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August 20, 2014

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10:13 AM | Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea
Hassan Javid in Dawn: For Devji, Pakistan represents an example of Zionism, which he interprets as being a political form in which national identity is defined primarily by religion. In this respect, so the argument goes, Pakistan bears a close...

August 19, 2014

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7:30 PM | Print Less but Transfer More
Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan in Foreign Affairs (registration required): Rather than trying to spur private-sector spending through asset purchases or interest-rate changes, central banks, such as the Fed, should hand consumers cash directly. In practice, this policy could take...
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5:31 PM | Y again: conclusion!
In the post Y again: conflict! I took the most obvious reduction strategy (sequential) and applied it to the reduction of the “Y combinator applied to something”.  The reduction ended in conflict between two moves which compete for the same g-pattern. Then, in the post Y again:compete!  I took in parallel the two possible outcomes […]
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4:45 PM | Conversation with Agnes Varda
Susan Kouguell in IndieWire, the discussion between Varda and Jean Michel Frodon: Frodon: There was an important event in the history of world cinema -- the New Wave. Just before the official opening of the Locarno Festival we screened "The...
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4:42 PM | Alex Gourevitch on Thomas Paine
Over at The Junto: It’s important to be clear about what private property meant to Paine. It meant the right to keep the full fruits of one’s labor—which is one meaning it still has today. Inequality was justifiable for him...
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4:40 PM | Courting Failure: On Walter Benjamin and Hannah Arendt’s Readings of the Schlemiel
Menachem Feuer in Berfrois: As human beings we have to “court” failure. This term suggests two things: on the one hand, it suggests dating and becoming intimate with someone in a formal, old-fashioned way; on the other hand, it suggests...
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2:03 PM | the idea of a critical theory
Raymond Geuss at The Point: At the beginning of the nineteenth century Hegel wrote that every philosopher is a child of his time and none can jump over his own shadow: every philosophy, then, is “its time grasped in a...
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1:58 PM | pay attention!
Mark Edmundsun at The Hedgehog Review: Pay attention! The phrase bears some considering. In his essay “On Truth and Lies in a Nonmoral Sense,” Friedrich Nietzsche posed the question of the nature of language and made an acute observation. Language,...
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1:54 PM | edmund wilson on houdini
Edmund Wilson from a 1925 piece at The New Republic: Houdini is a short strong stocky man with small feet and a very large head. Seen from the stage, his figure, with its short legs and its pugilist's proportions, is...
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12:41 PM | Writing What You Know
Simon Hammond in The White Review: In the summer of 1959, a headstrong but lovesick English graduate took a trip to the hometown of his favourite writers, to mark the end of his degree and to help him forget his...
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12:24 PM | The Intelligent-Life Lottery
George Johnson in The New York Times: Almost 20 years ago, in the pages of an obscure publication called Bioastronomy News, two giants in the world of science argued over whether SETI — the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence — had...
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9:44 AM | Total police control over black bodies has echoes in American history
Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic: Among the many relevant facts for any African-American negotiating their relationship with the police the following stands out: The police departments of America are endowed by the state with dominion over your body. I came...
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8:42 AM | ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Chris Anderson
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8:38 AM | Kurdistan: Where Poets Are More Than Poets
Alana Marie Levinson-LaBrosse in Fair Observer: The poet, in a collared shirt beneath a sweater vest and elbow-patched blazer, takes his seat. The more audacious fans push to shake his hand; he rises to accept, to graze cheeks in the...
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8:12 AM | Is the human referee becoming expendable in mathematics?
(Cross-posted at NewAPPS)Mathematics has been much in the news recently, especially with the announcement of the latest four Fields medalists (I am particularly pleased to see the first woman, and the first Latin-American, receiving the highest recognition in mathematics). But there was another remarkable recent event in the world of mathematics: Thomas Hales has announced the completion of the formalization of his proof of the Kepler conjecture. The conjecture: “what is the best way to […]

August 18, 2014

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6:37 PM | Y again: compete!
In the post Y again: conflict!  the chemlambda computation based on a very crude model ended in conflict. Conflict means that the same graphical element appears in two LEFT g-patterns (see, in the series of expository posts  the part II for the g-patterns and the part III for the moves) . In the next figure […]
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6:00 AM | Frans B. M. de Waal to Judge 5th Annual 3QD Science Prize
Dear Readers, Writers, Bloggers, We are very honored and pleased to announce that Frans de Waal has agreed to be the final judge for our 5th annual prize for the best blog and online writing in the category of science....
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5:00 AM | Arguing to Win
by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse In the course of discussing the central themes of our recent book, Why We Argue (And How We Should), with audiences of various kinds, one kind of critical response has emerged as...
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4:55 AM | The Fields Medal
by Jonathan Kujawa The big news in math this week was the opening of the quadrennial International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) in Seoul. A number of prestigious awards are given at the ICM. Most famously this includes the Fields medal...
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4:50 AM | Monday Poem
Tide the way it comes, goes, surges, disappears, a perfect metaphor for shapes of time, overused as moon for that which vanishes and reappears. quiet now, the wedding past too much so— a house that buzzed now hushed, silence loud...
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4:45 AM | Socrates, evolution, and the word "theory"
by Paul Braterman What's wrong with this argument? More than you think! All men are mortal. Socrates is a man. Therefore Socrates is mortal. It's perfectly valid, meaning that if the premises are true, the conclusion must also be true....
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4:40 AM | The Psychology of Procrastination: How We Create Categories of the Future
by Jalees Rehman "Do not put your work off till tomorrow and the day after; for a sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor one who puts off his work: industry makes work go well, but a man who...
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4:35 AM | Perceptions
Elizabeth Alexander. At Boston Sculptors Gallery.
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4:30 AM | Paul's Boutique: An Appreciation
by Misha Lepetic "If you explain to a musician he'll tell that he knows it but he just can't do it" ~ Bob Marley It's hard to imagine that the Beastie Boys released "Paul's Boutique" around this time, 25 years...
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4:25 AM | In Bed
by Tamuira Reid I don't like writing about depression. Because it's hard to get right in words. Because I sound like an asshole when I try. Because I am too close to it still. Because my memory of what happened...
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4:20 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:15 AM | Do Androids Dream of Electric Tomatoes? Food and Nostalgia
by Dwight Furrow The world of food and wine thrives on a heavy dose of nostalgia. Culinarians ("foodies'" in the vernacular) chase down heritage tomatoes, ferment their own vinegar, and learn to butcher hogs in the name of "how things...
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4:10 AM | The Subtle Power of Financial Jargon
by Kathleen Goodwin Few students of colonial history can deny the power of spoken and written language to subject and subdue a population. Zia Haider Rahman's "dazzling debut" of a novel, "In the Light of What We Know", contrasts two...
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4:05 AM | Bouquet of Nerves
by Shadab Zeest Hashmi Starry night, a large starry night with infinite trees, is the background of what seems to be an architectural form— a balcony, bridge, courtyard with pillars? In the foreground, a sphere with a curve draped over...
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3:51 AM | Our Microbiome May Be Looking Out for Itself
Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: Your body is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes, collectively known as your microbiome. Naturalists first became aware of our invisible lodgers in the 1600s, but it wasn’t until the...
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