Ghalib provides an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the preeminent Urdu poet of the nineteenth century. Ghalib's poems, especially his ghazals, remain beloved throughout South Asia for their arresting... Continue reading
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Rick Nauert in Psych Central: New research discovers that your favorite music, be it Willie Nelson, Bach, the Beatles, or Bruno Mars, triggers a similar type of activity in your brain as other people’s favorites do in theirs. Music is... Continue reading
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