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Tim Maudlin at the PBS Nova website: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality?….Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: ‘With the rise of China’, Martin Jacques writes in his book When China Rules the World, ‘Western universalism will cease to be universal – and its values and outlook will become steadily less influential. The emergence... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: Earlier this week, Chinese researchers reported that they edited the genes of human embryos using a new technique called CRISPR. While these embryos will not be growing up into genetically modified people,... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Richard Lourie in the New York Times: The mass of men may “lead lives of ­quiet desperation,” as Thoreau wrote, but the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) did just the opposite: She lived a life of quiet amazement, reflected in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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James Crabtree in Prospect: Narendra Modi stood on the walls of New Delhi’s Red Fort on a blustery morning last August, a man at the height of his recently-acquired powers. It was his first Independence Day speech, and also the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
Thanks to Farrukh Azfar for having introduced me to Telemann when we were both nineteen and also for sending me this earlier today. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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From the website of the International Crisis Group: Violence in the Darfur region of Sudan’s far west continues unabated. Some 450,000 persons were displaced in 2014 and another 100,000 in January 2015 alone, adding to some two million long-term internally... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at 3quarksdaily
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This is devastatingly sad news! Sabeen was a good friend of my sister Azra's and a great supporter of 3QD. I did not know her well but we exchanged emails about six months ago and she asked if 3QD might... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Aaron Arnold in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Speaking from the White House earlier this month, President Obama announced details of a framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1—the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany—that... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Atul Gawande argues that physicians should focus care on the good life—including its very end. Sophia Rosenfeld in The Nation: In the early 1990s, an upstate New York doctor became the medical director of a nursing home populated almost entirely... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Diana Kwon in Symmetry: This weekend, members of the Mu2e collaboration dug their shovels into the ground of Fermilab's Muon Campus for the experiment that will search for the direct conversion of a muon into an electron in the hunt... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Raymond Geuss foresees a future of strict controls or war over resources. Matthew Reisz meets the radical philosopher and traces his intellectual development. Matthew Reisz in The Times: Raymond Geuss would like his fellow philosophers (and many of his fellow... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Andrew Curry in Nautilus: PANDAS represents a striking branch of medical research that has been gaining acceptance in recent years, though not without controversy. In a field known as immunopsychiatry, researchers are exploring the possibility that inflammation, or an overactive... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Alec Ash in Five Books: Let’s start on your book selection. Your first choice is What Science Offers the Humanities, by Edward Slingerland. Tell us a little about the book first. It’s a rather extraordinary and unusual book. It addresses... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Increasingly, America, Britain and even Australia are relying on ‘private security contractors’ to fight their wars. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry, but it’s also largely unregulated. Are we heading towards a world where armies and navies are available to the... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Mark Joseph Stern in Slate: Far from an infallible science, forensics is a decades-long experiment in which undertrained lab workers jettison the scientific method in favor of speedy results that fit prosecutors’ hunches. No one knows exactly how many people... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Max Tegmark in Edge: Jaan Tallinn I find Jaan Tallinn remarkable in more ways than one. His rags-to-riches entrepreneur story is inspiring in its own right, starting behind the Iron Curtain and ending up connecting the world with Skype. How... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at 3quarksdaily