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Vineet Gill in The Guardian: The narrator of V.S. Naipaul’s 1987 novel, The Enigma of Arrival, is a man twice displaced—first by forces of history and then by the drive of ambition. India, the home of his ancestors, has no... Continue reading
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Press release of the Pierre Auger Collaboration: In a paper to be published in Science on 22 September, the Pierre Auger Collaboration reports observational evidence demonstrating that cosmic rays with energies a million times greater than that of the protons... Continue reading
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Andy Fitch in the Los Angeles Review of Books: This conversation focuses on Josiah Ober’s books The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece, Democracy and Knowledge: Innovation and Learning in Classical Athens, and Political Dissent in Democratic Athens: Intellectual Critics... Continue reading
Posted 10 hours ago at 3quarksdaily
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Nathan Schneider in America: Boulder, Colo., is a town full of characters, and Richard Warner was one of them. Dr. Warner—a psychiatrist, anthropologist and transplanted Englishman, with ruddy cheeks and wavy hair—held a particularly zealous conviction that any patient with... Continue reading
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Andrew Anthony in The Guardian: Last week, on his Radio 2 breakfast show, Chris Evans read out the first page of Sapiens, the book by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari. Given that radio audiences at that time in the... Continue reading
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From Daily Kos: And yeah, he always had “that look…” That way of staring straight through you into some faraway, unknowable beyond. It was there when I first saw him, but nothing compared to what he looked like when we... Continue reading
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John Bellamy Foster in Monthly Review: The narrative found today in every neoclassical economics textbook portrays work in purely negative terms, as a disutility or sacrifice. Sociologists and economists often present this as a transhistorical phenomenon, extending from the classical... Continue reading
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Daniel Dennett in Free Inquiry: Philosophy is always going to be the default home of non-naturalists and anti-naturalists. Since no other discipline will take them seriously, they gravitate to philosophy and find each other. Anti-naturalism is like the tide; you... Continue reading
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Ralph Michaels in the Huffington Post: Ta-Nehisi Coates calls Donald Trump "the first white President" and suggests that his election must be attributed to white supremacy. Coates has become the most influential writer in America today; this latest Atlantic essay... Continue reading
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Alison Abbott in Scientific American: Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles. The International Brain Lab (IBL), launched on September 19, combines 21... Continue reading
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Joseph Stiglitz over at INET Economics: Dynamic Stochastic General Equilibrium (DSGE) models, which have played such an important role in modern discussions of macroeconomics, in my judgment fail to serve the functions which a well-designed macroeconomic model should perform. The... Continue reading
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John Cassidy in The New Yorker: In this country, many colleges encourage Econ 101 students to buy (or rent) expensive textbooks, which can cost up to three hundred dollars, or even morefor some hardcover editions. The core curriculum includes a... Continue reading
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Helena Bottemiller Evich in Politico: Irakli Loladze is a mathematician by training, but he was in a biology lab when he encountered the puzzle that would change his life. It was in 1998, and Loladze was studying for his Ph.D.... Continue reading
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John Judis in The New Republic: If you take the percentage of Americans that the U.S. census defines as “minorities” and project their past voting habits into the next decade and beyond, you’ll come up with a very sunny version... Continue reading
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by Michael Liss What are you reading? A friend asked me that question recently, and I almost found myself stumped. Reading isn't skimming. It's not staring at a screen, spasmodically flipping back and forth between the New York Times, Washington... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at 3quarksdaily
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Sughra Raza. Late summer light, 2016. Digital photograph (tip o the hat to Monet!). Continue reading
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by Leanne Ogasawara There were not many things that drew me back to America, but the thought of joining a bookclub seemed like one potential perk of moving back. I am not sure if bookclubs exist to this extent in... Continue reading
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by Akim Reinhardt Generational analysis, when done poorly, is half-a-notch above astrology: All the people born at this time are like this! Of course there's plenty of good generational research and analysis by demographers and other social scientists. However, most... Continue reading
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by Dave Maier If you google the name “Matt Shoemaker,” the first page of hits is all about the gentleman pictured here, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels. It seems that he has recently undergone season-ending surgery on his... Continue reading
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by Bill Benzon Donald Trump, of course, is the forty-fifth President of the United States. He is a real person, but Leroy Jethro Gibbs is not. He is the central character in NCIS, one of the most popular and longest... Continue reading
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