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August 09, 2014

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6:13 PM | Food as Therapy
From The Philosophers' Mail: At the moment, food is highly prestigious. A vast amount of attention is paid to celebrity chefs, dietary advice, new restaurants and cooking shows. We have, it seems, become collectively obsessed with what we eat. But...
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5:29 PM | The Vanishing Yezidi of Iraq
Jarett Kobek in NYU Magazine (via Hussein Ibish): Like Iraq’s other minorities, the Yezidi are exactly the kind of people for whom the ideal of Operation Iraqi Freedom held the most promise—a group long persecuted for their religious beliefs welcomed...
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1:50 PM | Sam Harris: You Are My Data
Matt Sheedy in Religion Bulletin: I would imagine that most scholars of religions do not object to your quest to find a scientific basis for morality per se, since theories of mind and cognition are but one of many tools...
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1:43 PM | tolstoy in the English-speaking world
Rosamund Bartlett at the Financial Times: At the beginning of the 20th century, there were more people reading Tolstoy in translation than any other writer. That this was an extraordinary phenomenon becomes clear from reading an unsigned review of 13...
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1:40 PM | Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki'
David L. Ulin at The LA Times: Haruki Murakami's "Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage" begins with a simple premise: A Tokyo railroad engineer, the Tsukuru Tazaki of the novel's title, unable to get over the summer of...
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1:38 PM | on ‘Becoming Freud,’ by Adam Phillips
Vivian Gornick at the New York Times: Freud was stunned by the stories people invent in describing their childhoods. In time he would become absorbed in showing us “how ingenious we are at not knowing ourselves, and how knowing ourselves...
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11:16 AM | Saturday Poem
The Fall of Rome The piers are pummelled by the waves; In a lonely field the rain Lashes an abandoned train; Outlaws fill the mountain caves. Fantastic grow the evening gowns; Agents of the Fisc pursue Absconding tax-defaulters through The...
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10:30 AM | Telling White People the Criminal Justice System is Racist Makes them Like it More
Dara Lind in Vox: [A]s [criminal-justice] reforms move from proposals to actual bills, the key question is how to persuade the general public that change is needed. A new study suggests that highlighting racism in the criminal justice system is...

