Posts

July 01, 2014

+
2:23 PM | Have We Been Interpreting Quantum Mechanics Wrong This Whole Time?
Natalie Wolchover in Wired: For nearly a century, “reality” has been a murky concept. The laws of quantum physics seem to suggest that particles spend much of their time in a ghostly state, lacking even basic properties such as a...
+
2:19 PM | Ilan Pappé - The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
No summary available for this post.
+
1:57 PM | Review of Paul Scheerbart, Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel
Todd Cronan at nonsite: For admirers of the work of Walter Benjamin, a translation of Paul Scheerbart’s Lesabéndio: An Asteroid Novel is a major event. Benjamin continually lauded Lesabéndio throughout his life, most decisively in his famous vision of architectural...
+
1:54 PM | The working life of Brian Eno
Sasha Frere-Jones at The New Yorker: In January, 1975, the musician Brian Eno and the painter Peter Schmidt released a set of flash cards they called “Oblique Strategies.” Friends since meeting at art school, in the late sixties, they had...
+
1:51 PM | Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century
John Feehan at Dublin Review of Books: It is difficult for anybody who looks dispassionately at the statistics that echo our depletion of the Earth’s resources, and illustrate how wounded is the world of nature, not to be profoundly disheartened...
+
1:19 PM | How would our brains need to be altered to make us perceive new qualities?
Suppose we wanted to re-engineer the human brain in a way that would allow us to perceive entirely new kinds of qualities.  How could that be done?  Suppose for example that we have developed a new kind of neuron that is sensitive to magnetic fields, and we want to connect them to our brains in … Continue reading »
+
1:16 PM | The Pleasure of the Text: Hervé Guibert's unbridled eroticism
Wayne Koestenbaum in Bookforum: In a somber essay I wrote in 1989 and haven’t reread in twenty-five years, a piece whose heavyhearted title was “Speaking in the Shadow of AIDS,” I concluded: “The motive behind this brief inquiry into AIDS...
+
11:02 AM | Ash Forests After Emerald Ash Borers Destroy Them
Maggie Koreth-Baker in The New York Times: This past winter was the coldest Detroit had experienced in 36 years. Across the upper Midwest, cities shivered, and more than 90 percent of the surface area of the Great Lakes froze solid....
+
10:29 AM | Tuesday Poem
You Are the Penultimate Love of My Life . I want to spend a lot but not all of my years with you. We’ll talk about kids but make plans to travel. I will remember your eyes as green when...
+
2:21 AM | June ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
There are now almost 300 blogs on the list, although I am weeding out those which are no longer active or have removed public access to sitemeters. (Let me know if I weed out yours by mistake, or get your stats … Continue reading →

June 30, 2014

+
4:01 PM | Why the Many-Worlds Formulation of Quantum Mechanics Is Probably Correct
I have often talked about the Many-Worlds or Everett approach to quantum mechanics — here’s an explanatory video, an excerpt from From Eternity to Here, and slides from a talk. But I don’t think I’ve ever explained as persuasively as … Continue reading →
+
5:30 AM | A Taste of EMPTY IDEAS
by Peter Unger On June 16th, an interview of me appeared on this site that, initially, was supposed to be largely concerned with what’s in my brand new book, Empty Ideas, to be published officially, by the Oxford University Press,...
+
5:00 AM | On my interview with Peter Unger, and the value of Philosophy
by Grace Boey Two weeks ago, 3 Quarks Daily ran an interview I did with Peter Unger, professor of philosophy at New York University. The candid conversation touched on several things, including Peter’s newest book Empty Ideas, and the value...
+
4:55 AM | Monday Poem
Future Self I imagine my inner working will be more playful then than now, less attention to survival paid, finally getting to the sparkling black hole of day, a moment of arrival: of at-once knowing and unknowing Tao . I...
+
4:50 AM | The Road to Bad Science Is Paved with Obedience and Secrecy
by Jalees Rehman We often laud intellectual diversity of a scientific research group because we hope that the multitude of opinions can help point out flaws and improve the quality of research long before it is finalized and written up...
+
4:45 AM | Graffiti is the most important art form of the last half-century…
by Bill Benzon ...though many don’t think of it as art at all, but as crime. After all graffiti – by which I mean the styles that originated in New York City and Philadelphia in the late 1960s and early...
+
4:40 AM | repairing in gold
by Leanne Ogasawara For whatever reason,...
+
4:35 AM | Perceptions
Rosalyn Driscoll. Whether. 2012. Wood and rawhide. More here and here.
+
4:30 AM | The World Cup: A Girl's-eye view
by Brooks Riley Okay, I'm not a girl anymore. In many ways, I never was. I'm more interested in dendrites than dentists, bosons than Botox, solar energy than SPF factors, cosmology than cosmetics, physics than fitness, Leibniz than Lagerfeld. On...
+
4:25 AM | Marketing Soccer to Americans
by Akim Reinhardt It has been exactly 20 years since the United States hosted a World Cup, and just as long since the debut of Major League Soccer (MLS), the nation's homegrown professional soccer league. Two decades later, American interest...
+
4:22 AM | Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: The Edge of Tomorrow, Barack Obama's Sinking Poll Numbers, and the Endless Cycle of American Politics
by Matt McKenna In Edge of Tomorrow, Tom Cruise’s character inadvertently acquires the power to relive the day he dies, a day in which he dons a bullet-spewing exoskeleton and is eviscerated by aliens along with the rest of his...
+
4:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
+
4:15 AM | Travels in Northeast Turkey: Part 2
by Hari Balasubramanian Part 1 is here. After the road trip to the Georgian border, my friend Serhat and I returned to Erzurum on the third day. We returned by a different route, through the cities of Artvin and Yusufeli....
+
4:10 AM | Capriccio of Ruins
by Eric Byrd Perhaps unique among France's many colonies, possessions, dependencies and departments outré-mer, Lisle has no foothold on the French Parnassus. Baudelaire's "dame creole" was Mauritian. Leger was born under the palms of Pointe-à-Pitre. And this mulatto isle never...
+
4:05 AM | Can't Win: Prominent Women and the Gendered Double Standard
by Kathleen Goodwin If you haven't visited ladypockets.com, it's worth it for a laugh. In the words of creator, Katherine Fritz, "instead of writing the great American Novel, I made a fake fashion + lifestyle blog where I tell you...
+
2:57 AM | Controversial IQ study hammered in The Lancet
I have discussed the paper by Grandjean & Landrigan (2014) before in the article Repeating bad science on fluoride. So have other bloggers and commenters. On the other hand anti-fluoride propagandists are still promoting it heavily in social media and “natural” health web sites. … Continue reading →
+
2:16 AM | A Case of Mohammad Hanif
From The Daily Star: Mohammed Hanif is a Pakistani writer and journalist. Trained at the Pakistan Air Force Academy, Hanif has an inborn talent to hit the mark with his genius writing. His debut novel A Case of Exploding Mangoes...

June 29, 2014

+
11:47 PM | Distributed GLC discussion
This is my contribution to a discussion about the distributed GLC model of computation and about the associated gui. Read carefully.  It has a fractal structure. Basics about chemlambda graphs and the GUI The chemlambda graphs (molecules) are not flowcharts. One just has to specify certain (known) graphs with at most 4 nodes and how […]
+
3:41 PM | ultra violet (1935 - 2014)
No summary available for this post.
+
2:43 PM | Tinker: John Forshee
No summary available for this post.
4567891011
304 Results