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October 16, 2014

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4:22 PM | r > g
John Quiggin in Crooked Timber: I want to offer a very simple explanation of Piketty’s point. I’m aware that this may seem glaringly obvious to some readers, and remain opaque to others, but I hope there is a group in...
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3:26 PM | Across the Durand Line
Owen Bennett-Jones reviews two books on the AfPak situation in the London Review of Books: The conflict in the Afghanistan-Pakistan borderlands has similarities with other contemporary struggles. From Timbuktu to Kandahar, jihadis, national governments, ethnic groups and, in some cases,...
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3:17 PM | Shep Smith's rejoinder to "irresponsible" Ebola coverage
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11:14 AM | Unbelievable Reactions People Have Had to the Ebola Outbreak
Rachel Nuwer in Smithsonian: Not long after the second nurse to contract Ebola was identified, it came out that she had flown on a commercial flight after being exposed to the disease. The presence of Ebola in the United States...

October 15, 2014

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9:30 PM | Fluoride debate: Second response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan
Here is Daniel Ryan’s second response to Rita Barnett-Rose’s defence of here unpublished paper “Compulsory water fluoridation: Justifiable public health benefit or human experimental research without informed consent“. That defence was posted yesterday at Fluoride debate: Response to Daniel Ryan’s critique – … Continue reading →
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1:56 PM | Visiting Fellowships at the MCMP (Academic Year 2015/2016)
The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy invites applications for visiting fellowships for one to three months in the academic year 2015/16 (15 October 2015 to 15 February 2016 or 15 April to 15 July 2016) intended for advanced Ph.D. students (“Junior Fellowships") and postdocs or faculty (“Senior Fellowships"). Candidates should work in general philosophy of science, the philosophy of one of the special sciences, formal epistemology, or social […]
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1:54 PM | 3-year Doctoral Fellowship on “The Evolution of Unpopular Norms and Bullying"
The Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy seeks applications for a Doctoral Fellowship. The successful candidate will work on the project "The Evolution of Unpopular Norms and Bullying” (project summary below), which is funded by the German Research Council (DFG) and part of the DFG Priority Programme “New Frameworks of Rationality”. The fellowship is open for candidates with a masters degree in philosophy or a related social science. The funding is for three years, and […]
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12:51 PM | Scientists Rein In Fears of Ebola, a Virus Whose Mysteries Tend to Invite Speculation
Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: News that a nurse in full protective gear had become infected with the Ebola virus raised some disturbing questions on Monday. Has the virus evolved into some kind of super-pathogen? Might it mutate...
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12:46 PM | Bill Gates on Thomas Piketty
Bill Gates in his blog: A 700-page treatise on economics translated from French is not exactly a light summer read—even for someone with an admittedly high geek quotient. But this past July, I felt compelled to read Thomas Piketty’s Capital...
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12:38 PM | THE FIRST AIR FORCE ONE
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10:39 AM | Wednesday Poem
At the Horse Pavilion We lost you once, at the Horse Pavilion, on a day of snappy wind beating five flags above that brilliant nightmare green in the sun and beyond prayer but ready to live on a diet of...
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7:54 AM | Imagining traditions
Sandali in HimalSouthAsian: Tara Books, a feminist publishing house located in Chennai, has been collaborating with ‘folk’ and ‘tribal’ artists for the last few years to produce illustrated books for both children and adults. Many of the art forms they...
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7:43 AM | Through the nanoscope: A Nobel Prize gallery
Richard Van Noorden in Nature: This year’s Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to three researchers who developed ways to capture images of living cells at nanoscale resolution — well below the 200 nanometres thought to be the best possible...

