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August 27, 2014

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6:01 PM | Iraqi Immigrants Struggle to Make a Living in Arizona
Sue Halpern and Bill McKibben at Smithsonian Magazine: Perhaps you’ve bought pita bread at the supermarket? Dry, flat: a kind of envelope for holding food. Now imagine something more like a beautiful down pillow where food could rest and relax...
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5:56 PM | Wallace Stevens: “The Emperor of Ice-Cream”
Austin Allen at Poetry Magazine: Wallace Stevens had a notorious sweet tooth. In the oral biography Parts of a World: Wallace Stevens Remembered, friends and colleagues repeatedly attest to his appetite and love of delicious foods. Yet Stevens also had...
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5:53 PM | why we walk
Adam Gopnik at The New Yorker: Why people walk is a hard question that looks easy. Upright bipedalism seems such an obvious advantage from the viewpoint of those already upright that we rarely see its difficulty. In the famous diagram,...
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3:54 PM | A genome is not a blueprint for building a human being, so is there any way to judge whether DNA is junk or not?
Itai Yanai and Martin Lercher in Aeon: Humans are astounding creatures, our unique and highly complex traits encoded by our genome – a vast sequence of DNA ‘letters’ (called nucleotides) directing the building and maintenance of the body and brain....
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3:49 PM | Fix a Wobbly Table With Math
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3:26 PM | What fraction of our brain do we use?
There is a long-standing “science myth” claiming that “we only use ten percent of our brain”.  The myth dates back many years, and rises and falls in popularity, but has recently been reinvigorated by the movie Lucy, where it is asserted by the authoritative voice of Morgan Freeman.  It has been debunked so many times … Continue reading »
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12:42 PM | Wednesday Poem
The Doctor -Exceprt from A Boxing Story No more boxers for me. Bar room brawlers, that's another story. They don't train to destroy people. No one pays to watch a couple of drunks demolish furniture. Four and a half hours...
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12:16 PM | Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance
Jeffrey Goldberg in The Atlantic: On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the locus of much...
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10:58 AM | E-cigarettes: The lingering questions
Daniel Cressey in Nature: In many respects, the modern electronic cigarette is not so different from its leaf-and-paper predecessor. Take a drag from the mouthpiece and you get a genuine nicotine fix — albeit from a fluid wicked into the...
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10:41 AM | I will build columns to support your roof / If need be, with my bones
Douglas Martin in the New York Times: Simin Behbahani, a prizewinning poet known as “the lioness of Iran” for using her verse as a means of courageous social protest, died on Tuesday in Tehran. She was 87. Her death was...
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9:54 AM | Forum: Against Empathy
Paul Bloom in the Boston Review: When asked what I am working on, I often say I am writing a book about empathy. People tend to smile and nod, and then I add, “I’m against it.” This usually gets an...
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6:27 AM | CFP: SoTFoM II 'Competing Foundations?', 12-13 January 2015, London.
The focus of this conference is on different approaches to the foundationsof mathematics. The interaction between set-theoretic and category-theoreticfoundations has had significant philosophical impact, and represents a shiftin attitudes towards the philosophy of mathematics. This conference willbring together leading scholars in these areas to showcase contemporaryphilosophical research on different approaches to the foundations ofmathematics. To accomplish this, the conference has the […]
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2:03 AM | Dirty politics on the Royal Society fluoride review
In Anti-fluoride activists unhappy about scientific research I related how local anti-fluoride propagandists were busy rubbishing the Royal Society of NZ  fluoride review – even before it was released. Now that it is released (see Health Effects of Water Fluoridation: a Review of … Continue reading →

