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March 15, 2015

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12:47 PM | DAVID BOWIE & SONIC YOUTH - I'm Afraid Of Americans
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12:47 PM | Sonic Youth - Mildred Pierce
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12:46 PM | albert maysles (1926 - 2015)
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12:41 PM | Traditional philology today is a shadow of what it once was. Can it survive?
Eric Ormsby in The New Criterion: What language did Adam and Eve speak in the Garden of Eden? Today the question might seem not only quaint, but daft. Thus, the philologist Andreas Kempe could speculate, in his “Die Sprache des...
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1:21 AM | Ukrainian “suicides?”
Several days ago Ukraine Today reported the death of a former politician in the Yanukovych government which was overthrown in a coup last year. He was Oleksandr Peklushenko, the ex-head of a regional council in central Ukraine. Authorities are claiming he … Continue reading →

March 14, 2015

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3:05 PM | Why Pi Matters
What was so special about 9:26:53 am today? Well, the date is 3/14/15 and at that time, the date and time together would have been the same as the first ten digits of Pi: 3.141592653. It is also Albert Einstein's...
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2:55 PM | President Obama reads mean Tweets
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12:22 PM | Kim Gordon’s ‘Girl in a Band’
Questlove at The New York Times: Sonic Youth has never had a reputation for shying away from unpleasantness in the search for truth and beauty, and the book does the same, opening with a scene in drizzly São Paulo, as...
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12:21 PM | Worried well
Charlie Kurth in Aeon: But just how bad is anxiety, really? Is it just an unpleasant feeling to work through, or something worse? According to a very distinguished tradition, one that stretches all the way back through the Stoics and...
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12:19 PM | Sarah Manguso's 'Ongoingness'
David L. Ulin at The LA Times: I started keeping a diary twenty-five years ago," the book begins. "It's eight hundred thousand words long." We live, of course, in a diaristic era. This April, Heidi Julavits will publish "The Folded...
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12:13 PM | john Aubrey: biographer, antiquarian and procrastinator
Lisa Jardine at the Financial Times: We may not have entirely endorsed his contemporary Anthony Wood’s unkind assessment of Aubrey as “a shiftless person, roving and magoty-headed, and sometimes little better than crazed”. But neither did we take Scurr’s care...
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11:40 AM | Jane Goodall Is Still Wild at Heart
Paul Tullis in The New York Times: Jane Goodall was already on a London dock in March 1957 when she realized that her passport was missing. In just a few hours, she was due to depart on her first trip...
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4:00 AM | Free download – “Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits”
Anyone interested in my article on this subject in Neurotoxicology and Teratology can now download a pdf version: Perrott, K. W. (2015). Severe dental fluorosis and cognitive deficits. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 48, 78–79. The publishers tell me that anyone who … Continue reading →

March 13, 2015

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3:39 PM | 3QD Politics & Social Science Prize Finalists 2015
Hello, The editors of 3QD have made their decision. The twenty semifinalists have been winnowed down to six, and three wildcard entries added. Thanks again to all the participants. Details of the prize can be found here. On the right...
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2:48 PM | The 1 percent’s white privilege con: Elites hold “conversations” about race, while resegregating our schools
Corey Robin in Salon: Facebook can be a weird place on Martin Luther King Day. Some of my friends post famous passages from MLK’s speeches. Others post statistics on racial inequality. Still others, mostly white parents, post photographs of their...
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1:43 PM | Mark Blyth's testimony to the U.S. Senate Budget Committee
3QD friend Mark Blyth testified before the U.S. Senate Budget Committee yesterday. Here is his statement: Good Morning Chairman Enzi, Ranking Member Sanders, and Members of the Committee. My name is Mark Blyth and I am the Eastman Professor of...
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1:27 PM | Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness
Melanie Moran in Medical Xpress: Where in your brain do you exist? Is your awareness of the world around you and of yourself as an individual the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come...
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12:28 PM | 3QD Politics & Social Science Prize Semifinalists 2015
The voting round of our philosophy prize (details here) is over. Thanks to the nominators and the voters for participating. So here they are, the top 20, in descending order from the most voted-for: Warscapes: Cold Remains in Greenland The...
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12:05 PM | Excellent: The Journal of Brief Ideas
Here is another new initiative: The Journal of Brief Ideas. There are interesting reactions to this: Journal publishes 200-word papers by Chris Woolston in Nature Is this the ‘Twitter’ of STM publications? by Steve Odart in Ixxus OK, what is this, in just a few words? From the About page of the journal: The Journal … Continue reading Excellent: The Journal of Brief Ideas →
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11:07 AM | Levitating Superconductor on a Möbius strip
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10:59 AM | Narrating Crisis in Sri Lanka
Nimmi Gowrinathan in Guernica: Jeya’s daughter is nine days old, unnamed, when I meet her in Sri Lanka. Miniscule compared to my chunky little boy, born only a few months earlier, she squirms beneath pink netting as I gingerly reach...
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10:54 AM | Planet of the Apes: A new essentialist effort to explain male aggression
Dale Peck in Book Forum: IT'S BEEN YEARS SINCE I took Muay Thai; years, too, since I thought much about Stanley Crouch. Nevertheless, this was my obvious point of entry to Jonathan Gottschall’s The Professor in the Cage, which the...
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9:54 AM | Friday Poem
Human Wishes from the Latin of Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenalis), c.AD 50-c.127, Satires X No one in his right mind would want to be a big fish gobbling up the smaller fry; it’s the big fish who attract hostility like...
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7:49 AM | R. K. Narayan's 'The English Teacher'
Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: The writer R.K. Narayan was not prone to supernatural thoughts. He understood as well as anyone why The English Teacher — his 1944 novel about a grieving professor who learns to communicate with...
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7:46 AM | 'In a Weird Way': A Brief History
Ivan Kreilkamp at The Millions: What does “in a weird way” mean, and why did it become so much more prevalent in the late-20th century? The first uses of “weird” in English refer to “weird sisters,” as made famous by...
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7:43 AM | on US democratic crisis as the result of an intellectual failure
Thomas Meaney at The Nation: The account of democracy in Political Order is one piece of Dunn’s puzzle. Like Dunn, Fukuyama is concerned with the “pseudo-democratic authorization of almost everything in the United States.” His book is a remarkably levelheaded...

March 12, 2015

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9:05 PM | The Biology of Being Good to Others
H. Allen Orr reviews David Sloan Wilson's Does Altruism Exist?: Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others in the NYRB (illustration designed by Linley Sambourne and engraved by Joseph Swain, from Charles Kingsley’s The Water-Babies: A Fairy Tale for a...
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9:00 PM | Remembering Boris Nemtsov
Keith Gessen in the LRB: It would be hard to imagine a less likely political martyr than Boris Nemtsov. He was loud, brash, boastful, vain and a tireless womaniser. My favourite story about him came from a Moscow journalist who...
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8:57 PM | Conservatives May Not Be Happier Than Liberals After All, Studies Find
Erica Goode in the NYT: Conservatives are happier than liberals, or so decades of surveys that ask about life satisfaction would suggest. The existence of a so-called ideological happiness gap is so well established that recently social scientists have mostly...
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2:08 PM | Why People "Fly from Facts"
Troy Campbell and Justin Friesen in Scientific American: “There was a scientific study that showed vaccines cause autism.” “Actually, the researcher in that study lost his medical license, and overwhelming research since then has shown no linkbetween vaccines and autism.”...
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