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October 20, 2014

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4:45 AM | perceptions
Walter Johnston. Flaky Thorn Acacia. Timbavati, South Africa, 2014. Digital photograph. On safari in August we were told that a "gall making wasp" injects a kind of growth hormone into the thorn to make it expand (see below) and thus...
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4:40 AM | Evolving to the Future, the Web of Culture
by Bill Benzon “The interests of humanity may change, the present curiosities in science may cease, and entirely different things may occupy the human mind in the future.” One conversation centered on the ever accelerating progress of technology and changes...
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4:35 AM | What i wanted to tell him (on the way to mars)
Lauren Davis extemporizes about how astronauts became known as gods: The stories told of ancient beings so powerful that they could fling themselves into space and explore the points of light in the heavens. When Lady Adelaide moved into one...
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4:30 AM | Torah on a Möbius Strip
by Josh Yarden Here We Go A-Gain I just finished reading the end of the Five Books of Moses, again, and even though I did not read theentire five books this year, or any other year for that matter, I...
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4:25 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:20 AM | Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: Dracula Untold and the NFL
by Matt McKenna There was a time when American football was played without helmets, and there was a time when Dracula's best trick involved opening doors with his mind. Since those early days, however, both American football and the Dracula...
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4:15 AM | Ebola And America, A Nation Of Hysterical Wimps
Take a chill pill. Ebola is not a threat to our nation. The Republican Party is a bigger threat.
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4:10 AM | Housekeeping, Houseburning: Terrence Malick and Marilynne Robinson
by Eric Byrd A few years ago Slate's culture editor David Haglund posted a piece called "Marilynne Robinson, the Terrence Malick of the Literary World." Malick and Robinson, he said, are kindred artists. They share a pattern of striking debuts,...
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4:05 AM | Creative Karachi: Establishing an Arts & Culture Center for the World's Most Rapidly Growing City
by Sabeen Mahmud Twenty-four years ago, I fell in love for the first time—with a Macintosh Plus computer which profoundly altered the course of my life and was significant in shaping my anti-establishment, anti-war, pro-freedom worldview. It became an invaluable...

October 19, 2014

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9:48 PM | Fresh brain with no thoughts, yet
I just like his picture obtained with chemlambda because it gives many ideas, among them the following: if multiplication (reproduction) is Nature’s way to do a fanout and if a brain (and actually the whole organism) grows from a small seed then it must be that we may think about a brain as having one […]
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6:43 PM | In Kosovo
Justin E. H. Smith in his own blog: There was a war here not long ago. Mass graves were filled by the bodies of people whose loved ones, the survivors, are still walking around, selling vegetables and bus tickets, huddling...
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6:36 PM | Books by disillusioned physicians reveals a corrosive doctor-patient relationship at the heart of our health-care crisis
Meghan O'Rouke in The Atlantic: For someone in her 30s, I’ve spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices and hospitals, shivering on exam tables in my open-to-the-front gown, recording my medical history on multiple forms, having enough blood drawn...
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5:55 PM | Bangladeshi writing in English joins a global conversation
Shougat Dasgupta in The Caravan: Who speaks, and who is being spoken for, have always been loaded questions for postcolonial novelists. If a nation is, at least in part, imagined into being through feats of storytelling, the storyteller acquires a...
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5:44 PM | Magic Kingdoms
Sophia Nguyen in The Point: In the dog days of August, two books about the Ivy League landed comfortably on the New York Times bestseller list. One was William Deresiewicz’s Excellent Sheep. The other was Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land....
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5:35 PM | Paul Strand: Under the Darkcloth
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5:32 PM | Manhatta (1921) - Documentary Film by Paul Strand
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5:29 PM | The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe
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12:48 PM | A Life Told with ID Photos
Ali Mobasser in lensculture: Afsaneh was born on the 28th of March 1957 in Tehran, Iran. She grew up with her parents and her older brother Afshin (my father). Her father was an army general who had been Chief of...
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12:36 PM | Poem with Blue Agapanthus
Noam Scheindlin in Warscapes: The 17th Century Kabbalist, Nathan of Gaza, speculated that before the world came into being, there were, in the endlessness of existence, two lights: the one, active, thinking, with the impetus to create; the other passive,...
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11:32 AM | Sunday Poem
The Men Who Wear My Clothes Sleepless I lay last night and watched the slow Procession of the men who wear my clothes: First, the grey man with bloodshot eyes and sly Gestures miming what he loves and loathes. Next...
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12:42 AM | When science deniers turn to science
Cartoon by Joe Heller, www.hellertoon.com Readers no doubt recognise this situation. It’s a pretty blatant form of science denial. Division of science and into pro and anti forms –  such as pro-fluoridation and anti-fluoridation science –  is just another form of … Continue reading →

October 18, 2014

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6:54 PM | FINAL CFP and *EXTENDED DEADLINE*: SoTFoM II 'Competing Foundations?', 12-13 January 2015, London.
The focus of this conference is on different approaches to the foundations of mathematics. The interaction between set-theoretic and category-theoretic foundations has had significant philosophical impact, and represents a shift in attitudes towards the philosophy of mathematics. This conference will bring together leading scholars in these areas to showcase contemporary philosophical research on different approaches to the foundations of mathematics. To accomplish this, the conference has […]
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4:32 PM | How to Communicate on the Internet
Let’s say you want to communicate an idea X. You would do well to simply say “X.” Also acceptable is “X. Really, just X.” A slightly riskier strategy, in cases where miscomprehension is especially likely, would be something like “X. … Continue reading →
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2:47 PM | ON GOTTLAND BY MARIUSZ SZCZYGIEŁ
Madeleine LaRue at The Quarterly Conversation: In a series of dispatches from this tantalizing world of “more or less,” Gottland chronicles the history of the Czech Republic in the twentieth century. Each of its seventeen chapters focuses on one or...
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2:44 PM | Zephyr Teachout’s ‘Corruption in America’
Thomas Frank at The New York Times: According to Teachout, however, it’s much worse than this. Our current Supreme Court, in Citizens United, “took that which had been named corrupt for over 200 years” — which is to say, gifts...
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2:39 PM | clive james' Poetry Notebook: 2006-2014
Elaine Feinstein at the Financial Times: Clive James has always written with verve about poetry, and though much of his latest book is drawn from articles already published, the material was well worth collecting. Poetry Notebook may not have the...
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2:00 PM | Venerated Members: On Europe’s history of penis worship
Stassa Edwards in The New Inquiry: Grigori Rasputin’s dick is on display at the Museum of Erotics in Saint Petersburg. Housed in a jar of formaldehyde, the member, which the museum’s owner claims he obtained from a French antiquarian, is...
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1:54 PM | Pier Paolo Pasolini was a force against the incoherence hiding in every hypocrisy
Susan Stewart in The Nation: Writing in 1930 with Baudelaire and, subsequently, Goethe on his mind, T.S. Eliot took up the question of what it means for a poet to possess “the sense of his own age.” While it may...
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1:45 PM | Lovely grub: are insects the future of food?
Emily Anthes in Mosaic: At first my meal seems familiar, like countless other dishes I’ve eaten at Asian restaurants. A swirl of noodles slicked with oil and studded with shredded chicken, the aroma of ginger and garlic, a few wilting...
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1:34 PM | "The Idea of Order at Key West" by Wallace Stevens, read by Hana Bajramovic
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