October 14, 2014

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9:15 PM | Fluoride debate: Response to Daniel Ryan’s critique – Rita Bartlett-Rose
Rita Barnett-Rose, author of “Compulsory water fluoridation: Justifiable public health benefit or human experimental research without informed consent” has replied to Daniel Ryan’s critique of her paper. Daniel’s critique was posted yesterday at Fluoride debate: A response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan. … Continue reading →
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4:13 PM | The Real Christopher Columbus
Howard Zinn (1922 – 2010) was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. The following is adapted from his acclaimed A People's History of the United States. Howard Zinn in Jacobin: Columbus would never have made it to Asia,...
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2:23 PM | For the Motherboard: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Hodgkinson and Bridle in The White Review: There’s a marvellous lecture by Tim Berners-Lee (‘How the world wide web just happened’) in which he talks about how he came to create what turned out to be the world wide web....
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2:18 PM | Isaiah Berlin’s run-ins with Isaac Deutscher show what a bitch Berlin could be
Christopher Bray in Spiked: One evening in December 1966, the great American writer and critic Edmund Wilson had Sir Isaiah Berlin over for dinner. And a good time they doubtless had of it, but later that night Wilson recorded in...
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2:18 PM | 40,000 year-old indonesian cave paintings
Helen Thompson at Smithsonian Magazine: Modern critics would probably hail the up and coming rock artists that once inhabited Indonesia. About a hundred caves outside Moras, a town in the tropical forests of Sulawesi, were once lined with hand stencils...
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2:11 PM | the life of Walter Kempowski
Michael Lipkin at The Nation: Walter Kempowski’s writing career began on a winter evening in 1950, nineteen years before he published his first novel. Then 21, he was serving time for espionage in an East German prison at Bautzen. For...
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2:11 PM | Turning to Darwin to Solve the Mystery of Invasive Species
Carl Zimmer in the New York Times: Invasive species are both a fact of life and a scientific puzzle. Humans transport animals and plants thousands of miles from where they first evolved — sometimes accidentally, sometimes intentionally. Many of those...
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2:07 PM | Atheism, Islam and liberalism: This is what we are really fighting about
Andrew O'Hehir in Salon: Here’s a news flash: None of these heated public debates about atheism and religion, or about how Western “liberals” should think about Islam, ever reach a satisfactory conclusion. There are many reasons for this, including the...
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2:07 PM | Derrida: Ten years dead
Gil Anidjar in a forum remembering Derrida at the LA Review of Books: SOMETIME AROUND 1989, Jacques Derrida must have agreed to give the opening keynote at the UCLA conference entitled “Nazism and the ‘Final Solution’: Probing the Limits of...
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2:03 PM | Glenn Greenwald: Why privacy matters
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12:34 PM | How to Quarantine Against Ebola
Siddhartha Mukherjee in The New York Times: ONE feature of the tragic case of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first traveler known to have carried the Ebola virus into the United States, rankles me as a physician: Even if every system...
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11:46 AM | Your hand is not a perceptual ruler
Visual perception has a problem; it doesn't come with a ruler. Visual information is angular, and the main consequence of this is that the apparent size of something varies with how far away it is. This means you can't tell how big something actually is without more information. For example, the Sun and the Moon are radically different actual sizes, but because of the huge difference in how far away they are, they are almost exactly the same angular size; this is why solar […]
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7:26 AM | Call for Papers: Formal Epistemology Workshop 2015
May 20-22, 2015 (Wednesday to Friday)Washington University in St. LouisKeynote speakers:Tom Kelly (Princeton), Jeff Horty (University of Maryland, College Park)The Formal Epistemology Workshop will be held in connection with the 2015 meeting of the St. Louis Annual Conference on Reasons and Rationality (SLACRR), which will take place immediately before, from May 17-19, 2015.There will be conference sessions all day on May 20 & 21, and in the morning on May 22.Contributors are invited to […]

October 13, 2014

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9:00 PM | Fluoride debate: A response to Rita Barnett-Rose – Daniel Ryan
Daniel Ryan President of the Making Sense of Fluoride group responded to the scientific claims made in Rita Barnett-Rose’s unpublished paper “Compulsory water fluoridation: Justifiable public health benefit or human experimental research without informed consent“. That section of Rita’s paper was … Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | The Ackermann function in the chemlambda gui
I put this stuff on G+  some days ago and now I can find it only if I look for it on purpose. Older and newer posts, those I can see. I can see colored lobsters, funny nerd jokes, propaganda pro and con legacy publishing, propaganda hidden behind granpa’s way of communicating science, half baked […]
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4:55 AM | Fallibilism and its Discontents
by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse Fallibilism is a philosophical halo term, a preferred rhetorical mantle that one attaches to the views one favors. Accordingly, fallibilists identify their view with the things that cognitively modest people tend to...
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4:50 AM | The Fibonacci sequence says "I am large, I contain multitudes."
by Jonathan Kujawa This spring I attended the annual meeting of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. While there I heard a fantastic talk by Dr. Holly Krieger about which I'd like to tell you. If you'd like to hear Dr....
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