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April 10, 2015

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10:37 AM | Aristotle's definition of the syllogism -- a dialogical interpretation
By Catarina Dutilh Novaes(Cross-posted at NewAPPS)(I am currently finishing a paper on the definition of the syllogism according to Aristotle, Ockham, and Buridan. I post below the section where I present a dialogical interpretation of Aristotle's definition.)Aristotle’s definition of ‘syllogismos’ in APri 24b18-22 is among one of the most commented-upon passages of the Aristotelian corpus, by ancient as well as (Arabic and Latin) medieval commentators. He offers very similar […]
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10:17 AM | (Re)Introducing "The Purple Perils"
'Note for a tentative redefinition of behaviour', 1975. James J Gibson ran an afternoon seminar for many years at Cornell. This seminar was widely attended by a variety of students, professors and visiting scholars, and Gibson used them as a place to try out new ideas, new ways of describing those ideas and generally hammer his theory as hard as he could to see where the weak and strong points were.Before many of these seminars, he would write and distribute a note, often fairly detailed, […]
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9:41 AM | Return of the King: “Mad Men” and the Greatest Story Ever Sold
Kathy Knapp in LA Review of Books: Mad Men still has a half-season to go, but Don Draper’s obituary has already been written. We don’t know exactly how it will end for Don, but the critical consensus is that his...
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7:18 AM | Being There: Heidegger on Why Our Presence Matters
Lawrence Berger in the NYT's The Stone: A cognitive scientist and a German philosopher walk into the woods and come upon a tree in bloom: What does each one see? And why does it matter? While that may sound like...
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7:02 AM | Contours of Macroeconomic Policy in the Future
Olivier Blanchard over at the IMF: Seven years since the onset of the global financial crisis, we are still assessing how the crisis should change our views about macroeconomic policy. To take stock, the IMF organized two conferences, the first...

April 09, 2015

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8:41 PM | A Personal Narrative
I was very pleased to learn that I’m among this year’s recipients of a Guggenheim Fellowship. The Fellowships are mid-career awards, meant “to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field … Continue reading →
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2:07 PM | August Strindberg, in the maelstrom
Sue Prideaux at the Times Literary Supplement: In 1887–8, August Strindberg wrote the experimental autobiographical novel Le Plaidoyer d’un fou; but only now is it available in a translation taken directly from the author’s original manuscript, lost shortly after its...
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2:04 PM | The art of On Kawara
Barry Schwabsky at The Nation: Kawara’s art is not always quite so -rarefied. His most familiar work is his “Today” series, better known as “date paintings,” which he began producing in 1966 and continued making throughout his life: they are...
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2:02 PM | Researchers are on the trail of a mysterious connection between number theory, algebra and string theory
Erica Klarreich in Quanta: In 1978, the mathematician John McKay noticed what seemed like an odd coincidence. He had been studying the different ways of representing the structure of a mysterious entity called the monster group, a gargantuan algebraic object...
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1:11 PM | The Genetics of the Earth and Moon
Sean Raymond in Nautilus: Imagine that two very similar-looking neighbors undergo a genetic test. The exam shows that the pair’s genetic fingerprints are virtually identical. They feel a flash of shock and excitement. What does this mean? Could they be...
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1:11 PM | Vladimir Nabokov’s Passionate Love Letters to Véra and His Affectionate Bestiary of Nicknames for Her
Maria Popova over at Brain Pickings (image Young Vladimir and Véra Nabokov by Thomas Doyle from 'The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History.'): After a charming aside professing that he had begun...
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12:57 PM | The Fierce Pressures Facing Pakistan
Ahmed Rashid in the New York Review of Books: The single worst legacy of military rule since the 1970s, the time of the loss of East Pakistan—now Bangladesh—has been a ruinous foreign policy that has made enemies out of most...
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12:51 PM | Here's A News Report We'd Be Reading If Walter Scott's Killing Wasn't On Video
Ryan Grim and Nick Wing in the Huffington Post: This article is written as if the alleged murder of Walter Scott had not been captured on video that was made public Tuesday by The New York Times and other outlets....
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12:44 PM | The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance
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12:00 PM | Reproducibility vs peer review
Here are my thoughts about replacing peer review by validation. Peer review is the practice where the work of a researcher is commented by peers. The content of the commentaries (reviews) is clearly not important. The social practice is to not make them public, nor to keep a public record about those. The only purpose … Continue reading Reproducibility vs peer review →
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11:45 AM | Using sound waves to detect rare circulating cancer cells
From KurzweilAI: A team of engineers from MIT, Penn State University, and Carnegie Mellon University is developing a novel way to isolate cancer cells that circulate in the bloodstream: using sound waves to separate them from blood cells. Cancer cells...
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6:25 AM | Resistance Is Fertile!
Anne Meneley in Gastronomica (Image courtesy of Sharaka – Community Supported Agriculture): The practices of everyday commensality—producing, provisioning, and consuming food and drink in the West Bank of Palestine—are radically affected by the Israeli occupation. I discuss two very different...
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5:11 AM | Literature and Politics
Yong Jie in 3:AM Magazine: In considering how the chief necessity of literature to politics resides in the representation of the politically excluded, it is perhaps necessary to first explore the reasons for which literature is able to acknowledge those...
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3:26 AM | The will to find out
  Something for all of us to keep in mind.

