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September 03, 2014

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5:00 AM | Ingested fluoride, dental health and old age
When we who are chronologically challenged get together we often discuss health – and sometimes compare notes.  But, strangely, I have never heard people discuss their dental health. Don’t know why, but I started to wonder if I was the … Continue reading →

September 02, 2014

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8:34 PM | Perspectives on Cultural Evolution
Last May at the Sante Fe Institute, Daniel Dennett gathered Susan Blackmore, Robert Boyd, Nicolas Claidière, Peter Godfrey-Smith, Joseph Henrich, Olivier Morin, Peter Richerson, Dan Sperber, and Kim Sterelny to discuss cultural evolution (via Dan Sperber). Over at the International...
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8:18 PM | Can News Literacy Grow Up?
Lindsay Beyerstein in The Columbia Journalism Review: In 2005, as Howard Schneider was developing a plan for Stony Brook University’s new journalism school, he taught a course called Ethics & Values of the American Press as a way to get...
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7:52 PM | Time Travel Simulation Resolves “Grandfather Paradox”
Lee Billings in Scientific American (via Jennifer Ouellette): Recently [Tim] Ralph and his PhD student Martin Ringbauer led a team that experimentally simulated Deutsch's model of CTCs for the very first time, testing and confirming many aspects of the two-decades-old...
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7:49 PM | Earthly Happenings
James Ley in The Sydney Review of Books: ‘Odysseus’ Scar’, the opening chapter of Erich Auerbach’s Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature (1946), is a classic of twentieth century literary criticism — a brilliant comparative reading of sections...
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1:55 PM | reckoning with edmund burke
Ferdinand Mount at The London Review of Books: ‘You could not stand five minutes with that man beneath a shed while it rained, but you must be convinced you had been standing with the greatest man you had ever yet...
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1:51 PM | Norman Mailer's "A Fire on the Moon"
Geoff Dyer at Threepenny Review: Mailer starts with the news of Hemingway’s death; we’ll start with Ezra Pound’s claim, in ABC of Reading, that literature “is news that STAYS news.” The appeal of having one of America’s best-known writers cover...
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1:48 PM | A sweeping account of how the Reagan years began as the Nixon era
Christopher Caldwell at Bookforum: “HE WORE A PURPLE PLAID SUIT his staff abhorred and a pinstripe shirt and polka-dot tie and a folded white silk puffing up extravagantly out of his pocket.” This was not some tea-sipping Edwardian dandy. It...
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11:47 AM | The Unbearable Emptiness of a New York Times Op-Ed
Peter Beinart in The Atlantic: I have my concerns about President Obama’s foreign policy. But nothing eases them like listening to his Republican critics. There’s an onion-like quality to the arguments GOP politicians often deploy against Obama’s policies in the...
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11:36 AM | A Call for a Low-Carb Diet
Anahad O'Connor in The New York Times: People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for...
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10:43 AM | Tuesday Poem
As I Grew Older It was a long time ago. I have almost forgotten my dream. But it was there then, In front of me, Bright like a sun— My dream. And then the wall rose, Rose slowly, Slowly, Between...

