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July 05, 2014

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10:09 AM | Open notebook science for everyone, done by everyone
I am deeply impressed by the post: Jean Claude Bradley Memorial Symposium; July 14th; let’s take Open Notebook Science to everyone Here are some quotes: “Jean-Claude Bradley was one of the most influential open scientists of our time. He was an innovator in all that he did, from Open Education to bleeding edge Open Science; […]

July 04, 2014

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10:39 PM | A Feminist Reclamation of Islam?
Fawzia Afzal-Khan in Counterpunch: Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What: A Feminist Reclamation of Islam? “Absolutely fantastic!” is what Ingrid, a young Puerto-Rican woman sitting next to me ….said of Akhtar’s latest work, his second play to be performed...
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6:18 PM | Because America: The delight of hashtag patriotism on the Fourth of July
Emma Green in The Atlantic: "Nothing is more annoying in the ordinary intercourse of life than this irritable patriotism of the Americans," wrote a grumpy Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America after he visited the United States from France...
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2:02 PM | The hectic career of Stephen Crane
Caleb Crain at The New Yorker: In “The Red Badge of Courage,” the novel that made Crane famous, at the age of twenty-three, the nonhero Henry Fleming desperately wants to be perceived as brave, even though he deserts in a...
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1:58 PM | lionel messi is impossible
Benjamin Morris at FiveThirtyEight: It’s not possible to shoot more efficiently from outside the penalty area than many players shoot inside it. It’s not possible to lead the world in weak-kick goals and long-range goals. It’s not possible to score...
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1:53 PM | Hans Christian Andersen and the search for truth
Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: Innocence is often thought of as a quality projected outward. It means, literally, ‘not harm’. If a person is innocent, they aren’t going to harm you. But another way to consider the idea...
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10:24 AM | Friday Poem
In the Secular Night In the secular night you wander around alone in your house. It's two-thirty. Everyone has deserted you, or this is your story; you remember it from being sixteen, when the others were out somewhere, having a...

July 03, 2014

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5:44 PM | How To Price a Forest, and Other Economics Problems
John Steele in Nautilus: Gross Domestic Product is the market value of all goods and services produced within a country in a year. It is, today, the standard snapshot of a country’s economy. But does it deserve this position? After...
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5:41 PM | The Double Life of Objects
Richard Marshall interviews Thomas Sattig in 3:AM Magazine [Photo: Tuomas Tahko]: 3:AM: In your book about language and reality you study them together rather than separately. Why put them together? TS: Metaphysicians often begin with prephilosophically accessible phenomena and then...
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5:35 PM | The Longevity Gap
Linda Marsa in Aeon (Picasso at home in his villa in villa at Notre-Dame de Vie in Mougins in 1967 surrounded by his latest paintings. He was 85 at the time. Photo by Gjon Mili/Time Life/Getty): The life expectancy gap...
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5:33 PM | On Israel-Palestine and BDS
Noam Chomsky in The Nation (Photo: AP/Bernat Armangu): The opening call of the BDS movement, by a group of Palestinian intellectuals in 2005, demanded that Israel fully comply with international law by “(1) Ending its occupation and colonization of all...
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3:12 PM | on Kantian ethics
Michael Rosen at the Times Literary Supplement: My own belief is that we can indeed see Kant’s moral philosophy as consistent but that to do so we have to approach it from a radically different starting point. According to Kant,...
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3:07 PM | the Venice Architectural Biennale
Roderick Conway Morris at The Spectator: An eccentric English aristocrat who constructed a 20-mile network of underground corridors to avoid coming into contact with his fellow humans on his country estate; a Japanese dentist who has amassed an enormous collection...
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3:04 PM | Charles Simic's soccer addiction
Charles Simic at the New York Review of Books: I haven’t done a thing in three weeks except watch soccer. Mowing the lawn, paying bills, working on an essay and a lecture whose deadlines are fast approaching, writing overdue letters...
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11:12 AM | On Doing Nothing Students
Ben Sobel in Harvard Magazine: I took this past semester, my junior spring, off from Harvard. What was I trying to accomplish? It took a few months to realize it, but the truest answer I can give is “nothing, really.”...
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11:04 AM | Women in science: From embroidery to explosives
Patricia Fara in Nature: In the early twentieth century, female scientists felt beleaguered. It is “as though my work wore petticoats”, cries Ursula, the fictionalized version of distinguished physicist Hertha Ayrton in the 1924 novel The Call. The real-life Ayrton...
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10:05 AM | Thursday Poem
Grass and Water The geese have their heaven and I have mine, though both are made of grass and water and both have sudden and subtle bridges where the carved stone changes color under the presumptive arches, and it is...
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2:24 AM | What happens when fluoridation is stopped?
Anti-fluoride propagandists continually assert that fluoride is not effective in reducing tooth decay. One piece of “evidence” they rely on for this is a claim that when fluoridation is stopped dental health does not decline, But is this claim true? … Continue reading →

