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November 12, 2014

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1:45 PM | More detailed argument for the nature of space buillt from artificial chemistry
There are some things which were left uncleared. For example, I have never suggested to use networks of computers as a substitute for space, with computers as nodes, etc. This is one of the ideas which are too trivial. In the GLC actors article is proposed a different thing. First to associate to an initial […]
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1:31 PM | the berlin wall
Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: In the beginning, the Wall was made of barbed wire and soldiers. On some streets, cinder blocks had been stacked. In the Neukölln borough, on Harzer Straße, the Wall was about neck-high. East...
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12:30 PM | Martha C. Nussbaum: There are limits to what the law can do to police cyberabuse
Martha C. Nussbaum in The Nation: Like a surprisingly large proportion of Americans, I have a cyberstalker, whom I shall call S. “You know I hate you more than Aphrodite hates Helen,” S announced in his most recent e-mail. “If...
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12:30 PM | Srsly.
Sarah Mesle in the Los Angeles Review of Books: You’re not supposed to say that. Being categorically angry with men is unattractive, and it isn’t (given the basic human decency of most men) really fair. What’s worse, being angry isn’t...
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12:05 PM | Wednesday Poem
Glacier . One might have been born for such sharp alignment: The white curve of an arch quietly concentric To the bowl of my skull, my knees midway Between a pair of columns, the feet of a chair In line...
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11:56 AM | Scientists Figured Out How to Make People "Feel" an Otherworldly Presence
Rachel Nuwer in Smithsonian Magazine: A tickle on the back of your neck, a sudden feeling that you are not alone: some believers in the paranormal attribute these sensations to the presence of a ghost, angel or otherworldly being. Now,...
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11:49 AM | Watch Larry Lessig make the case that campaign finance renders the US, at best, a quasi-democracy
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11:47 AM | Sweden's Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn't Anyone Tried This Before?
Marie De Santis in Esnoticia: In a centuries deep sea of clichés despairing that 'prostitution will always be with us', one country's success stands out as a solitary beacon lighting the way. In just five years Sweden has dramatically reduced...

November 11, 2014

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6:33 PM | Unsolicited Advice: Becoming a Science Communicator
Everyone who does science inevitably has “communicating” as part of their job description, even if they’re only communicating with their students and professional colleagues. But many people start down a trajectory of becoming a research scientist, only to discover that … Continue reading →
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3:13 PM | new translations of Italo Calvino
Aaron Thier at The Nation: Positive or negative, these letters reflect an intense belief in the importance of discussion. “Dear Silvio,” he writes in 1948, “I’m pleased we’re arguing. It’s a healthy symptom, for goodness’ sake! It means there’s life...
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3:10 PM | Steven Pinker’s Bad Grammar
Nathan Heller at The New Yorker: Some skimmings from the final part of Pinker’s book ran in the Guardian last month, under the provocative headline “10 ‘Grammar Rules’ It’s OK To Break (Sometimes).” It is a brazen document. Armed with...
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2:54 PM | The rise of unreason
Pervez Hoodbhoy in Dawn: Some 300 years ago the age of reason lifted Europe from darkness, ushering in modern science together with modern scientific attitudes. These soon spread across the world. But now, running hot on its heels is the...
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1:43 PM | Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky
Jennifer Ouellette in Quanta (image Olena Shmahalo/Quanta Magazine): Like many of her colleagues, Hiranya Peiris, a cosmologist at University College London, once largely dismissed the notion that our universe might be only one of many in a vast multiverse. It...
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1:32 PM | The Story of How The New Republic Invented Modern Liberalism
Franklin Foer in The New Republic (photo of Walter Lippman, Alfred Eisenstaedt/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images): On a fall night in 1914, Theodore Roosevelt summoned the young editors of a yet-unpublished magazine to the seat of his ex-presidency, his estate...
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1:28 PM | Using Grammar as a Tool, Not as a Weapon
Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Steven Pinker, over at CFI's Point of Inquiry: The English language is often treated as delicate and precious, and disagreements about what is “proper English” go back as far as the 18th century. Then as now, style...
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12:23 PM | The Map Makers: Learning How Little We Know About the Brain
James Gorman in The New York Times: So many large and small questions remain unanswered. How is information encoded and transferred from cell to cell or from network to network of cells? Science found a genetic code but there is...
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10:19 AM | The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone: She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. "It was like watching an old lady get...
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10:09 AM | "...yes", by Sue Hubbard, accompanied by Lola Perrin on Piano
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6:16 AM | Selling Fast: Public Goods, Profits, and State Legitimacy
Mike Konczal in Boston Review (image by Jason Hales): Adam Smith was not the first, but he was certainly one of the most eloquent defenders of justice delivered according to the profit motive. In The Wealth of Nations, he wrote...
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4:12 AM | Let’s rely on anecdotes instead!
Image credit: Anecdotes, testimonials and urban legends This satirical piece from The Shovel highlights an unfortunate way many politicians (mainly US and Australian)  and internet propagandists approach scientific matters – relying on anecdotes and not evidence. It is also true … Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

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4:12 PM | Lots of questions, part I
There is a button for “publish”. So what? I started this open notebook  with the goal to disseminate some of my work and ideas.  There are always many subjects to write about, this open notebook has almost 500 posts. Lately the rhythm of about a post every 3 days slowed down to a post a […]
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7:00 AM | Dear Reader, We need your help and support now!
Daniel C. Dennett and Azra Raza It is time for 3QD's winter subscription drive. As you know, we are able to run the site only because our regular readers support us through subscriptions or one-time payments. Whichever you'd like to...
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6:00 AM | Huw Price to Judge 5th Annual 3QD Philosophy Prize
Dear Readers, Writers, Bloggers, We are very honored and pleased to announce that Huw Price has agreed to be the final judge for our 5th annual prize for the best blog and online-only writing in the category of philosophy. Details...
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5:35 AM | In Trust We Truth
by Misha Lepetic "All this – all the meanness and agony without end I sitting look out upon See, hear and am silent." ~ Walt Whitman On a recent Facebook thread – about what, heaven help me remember – someone...
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5:30 AM | Perceptions
Licia Galizia - Michelangelo Lupone. " ... a unique installation that combines sculpture and music thanks to the collaboration between artist Licia Galizia and composer Michelangelo Lupone. The work is the result of an artistic research project entitled ADAMO for...
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5:25 AM | WALLS AND ALL
by Brooks Riley The first time I passed through the Berlin Wall into the German Democratic Republic, it was two days after Hitler's master builder Albert Speer was released from Spandau prison. The Cold War was in full swing in...
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5:20 AM | Happy 100th, Martin!
by Jon Kujawa On October twenty-first was Martin Gardner's 100th birthday. In celebration nearly one hundred Celebration of Mind (CoM) events are being held around the world. There are a few still yet to come: check their events listing to...
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5:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:10 AM | The Community of Lush: Wine, Alcohol, and the Social Bond
by Dwight Furrow Food begins as a necessity and we tame it so it becomes a civilized want that can be appreciated for its aesthetic qualities. But wine is a different matter. Wine is not a necessity. Many people neither...
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5:05 AM | A Different Virus Causes Similar Reactions: AIDS and Ebola
by Kathleen Goodwin Currently, Ebola hysteria in the United States is at a low simmer compared to the fever pitch of a few weeks prior. In the lull following the peak of the hysteria as Americans in Dallas and New...
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