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December 04, 2014

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3:58 PM | The obsessions of Werner Herzog
Iain Sinclair at the Times Literary Supplement: The voice. That voice. The forest as an oozing, fecund sump of original darkness and interspecies fornication. Birds screaming in pain. Monkeys howling like the legions of the damned. And deluded humans, those...
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3:12 PM | Who Really Burns: Quitting a Dean's Job in the Age of Mike Brown
Eve Dunbar in Jezebel: As with most predominantly white institutions, black teenagers are, sadly, a rarity on our campuses. And many students within these sorts of elite spaces have been sheltered from racial violence due to their whiteness and/or socio-economic...
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3:08 PM | Wheat People vs. Rice People: Why Are Some Cultures More Individualistic Than Others?
T. M. Luhrmann in the NYT (illustration by Bratislav Milenkovic): There’s some truth to the modernization hypothesis — that as social worlds become wealthier, they also become more individualistic — but it does not explain the persistent interdependent style of...
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2:44 PM | Moby-Dick; Or, The Marathon
Brendan O'Connor in The Oyster Review: It can be hard to talk about reading a book like Moby-Dick without sounding like, well, kind of a dick. The book has taken on a cultural significance that outweighs its admittedly hefty pages;...
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1:42 PM | James Watson Throws a Fit
Laura Helmuth in Slate: Jim Watson is one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. He is also a peevish bigot. History will remember him for his co-discovery of the structure of DNA, in 1953. This week, Watson...
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12:06 PM | A simple trick to improve your memory
Tom Stafford in BBC: If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong. One...
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11:46 AM | Thursday Poem
Fathom …the furthest distances I’ve travelled have been those between people .............................– Leontia Flynn 1. Father (at the Forty-foot Gentlemen’s Bathing Place) Seven thirty a.m. and I love that men are different when wet. We’re sea-changed, leagues of seals, rasping,...
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11:39 AM | My Vassar College Faculty ID Makes Everything OK
Kiese Laymon in Gawker: The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago. I was driving down Hooker Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head...
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11:36 AM | The McGurk Effect: A truly astonishing illusion
[Thanks to Gerald Dworkin.]
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11:34 AM | Many of the artists in the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show went on to revolutionize art. William Glackens, on the other hand… he just kept painting
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: In the early days of the 20th century, Picasso met some rich and careless Americans. “These folks,” Dave Hickey wrote in his book The Invisible Dragon: Essays on Beauty, “are no longer building gazebos...
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11:04 AM | Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students 2015
After a very successful event last year, the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy is hosting the second Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students.The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) is organizing the second Summer School on Mathematical Philosophy for Female Students, which will be held from July 26 to August 1, 2015 in Munich, Germany. The summer school is open to excellent female students who want to specialize in mathematical philosophy.Since […]
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9:01 AM | Summer School in Logic 2015 - Helsinki
The Scandinavian Logic Society is very pleased to announce the next summer school in logic, taking place July 27-31 in Helsinki this summer of 2015. Notice that the school takes place exactly the week before both the ASL European Summer Meeting and the LMPS, both of which are being held in Helsinki the week starting August 3rd.http://www.helsinki.fi/sls2015/index.htmlCourse are offered by a very distinguished group of lecturers:Samson Abramsky (Oxford)Jeremy Avigad (Carnegie Mellon)Laura […]
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3:07 AM | Today’s fantasy, tomorrow’s possibility
If you haven’t watch it yet this video, Wanderers,  is a must. And it is well worth watching full screen. It’s a science-inspired short film imagining human exploration of our solar system. The voice-over is very recognisable – Carl Sagan reading … Continue reading →

