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July 30, 2014

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1:33 PM | what it’s like to be an anti-war Israeli
Marina Strinkovsky in New Statesman: On Saturday, I attended an extremist demonstration in Tel Aviv. Some 5,000 other dangerous fanatics and I gave up a small slice of our weekend to express our intolerably radical views to a hostile or,...
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12:00 PM | Rhythmic constraints on stress timing in English
What kind of embodied constraints affect the production of speech? Can we say anything we like when we like, or are there constraints in play that make some things easier than others? This is the question asked in Cummins & Port (1998) which we recently read in lab meeting (with our PhD student Agnes).Cummins and Port asked participants to produce sentences over and over and examined when during the cycle a certain stress beat occurred. They set it up so that the beat was timed with a beep […]
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11:07 AM | probiotics could prevent obesity and insulin resistance
From KurzweilAI: Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that engineered probiotic bacteria (“friendly” bacteria like those in yogurt) in the gut produce a therapeutic compound that inhibits weight gain, insulin resistance, and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice....
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10:29 AM | Wednesday Poem
Comete Uphill in Melbourne on a beautiful day a woman is walking ahead of her hair. Like teak oiled soft to fracture and sway it hung to her heels and seconded her as a pencilled retinue, an unscrolling title to...
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9:27 AM | Refugee Crisis: The Stunning Collapse of Syria’s Safe Spaces
Farrah Hassen in Foreign Policy in Focus (Photo: UNHCR Photo Unit / Flickr): While filming a documentary in Syria in the summer of 2003, I visited the Jaramana refugee camp near Damascus. Run by the UN Relief and Works Agency...
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8:26 AM | We Experiment On Human Beings!
Christian Rudder in the OKCupid blog: All dating sites let users rate profiles, and OkCupid’s original system gave people two separate scales for judging each other, “personality” and “looks.” I found this old screenshot. The “loading” icon over the picture...
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7:01 AM | Soak the Rich
An exchange on capital, debt, and the future between David Graeber and Thomas Piketty in The Baffler (image: © C.K. Wilde): Moderators: Is capitalism itself the cause of the problem, or can it be reformed? Piketty: One of the points...
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5:15 AM | The “Act of Witnessing:” Journalism’s Responsibilities in Covering Tragedy
Kaitlin Solimine in Hippo Reads In the aftermath of the Malaysia Air Ukraine incident, one thing was clear: the damage ran deep. But beyond the obvious and important political scope, what is the responsibility of media outlets when covering the...

