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December 22, 2014

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2:56 AM | How the Victorians Invented the Future
Iwan Rhys Morus in Aeon (image by SSPL/Getty): Before the beginning of the 19th century, the future was only rarely portrayed as a very different place from the present. The social order, like the natural order, was supposed to be...
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2:54 AM | Enlightenment Finding Eternity In The Now
“Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.” — Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus, 6.431 (emphasis added) -- What is that even supposed to mean, “Finding eternity in the now”? read more
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2:17 AM | Preface to Enlightenment Finding Eternity in the Now
For several years I felt the desire to give readers a positive message around this time of year, as it is the most depressive for many. Alas, as you can tell from my writing ever less, I have little to say. Mostly because I understand now that my writing is too difficult and dark. I actually kept writing much, enough for a hundred good posts, but I keep revising, unable to let the light I seem to be seeing shine through the words. read more

December 21, 2014

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2:57 PM | King of the Dump
Jared Downing in Roads and Kingdoms: Today, Fred Stockwell, a white-haired Englishman, is the only Westerner out on the landfill, patrolling the garbage in a dusty pickup. The squatters, migrants from Myanmar, just across the border, come out of their...
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2:11 PM | Sending off ‘The Colbert Report’ at just the right time
Alyssa Rosenberg in The Washington Post: The #CancelColbert kerfuffle earlier this year never seriously threatened either Colbert’s current job at Comedy Central or his move up the ladder to one of broadcast television’s prized late-night spots. But the incident, in...
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2:04 PM | Imtiaz Dharker awarded Queen’s gold medal for poetry
Mark Brown in The Guardian: The Pakistan-born British poet Imtiaz Dharker has been awarded the Queen’s gold medal for poetry, joining an illustrious roll call that includes WH Auden, Philip Larkin and Ted Hughes. Buckingham Palace announced on Wednesday that...
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12:53 PM | Arundhati Roy’s book on caste rejected by some anti-caste activists
Murali Shanmugavelan in The Independent: Booker Prize winner and activist-author Arundhati Roy was recently in London to launch her new book called The Doctor and the Saint, except, it’s not entirely her book. Roy has written an introduction to the...
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12:47 PM | Felix in Exile - William Kentridge
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12:46 PM | william kentridge, a documentary
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12:44 PM | Joe Milutis reads his own translation of Jules Laforgue's "Fucking Christmas"
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12:42 PM | Sunday Poem
Sex The one book where we never lose out place spreads it's cover to a gooseflesh Braille. We are bookmarks slipped into each other. In that book, we read each night of a couple who go without touching for hours...
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12:41 PM | Climate change is threatening the existence of the world’s most amazing bird
Chris Mooney in the Washington Post: "Moonbird," they call him. Or sometimes, just "B95" -- the number from the band on his leg. Moonbird is the most famous, charismatic member of a group of mid-sized shorebirds called Rufa red knots,...
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11:16 AM | Academic research with a corporate America feel: The Allen Institute for Brain Science
For the first alternative model for life science research in this series I have chosen the Allen institute for Brain Science in Seattle, USA. I first heard about this from a friend of a friend who secured a job there as a specialist in brain sectioning and imaging. The more he explained about the institute the […]
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12:26 AM | Special pleading by Phillipe Grandjean on fluoride
Scientists are as human as anyone else. They aren’t immune to jumping on bandwagons, getting bees in their bonnets, special pleading or selectively interpreting their data to support a pet hypothesis or an obsession. The scientific peer review process restrains … Continue reading →

