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March 08, 2015

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2:00 PM | Booker White - Aberdeen Mississippi Blues
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1:59 PM | all is not lost
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1:59 PM | the young in heart
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1:32 PM | Sunday Poem
“Dainty footwear turns a young lady into an altogether more beautiful creature . . .” .....................— Etiquette for Ladies - Eliza Sell Sow Trottering down the oss road in me new hooves I’m farmyardy sweet, fresh from the filth of...
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12:45 PM | Reflections of New York
François Van Bastelaer in Lensculture: New York is a wonderful place, so many times showed in pictures. I try to present the city from a different point of view. I developed a project that shows the reality as something unusual,...
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12:30 PM | Why do they protest being looted when it's for their own good?
Rohini Mohan in Yahoo News India (h/t Chapati Mystery): In the last week of February, the first week of Parliament’s summer session, Delhi was festooned with protest. Men in white dhotis and women in several colors of bright marched around...
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12:02 PM | Many gods, many voices: the Murty Classical Library is uncovering India’s dazzling literary history
Neel Mukherjee in New Statesman: Classical Indian literary tradition is dizzyingly multicultural and multilingual. The vastness of the subcontinent and the number of peoples and languages it contains ensured this plurality. Administratively, too, a state of multum in parvo prevailed:...
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10:53 AM | Answer to: “Can we understand a cell as an organic computational device?”
As a mathematician interested in biology I am very curious about informed answers to this Biology StackExchange question. Here I add mine, with the understanding that it is in no way complete and it might be very biased or ignorant as concerns biology. We may understand a cell as a chemical and physics based program … Continue reading Answer to: “Can we understand a cell as an organic computational device?” →

March 07, 2015

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10:00 PM | Establishment Populism Rising
Thomas B. Edsall in the New York Times: Larry Summers, who withdrew his candidacy for the chairmanship of the Federal Reserve under pressure from the liberal wing of the Democratic Party in 2013, has emerged as the party’s dominant economic...
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9:46 PM | Smithsonian 2015 Photo Contest Finalists
More here.
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9:42 PM | Is Most of Our DNA Garbage?
Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: T. Ryan Gregory’s lab at the University of Guelph in Ontario is a sort of genomic menagerie, stocked with creatures, living and dead, waiting to have their DNA laid bare. Scorpions lurk in...
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9:41 PM | Leonard Nimoy interview with Geoff Boucher
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9:37 PM | ISIS: Managers of Savagery
Muhammad Idrees Ahmad in In These Times: Two parallel developments have contributed to the rise of the Islamic State (IS): the U.S. invasion of Iraq and consequent marginalization of its Sunni minority, and the abandonment of the people’s uprising in...
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12:06 PM | Saturday Poem
Homing For years you kept your accent in a box beneath the bed, the lock rusted shut by hours of elocution how now brown cow the teacher’s ruler across your legs. We heard it escape sometimes, a guttural uh on...
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12:06 PM | Sex, Death: The future of Nelly Arcan
Emily Keeler in National Post: Writing is an act against death. In ink or in pixels, to put something in writing is to will it into a future beyond one’s own. In 2009, four days before Nelly Arcan hanged herself...
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11:27 AM | To Explain the World: the Discovery of Modern Science
Sam Kean in The New York Times: Steven Weinberg doesn’t think much of Plato or Pythagoras. Nor does he hold René Descartes or Francis Bacon in ­especially high regard. But in his new book on the origins of science, “To...
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10:04 AM | The American Dream in Crisis
Francis Fukuyama at the Financial Times: Yet much of the current debate about inequality has a strangely abstract quality, focusing on the excesses of the 1 per cent without really coming to terms with what has happened to the American...
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9:59 AM | China’s Dream Parks
Nic Cavell at Dissent: In the time since Deng’s southern tour, an entire class of China’s own Disney-style “imagineers” have sought to recreate the success of Shenzhen’s pint-sized utopia: over 2,500 theme parks were built across China’s cities, suburbs, and...
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9:55 AM | Life With Louise Bourgeois
Katy Diamond Hamer at New York Magazine: I was totally startled by her ferocity and suggested we have some tea at the Kitchen down the street, as a way of calming her down and persuading her to let the piece...

March 06, 2015

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1:46 PM | Consciousness myth
Galen Strawson in the Times Literary Supplement: “Many historians of philosophy, with all their intended praise, . . . attribute mere nonsense . . . to past philosophers”, as Kant pointed out in 1790. The history of ideas is a...
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1:30 PM | Wittgenstein, Schoolteacher
Spencer Robins in The Paris Review: By the time he decided to teach, Wittgenstein was well on his way to being considered the greatest philosopher alive. First at Cambridge, then as an engineer and soldier, Wittgenstein had finished his Tractatus...
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1:18 PM | K. Anis Ahmed’s stringent tales of life in the sprawling capital of Bangladesh
André Naffis-Sahely in The Nation: In his dotage, Henry Kissinger has come to resemble Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars. After his five decades of insidious influence on US foreign policy, his face has crumpled into a ripple of wrinkles, but...
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12:46 PM | Noam Chomsky: Opposing Iran Nuclear Deal, Israel’s Goal Isn’t Survival — It’s Regional Dominance
[Chomsky section begins at 16:25 mark.]
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12:12 PM | John Maynard Keynes: art dealer, impresario, don, speculator, wit
Tim Bouverie in The Telegraph: At first glance, a biography of Keynes which largely ignores the economics might seem like a biography of Mozart which skips over the music. But as Richard Davenport-Hines argues in his sprightly Life, or Lives,...
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12:10 PM | Vote for a nominee for the 3QD Politics & Social Science Prize 2015
Browse the nominees in the list below and then go to the bottom of the post to vote. Alphabetical list of nominated blog names followed by the blog post title: (Please report any problems with links in the comments section...
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12:00 PM | Friday Poem
Li Ho Li Ho of the province of Honan (not to be confused with the god Li Po of Kansu or Szechuan who made twenty thousand verses) Li Ho, whose mother said, “my son daily vomits up his heart” mounts...
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11:11 AM | Celebration of scientific art
Chris Woolston in Nature: Images of painted pterosaurs, ceramic diatoms and quilts depicting neurons have flooded scientists’ Twitter feeds, after the writers of Symbiartic, Scientific American’s art blog launched ‘SciArt Week’ this week. Researchers and artists have been posting a...
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11:05 AM | cosmopolitan istanbul: then and now
Bernd Brunner at Lapham's Quarterly: In 1850, when Gustave Flaubert visited Istanbul, or Constantinople, as it was still called, he wrote of discovering a fantastic “human anthill,” which he expected to become “the capital of the world”: “You know that...
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11:01 AM | on the good badness of westerns
John Crutchfield at berfrois: The Lone Ranger, by any adult standard, is a terrible show. In fact, it is of a terribleness scarcely to be believed. The dialogue is composed in a language no man ever spoke, nor should he...
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10:58 AM | Thomas Merton and the Eternal Search
Paul Elie at The New Yorker: Here ends the book, but not the searching. Thomas Merton ended “The Seven Storey Mountain” with a little Latin to that effect: Sit finis libri, non finis quaerendi. Set tombstone-style in small caps, at...
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