July 29, 2014

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6:56 PM | From A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties
An excerpt from a new book by 3QD friend Laura Raicovich. " Diary of Mysterious Difficulties was borne out of spam received over a period of several months. These emails circumvented spam filters by including odd texts beneath image-based ads...
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6:44 PM | Fanon Documentary Confronts Fallacies about anti-colonial philosopher
Bhakti Shringarpure in The Guardian: Fanon’s posthumously published The Wretched of the Earth has often been viewed as a call to violent action against the coloniser, as a radical militant anthem for all oppressed peoples, and as a deeply controversial...
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6:35 PM | Ex-Israeli Security Chief Diskin: 'All the Conditions Are There for an Explosion'
Julia Amalia Heyer interviews Yuval Diskin, in Spiegel (photo: Reuters): SPIEGEL: What about Israel talking directly with Hamas? Diskin: That won't be possible. Really, only the Egyptians can credibly mediate. But they have to put a more generous offer on...
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3:07 PM | Post-9/11, scholars scolded the religious. Now they overintellectualize them
Stephen T. Asma in the Chronicle of Higher Education: September 11 changed the God conversation. Atheism was always a reasonable alternative to theological glitches like the problem of evil, and of course God seemed increasingly unnecessary after Darwin’s revolution, but...
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3:00 PM | Did the invention of photography kill the painted portrait? Of course not
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: Willem de Kooning made a portrait of Marilyn Monroe in 1954. The painting consists of a few splotches of yellow and blue paint. There are two sketchy and lopsided eyes in the middle of...
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2:55 PM | The Bible and Homosexuality
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1:55 PM | Dylan Thomas was not only a young genius but a genius of youth
Austin Allen at Poetry Magazine: Thomas’s reputation as popular bard—an Orpheus or Taliesin reincarnate—trailed him from his earliest career in Wales. From there, as detailed in Andrew Lycett’sDylan Thomas: A New Life (and Adam Kirsch’s fine biographical essay in The...
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1:52 PM | the right to have rights
Seyla Benhabib at Eurozine: In a well-known passage of The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote: "We become aware of the existence of a right to have rights (and that means to live in a framework where one is judged...
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1:49 PM | The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914
Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: The Burning of the World: A Memoir of 1914 is a document of one man’s attempt to repaint his broken landscape. It is remarkable how quickly his world was lost. In hindsight, we...
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11:15 AM | The Future of Science…Is Art?
Jonah Lehrer in Seed: In the early 1920s, Niels Bohr was struggling to reimagine the structure of matter. Previous generations of physicists had thought the inner space of an atom looked like a miniature solar system with the atomic nucleus...
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10:58 AM | Rustle, Tingle, Relax: The Compelling World of A.S.M.R.
Stephanie Fairyington in The New York Times: A few months ago, I was on a Manhattan-bound D train heading to work when a man with a chunky, noisy newspaper got on and sat next to me. As I watched him...
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2:00 AM | Another fluoridation whopper from Declan Waugh
Declan Waugh is a self-proclaimed “scientist and fluoride researcher” who seems to spend all his time misrepresenting and distorting  scientific literature and health data to promote his anti-fluoride cause. Waugh has an avid following, among fellow anti-fluoride activists and propagandists. The … Continue reading →

July 28, 2014

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3:13 PM | Quantum Sleeping Beauty and the Multiverse
Hidden in my papers with Chip Sebens on Everettian quantum mechanics is a simple solution to a fun philosophical problem with potential implications for cosmology: the quantum version of the Sleeping Beauty Problem. It’s a classic example of self-locating uncertainty: … Continue reading →
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12:52 PM | Episciences not dead after all, Epi-IAM has the right stance
Alerted by the post Episciences.org progress by Thomas Arildsen, I took a look at the EPI-IAM and I discovered something to be appreciated. Indeed, compare the non-combat stance of Episciences.org The project proposes an alternative to existing economic models, without competing with traditional publishers. with the one of EPI-IAM: The driving force for this project […]
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5:00 AM | The Morality of Perversion
by Grace Boey When Vladimir Nabokob’s Lolita was first published in 1955, the novel generated an enormous amount of controversy. Narrated by Humbert Humbert, a fictional literature professor in his late thirties, the tragicomedy depicts his obsessive sexual relationship with...
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4:55 AM | Killing Things
by Liam Heneghan In the early 1980s wanting to be a naturalist — a coleopterist, in particular, that most Darwin-like of naturalists — I spent a couple of summer months in Killarney National Park, in Ireland, making a collection of...
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4:50 AM | Baltimore > Boston > Binghampton > Columbus > Lebanon > Groom > Chamber > Needles > Orange?
by Akim Reinhardt In February the word came in. My brother in law had a job offer in Orange County. He and my sister would finally be giving up the little apartment in far northern Manhattan and heading for the...
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4:45 AM | Perceptions
Jennifer West. Film Quilt, 2013. More here, here and here.
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4:40 AM | Public Display of Divorce
Breaking the taboo of divorce in largely conservative India.
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4:35 AM | Campaigning with Grant
by Eric Byrd On Facebook I follow a number of the US Department of the Interior's National Battlefield Parks, National Battle Sites, and Military Parks. In the progress of the Civil War's sesquicentennial each of these sites has had their...
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4:30 AM | Sing Me a Song of Hyperobjects: Starting over with Humans and Other Creatures in the 21st Century CE
by Bill Benzon Timothy Morton. Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World. University of Minnesota Press 2013. 229 pp. This is a strange book, for it is three. There is the book that is easy to praise...
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4:25 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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