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April 27, 2015

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4:51 PM | Entia Nomina V CFP
The “Entia et Nomina” series features English language workshops for young researchers in formally oriented philosophy, in particular in logic, philosophy of science, formal epistemology or philosophy of language. The aim of the workshop is to foster cooperation among young philosophers with a formal bent from various research groups. The fourth workshop in the series was Trends in Logic XIV and took place at Ghent University in 20014. The fifth workshop in the series will take […]
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4:27 PM | A short complete description of chemlambda as a universal model of computation
A mol file is any finite list of items of the following kind, which satisfies conditions written further. Take a countable collection of variables, denote them by a, b, c, … . There is a list of symbols: L, A, FI, FO, FOE, Arrow, T, FRIN, FROUT. A mol file is a list made of … Continue reading A short complete description of chemlambda as a universal model of computation →
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3:02 PM | The European Society for Analytic Philosophy - new webpage
By Catarina Dutilh NovaesThe European Society for Analytic Philosophy was created in 1990, with the mission to promote collaboration and exchange of ideas among philosophers working within the analytic tradition, in Europe as well as elsewhere. It has thus been responsible for organizing major conferences every 3 years, the highly successful ECAP’s.The current Steering Committee (of which I am a member), under the leadership of current president Stephan Hartmann, is seeking to expand the […]
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5:05 AM | Murder Your Darling Hypotheses But Do Not Bury Them
by Jalees Rehman "Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it—whole-heartedly—and delete it before sending your manuscript to press. Murder your darlings." Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch (1863–1944). On the Art of Writing. 1916 Murder...
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5:00 AM | Freedom as Floating or Falling
by Claire Chambers Nine days after 9/11, on 20 September 2001, President George W. Bush responded to the World Trade Centre attacks by addressing a joint session of Congress. He lamented that in the space of a 'single day' the...
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4:55 AM | The Glass Frieze Game
by Jonathan Kujawa In 1971 H. S. M. Coxeter introduced a mathematical trifle he called "friezes". At the time they didn't seem like much more than a cute game you can play. In the past decade, however, they've become a...
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4:50 AM | Perceptions: In Mourning for ...
Sabeen Mahmud. Artist, activist, intellectual; a woman with a true heart. A hero for many. Murdered in Karachi on Friday, April 24, leaving an immense void. More here and here.
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4:45 AM | How to Read a Wine
by Dwight Furrow It's not like "reading tea leaves". Fermented grape juice will not foretell the future. But wine does tell a story if you speak its language. Now, I'm not getting all mystical here by attributing linguistic ability to...
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4:40 AM | The Armenian Genocide: Coming to Terms with History and Ourselves
by Kathleen Goodwin The extent of my identification with my Armenian heritage was once dyeing Easter eggs a mottled maroon the traditional Armenian way (with onion skins) with my Armenian grandmother. In high school when learning about the systematic eradication...
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4:35 AM | Small Things and Small People
by Madhu Kaza On the evening of April 13th I heard the news that the Uraguayan writer Eduardo Galeano had passed away. Earlier that day, after work, I had gone to get a manicure at a salon in my neighborhood;...
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4:30 AM | To California, With Love (Homage to Natalia Ginzburg’s, "He and I")
by Tamuira Reid She calls me in the middle of the night. I call her when I know she won't be home. "How many floors are in your building?" "What? Mom, I'm sleeping." "Tell me how many floors!" "I don't...
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4:25 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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4:20 AM | On the frontlines of humanity with Tim Hetherington
by Edward Rackley The occasion to commemorate Tim Hetherington's life and work is now upon us; let it not pass in silence. He died on April 20, 2011 from a Libyan mortar on the streets of Misrata. I didn't know...
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4:15 AM | Sonia Delaunay at the Tate Modern
You really do wonder, sometimes, just how long some women artists have to be around before anyone takes notice.
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4:10 AM | Political Name-Calling: A Defense
by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse In the United States, the political season is almost upon us. Campaigns are gearing up, contrasts are being drawn, and debates are beginning to emerge. This is an important time for those...
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4:05 AM | Narrative Clarity and Dramatic Tension in “Greed” by C.K. Williams
by Shadab Zeest Hashmi In a lineated poem, the line-breaks are used to produce verbal or sonic emphasis, in addition to creating a structure that is arranged such that it is easy to parse and comprehend the poem. When line-length...

April 26, 2015

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11:19 PM | Poor peer review – and its consequences
See below for citations used The diagram above displays links between the journal, editors and reviewers in the case of the paper Malin & Till (2015). I discussed these links before in Poor peer-review – a case study  but thought a diagram merited … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | Three models of chemical computing
+Lucius Meredith  pointed to stochastic pi-calculus ans SPiM  in a discussion about chemlambda. I take this as reference http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/projects/spim/ssb.pdf (say pages 8-13 to have a anchor for the discussion). Analysis: SPiM side – The nodes of the graphs are molecules, the arrows are channels. – As described there the procedure is to take a (huge … Continue reading Three models of chemical computing →
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2:54 PM | Improve chemical computing complexity by a 1000 times factor, easily
That is, if autonomous computing molecules are possible, as described in the model shown in the Molecular computers. To be exactly sure about about the factor, I need to know the answer for the following question: What is the most complex chemical computation done without external intervention, from the moment when the (solution, DNA molecule, … Continue reading Improve chemical computing complexity by a 1000 times factor, easily →
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2:23 PM | Why Physics Needs Philosophy
Tim Maudlin at the PBS Nova website: How can we understand the world in which we find ourselves? How does the universe behave? What is the nature of reality?….Traditionally these are questions for philosophy, but philosophy is dead. Philosophy has...
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2:19 PM | History, morality and the clash of civilizations
Kenan Malik in Pandaemonium: ‘With the rise of China’, Martin Jacques writes in his book When China Rules the World, ‘Western universalism will cease to be universal – and its values and outlook will become steadily less influential. The emergence...
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2:06 PM | Editing Human Embryos: So This Happened
Carl Zimmer in his excellent blog, The Loom: Earlier this week, Chinese researchers reported that they edited the genes of human embryos using a new technique called CRISPR. While these embryos will not be growing up into genetically modified people,...
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1:59 PM | Barack Obama and Cecily Strong at the White House Correspondents' Dinner
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1:39 PM | Dave Eggers: We spy on each other
Robert Collins in The Telegraph: Dave Eggers has just been reminded why he can’t allow himself near the internet. The night before I meet him in Paris to talk about his latest three novels – published in a burst of...
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1:36 PM | Maryanne Amacher speaking at Ars Electronica. Linz, Austria 1989
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1:35 PM | Dinosauria, We (born like this) by Charles Bukowski
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1:35 PM | Will Holt, Judy Collins & Lynn Gold - "Shenandoah" 1963
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1:05 PM | Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will
Salley Vickers in The Guardian: Julian Baggini is that happy thing – a philosopher who recognises that readers go glassy-eyed if presented with high-octane philosophical discourse. And yet, as his latest book, Freedom Regained: The Possibility of Free Will, makes...
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11:43 AM | Sunday Poem
Bolchevescent . You stand far from the crowd, adjacent to power. You consider the edge as well as the frame. You consider beauty, depth of field, lighting to understand the field, the crowd. Late into the day, the atmosphere explodes...

April 25, 2015

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9:27 PM | Wislawa Szymborska’s ‘Map: Collected and Last Poems’
Richard Lourie in the New York Times: The mass of men may “lead lives of ­quiet desperation,” as Thoreau wrote, but the Polish poet Wislawa Szymborska (1923-2012) did just the opposite: She lived a life of quiet amazement, reflected in...
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