Posts

October 02, 2014

+
1:14 AM | Science and belief
As long as it agrees with, or can be interpreted to agree with, one’s beliefs.  

October 01, 2014

+
6:15 PM | Iraq’s forgotten Christians in Kurdish exile
Jenna Krajeski at Harper's Magazine: One afternoon in early September, a crowd formed in the mall’s basement. “We are disrespected, all of us!” a man shouted, waving his arms. His audience shuddered. “I waited for three hours and all I...
+
6:07 PM | The Rise and Fall of Public Housing in NYC
Richard Price at Guernica: In 1935, the first public housing complex in New York, prosaically christened First Houses, (landmarked since 1974) on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, offered 122 apartments featuring oak wood floors and brass fixtures. The rent,...
+
6:03 PM | heidegger's black notebooks
Peter E. Gordon at the New York Review of Books: Heidegger was one of the most influential thinkers of the modern era. He was also a convinced Nazi. During his brief term as rector at the University of Freiburg (1933–1934)...
+
5:17 PM | Visual tutorial for “the soup”
I started here a visual tutorial for chemlambda and it’s gui in the making. I call it a tutorial for the “soup” because it is about a soup of molecules. A living soup. Hope that in  the  recent future will become THE SOUP. The distributed soup. The decentralized living soup. Bookmark the page because content […]
+
12:50 PM | Kiran Desai: 'You look bad if you go to India in western clothes'
Heidi Julavitz in The Guardian: KD: I remember starting to wear the most basic T-shirts and jeans and being unhappy in them. If you haven't grown up wearing a lot of jeans, they're very uncomfortable. HJ: They have grommets on...
+
11:31 AM | Collaboration: Strength in diversity
Freeman and Huang in Nature: Sticking with co-authors with similar surnames to yours might dent the impact of your work. The reason is unclear, but bibliometrics suggest that teams with greater ethnic diversity generate papers that make more of a...
+
11:24 AM | Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It
Maia Szalavitz in Substance: According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” However, that’s not what the epidemiology of the disorder suggests. By age 35, half...
+
10:12 AM | Wednesday Poem
The Hart Crane Connection 1. There’s a connection I’ve made between the overcrowded livestock ships in Fremantle harbour, and Hart Crane’s last voyage. There are death ships steaming for Bahrain with five storeys of corroded sheep yards, the shit spilling...
+
7:52 AM | Thoughtlessness Revisited
Richard Wolin responds to Seyla Benhabib's NYT piece on Hannah Arendt, in The Jewish Review of Books: Benhabib’s allegations concerning the purported banality of Eichmann’s anti-Semitism are peculiar, since they are fundamentally at variance with Arendt’s central arguments and claims....
+
1:42 AM | September ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats for some blogs – those I list below. Maybe more bloggers will shift to StatCounter or other counter. No stats could be found for these blogs: Works … Continue reading →

September 30, 2014

+
9:53 PM | The Poor Don’t Need Pity
Joanna Scutts reviews Linda Tirado book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, in In These Times (Photo by Lisa F. Young via Shutterstock): This is scary to admit. In a country with vast resources but a social safety net...
+
9:53 PM | The Poor Don’t Need Pity
Joanna Scutts reviews Linda Tirado book, Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, in In These Times (Photo by Lisa F. Young via Shutterstock): This is scary to admit. In a country with vast resources but a social safety net...
+
2:03 PM | God and Gab: The Second Sex by Michael Robbins
Nick Ripatrazone at The Millions: Piety and profanity both require devotion. Graham Greene knew that. Greene was received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1926, and announced the conversion to his mother by writing “I expect you have guessed that...
+
2:01 PM | contemporary art from and about the Arab world
Barry Schwabsky at The Nation: “In the presence of the violent reality of war,” wrote Wallace Stevens in 1942, “consciousness takes the place of the imagination.” What the poet meant is that in wartime, “everything moves in the direction of...
+
1:58 PM | three years on Rikers
Jennifer Gonnerman at The New Yorker: On the morning of July 28, 2010, Browder was awakened at around half past four. He was handcuffed to another inmate and herded onto a bus with a group of other prisoners. At the...
+
10:54 AM | Animal populations ‘have halved since 1970’
Daniel Cressey in Nature: Earth’s wild vertebrate populations have dropped to one-half the size they were in the 1970s, according to an analysis of more than 3,000 species. Researchers from the WWF wildlife NGO, headquartered in Woking, UK, and the...
+
8:59 AM | Does the history of philosophy matter?
Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson in Prospect: If you study philosophy at a British or American university, your education in the history of the subject will likely be modest. Most universities teach Plato and Aristotle, skip about two millennia to Descartes, zip...
+
8:53 AM | Steven Salaita: U. of I. destroyed my career
Steven Salaita in the Chicago Tribune: Being recruited for a tenured faculty position at a major university is no small feat, nor should it be; tenure represents the pinnacle of an academic career. In my case, it involved numerous interviews...
+
8:35 AM | Talal Asad: Reflections on the Origins of Human Rights
No summary available for this post.
+
8:34 AM | God, Darwin and My College Biology Class
David P. Barash in the New York Times: It’s irresponsible to teach biology without evolution, and yet many students worry about reconciling their beliefs with evolutionary science. Just as many Americans don’t grasp the fact that evolution is not merely...

September 29, 2014

+
8:09 AM | Brain Plasticity Tradeoffs and Sascha Vongehr Musician
This may surprise, but Ludwig Wittgenstein, for many the greatest philosopher, or anyway the most eminent exponent of analytic philosophy according to Roger Scruton, maintained that music (!) was the most important to him, not formal logic or philosophy. On the other hand, it is known for at least a century, this I take from a mentioning in Bertrand Russell’s “The Analysis of Mind”, that artistic skills, apparently especially that of drawing pictures, suffer when the brain […]
+
4:55 AM | The shortest path, the traveling salesman, and an unsolved question
by Hari Balasubramanian The Shortest Path How does Google Maps figure out the best route between two addresses? The exact algorithm is known only to Google, but probably some variation of what is called the shortest path problem has to...
+
4:45 AM | Heaven and Earth
by Brooks Riley Go on, admit it. You've always wanted to come back as a capybara. Why not? There are worst entities for a come-back kid when its mortal coil is taken up again. As a capybara you would live...
+
4:40 AM | Perceptions
Jay Kelly. Before Your Very Eyes. 2013. Collage & resin on panel, 60"x96" made of vintage magazines, hand dyed paper, novels & art books. More here and here. Current show in Boston.
+
4:35 AM | Israel, Gaza, and the stupidity of leaders
by Emrys Westacott Like millions of other people, I found the recent Israel-Gaza conflict sickening and depressing. After fifty days of military exchanges from July 8 to August 26, over 2,000 Gazans had been killed of which, even according to...
+
4:30 AM | Longing for Letters
by Mathangi Krishnamurthy On July 15, 2013, after a hundred and sixty-three years of witnessing birth, death, revolution and marriage, the Indian telegraphic service sent out its last telegram. I felt a small sense of loss, but truth be told,...
+
4:25 AM | Quaere, how much do we really see?
by Charlie Huenemann How much of the world do we actually experience? Of course, I'm not bemoaning the shortness of human life, or the narrow range of the visual spectrum, or the insensitivities of our skins and tongues. There's no...
+
4:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
+
4:15 AM | The Humour of Disappearance
by Carl Pierer Hard-working, dedicated snow plough driver, Nils Dickman (Stellan Skarsgård), is living a peaceful life with his wife Gudrun in a small, rural town in Norway. Just after being named Citizen of the Year, their son is found...
123456789
314 Results