April 08, 2015

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3:46 PM | How to do history (and how not to)
Philip Ball in Pandaemonium: In a recent short review in Prospect of Steven Weinberg’s book To Explain the World, I took exception to his narrow and presentist view of the history of science. That perspective remains unchanged in Weinberg’s recent...
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2:53 PM | Defending Rojava
A. M. Gittlitz in The New Inquiry: The time is right to redraw the map, former US lieutenant colonel and Fox News talking head Ralph Peters argues, with a Free Kurdistan as the New Middle East’s crown. “Stretching from Diyarbakir...
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2:10 PM | American Orientalism
Vivek Bald in Dissent: On an early September night in 1907, fifteen hundred white lumber mill workers set off on a rampage against Indian immigrants in the coastal town of Bellingham, Washington. The Indians, also mill workers, were predominantly from...
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2:07 PM | The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Sh*t
Yvette d'Entremont in Gawker: Hari's campaign last year against the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte drove me to launch my site (don't fuck with a Bostonian's Pumpkin-Spice Anything). She alleged that the PSL has a "toxic" dose of sugar and two...
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1:32 PM | NASA is planning to deflect an asteroid in 2022 — to learn how to protect Earth
Joseph Stromberg in Vox: This is all part of a joint mission NASA's planning with the European Space Agency called Asteroid Impact & Deflection Assessment (AIDA). It will start with the launch of a European craft in 2020 to study...
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12:42 PM | You can't love a whole planet
Liam Barrington-Bush in openDemocracy: In most discussions, the answers to the questions above follow an understandable logic: if the problems are big, the solutions must be too. The allure of a ‘Big Solution’ is it represents the silver bullet we...
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12:29 PM | Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We’re not ready
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11:57 AM | God's Bankers: the catholic church and indulgences
From Delancey Place: Today's selection -- from God's Bankers by Gerald Posner. One of the scandalous practices of the Catholic church was the sale of "indulgences" to raise money. Indulgences allowed Catholics to buy forgiveness for their sins with cold,...
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11:15 AM | Tumour mutations harnessed to build cancer vaccine
Heidi Ledford in Nature: Cancer is a genetic disease, driven by mutations that lift the brakes on cell proliferation. But the mutated proteins produced by cancerous cells can serve as a siren call to immune cells, signalling the presence of...
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9:26 AM | Wednesday Poem
At a Happiness Symposium in Wales . A psychologist said Graveyards may help you feel happier, visit a graveyard when you are depressed There is a thin line between life and death, my friend and I am a graveyard I...

April 07, 2015

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9:48 PM | IQ not influenced by water fluoridation
That is what the US data for average state IQ and percent water fluoridation tells us. I thought I would check out the US IQ and fluoridation data for each state after reading Malin and Till (2015). That paper compared … Continue reading →
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