August 08, 2014

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3:42 PM | Actors as types in the beta move, tentative
Recall the posts about types as decorations of a GLC graph?  Like this one Example: decorations of S,K,I combinators in simply typed GLC In the chemlambda version, the decoration with types for the lambda and application graphical elements is this: or with g-patterns: L[x:b, y:a, z:a->b] A[x:a->b, y:a, z:b] Recall also that there is a […]
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1:21 PM | Queer Theology and Sexchatology
Richard Marshall interviews Susannah Cornwall in 3:AM Magazine: Susannah Cornwall is a theologian with philosophical thoughts about how religions needs to get to grips with sexuality, about why bodies matter,about why sexuality is so divisive in religion, about queer theologies,...
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1:08 PM | The Two Abysses of the Soul
Costica Bradatan in LA Review of Books: Toward the end of The Brothers Karamazov, as the prosecutor Ippolit Kirillovich makes his case for Dmitri Karamazov’s condemnation, he brings up the image of two abysses between which the defendant, in his...
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1:02 PM | Between Israel and Social Democracy: Tony Judt’s Jewishness
Daniel Solomon in Dissent (French Popular Front rally for Leon Blum, 1936 (Parti Socialiste/Flickr): On October 3, 2006, around 5:00 p.m., Tony Judt’s phone rang. On the other line was Patricia Huntington, the president of Network 20/20, a New York–based...
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11:55 AM | The Philosophy of Arthur C. Danto
Brian Soucek in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: The thirty-third volume of the Library of Living Philosophers is dedicated to the life and thought of Arthur Danto, the philosopher and art critic who died last October. The book is a mixed...
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11:47 AM | The Last And First Temptation Of Israel
Andrew Sullivan in The Daily Dish: What is one to make of the fact that the deputy speaker of the Knesset has called for ethnic cleansing in Gaza? He’s not an obscure blogger for the Times of Israel. He is...
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11:37 AM | Why Adjuncts Need More Than Solidarity
Gordon Haber in HIPPO Reads: I want to stop blogging about adjuncting because (a) there are more qualified people doing it and (b) it doesn’t earn me any money. And then something comes along that irritates me so much I...
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11:26 AM | Dr. Mads Gilbert: Solidarity with Gaza! If no siege, no tunnels! - If no occupation, no rockets!
My brother Tasnim Raza, who is a surgeon, volunteered to go and help the wounded in Gaza but was told he would not be allowed to enter. Dr. Mads Gilbert from Tromsø, Norway, was working at Al Shifa Hospital in...
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11:02 AM | When it comes to expertise, 10,000 hours of practice isn’t enough
Fiona Rutherford in New Statesman: What distinguishes a few exceptional talents from a mediocre majority? Is it hours upon hours of monotonous dedication to perfecting a skill? Or is it rather an innate gift, like a natural ability or talent?...
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10:50 AM | Friday Poem
A Clarification Judas did not mean to “betray” me—he never even knew such big words. He was simply “a man of the market,” and all he did—when the buyers came—was sell me. Was the price too low? Not at all....
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10:44 AM | Cancer categories recast in largest-ever genomic study
From MedicalXpress: New research partly led by UC San Francisco-affiliated scientists suggests that one in 10 cancer patients would be more accurately diagnosed if their tumors were defined by cellular and molecular criteria rather than by the tissues in which...
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2:38 AM | What Would Krishna Do? Or Shiva? Or Vishnu?
Gary Gutting interviews Jonardon Ganeri in the NYT's The Stone (image from Wikimedia commons): G.G.: What sort of ethical guidance does Hinduism provide? J.G.: One of the most important texts in the religious life of many Hindus is the Bhagavadgita,...
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2:35 AM | Foucault’s Freedom
Richard Marshall interviews Johanna Oksala in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: You’ve written about Foucault on freedom. Many people argue that Foucault’s position on subjectivity leads to a metaphysical determinism and that is often construed as eliminating human freedom. You disagree with...
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2:33 AM | Crossing the Border of Fiction
Kaya Genç on Teju Cole's Open City and Every Day Is for the Thief in the LA Review of Books: IF YOU DON'T enjoy the company of Teju Cole’s perpetually adrift narrators, it’s unlikely you’ll enjoy Open City (2011) or...

August 07, 2014

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9:02 PM | The Philosophy Medal
Justin E. H. Smith in his own blog: I recall trembling with excitement that first day last February, as I ran down the icy sidewalk toward the General Secretary’s apartments. It’s hard to believe, this sudden turn of events. There...
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8:57 PM | When Protesting Israel Becomes Hating Jews
Jason Stanley in the Boston Review: There has been a great deal of attention to anti-Semitic demonstrations in Europe. The demonstrations in Berlin have been particularly hard to watch for those of us who are children of German Jewish refugees,...
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8:53 PM | The Happy Prince - Oscar Wilde - Michael Mills' Classic Animated Short
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8:47 PM | A ferocious biological struggle between mother and baby belies any sentimental ideas we might have about pregnancy
Suzanne Sadedin in Aeon: What sight could be more moving than a mother nursing her baby? What better icon could one find for love, intimacy and boundless giving? There’s a reason why the Madonna and Child became one of the...
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6:46 PM | The Steven Salaita Affair: Denial of Job to Harsh Critic of Israel Divides Advocates of Academic Freedom
Peter Schmidt details the Steven Salaita controversy over at the Chronicle of Higher Education: Leading proponents of academic freedom are divided over a last-minute decision by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to revoke a job offer to a professor...
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6:38 PM | Genocide Watch: the Iraqi Communities Most Endangered by the Rise of ISIL
Bobby Ghosh in Quartz magazine: Many Shi’ites can flee—some already have—southward, and find refuge among family and those of their own sect; many of my Shi’ite friends in Baghdad are currently sheltering northerners sent to them by religious organizations. Kurds,...
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10:25 AM | Ant colony 'personalities' shaped by environment
Jonathan Webb in BBC News: Colonies of several hundred ants show consistent differences in the way they behave, just like individual people do. Certain behaviours go together - for example, a colony that explores more widely for food also tends...
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10:18 AM | The Green Vision of Saul Bellow
Andrew Furman in The Chronicle of Higher Education: Herzog, arguably Saul Bellow’s finest novel, turns 50 this year. I had this landmark birthday in mind when I assigned the book to my recent class on Jewish-American literature. I hadn’t taught...
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