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October 09, 2014

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3:29 PM | He Has His Tools and Chemicals: A David Lynch Retrospective
Jonathan P. Eburne at the Los Angeles Review of Books: On the occasion of two major retrospective events in David Lynch’s career, we can return anew to Twin Peaks, in advance of the Showtime series. In late July, CBS and...
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3:24 PM | In one of the harshest camps for refugees of the Syrian conflict
Joshua Hersh at Virginia Quarterly Review: Refugees and the displaced never have it good, but by all accounts the conditions at Atmeh by late 2012, when its population was estimated at roughly 15,000 people, were especially wretched. (Atmeh’s population is...
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2:20 PM | Does evolutionary theory need a rethink?
Researchers are divided over what processes should be considered fundamental. From Nature: Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? Yes, urgently Without an extended evolutionary framework, the theory neglects key processes, say Kevin Laland and colleagues. Charles Darwin conceived of evolution...
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2:13 PM | The Diversity of Islam
Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times: A few days ago, I was on a panel on Bill Maher’s television show on HBO that became a religious war. Whether or not Islam itself inspires conflict, debates about it certainly do....
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1:46 PM | Debate: Are we alone in the cosmos?
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1:12 PM | The moment of uncertainty
An interview of Robert Crease, historian and philosopher of science at Stony Brook University, New York, on the cultural impact of Heisenberg’s principle on homunculus: What led Heisenberg to formulate the uncertainty principle? Was it something that fell out of...
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1:07 PM | The upside down world paradox
By Catarina Dutilh NovaesAs most kids (I suspect), my daughters sometimes play ‘upside down world’, especially when I ask them something to which they should say ‘yes’, but instead they say ‘no’ and immediately regret it: ‘Upside down world!’ The upside down world game basically functions as a truth-value flipping operator: if you say yes, you mean no, and if you say no, you mean yes.My younger daughter recently came across the upside down […]
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1:00 PM | THE LIFE OF A DESIGNER CELL
Oliver Morton in MoreIntelligentLife: The clear plastic bags contain a liquid somewhere between orange and pink; quite fetching, but more importantly an indication that the alkalinity is just right. They sit on metal shelves in a small, steel-lined room which,...
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12:54 PM | New ‘lab-on-a-chip’ could revolutionize early diagnosis of cancer
From KurzweilAI: A new miniaturized biomedical “lab-on-a-chip” testing device for exosomes — molecular messengers between cells — promises faster, earlier, less-invasive diagnosis of cancer, according to its developers at the University of Kansas Medical Center and the University of Kansas...
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10:23 AM | Thursday Poem
Forgetfulness . The name of the author is the first to go followed obediently by the title, the plot, the heartbreaking conclusion, the entire novel which suddenly becomes one you have never read, never even heard of, as if, one...
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9:02 AM | Another legal defeat for NZ anti-fluoridation activists
The NZ High Court has thrown out the appeal from an anti-fluoride group against the decision rejecting their request for a decision against community water fluoridation. The original case claimed that fluoridation violated human rights legislation and was beyond the … Continue reading →
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7:56 AM | Saved version for direct download of the chemlambda gui
It appears that the site which hosts my chemlambda gui is down. Here is a save of the the playall archive for the chemlambda gui. You may use it if the original site is down.  Instructions about how to use it in this video: Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: chemlambda, gui
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12:09 AM | Patient's dramatic response and resistance to cancer drug traced to unsuspected mutations
From MedicalXpress.com: The DNA of a woman whose lethal thyroid cancer unexpectedly "melted away" for 18 months has revealed new mechanisms of cancer response and resistance to the drug everolimus, said researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute...

