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November 11, 2014

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1:43 PM | Multiverse Collisions May Dot the Sky
Jennifer Ouellette in Quanta (image Olena Shmahalo/Quanta Magazine): Like many of her colleagues, Hiranya Peiris, a cosmologist at University College London, once largely dismissed the notion that our universe might be only one of many in a vast multiverse. It...
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1:32 PM | The Story of How The New Republic Invented Modern Liberalism
Franklin Foer in The New Republic (photo of Walter Lippman, Alfred Eisenstaedt/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images): On a fall night in 1914, Theodore Roosevelt summoned the young editors of a yet-unpublished magazine to the seat of his ex-presidency, his estate...
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1:28 PM | Using Grammar as a Tool, Not as a Weapon
Lindsay Beyerstein interviews Steven Pinker, over at CFI's Point of Inquiry: The English language is often treated as delicate and precious, and disagreements about what is “proper English” go back as far as the 18th century. Then as now, style...
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12:23 PM | The Map Makers: Learning How Little We Know About the Brain
James Gorman in The New York Times: So many large and small questions remain unanswered. How is information encoded and transferred from cell to cell or from network to network of cells? Science found a genetic code but there is...
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10:19 AM | The $9 Billion Witness: Meet JPMorgan Chase's Worst Nightmare
Matt Taibbi in Rolling Stone: She tried to stay quiet, she really did. But after eight years of keeping a heavy secret, the day came when Alayne Fleischmann couldn't take it anymore. "It was like watching an old lady get...
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10:09 AM | "...yes", by Sue Hubbard, accompanied by Lola Perrin on Piano
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6:16 AM | Selling Fast: Public Goods, Profits, and State Legitimacy
Mike Konczal in Boston Review (image by Jason Hales): Adam Smith was not the first, but he was certainly one of the most eloquent defenders of justice delivered according to the profit motive. In The Wealth of Nations, he wrote...
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4:12 AM | Let’s rely on anecdotes instead!
Image credit: Anecdotes, testimonials and urban legends This satirical piece from The Shovel highlights an unfortunate way many politicians (mainly US and Australian)  and internet propagandists approach scientific matters – relying on anecdotes and not evidence. It is also true … Continue reading →

November 10, 2014

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4:12 PM | Lots of questions, part I
There is a button for “publish”. So what? I started this open notebook  with the goal to disseminate some of my work and ideas.  There are always many subjects to write about, this open notebook has almost 500 posts. Lately the rhythm of about a post every 3 days slowed down to a post a […]
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7:00 AM | Dear Reader, We need your help and support now!
Daniel C. Dennett and Azra Raza It is time for 3QD's winter subscription drive. As you know, we are able to run the site only because our regular readers support us through subscriptions or one-time payments. Whichever you'd like to...
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6:00 AM | Huw Price to Judge 5th Annual 3QD Philosophy Prize
Dear Readers, Writers, Bloggers, We are very honored and pleased to announce that Huw Price has agreed to be the final judge for our 5th annual prize for the best blog and online-only writing in the category of philosophy. Details...
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5:35 AM | In Trust We Truth
by Misha Lepetic "All this – all the meanness and agony without end I sitting look out upon See, hear and am silent." ~ Walt Whitman On a recent Facebook thread – about what, heaven help me remember – someone...
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5:30 AM | Perceptions
Licia Galizia - Michelangelo Lupone. " ... a unique installation that combines sculpture and music thanks to the collaboration between artist Licia Galizia and composer Michelangelo Lupone. The work is the result of an artistic research project entitled ADAMO for...
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5:25 AM | WALLS AND ALL
by Brooks Riley The first time I passed through the Berlin Wall into the German Democratic Republic, it was two days after Hitler's master builder Albert Speer was released from Spandau prison. The Cold War was in full swing in...
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5:20 AM | Happy 100th, Martin!
by Jon Kujawa On October twenty-first was Martin Gardner's 100th birthday. In celebration nearly one hundred Celebration of Mind (CoM) events are being held around the world. There are a few still yet to come: check their events listing to...
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5:15 AM | CATSPEAK
by Brooks Riley
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5:10 AM | The Community of Lush: Wine, Alcohol, and the Social Bond
by Dwight Furrow Food begins as a necessity and we tame it so it becomes a civilized want that can be appreciated for its aesthetic qualities. But wine is a different matter. Wine is not a necessity. Many people neither...
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5:05 AM | A Different Virus Causes Similar Reactions: AIDS and Ebola
by Kathleen Goodwin Currently, Ebola hysteria in the United States is at a low simmer compared to the fever pitch of a few weeks prior. In the lull following the peak of the hysteria as Americans in Dallas and New...
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4:21 AM | Ordinary Iranians are losing interest in the mosque
From The Economist: By law, all public buildings in Iran must have prayer rooms. But travelling around the country you will find few shoes at prayer time outside these rooms in bus stations, office buildings and shopping centres. “We nap...

November 09, 2014

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8:52 PM | The new atheist commandments: Science, philosophy and principles to replace religion
Bayer and Figdor in Salon: “Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland We begin by suggesting a framework of secular belief....
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5:38 PM | The Creepy New Wave of the Internet
Sue Halpern in the NYRB (Penelope Umbrico/Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles): Every day a piece of computer code is sent to me by e-mail from a website to which I subscribe called IFTTT. Those letters stand for the phrase “if...
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5:02 PM | Sergei Dovlatov, Dissident Sans Idea
Vladimir Yermakov in Eurozine: In the Soviet Union I was not a dissident. (Being a drunk doesn't count.) All I did was write stories that were ideological strangers. And I had to leave. It was in America that I became...
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4:44 PM | Liberalism and Its Critics
From the Heyman Center: In his recent book "The Revolt Against the Masses," Fred Siegel indicts modern American liberalism for elitism toward ordinary Americans, their values and culture, and blames liberals for many of the problems plaguing American Society today....
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1:35 PM | Negro Prison Songs / "Black Woman-Murder's Home-Jumpin'Judy"
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1:34 PM | Bon Iver - Skinny Love
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1:33 PM | I Was a Bustle Maker Once, Girls by Patrick Barrington
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12:54 PM | A Secular History of Islam
Tariq Ali in Counterpunch: Historians of Islam, following Muhammad’s lead, would come to refer to the pre-Islamic period as the jahiliyya (‘the time of ignorance’), but the influence of its traditions should not be underestimated. For the pre-Islamic tribes, the...
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11:56 AM | Sunday Poem
Written for Old Friends in Yang-jou City While Spending the Night on the Tung-lu River . I hear the apes howl sadly In dark mountains. The blue river Flows swiftly through the night. The wind cries In the leaves on...
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1:34 AM | Standing up to junk science in New Zealand
Last week we saw several local victories for science over pseudoscience. And the US mid-term elections also gave electoral victories supporting community water fluoridation in 5 out of 6 communities where it was voted on.* Peter Griffin from New Zealand’s Science … Continue reading →

November 08, 2014

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10:37 PM | Farzana: The Woman who Saved an Empire
Arif Akbar in The Independent: Farzana began life as an impoverished, powerless girl in Mughal-era India, where social hierarchies were prescribed and inescapable. Penniless and orphaned by teen age, she earned her keep by servicing the priapic needs of the...
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