December 20, 2014

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10:19 PM | A year review at chorasimilarity, second half
In parallel with the stuff about chemlambda, described in the first half, there was something else happening. I prepared some noted for a talk at the 4th Offtopicarium, in the form of a post here: Notes for the “Internet of things not internet of objects” The starting point is that what almost everybody describes as … Continue reading A year review at chorasimilarity, second half →
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3:44 PM | On Marcel Duchamp, Mad Libs, and conceptual writing online
Rebecca Bates at The Paris Review: In a 1964 interview between The New Yorker’s Calvin Tomkins and Duchamp, the latter remarked, “The artist produces nothing until the onlooker has said, ‘You have produced something marvelous.’ The onlooker has the last...
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3:38 PM | LHC collider set to reboot, physicists look beyond the Higgs
Alvin Powell in the Harvard Gazette: Though the Higgs boson completes the Standard Model, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing left to find — far from it. “Out there” remains an open question, mostly. Current models hold that the stuff we...
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3:30 PM | Porn in the Middle East – The Elephant in The Room
William Smith in Raseef22: But while people may publically express their aversion and opposition to Internet pornography, their private viewing habits suggest something quite different. Put simply, porn is BIG in the Arab world. According toGoogle AdWords, the 22 Arab...
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3:23 PM | Changing Pakistan after Peshawar: The Role of the State
Ali Minai in Brown Pundits: Three long, agonizing days have passed since the unspeakable events in Peshawar on December 16. As people everywhere grapple with a tragedy that is beyond comprehension, the one thing that unites all Pakistanis – indeed,...
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3:19 PM | "If you want to change the world, make your bed first thing in the morning." —Admiral William H. McRaven
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3:09 PM | ‘Ardor,’ by Roberto Calasso
Pankaj Mishra at The New York Times: To this philosophical skepticism about modernity, Calasso has contributed a bracing genealogy of ideas, which transcends many contemporary conceits about literature and philosophy: Proust becomes a Vedic seer, and Prajapati, the Vedic deity...
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3:05 PM | IN THE HEART OF THE HEART OF THE COUNTRY BY WILLIAM H. GASS
Tyler Curtis at The Quarterly Conversation: This persistence of language in spite of its logic, in spite of itself, is not unique to Gass by any measure. In his essay on E. M. Cioran, “The Evil Demiurge,” Gass takes the...
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1:51 PM | Saturday Poem
Mileva Maric …you will not expect any intimacy… nor will you reproach me in any way… She’s the physicist whose cabbage soup And lint brush gave Einstein the time to solve Time and also for Elsa and Miss S, His...
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1:27 PM | The Norton Anthology of World Religions
Karen Armstrong in The New York Times: At a time when religious faith is coming under intense scrutiny, “The Norton Anthology of World Religions” is presenting a documentary history of six major faiths with sufficient editorial explanation to make their...
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1:11 PM | It wasn’t the final atrocity
Pervez Hoodbhoy in Dawn: THE gut-wrenching massacre in Peshawar’s Army Public School has left Pakistan aghast and sickened. All political leaders have called for unity against terrorism. But this is no watershed event that can bridge the deep divides within....

December 19, 2014

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11:09 PM | 500: a year review at chorasimilarity, first half
Personal post triggered by the coincidence of the year’s end and a round number of posts here: 500. I started this year with high hopes about the project described in the article GLC actors, artificial chemical connectomes, topological issues and knots. Louis Kauffman wrote in the introduction some unbelievably nice words about graphic lambda calculus: … Continue reading 500: a year review at chorasimilarity, first half →
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3:34 PM | Is String Theory About to Unravel?
Brian Greene at The Smithsonian: I began learning the mathematical underpinnings of string theory during an intense period in the spring and summer of 1985. I wasn’t alone. Graduate students and seasoned faculty alike got swept up in the potential...
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3:30 PM | Bonnard’s Sidewalk Theater
Bridget Alsdorf at nonsite: Every morning before breakfast, sketchpad in hand, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) went for a walk to observe and absorb his surroundings. This lifelong practice began early, when the artist launched his career in Paris in the tumultuous...
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3:25 PM | on recently discovered street photographer vivian maier
Imogen Sara Smith at Threepenny Review: Finding Vivian Maier investigates the case of a provokingly secretive woman who took thousands of photographs but kept them locked away, never showing or selling them during her lifetime. The documentary features interviews with...
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12:40 PM | Nationalism as antonym of communalism
Faisal Devji in The Hindu: Image via Time One of the peculiarities of Indian political debate is that everyone claims to be secular while accusing others of not being so. Secularism’s hegemony as an idea was made clear by L.K....
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