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April 15, 2014

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11:54 AM | russia and the history of 'eurasianism'
Pádraig Murphy at The Dublin Review of Books: There is thus a lively debate in Russia itself on the country’s orientation. The question is, where does the leadership stand in this debate? The answer is difficult, because not only has...
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11:52 AM | The Guggenheim’s Futurism exhibition
Barry Schwabsky at The Nation: For years I’ve been hearing it said that young artists think art began with Andy Warhol. It’s never been true. But now what I hear is art historians complaining that none of their students want...
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11:46 AM | The Mental Life of Plants and Worms
Oliver Sacks at the New York Review of Books: We all distinguish between plants and animals. We understand that plants, in general, are immobile, rooted in the ground; they spread their green leaves to the heavens and feed on sunlight...
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11:32 AM | Samuel Beckett's lost work
Tim Martin in The Guardian: The years in which the young Samuel Beckett prepared and published his first collection of short stories were, as he later remarked, “bad in every way, financially, psychologically”. In late 1930 he had returned to...
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11:23 AM | Sperm RNA carries marks of trauma
Virginia Hughes in Nature: Trauma is insidious. It not only increases a person’s risk for psychiatric disorders, but can also spill over into the next generation. People who were traumatized during the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia tended to have...
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7:35 AM | Book review: Understanding Evolution
I posted this on Panda’s Thumb, but I thought I would repeat it here. I occasionally get books for review unsolicited, and many of them are not worth noticing. However, Kostas Kampourakis’ Understanding Evolution is a wonderful resource for students of all … Continue reading →
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4:10 AM | Tuesday Poem
. I remember your square jaw father Strong and viselike Your grip Of my hand father That wouldn’t let go I remember you at the bottom of the stairs father Telling me We had to go son now I remember...

April 14, 2014

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10:00 AM | Survey: What does “Darwinism” mean?
Following on from the last post, I thought I’d do an unscientific self-selected survey on what “Darwinism” means. Please take a few minutes to fill it out. Click here to take survey
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5:10 AM | The conflict between competition and leisure
by Emrys Westacott In 1930 the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that increases in productivity due to technological progress would lead within a century to most people enjoying much more leisure. He believed that by 2030 the average working week...
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5:05 AM | Keeping up with the Lemmings
by Brooks Riley Click to enlarge. As I hover over my life in cyberspace, I look down at the various trails emanating from me that find their way across the globe to multiple destinations, known and unknown, whether or not...
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5:00 AM | Hume and the Expedition to Canada
by Charlie Huenemann In 1746, Hume returned to London after touring Europe as tutor and caretaker of the mad Marquess of Annendale. He was not sure what was next in his life. He was already 35 and somewhat ashamed of...
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4:55 AM | Monday Poem
“Did you like your father,” my friend asked? The Tongues of His Black Boots Say as my father sleeps the world goes on his work boots are by the door he left them there unlaced the right run down at...
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4:50 AM | Reverberance, Reverence, Deliverance: Echoing the Otherworld
Save locus voci resonat conclusus (How sweetly the enclosed space responds to the voice) —Horace, Satires I, iv, 76
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4:45 AM | Stranger in a Strange Land
by Mathangi Krishnamurthy All my life, I've been called a Madrasi. This is false, funny, and ironic. For those that live north of the Vindhyas in India, all four of the southern states connote a ubiquitous "Madras", or in other...
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4:40 AM | perceptions
Ciprian Muresan. I'm Too Sad to Tell You. 2009 Pencil drawing. More here and here.
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4:35 AM | The Opacity of Religious Experience
by Michael Lopresto Perceptual experience is a distinctly privileged way of knowing about the world. Not only is perceptual experience ultimately the bridge between mind and world, but it also trumps other ways of knowing. When another way of knowing...
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4:30 AM | On Virginia Woolf and Creating Coherences
by Mara Naselli Minds cannot help but make meaning, even with only a suggestion of direction. When I taught manuscript editing, to put the mechanics of the work in perspective, I would write out a line of taspyograpgucal noasihfsnesnse theat...
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4:25 AM | Is Parenthood Morally Respectable?
by Thomas Rodham Wells Parenthood is coming under increasing criticism as a selfish lifestyle choice. Parents' private choices to procreate impose expensive obligations on the rest of us to ensure those children have a decent quality of life and come...
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4:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:15 AM | Philosophy as Alienation
by Carl Pierer In the book "Existentialism – A Reconstruction" David E. Cooper devotes an entire chapter to inquiring the relation between philosophy and alienation. Cooper's interest is to make the point that "the issues of alienation are pivotal in...
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4:10 AM | Some conversations with healthcare staff in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala
by Hari Balasubramanian In January this year, I visited Hospitalito Atitlán, a health care center for the Tz'utujil Maya in the town of Santiago Atitlán, Guatemala. There were two reasons for this visit. First, much of my healthcare work has...
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4:05 AM | PETER DOIG: Early Works. Michael Werner Gallery, London
It takes a certain chutzpah for an artist to dig out his early student work and put it on display for the world to access, especially in a rarefied Mayfair Gallery hidden away in a gracious Georgian house just yards from Claridges Hotel.

April 13, 2014

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10:52 PM | Welcome to the Jungle
Steven Malanga in City Journal: Anthropologist Napoleon Chagnon’s heart was pounding in late November 1964 when he entered a remote Venezuelan village. He planned to spend more than a year studying the indigenous Yanomamo people, one of the last large...
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9:50 PM | Dungeons and Dragons and Philosophers
Over at Existential Comics:
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7:35 PM | Five Ways of Looking at Steve Reich
David Meir Grossman in Tablet (Steve Reich, 2005. (Photo treatment Tablet Magazine; original photo Jeffrey Herman): 1. “You’re floating 10 feet off the Earth. Try to put your feet on the ground and ask the next question.” It’s Wednesday, March...
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7:33 PM | Wherever You Live, it is Probably Egypt: Thoughts on Passover
Corey Robin in Crooked Timber (image from Wikimedia Commons): The first night of Passover is on Monday, and I’ve been thinking about and preparing for the Seder. I had a mini-victory this morning, when I was shopping for fish in...
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7:31 PM | Parental Involvement Is Overrated
Keith Robinson and Angel Harris in the NYT (image from Wikimedia Commons): Over the past few years, we conducted an extensive study of whether the depth of parental engagement in children’s academic lives improved their test scores and grades. We...
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7:27 PM | The Real Darwin Fish
Chris Mooney in Slate (photo via PBS): We all know the Darwin fish, the car-bumper send-up of the Christian ichthys symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin fish has, you know, legs. But the Darwin fish isn't...
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3:15 PM | doc watson
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2:07 PM | peter mathiessen (1927-2014)
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