December 03, 2014

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8:43 PM | the life of Mayakovsky
James Womack at Literary Review: There are Mayakovsky Streets in forty-five Russian cities and fourteen Ukrainian cities. There are three Mayakovsky Streets in St Petersburg, more than there are in the whole of Kazakhstan, which boasts only a couple, one...
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8:38 PM | I Was With Fidel Castro When JFK Was Assassinated
Jean Daniel at The New Republic: It was around 1:30 in the afternoon, Cuban time. We were having lunch in the living room of the modest summer residence which Fidel Castro owns on magnificent Varadero Beach, 120 kilometers from Havana....
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8:35 PM | the return of wu-tang
Sasha Frere-Jones at The New Yorker: The most surprising thing about “A Better Tomorrow,” the latest album from New York’s Wu-Tang Clan, is not that it is generally strong but that the fractious nine-person group ended up making any kind...
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8:19 PM | Cyrus Vance Jr.’s ‘Moneyball’ Approach to Crime
Chip Brown in the NYT's Magazine (photo CreditLee Friedlander for The New York Times): In 2010, at the start of his first term, Vance drew up a list of 20 things to do; four years later he had checked them...
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8:15 PM | Berlin Notebook
Ryan Ruby in n+1 (image by Ramón Goeden via flickr): I had been away from Berlin for the better part of a month, and in my absence exhibits, memorials, and events devoted to the fall of the Wall had sprung...
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8:08 PM | Economists Aren’t ‘Superior’ Just Because
Henry Farrell discusses a new paper by Marion Fourcade, Etienne Ollion, and Yann Algan "The Superiority of Economists" over at Crooked Timber: Marion Fourcade, Etienne Ollion and Yann Algan’s forthcoming piece on the ‘superiority of economists’ is a lovely, albeit...
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5:33 PM | How 4 Mexican Immigrant Kids and Their Cheap Robot Beat MIT
Ten years ago, WIRED contributing editor Joshua Davis wrote a story about four high school students in Phoenix, Arizona—three of them undocumented immigrants from Mexico—beating MIT in an underwater robot competition. That story, La Vida Robot, has a new chapter:...
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12:28 PM | Menifesto: Laura Kipnis's study of the un-fair sex
Kerry Howley in Book Forum: The twenty-first-century critic asked to opine on masculinity finds available to her a limited number of explanatory templates, socially acceptable ways of speaking that dominate our collective thinking about the male psyche. Most clearly, there...
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12:19 PM | How permanent stress may lead to mental disorders
From KurzweilAI: Activated through permanent stress, immune cells in the brain can cause changes to the brain, resulting in mental disorders, a research team headed by professor Georg Juckel, Medical Director of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) LWL university clinic, has...
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10:41 AM | Wednesday Poem
Among Other Things . The rest have driven to the mall. Any second now will be too dark. This close to the edge, among other things, I read. Leaves rattle overhead. Little pockets of canned applause sift through the screened...
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1:30 AM | The farce of a “sciency” anti-fluoride report
Click for a larger image I came up with the image above after a quick glance at a “report” currently being promoted by the local Fluoride Free groups and Paul Connett’s Fluoride Alert organisation. (Scientific and Critical Analysis of the … Continue reading →

December 02, 2014

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6:27 PM | The Real Mr. Difficult, or Why Cthulhu Threatens to Destroy the Canon, Self-Interested Literary Essayists, and the Universe Itself. Finally.
Nick Mamatas in the LA Review of Books: I MAY AS WELL state my claim in as straightforward a way as possible: H. P. Lovecraft, he of the squamous and eldritch, is wrongly derided as a bad writer. Lovecraft is...
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6:25 PM | New Atheism, Old Empire
Luke Savage in Jacobin: The politics of the leading New Atheist thinkers are not uniform. Dawkins opposed the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while Harris and Hitchens were some of its leading apologists. Harris defends torture as an ethical necessity in...
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6:22 PM | To Halt Ebola’s Spread, Researchers Race for Data
Kari Lydersen in Discover: The Ebola virus has consistently stayed several steps ahead of doctors, public officials and others trying to fight the epidemic. Throughout the first half of 2014, it spread quickly as international and even local leaders failed...
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6:18 PM | Evolution and the American Myth of the Individual
John Edward Terrell in the NYT's The Stone (photo Brian Snyder/Reuters): At least part of the schism between Republicans and Democrats is based in differing conceptions of the role of the individual. We find these differences expressed in the frequent...
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4:32 PM | Beggar Access: use DRM for academics, enjoy watching them fight for the copyright
 #BeggarAccess   is  Ross Mounce name for the flavour of OA proposed by Nature, see http://rossmounce.co.uk/2014/12/02/beggar-access/ This is a move which some people expected for a while. It is about the fact that who has the copyright is less relevant than who can enforce digital management rights. A while ago I got interested into that … Continue reading Beggar Access: use DRM for academics, enjoy watching them fight for the copyright →
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2:56 PM | Philip Larkin: Life, Art and Love
Michael Dirda at The Washington Post: As late as the 1970s, it was hard to find Philip Larkin’s poetry in American bookstores. I remember searching all over Washington for his first collection, “The North Ship” (1945), before locating a paperback...
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