August 26, 2014

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11:15 PM | Reading Hamilton From the Left
Christian Parenti in Jacobin: In the American political imagination, Jefferson is rural, idealistic, and democratic, while Hamilton is urban, pessimistic, and authoritarian. So, too, on the US left, where Jefferson gets the better billing. Michael Hardt recently edited a sheaf...
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11:13 PM | What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings
D. Brian Burghart in Gawker: Nowhere could I find out how many people died during interactions with police in the United States. Try as I might, I just couldn't wrap my head around that idea. How was it that, in...
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11:11 PM | The Mysterious World of Stefan Zweig
Jacob Heilbrunn in The National Interest: IN JOSEPH Roth’s novel Radetzky March, Count Chojnicki drives district captain Franz von Trotta and his son Carl Joseph, a lieutenant in the Austrian infantry, in a straw-yellow britska to his small hunting lodge...
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5:19 PM | ‘Geek Sublime,’ by Vikram Chandra
James Gleick in the New York Times: For the last half-century we’ve had a popular notion that our intellectual culture is sundered in two — the literary and the scientific. “The two cultures” is the bumper-sticker phrase for this view....
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5:14 PM | Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?
Jesse McCarthy in The Point: In the summer of 1960, James Baldwin wrote an essay he styled “Fifth Avenue, Uptown: A Letter from Harlem.” Among the host of ills he observed in the neighborhood where he was born and raised,...
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2:58 PM | The Fantastical Panama Canal
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: Boats traversing the Panama Canal look strange and out of place, like mirages or optical illusions. That’s because the Canal — especially at places like the Culebra Cut — goes right through what would...
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2:54 PM | Ouroboros predecessor (II): start of the healing process
Let’s continue from the place we stopped in  Ouroboros predecessor, another chemlambda reduction .  After the first reduction stage which involves 6 rewrites, we see that the signal is given for the start of the healing process.   The signal for the healing is given by the beta reduction L[59,59,23]  A[23,27,14] –beta–> Arrow[59,14] Arrow[27,59] The COMB […]
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2:53 PM | Attica prison riot poem by Muhammad Ali
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1:17 PM | Vote now for an entry in the 3QD Science Prize 2014
Go here to browse through the 85 nominees for this year's science prize and vote. [New posts below.]
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11:50 AM | Women in Dark Times: an explosive kind of feminism
Frances Wilson in The Telegraph: Jacqueline Rose has been taking us into what Joseph Conrad called “the dark places of the earth” for the past 30 years. In The Haunting of Sylvia Plath she explored the pathology around the darkest...
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11:21 AM | The Decisive Marriage
Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times: Do you have a decisive marriage? New research shows that how thoughtfully couples make decisions can have a lasting effect on the quality of their romantic relationships. Couples who are decisive before marriage...
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10:53 AM | Tuesday Poem
Burcu, Yonka and Defne I walk down the Dordtselaan almost every day to buy bread and cigarettes at Albert Heijn’s, and malodorous French cheese, dark Belgian beers and cold pork products. Once, Burcu was the girl at the checkout, before...

August 25, 2014

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4:40 PM | Ouroboros predecessor, another chemlambda reduction
Well, let’s see if I learned a trick from the predecessor function from the post Answer to “what reduction is this?”. I make an ouroboros from something like the Pred 8:     We’re in the middle of the computation, what will give eventually, can you guess? Next time! __________________________________________________________  Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: chemlambda, […]
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3:21 PM | 3QD Science Prize Voting Will Begin Tomorrow, August 26
Sorry for the delay.
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12:19 PM | What’s the big deal with consistency?
(Cross-posted at NewAPPS)It is no news to anyone that the concept of consistency is a hotly debated topic in philosophy of logic and epistemology (as well as elsewhere). Indeed, a number of philosophers throughout history have defended the view that consistency, in particular in the form of the principle of non-contradiction (PNC), is the most fundamental principle governing human rationality – so much so that rational debate about PNC itself wouldn’t even be possible, as famously […]
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9:20 AM | Servus, New York! Invitation to the MCMP Workshop "Bridges" (2 and 3 Sept, 2014)
MCMP Workshop "Bridges 2014"New York City, 2 and 3 Sept, 2014www.lmu.de/bridges2014The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) cordially invites you to "Bridges 2014" in the German House, New York City, on 2 and 3 September, 2014. The 2-day trans-continental meeting in mathematical philosophy will focus on inter-theoretical relations thereby connecting form and content of this philosophical exchange. The workshop will be accompanied by an open-to-public evening event with Stephan […]
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6:00 AM | Vote for one of the nominees for the 3QD Science Prize 2014
Browse the nominees in the list below and then go to the bottom of the post to vote. Alphabetical list of nominated blog names followed by the blog post title: (Please report any problems with links in the comments section...
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