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September 01, 2014

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10:04 AM | Quines in chemlambda
I propose the following definition of a quine, adapted to chemlambda. In chemlambda with the sequential strategy, a quine is a g-pattern with the property that after one reduction step it transforms into another g-pattern which is the same as the initial one, up to renaming of the port variables. Therefore: we start with a […]
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4:55 AM | Deep Surface
by Brooks Riley Jean-Luc Godard once inscribed a picture to me with these words: "This is the surface, Brooks, and that's why it's deep." At the time, I was skimming the surface, darting from one life experience to another without...
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4:45 AM | Monday Poem
Parallel Universe everything unknown returns to life upon awakening in my bed supine in light sun bequeathed day ignites a fire beneath my blankets burn mind’s the filament of a lamp upon awakening stupidity tumbles down a sheer of chance...
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4:40 AM | A personal ethics of clicking
by Charlie Huenemann Now that every click we make is watched, archived, and meta-data-fied, it is time to start thinking seriously about a personal ethics of internet consumption. This goes beyond mere paranoia and worry over what others might think...
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4:35 AM | Why I don't like tipping
by Emrys Westacott I dislike tipping. That is, I dislike the whole tipping system. As a card-carrying tightwad I can't honestly say I enjoy leaving tips, but that's not my point. My point is about the general practice, the social...
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4:30 AM | Perceptions
Mohau Modisakeng. Inzilo (Film Still), 2013. Single channel video installation, duration: 4 min 57 sec More here, here, and here.
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4:25 AM | Inconsistent Mathematics, Reutersvärd, and Buddhism: An Interview with Chris Mortensen
by Michael Lopresto Chris Mortensen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. He thinks that the inconsistent hasn't been taken seriously enough in Western philosophy, that the masterpieces of Reutersvärd rub our noses in the inconsistent, and...
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4:20 AM | The Value of Dutiful Actions
by Carl Pierer In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant states that an action has moral worth if and only if it is done from duty.Kant argues for his position by showing that morally right actions done from...
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4:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:10 AM | Ai Weiwei and the fine art of the art installation
by Mathangi Krishnamurthy As a rule, I am wary of art installations. I am never sure if the form they take bear any relation to the political content they claim to espouse. Also, as a rule, I visit modern art...
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4:05 AM | A sin tax on junk entertainment
by Thomas Rodham Wells Governments should tax the production and consumption of junk entertainment like Angry Birds and The Bachelor to correct the market failures that encourage their overconsumption. As with tobacco and alcohol, the point of such sin taxes...
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3:26 AM | Cambridge Study Reveals How Life Could Have Started From Nothing
Linda Geddes in New Scientist: Metabolic processes that underpin life on Earth have arisen spontaneously outside of cells. The serendipitous finding that metabolism – the cascade of reactions in all cells that provides them with the raw materials they need...
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2:41 AM | August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
  Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was … Continue reading →

August 31, 2014

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11:58 PM | Science as Salvation?
Michael Saler profiles Marcelo Gleiser, who " wants to heal the rift between humanists and scientists by deflating scientific dreams of establishing final truths," in The Nation: The battle lines became firmly drawn in the years following World War II....
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11:55 PM | The Ethical Machiavelli
Richard Marshall interviews Erica Benner in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: You’ve written extensively about Machiavelli. Your take is revisionary isn’t it in that you say he’s not what we’ve been led to suppose he is – the quintessence of amoral realpolitik....
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10:37 PM | On the Difference Between Science and Pseudoscience
Maarten Boudry and Massimo discuss the difference over at Rationally Speaking: In our first mini-interview episode Massimo sits down to chat with his colleague Maarten Boudry, a philosopher of science from the University of Ghent in Belgium. Maarten recently co-edited...
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11:33 AM | Latitudes of Acceptance
Matthew Lieberman in Edge: I'll tell you about my new favorite idea, which like all new favorite ideas, is really an old idea. This one, from the 1960s, was used only in a couple of studies. It's called "latitude of...
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11:22 AM | Can Science Offer New Answers to Mental Illness?
Lisa Appiganesi in New Republic: Way back in 1977 the prescient French philosopher/historian Michel Foucault pointed out that in our societies, “the child is more individualised than the adult, the patient more than the healthy man, the madman and the...
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11:02 AM | http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/3quarksdaily/~3/YYdzgczYe2U/louis-riels-address-to-the-jurygentlemen-of-the-juryi-cannot-speakenglish-well-but-am-tryingbecause-most-herespeak-engli.html
Louis Riel's Address to the Jury Gentlemen of the Jury: I cannot speak English well, but am trying because most here speak English When I came to the North West I found the Indians suffering I found the half-breeds eating...
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10:48 AM | william greaves (1926 - 2014)
Symbiopsychotaxiplasm from claudiapalma on Vimeo.
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10:47 AM | the man with a movie camera
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9:17 AM | C.S. Lewis on Suffering and What It Means to Have Free Will in a Universe of Fixed Laws
Maria Popova in Brain Pickings: If the universe operates by fixed physical laws, what does it mean for us to have free will? That’s what C.S. Lewis considers with an elegant sidewise gleam in an essay titled “Divine Omnipotence” from...
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3:03 AM | Sad news – Victor Stenger has died
I was sad to read that Victor Stenger died during the week at the age of 79. Victor was a prolific author, writing on science, religion and philosophy. He often dealt with difficult issues coming out of the religion-science debates … Continue reading →

August 30, 2014

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9:15 PM | How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan
Leo Robson in TNR (photo from Wikimedia Commons): Flaubert’s prescription, set down in 1852, was never one likely to be followed by Martin Amis, the guy who said he didn’t want to “write a sentence that any guy could have...
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9:10 PM | How Ought We Die?
Derek Ayeh in The New Inquiry: Imagine the dying patient today: sitting in the intensive care unit, hooked up to a ventilator that artificially pumps their heart and a feeding tube because they can no longer eat on their own....
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9:07 PM | Parasites Practicing Mind Control
Carl Zimmer in the NYT(image by Jitender P. Dubey/U.S.D.A.) An unassuming single-celled organism called Toxoplasma gondii is one of the most successful parasites on Earth, infecting an estimated 11 percent of Americans and perhaps half of all people worldwide. It’s...
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6:20 PM | Sources of error: the twisted rationality of double standards
I’ve written before about righteous indignation, but haven’t even touched its most peculiar property: asymmetry. Ever wondered why people like me find it easy to feel anger towards Tony Blair, but don’t seem to feel the same towards Abu Bakr…Read more ›
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4:31 PM | Does It Help to Know History?
Adam Gopnik in The New Yorker: About a year ago, I wrote about some attempts to explain why anyone would, or ought to, study English in college. The point, I thought, was not that studying English gives anyone some practical...
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4:16 PM | Omar Khayyam: The Poet of Uncertainty
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1:57 PM | Gombrowicz's TRANS-ATLANTYK
Mieke Chew at The Quarterly Review: August 1939. You sail to Buenos Aires on the Chombry as a cultural ambassador of Poland. Why say no to a little holiday on the government’s tab? Soon after arriving you sense that something...
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