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January 26, 2015

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5:30 AM | Remembering Old Friends: Cars I have known and loved
The first car I bought and paid for on my own, after the divorce, was a 1992 maroon Toyota Corolla. I loved that car, and so did my children! The story of the Corolla is the story of my family.
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5:25 AM | perceptions
Liliana Porter. Man with Axe, 2011. More here and here.
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5:20 AM | Flogging Hate
by Maniza Naqvi Flogging newspapers with hate drawn up as free speech is a cheap self serving marketing trick. Nothing new there. Hate sells war. It sells weapons. It sells newspapers. Hate sells. Floggings and cartoons to caricature Muslims as...
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5:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:05 AM | Fish stews
by Rishidev Chaudhuri Fish stews occupy a wonderful middle ground between delicacy and robustness, suggesting sun and warmth and brine, and yet also being mouth-filling and meaty and deeply flavorful. They’re happy at simple weeknight dinners and at parties, and...
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5:04 AM | Poem
A RESURRECTION My mother tells this story about her childhood in Kashmir years before she married my father. “I remember our horse Burak, hoofs scuffing snow, nostrils fuming, hitched to an open cart. Relatives, showering rice and rose petals on...
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5:02 AM | When Startups Begin to Fail
This is the 3rd of a series of brief weekly pieces on the unfolding journey of a new incubator based in New Delhi: www.startuptunnel.com, @StTnL. Checkout earlier pieces in the series: Entering Startup Tunnel and What Makes an Incubator Tick?...

January 25, 2015

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10:09 PM | How will we crack the brain?
Adam J Calhoun in Medium: If you would like see things straight out of a a science fiction movie, you should visit a neuroscience laboratory. Technology and science has advanced so quickly that I am not sure the public understands...
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7:13 PM | Aggressive prayers, curses, and maledictions
Elizabeth McAlister in The Immanent Frame: This speech form is known as imprecatory prayer, from the Latin, imprecate, “invoking evil or divine vengeance; cursing.” The use of scripture as a form of imprecatory prayer has long been covertly practiced by...
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5:35 PM | A.I. Has Grown Up and Left Home
David Auerbach in Nautilus (René Descartes’ illustration of dualism.Wikimedia Commons): Our approach to thinking, from the early days of the computer era, focused on the question of how to represent the knowledge about which thoughts are thought, and the rules...
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5:31 PM | The Art of Critique: Victor Serge’s “Midnight in the Century”
Guy Patrick Cunningham in The LA Review of Books: I TREASURE GREAT POLITICAL FICTION, in part because it’s so rare. Literature — fiction in particular — thrives with time, whereas the specifics of political struggles are notoriously transient. That makes...
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4:58 PM | Why Greece Needs Syriza to Win
Philippe Legrain in Foreign Policy: Greece’s reckless borrowing was financed by equally reckless lenders. First in line were French and German banks that lent too much, too cheaply — foolishly treating the Greek government as if it were as creditworthy...
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2:41 PM | BONEY M. "Rasputin"
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2:41 PM | Art City: Manhattan in the early 1990s
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2:40 PM | Faten Hamama (1931 - 2015)
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2:15 PM | The rise of the medical humanities
Belinda Jack in Times Higher Education: The cynical account for the rise of the medical humanities – a newish interdisciplinary area that explores the social, historical and cultural dimensions of medicine – would be an economic one. At a time...
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2:04 PM | A Modern Clinical Trial: 7 Years, 1,000 Patients, and Plenty of Questions About Cost
Paul Basken in The Chronicle of Higher Education: It was my ritual for seven years. Every day, take two sets of pills—one labeled, the other a mystery. Every three months, take three sets of blood-pressure readings, twice a day for...
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4:00 AM | Sunday reading – Richard Dawkins reads some of his “fan mail”
This is a more recent version of Richard Dawkins reading some of his “fan mail.” Don’t remember much of the first batch he read – but get the impression the language skills of fundamentalists has become even poorer in the intervening … Continue reading →

January 24, 2015

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6:12 PM | I Served in Iraq, and American Sniper Gets It Right. But It’s Still Not the War Film We Need.
Brian Turner in Vulture: This isn’t the defining film of the Iraq War. After nearly a quarter century of war and occupation in Iraq, we still haven’t seen that film. I’m beginning to think we’re incapable as a nation of...
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5:55 PM | The predictive brain (part two): is the idea too generic?
After explaining the main concepts and promises of the Predictive Brain (PB) idea in Part 1 (you may want to read also the comments), it’s now time to explore its boundaries. In this post, I will not drill down into…Read more ›
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5:05 PM | I’m back!
About a month ago I clicked a little button on my WordPress dashboard saying “Upgrade to 4.1″, which had been appearing for some time with increasing urgency. I clicked it, and shortly afterward got a message saying that the upgrade had failed. The result was that I lost administrative access to this site. All the … Continue reading »
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3:48 PM | 'Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary,’ by Anita Anand
Suzanne Berne at the New York Times: Part of a biographer’s job is to rescue forgotten figures, and in “Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary” Anita Anand has salvaged an extraordinary one. Sophia Duleep Singh was a Punjabi princess and Queen Victoria’s...
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3:44 PM | An impressive account of TS Eliot’s formative years
John Sutherland at the Financial Times: Within the bosom of every old man, said the philosopher William James, there is a dead young poet. TS Eliot, as Robert Crawford suggests in his opening sentence, “was never young”. He’s the Benjamin...
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3:41 PM | nick hornby's 'funny girl'
David L. Ulin at The LA Times: Hornby has written about other female protagonists: Annie in "Juliet, Naked," Katie Carr in "How to Be Good." There's something more expansive, though, in "Funny Girl," which is as sedate a work as...
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3:38 PM | The World in 2030: We asked 15 of the smartest people we know for their most out-there predictions
Susan B. Glasser in Politico: Genes as commerce By Alec Ross, senior fellow at the Columbia University School of International & Public Affairs Fifteen years from now, everybody reading this will live, on average, two years longer than their current...
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3:31 PM | The virtue of scientific thinking
Steven Shapin in Boston Review: Can science make you good? Of course it can’t, some will be quick to say—no more than repairing cars or editing literary journals can. Why should we think that science has any special capacity for...
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3:25 PM | Love Letters to Richard Dawkins
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1:24 PM | Life beyond memory
Tomas Hachard in National Post: When discussing a disease that is expected to double in prevalence over the next two decades, it is hard to countenance a silver lining; currently Alzheimer’s afflicts 5 percent of Canadians over 65, and the...
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1:04 PM | science as a force for good
Seth Shulman in The Washington Post: ‘The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. told a crowd of protesters in Montgomery, Ala., in March 1965. King’s use of that...
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12:28 PM | Saturday Poem
Crimson —“Darkening Red” a painting by Mark Rothko To explain crimson, the grotesque danger, the acute beauty and commotion of it, how it commands recollection, even after every trace is vanished, I describe our small faces smeared crimson sweet and...
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