October 08, 2014

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6:55 PM | Forgotten Aspects Of The First World War
Vedica Kant at Caravan: CLOSELY TIED IN with the West Asian campaigns is another, largely forgotten reality of the war—the magnitude of colonial troops’ involvement. The British campaign in Mesopotamia began wholly as an Indian Army operation, and nearly 40...
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6:52 PM | The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins
John Gray at The New Republic: For all his fervent enthusiasm for science, Dawkins shows very little interest in asking what scientific knowledge is or how it comes to be possible. There are many philosophies of science. Among them is...
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6:46 PM | Henry Cowell at San Quentin
Charlie Haas at Threepenny Review: When Cowell was a boy, his single mother was too poor to afford a piano, so “For one hour every day I practiced in my mind,” he wrote inHow and Why I Compose. “I sat...
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11:57 AM | Feeling Good about Feeling Bad
Nathan Thrall in the London Review of Books: Ari Shavit is a Haaretz columnist admired by liberal Zionists in America, where his book has been the focus of much attention. In April 1897 his great-grandfather Herbert Bentwich sailed for Jaffa,...
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11:52 AM | David Lynch's new exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Morgan Meis in The Smart Set: All is not well. But we do not see that at first. The white house and the white picket fence are in perfect order. The sky is blue and bright. The flowers are red...
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11:41 AM | “The man with the beautiful eyes” by Charles Bukowski
The Man with the Beautiful Eyes from Jonathan Hodgson on Vimeo.
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11:38 AM | The history of the Digital Revolution
Christina Pazzanese in the Harvard Gazette: Isaacson ’74 is the best-selling author of landmark biographies of Jobs, Albert Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin. A former journalist who has headed CNN and Time magazine, Isaacson is currently CEO of the Aspen Institute,...
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10:13 AM | Wednesday Poem
Destiny They deliver the edicts of God without delay And are exempt from apprehension from detention And with their God-given Petasus, Caduceus, and Talaria ferry like bolts of lightning unhindered between the tribunals of Space and Time The Messenger-Spirit in...
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9:33 AM | The Metaphysical Club
From delanceyplace: Robert Gould Shaw, (portrayed by Matthew Broderick in the stirring 1989 film Glory), was a wealthy young Bostonian and a second lieutenant in the 2nd Massachusetts Infantry when he was approached by his father in late 1862 to...
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9:01 AM | Limits on action priming by pictures of objects
If I show you a picture of an object with a handle and ask you to make a judgment about that object (say, whether it's right side up or not) you will be faster to respond if you use the hand closest to the handle. This is called action priming (Tucker & Ellis. 1998) and there is now a wide literature using this basic setup to investigate how the perception of affordances prepares the action system to do one thing rather than another.There is, of course, a problem here. These studies all use […]

October 07, 2014

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10:56 PM | Anti-fluoridation propagandists promoting shonky “review”
The anti-fluoridation internet propaganda machine is currently promoting a shonky paper – partly in their attempts to discredit the Royal Society of NZ Review. The substitute they offer was promoted  by them earlier this years and is being recycled. So I … Continue reading →
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10:51 PM | Antal Szerb's journey by midnight
Julie Orringer at The Millions: In August 1936, the thirty-six-year-old Hungarian writer Antal Szerb—acclaimed both for his fiction and for his influential History of Hungarian Literature—traveled to Italy for what he suspected would be the last time. The journey was...
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10:40 PM | the notion of family
Jane Harris at Paris Review: LaToya Frazier’s first monograph, The Notion of Family, documents the decline of Braddock, Pennsylvania—a once-prosperous steel-mill town that employed generations of African American workers—alongside the hardships of Frazier’s family, who grew up there. Issues of...
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7:29 PM | Peter Lamarque on Literature and Truth
Over at Philosophy Bites: Great literature such as Dostoevsky's novels, Shakespeare's plays, and Kafka's stories are often claimed to convey important truths about the human condition. Peter Lamarqueis sceptical about this way of discussing literature. He explains why in this...
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7:10 PM | How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math
Barbara Oakley in Nautilus: In the years since I received my doctorate, thousands of students have swept through my classrooms—students who have been reared in elementary school and high school to believe that understanding math through active discussion is the...
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7:05 PM | Thomas Piketty, Heather Boushey, and Anwar Shaikh Discuss Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century
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7:04 PM | Friends of Leo
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft reviews Robert Howse's Leo Strauss: Man of Peace: Robert Howse’s Leo Strauss: Man of Peace is an effort to rehabilitate Strauss without supporting those whom he terms the “Straussians.” Howse both defends Strauss against his caricature as...
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