September 01, 2014

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10:04 AM | Quines in chemlambda
I propose the following definition of a quine, adapted to chemlambda. In chemlambda with the sequential strategy, a quine is a g-pattern with the property that after one reduction step it transforms into another g-pattern which is the same as the initial one, up to renaming of the port variables. Therefore: we start with a […]
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4:55 AM | Deep Surface
by Brooks Riley Jean-Luc Godard once inscribed a picture to me with these words: "This is the surface, Brooks, and that's why it's deep." At the time, I was skimming the surface, darting from one life experience to another without...
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4:45 AM | Monday Poem
Parallel Universe everything unknown returns to life upon awakening in my bed supine in light sun bequeathed day ignites a fire beneath my blankets burn mind’s the filament of a lamp upon awakening stupidity tumbles down a sheer of chance...
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4:40 AM | A personal ethics of clicking
by Charlie Huenemann Now that every click we make is watched, archived, and meta-data-fied, it is time to start thinking seriously about a personal ethics of internet consumption. This goes beyond mere paranoia and worry over what others might think...
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4:35 AM | Why I don't like tipping
by Emrys Westacott I dislike tipping. That is, I dislike the whole tipping system. As a card-carrying tightwad I can't honestly say I enjoy leaving tips, but that's not my point. My point is about the general practice, the social...
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4:30 AM | Perceptions
Mohau Modisakeng. Inzilo (Film Still), 2013. Single channel video installation, duration: 4 min 57 sec More here, here, and here.
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4:25 AM | Inconsistent Mathematics, Reutersvärd, and Buddhism: An Interview with Chris Mortensen
by Michael Lopresto Chris Mortensen is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Adelaide. He thinks that the inconsistent hasn't been taken seriously enough in Western philosophy, that the masterpieces of Reutersvärd rub our noses in the inconsistent, and...
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4:20 AM | The Value of Dutiful Actions
by Carl Pierer In his Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals Kant states that an action has moral worth if and only if it is done from duty.Kant argues for his position by showing that morally right actions done from...
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4:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:10 AM | Ai Weiwei and the fine art of the art installation
by Mathangi Krishnamurthy As a rule, I am wary of art installations. I am never sure if the form they take bear any relation to the political content they claim to espouse. Also, as a rule, I visit modern art...
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4:05 AM | A sin tax on junk entertainment
by Thomas Rodham Wells Governments should tax the production and consumption of junk entertainment like Angry Birds and The Bachelor to correct the market failures that encourage their overconsumption. As with tobacco and alcohol, the point of such sin taxes...
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3:26 AM | Cambridge Study Reveals How Life Could Have Started From Nothing
Linda Geddes in New Scientist: Metabolic processes that underpin life on Earth have arisen spontaneously outside of cells. The serendipitous finding that metabolism – the cascade of reactions in all cells that provides them with the raw materials they need...
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2:41 AM | August ’14 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
  Bloggers in the thick of election campaign? Image Credit: Against the Current PLEASE NOTE: Sitemeter is playing up again making it impossible to automatically get the stats using the normal process. I have done a manual work around but it was … Continue reading →

August 31, 2014

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11:58 PM | Science as Salvation?
Michael Saler profiles Marcelo Gleiser, who " wants to heal the rift between humanists and scientists by deflating scientific dreams of establishing final truths," in The Nation: The battle lines became firmly drawn in the years following World War II....
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11:55 PM | The Ethical Machiavelli
Richard Marshall interviews Erica Benner in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: You’ve written extensively about Machiavelli. Your take is revisionary isn’t it in that you say he’s not what we’ve been led to suppose he is – the quintessence of amoral realpolitik....
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10:37 PM | On the Difference Between Science and Pseudoscience
Maarten Boudry and Massimo discuss the difference over at Rationally Speaking: In our first mini-interview episode Massimo sits down to chat with his colleague Maarten Boudry, a philosopher of science from the University of Ghent in Belgium. Maarten recently co-edited...
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11:33 AM | Latitudes of Acceptance
Matthew Lieberman in Edge: I'll tell you about my new favorite idea, which like all new favorite ideas, is really an old idea. This one, from the 1960s, was used only in a couple of studies. It's called "latitude of...
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11:22 AM | Can Science Offer New Answers to Mental Illness?
Lisa Appiganesi in New Republic: Way back in 1977 the prescient French philosopher/historian Michel Foucault pointed out that in our societies, “the child is more individualised than the adult, the patient more than the healthy man, the madman and the...
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11:02 AM | http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/3quarksdaily/~3/YYdzgczYe2U/louis-riels-address-to-the-jurygentlemen-of-the-juryi-cannot-speakenglish-well-but-am-tryingbecause-most-herespeak-engli.html
Louis Riel's Address to the Jury Gentlemen of the Jury: I cannot speak English well, but am trying because most here speak English When I came to the North West I found the Indians suffering I found the half-breeds eating...
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