July 02, 2014

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9:38 PM | Faking Galileo
Massimo Mazzotti in the Los Angeles Review of Books: Art forgeries have long been the stuff of thrillers, with fake da Vincis or Vermeers fooling connoisseurs, roiling the art world, and moving millions of dollars. We don’t think of ancient...
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9:20 PM | A Challenge to Men: Q&A with Alan Lightman
From World Pulse: Have you yourself faced obstacles to embracing a different view of masculinity? There is a stigma that exists today in the United States. I think it exists in all countries, but we’ll talk about the US. It’s...
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9:12 PM | Sa'adat Hasan Manto: How I Write Stories
From Scroll: Honorable ladies and gentlemen! I've been asked to explain how I write stories. This “how” is problematic. What can I tell you about how I write stories? It is a very convoluted matter. With this “how” before me...
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9:07 PM | Kate Tempest: Brand New Ancients
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6:41 PM | Some categorical thinking about chemlambda and why this may suck
I continue to file here, for dissemination and further processing, useful bits written about chemlambda and the Distributed  GLC model of decentralized computation. Please contribute, contradict and dispute me here or by private communications, of course under the constraints of long attention span and reasonable understanding of the subject.   _________________________________ If you want a […]
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12:04 PM | Against Mastery
Wilfred M. McClay at Hedgehog Review: Do we imagine that complete control over our biological fates will necessarily make us happier? Perhaps it will. But one can as easily imagine that there might be little room for uninhibited joy or...
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12:00 PM | flaubert's sentimental education
Michael Wood at Lapham's Quarterly: While Sentimental Education provides the requisite arcs and twists of a Bildungsroman, a coming-of-age novel, and a story of a Young Man from the Provinces, it also questions the assumptions of each, asking if any...
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11:57 AM | A Cultural History of the Elevator
David Trotter at The London Review of Books: According to elevator legend, it all began with a stunt. In the summer of 1854, at the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in New York, an engineer called Elisha Graves...
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11:12 AM | You can’t beat a good Indian curry, after all
William Sitwell in The Telegraph: Britain’s restaurateurs are scratching their heads. An Indian establishment has clinched the number one spot in the National Restaurant Awards. And it’s knocked the man of the moment off the top spot. Tom Kerridge, whose...
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11:02 AM | Emotions Can Be Contagious on Online Social Networks
Tanya Lewis in Scientific American: Could reading a cheerful or depressing post on Facebook influence your own mood? Apparently so, according to a new study conducted by the social networking company. When Facebook removed positive posts from the news feeds...
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10:49 AM | Wednesday Poem
The Magic Carpet . Because I am the greatest in his realm your husband sent for me, left me alone with you in the inner palace where, on pain of death, no man may tread. My commission was to render...

July 01, 2014

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2:35 PM | A Groundbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Zia Haider Rahman’s first novel, In the Light of What We Know, is already the literary event of the year (reviewed in Open, ‘A Groundbreaking Work of Staggering Genius’, 23 June 2014). Born in Bangladesh and educated at Oxford, Cambridge...
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