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August 12, 2014

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9:24 PM | Wilkins on demarcation
Continuing Adam Ford’s series of me as a talking head:
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3:43 PM | The Glory of Math Is to Matter
Amir Alexander in Scientific American: In 1842, when the famed German mathematician Carl Gustav Jacobi was invited to speak to a scientific meeting in Manchester, he had a surprise in store for his English hosts. “It is the glory of...
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3:34 PM | Is Pakistan's Democracy Under Threat?
Ahmed Humayun in Foreign Policy: Although he won a big mandate last year at Pakistan's polls, Nawaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan and head of the ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim league (PML-N), is under siege at home. The...
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1:58 PM | obama and the 'g' word
Cynthia Haven at The Book Haven: It was, perhaps, his most statesmanlike moment: a president brought to the decision he didn’t want to make, to defend a far-off nation he’d hoped was part of our nation’s past. “Earlier this week,...
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1:55 PM | West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776
Andrew Graybill at The American Scholar: For years, Claudio Saunt vividly recalled the summer of 1976, when as an eight-year-old boy he went to see an enormous birthday cake that had traveled cross-country to his hometown of San Francisco in...
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1:53 PM | Quantum Foundations of a Classical Universe
Greetings from sunny (for the moment) Yorktown Heights, NY, home of IBM’s Watson Research Center. I’m behind on respectable blogging (although it’s been nice to see some substantive conversation on the last couple of comment threads), and I’m at a … Continue reading →
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12:17 PM | Wilkins on philosophy of science
As part of the Science Week activities that informed the last few posts, I will be giving a brief introduction to philosophy of science as well as talking about the relation between science and religion shortly. The organiser of this event (on 23 August, at the East Melbourne Unitarian Church) is Adam Ford, who interviewed […]

August 11, 2014

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3:15 PM | How not to do the beta move: use emergent algebra instead
In the frame of chemlambda and g-patterns, here is how not to do the beta move. We pass from chemlambda to a slightly enlarged version, see the graphical formalism of projective conical spaces, which would correspond to an only local moves version of the whole GLC, with the emergent algebra nodes and moves. Then we […]
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12:45 AM | Accidental Renaissance – or intuition?
Saw this photo on the Guardian – see Accidental Renaissance: the photos that look like Italian paintings. The author says: “Currently doing the rounds on Twitter is the image below, taken from Facebook by artist James Harvey, whose tweet has been shared … Continue reading →

August 10, 2014

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8:08 PM | List of Ayes/Noes of artificial chemistry chemlambda
List of noes distributed (no unique place, no external passive space) asynchronous (no unique time, no external global time) decentralized (no unique boss, no external acyclic hierarchy) no semantics (no unique meaning, no signal propagation, no values) no functions (not vitalism) no probability   List of ayes syntactic transformer (graph rewrites) local moves (chemical reactions […]
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4:03 PM | Oh It's A Lovely War Sung By Courtland & Jeffries
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4:02 PM | The First World War: Part 1: Race To Arms
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4:01 PM | MCMXIV (Outbreak of the First World War) by Philip Larkin
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2:21 PM | World War I — the war that inspired innovative art
Hillel Italie in Dawn: In the summer of 1914, with the war in Europe just two weeks old, Henry James knew that something had been lost forever. “Black and hideous to me is the tragedy that gathers, and I’m sick...
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2:13 PM | The Assassin’s Fate: Paul Berman Shoots and Misses (Again)
George Scialabba in The Baffler: Alexander Cockburn We Sicilians are connoisseurs of malevolence. So I approached Paul Berman’s hatchet job on Alexander Cockburn (The New Republic, August 1) with an alacrity tempered only by my apprehension that Berman wasn’t quite...
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2:04 PM | Starflight - She Wants An Angel
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2:01 PM | The New Scientism
Kamil Ahsan in Jacobin: In 1964, Stanley Kubrick’s film Dr. Strangelove introduced the character of Gen. Jack D. Ripper, an intensely neurotic, paranoid man who insisted that water fluoridation was a Communist plot hatched against Americans. Ripper was unhinged, of...
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11:22 AM | Sunday Poem
Iris Wants to Learn to Float Her hair knows already, freed to its red vegetable self. Gravity dampened, I hold her as I could her first year— in two palms. Tell me how. She’s willing to lean back, stare through...

August 09, 2014

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8:43 PM | People of the Word: The Jewish encounter with history
Peter Lopatin in The Weekly Standard: Simon Schama’s choice of “Story” in place of “History” in the title of this impressive new work is fitting, for the history he recounts is not history conceived of as a chronicle of important...
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8:35 PM | EM Forster: 'But for Masood, I might never have gone to India'
Damon Galgut in The Guardian: Most writers battle with periods of being blocked; it's almost an occupational hazard. But in the writing of his last and greatest novel, A Passage to India, EM Forster got stuck for nine years. Now...
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6:13 PM | Food as Therapy
From The Philosophers' Mail: At the moment, food is highly prestigious. A vast amount of attention is paid to celebrity chefs, dietary advice, new restaurants and cooking shows. We have, it seems, become collectively obsessed with what we eat. But...
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5:29 PM | The Vanishing Yezidi of Iraq
Jarett Kobek in NYU Magazine (via Hussein Ibish): Like Iraq’s other minorities, the Yezidi are exactly the kind of people for whom the ideal of Operation Iraqi Freedom held the most promise—a group long persecuted for their religious beliefs welcomed...
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1:50 PM | Sam Harris: You Are My Data
Matt Sheedy in Religion Bulletin: I would imagine that most scholars of religions do not object to your quest to find a scientific basis for morality per se, since theories of mind and cognition are but one of many tools...
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1:43 PM | tolstoy in the English-speaking world
Rosamund Bartlett at the Financial Times: At the beginning of the 20th century, there were more people reading Tolstoy in translation than any other writer. That this was an extraordinary phenomenon becomes clear from reading an unsigned review of 13...
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1:40 PM | Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki'
David L. Ulin at The LA Times: Haruki Murakami's "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" begins with a simple premise: A Tokyo railroad engineer, the Tsukuru Tazaki of the novel's title, unable to get over the summer of...
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1:38 PM | on ‘Becoming Freud,’ by Adam Phillips
Vivian Gornick at the New York Times: Freud was stunned by the stories people invent in describing their childhoods. In time he would become absorbed in showing us “how ingenious we are at not knowing ourselves, and how knowing ourselves...
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11:16 AM | Saturday Poem
The Fall of Rome The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow the evening gowns; Agents of the Fisc pursue Absconding tax-defaulters through The...
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10:30 AM | Telling White People the Criminal Justice System is Racist Makes them Like it More
Dara Lind in Vox: [A]s [criminal-justice] reforms move from proposals to actual bills, the key question is how to persuade the general public that change is needed. A new study suggests that highlighting racism in the criminal justice system is...

August 08, 2014

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3:42 PM | Actors as types in the beta move, tentative
Recall the posts about types as decorations of a GLC graph?  Like this one Example: decorations of S,K,I combinators in simply typed GLC In the chemlambda version, the decoration with types for the lambda and application graphical elements is this: or with g-patterns: L[x:b, y:a, z:a->b] A[x:a->b, y:a, z:b] Recall also that there is a […]
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1:21 PM | Queer Theology and Sexchatology
Richard Marshall interviews Susannah Cornwall in 3:AM Magazine: Susannah Cornwall is a theologian with philosophical thoughts about how religions needs to get to grips with sexuality, about why bodies matter,about why sexuality is so divisive in religion, about queer theologies,...
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