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August 18, 2014

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4:50 AM | Monday Poem
Tide the way it comes, goes, surges, disappears, a perfect metaphor for shapes of time, overused as moon for that which vanishes and reappears. quiet now, the wedding past too much so— a house that buzzed now hushed, silence loud...
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4:45 AM | Socrates, evolution, and the word "theory"
by Paul Braterman What's wrong with this argument? More than you think! All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore Socrates is mortal. It's perfectly valid, meaning that if the premises are true, the conclusion must also be true....
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4:40 AM | The Psychology of Procrastination: How We Create Categories of the Future
by Jalees Rehman "Do not put your work off till tomorrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who...
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4:35 AM | Perceptions
Elizabeth Alexander. At Boston Sculptors Gallery.
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4:30 AM | Paul's Boutique: An Appreciation
by Misha Lepetic "If you explain to a musician he'll tell that he knows it but he just can't do it" ~ Bob Marley It's hard to imagine that the Beastie Boys released "Paul's Boutique" around this time, 25 years...
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4:25 AM | In Bed
by Tamuira Reid I don't like writing about depression. Because it's hard to get right in words. Because I sound like an asshole when I try. Because I am too close to it still. Because my memory of what happened...
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4:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:15 AM | Do Androids Dream of Electric Tomatoes? Food and Nostalgia
by Dwight Furrow The world of food and wine thrives on a heavy dose of nostalgia. Culinarians ("foodies'" in the vernacular) chase down heritage tomatoes, ferment their own vinegar, and learn to butcher hogs in the name of "how things...
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4:10 AM | The Subtle Power of Financial Jargon
by Kathleen Goodwin Few students of colonial history can deny the power of spoken and written language to subject and subdue a population. Zia Haider Rahman's "dazzling debut" of a novel, "In the Light of What We Know", contrasts two...
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4:05 AM | Bouquet of Nerves
by Shadab Zeest Hashmi Starry night, a large starry night with infinite trees, is the background of what seems to be an architectural form— a balcony, bridge, courtyard with pillars? In the foreground, a sphere with a curve draped over...
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3:51 AM | Our Microbiome May Be Looking Out for Itself
Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: Your body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as your microbiome. Naturalists first became aware of our invisible lodgers in the 1600s, but it wasn’t until the...
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3:33 AM | Graham Priest on Buddhism and logic
Massimo Pigliucci in Scientia Salon: Graham Priest is a colleague of mine at City University of New York’s Graduate Center, a world renowned expert in logic, a Buddhist connoisseur, and an all-around nice guy [1]. So I always pay attention...
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3:20 AM | Henry Peck interviews Elliott Colla about his new novel
As Iraq faces a new crisis, the novel Baghdad Central explores the freighted “moment of ambiguity” a decade earlier. From Guernica: Guernica: Baghdad Central is unusual first of all for its Iraqi protagonist. What was the genesis of the book?...
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3:11 AM | More on Philosophy's 'White Man' Problem
Justin E. H. Smith in his own blog: There have been many forceful contributions recently to the discussion of academic philosophy's 'white man problem' (see in particular here). I have been trying in my own way to contribute to these...
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3:02 AM | A Gandhi, A Gypsy And A Rushdie: García Márquez's India Connect
Nina Martyris in Forbes India: Gabriel García Márquez, the genius of the imagination who died in April at the age of 87, may not have written on India, but he had a multifaceted connection with the country that can be...

August 17, 2014

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10:50 PM | The Mind of the Science Denier
Over recent months I have been following, and learning more about, the issues of fluoridation and the Ukrainian civil war. One is a scientific issue (at least in most of the debate), the other political. Yet in the social media … Continue reading →
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5:25 PM | Single Superfield Inflation: The Trailer
This is amazing. (Via Bob McNees and Michael Nielsen on Twitter.) Backstory for the puzzled: here is a nice paper that came out last month, on inflation in supergravity. Inflation in Supergravity with a Single Chiral Superfield Sergei V. Ketov, … Continue reading →
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5:06 PM | Bohemian gravity
Tim Blais, a McGill University physics student made this really great a capella version of "Bohemian Rhapsody", called "Bohemian Gravity", with physics lyrics explaining superstring theory, like "Manifolds must be Kahler!" (lyrics here).Another article on this.
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5:04 PM | What the hell is “Information” anyway?
DNA, ideas, knowledge, books, computations, schedules, job descriptions, money(!), bank accounts, music, culture, beliefs and every last thing that has some importance in our lives has something to do with “information”, but still, all my attempts to find a no-nonsense,…Read more ›
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3:14 PM | Y again: conflict!
We proved in    arXiv:1403.8046 [cs.AI]  ( link to the published  article) that in chemlambda the molecule which represents the Y combinator is a gun which shoots pairs of FO and A nodes. See there the sequence of reductions which was considered. This time  let’s not care about staying in lambda calculus and let’s take […]
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1:02 PM | John Berryman: Life, Friends, is Boring
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1:01 PM | Band of Horses - The Funeral
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12:59 PM | Acquainted with the Night by Robert Frost
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12:54 PM | Water From Elephants
Jake Flanagin in The Morning News: There is an old Tamil proverb: “Even an elephant can slip.” It is not a challenging metaphor to parse out—even the greatest beasts may fall. And when they do, the impact is ground-shaking. After...
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12:37 PM | The man with the missing brain
Sanjiv Bhattacharya in The Telegraph: Here was a young couple driving home through Hancock Park, a well-heeled suburb of mansions and manicured lawns. Lewis was a thriving film producer of 36, best known for the huge comedy hit Look Who’s...
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5:57 AM | Some more videos
Adam Ford has added some more of the short videos he did with me a couple of weeks ago. I list them below. I might add that what missed the edit with respect to the Bayesianism versus frequentism video is that “This is not my field but I will give it my best shot”… Bayesianism […]
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12:05 AM | Comedy’s Cost
Matthew Hennessey in City Journal: Comedy, they say, is tragedy plus time. It may take a while for the world to laugh again at the comic genius of Robin Williams, who died this week, apparently at his own hand, after...

August 16, 2014

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11:43 PM | ABBEY ROAD STILL FAMOUS AT 45
Rebecca Willis in More Intelligent Life: Forty-five years ago today, four young men walked across a zebra crossing in north-west London, the shutter of a camera clicked, and history was made. The cover of the Beatles' 11th studio album immortalised...
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9:32 PM | You Are Not Nearly Scared Enough About Ebola
Laurie Garrett in Foreign Policy (Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Siemens): Last week, my brilliant Council on Foreign Relations colleague John Campbell, former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, warned that spread of the virus inside Lagos -- which has a population of...
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6:35 PM | nostalgia
Ricky D'Ambrose at The Quarterly Conversation: Few habits are as prone to affliction, or as vulnerable to an ordeal, as the bent of a peddler’s consciousness. Placeless, the peddler completes an untold number of transactions; there are ideas to conduct...
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