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December 02, 2014

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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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2:50 PM | james joyce's pomes penyeach
Anthony Domestico at berfrois: The 1932 Obelisk Press edition of Pomes Penyeach came at a crucial juncture in James Joyce’s writing career and in the life and mental health of his daughter, Lucia. At the time, Joyce was internationally renowned...
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2:47 PM | Reflections on Les Blank
Darrell Hartman at Guernica: Dry Wood, Les Blank’s 1973 documentary about Creole life and music, throws the viewer headfirst into unfamiliar, almost bizarre, scenes of backwoods theater. It opens with a troupe of revelers costumed in cone hats, clown masks,...
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2:20 PM | In Conversation: Chris Rock
Frank Rich interviews Chris Rock in Vulture: What would you do in Ferguson that a standard reporter wouldn’t? I’d do a special on race, but I’d have no black people. Well, that would be much more revealing. Yes, that would...
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11:40 AM | Who was the Marquis de Sade really?
Suzi Feay in The Telegraph: The Marquis de Sade, who died 200 years ago today, lived a turbulent life. He was born into an aristocratic Provençal family, enjoying all the privileges of the ancien régime before it took against him;...
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11:34 AM | Math That Pursues, Spins and Swarms
Helene Stapinski in The New York Times: Behind a black curtain in a downstairs corner of the National Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan (known as MoMath), a small group of mathematicians, designers and engineers was hard at work — laughing,...

December 01, 2014

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4:30 PM | There’s no contradiction: everybody writes academic articles, nobody reads them
In academia we write highly technical pieces of text called “articles” which appear in publications misleadingly called “journals”. The authors work incredibly hard to write them. Compared to a regular office job, to have a subject for an academic article and to develop it into a piece of nice research, that’s extremely hard. People doing … Continue reading There’s no contradiction: everybody writes academic articles, nobody reads them →
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7:00 AM | 3QD Philosophy Prize Finalists 2014
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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5:40 AM | Is neuroscience really ruining the humanities?
by Yohan J. John "Neuroscience is ruining the humanities". This was the provocative title of a recent article by Arthur Krystal in The Chronicle of Higher Education. To me the question was pure clickbait [1], since I am both a...
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5:35 AM | Perceptions
Saud Baloch. Strained and Sustained. 2013. Latex and fabric. More here and here.
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5:30 AM | Time turned to Stone; Part 2: The Giants' Causeway, time as process
by Paul Braterman My previous post here described Siccar Point, where an 80,000,000 year time gap is present between near-vertical tilted strata, and their roughly horizontal overlay. This gap corresponds to the formation and subsequent erosion of fold mountains thrown...
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5:25 AM | Poem
GARDEN IS AIR after Iqbal’s Shabnum aur Sitaray (Dew and Stars) A star said to a dewdrop: “Tell the story of a garden far from the heavens to which the moon sings.” The dewdrop replied: “O star not a garden,...
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5:20 AM | Stranger Anger
by Debra Morris For some time I've wanted to write about anger in politics, more specifically the conditions under which it is necessary. Necessary in the sense that there is no better response—one more appropriate, say, or more effective. As...
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5:15 AM | Do I Look Fat in These Genes?
Are you pleasantly plump? Rubinesque? Chubby? Weight-challenged? Or, to state it bluntly, just plain fat? ...If you are among the 55% of Americans who are overweight, take heart. You now have an excuse: blame it on your genes. It seems obvious that obesity runs in families; fat people have fat children, who produce fat grandchildren... but there is more to it than merely being overfed by fat, over-eating parents... fat families may be that way because they have genes in common.
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5:10 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:05 AM | Who are the terrorists?
by Ahmed Humayun Two weeks ago the United Arab Emirates (UAE) put dozens of Muslim groups around the world on its terrorism list. While the list includes organizations such as Al Qaeda, al-Nusra front, and the Islamic State of Iraq...
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4:40 AM | Shahzia Sikander’s "Parallax"
Dan Goddard in Arts + Culture: Commissioned for the 2013 Biennial in Sharjah, one of the United Arab Emirates states on the Arabian Peninsula, Shahzia Sikander’s Parallax is a complex, shifting, morphing, evolving, abstract, animated meditation on centuries of global...

November 30, 2014

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10:40 PM | November ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
Image Credit: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PAGEVIEWS & VISITOR PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is still playing up but far fewer blogs are effected. It was still impossible to get the stats for a the blogs that I list below. Maybe more bloggers will shift to StatCounter … Continue reading →
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9:42 PM | An interview with Francisco Bethencourt on Racism & How to Write History
Over at Five Books: Your fourth book deals more directly with racism and its effects, The Dark Side of Democracy: Explaining Ethnic Cleansing by Michael Mann. When I started my book on racism I was quite open-minded. I started with...
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5:00 PM | Support the YODA bill!
This looks like a tremendously important bill! “A bill introduced Sept. 18 would make clear that consumers actually owned the electronic devices, and any accompanying software on that device, that they purchased, according to sponsor Rep. Blake Farenthold’s (R-Texas). The You Own Devices Act (H.R. 5586) would amend the Copyright Act “to provide that the … Continue reading Support the YODA bill! →
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3:46 PM | The Unsaid: The Silence of Virginia Woolf
Hisham Matar in The New Yorker: Here is where the artist Adeline Virginia Stephen was born. She lived in this house, at 22 Hyde Park Gate, in west London, for the first twenty-two years of her life. The whitewashed Victorian...
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3:41 PM | How Pakistani law inspired Israel to seize Arabs' land
The new Jewish state used the legal techniques of a new Muslim state to deprive its own mainly-Muslim refugees of their properties. How ironic. Benjamin Pogrund in Haaretz: Mark Twain’s quip, "Buy land, they’re not making it anymore," could have...
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3:36 PM | Giving thanks for the Fourier Transform
Sean Carroll in Preposterous Universe: This year we give thanks for a technique that is central to both physics and mathematics: the Fourier transform. (We’ve previously given thanks for the Standard Model Lagrangian,Hubble’s Law, the Spin-Statistics Theorem, conservation of momentum,...
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3:05 PM | Bola Sete & The Vince Guaraldi Trio: Outra Vez
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3:05 PM | Sabah (1927 - 2014)
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3:04 PM | Sunlight on the Garden by Louis MacNeice
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2:23 PM | The Taliban's Psychiatrist
Tahir Qadiry in BBC News Magazine: "The reason they gave me for the turmoil in their minds was the uncertainty in their lives. They had no control over what was happening to them. Everything was in the hands of their...
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2:04 PM | What does it mean to be an Arab atheist?
Samira Shackle in New Humanist: In Arab countries, openly declaring a disbelief in God is a shocking and sometimes dangerous thing to do. In his new book, "Arabs Without God", journalist Brian Whitaker looks at the factors that lead people...
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