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March 03, 2015

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11:58 AM | Tuesday Poem
Without You Again, damn it, radio, television, the papers. The powers that be, as expected, are consummate crooks. Those back in the days at least had some fear, today’s are no better. I’d forbid the days to pass without you,...
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11:14 AM | THE WISDOM OF ANNE TYLER
Maggie Fergusson in More Intelligent Life: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler, Chatto, hardback, out now. Abby Whitshank, the selfless, self-doubting mother at the heart of Anne Tyler’s 20th novel, can’t bear to think that hers is “just...
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11:00 AM | Arming the Immune System Against Cancer
Claudia Dreifus in The New York Times: James P. Allison is the chairman of the immunology department at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. His seminal research opened up a new field in cancer treatment: immunotherapy....
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10:29 AM | Second MCMP Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students
After the huge success of last year's event, the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy will be hosting the second installment of its Summer School for female students, from July 26th to August 1st 2015. From the website:The summer school is open to excellent female students who want to specialize in mathematical philosophy. Since women are significantly underrepresented in philosophy generally and in formal philosophy in particular, this summer school is aimed at encouraging women to engage […]

March 02, 2015

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8:13 PM | Open letter to Lisa Hansen on NZ Fluoridation Review
Dear Lisa, There are mistakes and misinterpretations of the scientific literature in your recent open letter to Sir Peter Gluckman and Sir David Skeggs. The letter also misrepresents the NZ Fluoridation Review (Eason et al., 2014) and the Fluoride Free NZ (FFNZ) report … Continue reading →
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4:05 PM | Guest Post: An Interview with Jamie Bock of BICEP2
If you’re reading this you probably know about the BICEP2 experiment, a radio telescope at the South Pole that measured a particular polarization signal known as “B-modes” in the cosmic microwaves background radiation. Cosmologists were very excited at the prospect … Continue reading →
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2:19 PM | About that dress . . .
In case you haven’t been paying attention recently, the dress shown in this picture is the latest viral craze.  Is it black and white, as some people perceive it, or black and blue, as other people perceive it?  It’s actually black and blue.  But why are there such differences in perception?  Inquiring minds across the … Continue reading »
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5:55 AM | Corpses in their mouths
by Zaheer Kazmi The Woking Martian Did the Martians that landed at Horsell Common live on in the souls of dead Muslim soldiers? Just over a century before the ‘War on Terror', H. G. Wells penned his own fin de...
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5:50 AM | Eureka!
by Jonathan Kujawa Last month at 3QD we discovered that Pascal's Triangle contains all sorts of surprises. Like most things in mathematics, there is no end to the things you can uncover if you keep digging and have a curious...
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5:45 AM | Palettes, Palates, and Authenticity: The Winemaker's Art
by Dwight Furrow In many traditional wine regions of the world wine, like food, has been a marker of identity. Wine, when properly made, expresses the character of the soil and climate in which grapes are grown, and the sensibilities...
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5:40 AM | Perceptions
Gordon Parks. Couple, with man playing cello. 1980. Silver print. More here, here, and here. Current exhibition at MFA, Boston.
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5:35 AM | Does Thinking About God Increase Our Willingness to Make Risky Decisions?
by Jalees Rehman There are at least two ways of how the topic of trust in God is broached in Friday sermons that I have attended in the United States. Some imams lament the decrease of trust in God in...
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5:30 AM | Everything Was Within Reach
by Misha Lepetic "New York isn't your fantasy. You're the fantasy in New York's imagination." ~ John DeVore, New York Doesn't Love You There is a time-honored genre of literature that masochistically trucks with the fatalism and rejection of living...
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5:25 AM | Empty Handshakes: on Flight MH370
by Madhu Kaza I was jetlagged during the week in early March 2014 when I heard the news that air traffic controllers had lost contact with Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The news seemed at first like a seamless detail added...
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5:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:15 AM | ISIS and Islam: Beyond the Dream
by Omar Ali A few days ago, Graeme Wood wrote a piece in the Atlantic that has generated a lot of buzz (and controversy). In this article he noted that: "The reality is that the Islamic State is Islamic. Very...
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5:10 AM | Rethinking the Physician-Patient Relationship to Improve the Patient Experience
by Kathleen Goodwin I recently read the surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande's latest book, "Being Mortal" in which he writes about end-of-life care in the American healthcare system, which has developed into a series of increasingly radical attempts...
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5:05 AM | On Teaching Writing
by Tamuira Reid I remember being five years old and sitting in the pediatrician's office as my mother explained the problem. She talks in voices, doctor. Three or four of them at a time. I stand by her door and...
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4:25 AM | Steven Pinker Explains Why #TheDress Looked White, Not Blue
Steven Pinker in Forbes: Not since the days of Mitch Ryder and Monica Lewinsky has a blue dress aroused so much passion. A Tumblr user posted this photo and pleaded “guys please help me – is this dress white and...

March 01, 2015

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9:40 PM | February ’15 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Image credit: Dear Kitty. Some blog There are now over 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake, … Continue reading →
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5:04 PM | What would you tell six hundred leading German social democrats about their party’s handling of the Eurocrisis?
Mark Blyth in Jacobin: It is both an honor and an irony to stand here today and receive the 2014 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis für Wirtschaftspublizistik. The honor is to be recognized at all, given the competition. To name but a few of...
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4:55 PM | Mites hide in your bed and breed on your face. They’re smaller than the period at the end of this sentence.
Rob Dunn in National Geographic: Several years ago I made a bet about face mites, animals that live in hair follicles. They are so small that a dozen of them could dance on the head of a pin. They are...
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4:50 PM | Lure of the Caliphate
Malise Ruthven in the New York Review of Books: It has now become clear that Barack Obama is under enormous pressure to intensify the campaign against ISIS. Last week, as the White House held a summit on countering extremist violence...
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4:46 PM | Clark Terry (1920 - 2015)
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4:45 PM | Marvin David Levy (1932 - 2015)
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4:45 PM | leonard nemoy (1931 - 2015)
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4:43 PM | Steven Pinker on 'Literally,' Emojis, and Other Trends That Aren't Destroying English
Scott Porch in The Atlantic: Scott Porch: Do people write the way they talk? Steven Pinker: Not really. Clearly, there’s overlap and some people write in a more conversational style than others, but it is striking how a transcript of...
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12:53 PM | Sunday Poem
Some Love Poems 1 There you go this morning with frost in your parka down London Road I’d know your walk anywhere But I’m not there I’m in this dumb room with your blond hair & all the beautiful lines...
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11:23 AM | Zen and the art of stroke recovery
Max Liu in The Independent: Australian psychologist David Roland opens his memoir with an account of finding himself in a hospital waiting room with very little idea of how he got there. His wife, Anna, is present and he vaguely...
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11:07 AM | The happiness conspiracy: against optimism and the cult of positive thinking
Bryan Appleyard in New Statesman: Americans apparently spend more than $100bn a year on motivating their employees using various positive thinking techniques. This is madness, as anybody who has been subjected to team-building or any of the other devices from...
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