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April 25, 2015

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9:23 PM | Has Narendra Modi cleaned up India?
James Crabtree in Prospect: Narendra Modi stood on the walls of New Delhi’s Red Fort on a blustery morning last August, a man at the height of his recently-acquired powers. It was his first Independence Day speech, and also the...
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9:18 PM | Telemann / Overture-Suite in B-flat major "Les Nations"
Thanks to Farrukh Azfar for having introduced me to Telemann when we were both nineteen and also for sending me this earlier today.
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7:31 PM | Partisan review: the Shadow of Consciousness
Peter Hankins recently published a book: The Shadow of Consciousness (A Little Less Wrong). In case you don’t know, Hankins has been blogging about consciousness for more than ten years: his Conscious Entities blog covers both scientific and philosophical approaches…Read more ›
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4:38 PM | The Revolution in Rojava
Meredith Tax in Dissent magazine image (Biji Kurdistan/Flickr): While the Syrian opposition is understandably bitter that the YPG and YPJ withdrewmost of their energy from the war with Assad, leftists worldwide should be watching the remarkable efforts being made by...
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2:21 PM | Karl Ove ­Knausgaard’s ‘My Struggle: Book 4’
Jeffrey Eugenides at The New York Times: “The last time I was in New York,” Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote recently in The New York Times Magazine, in his account of traveling through the ­United States, “a well-known American writer invited...
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2:13 PM | L.A.'s hidden history in 'Terminal Island'
David L. Ulin at the Los Angeles Times: When we think of Terminal Island, after all, what do we imagine? Do we know that it was once (in a manner of speaking) two islands, Rattlesnake Island and Deadman’s Island, before...
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2:09 PM | ‘The Vital Question: Why Is Life the Way It Is?’, by Nick Lane
Clive Cookson at the Financial Times: There is a black hole at the heart of biology,” says Nick Lane, who is emerging as one of the most imaginative thinkers about the evolution of life on Earth. The hole surrounds the...
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11:44 AM | Please, not Sabeen. And no, that won’t shut us up
I have lost a personal friend and hero. I have not stopped crying since hearing the news of this brutal murder. In my last note, I had said to her: "May you live to thrive and flourish and blossom and...
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11:03 AM | Saturday Poem
The Room Next Door I want to go to the room next door. Is it a forest, sad and Slavic Its old bears barreling past sickly pines? A sombrous sanctuary Where beds of brown with vaulted views Inform the sky...
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9:23 AM | The Chaos in Darfur
From the website of the International Crisis Group: Violence in the Darfur region of Sudan’s far west continues unabated. Some 450,000 persons were displaced in 2014 and another 100,000 in January 2015 alone, adding to some two million long-term internally...

April 24, 2015

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9:21 PM | Director T2F Sabeen Mahmud shot dead in Karachi
This is devastatingly sad news! Sabeen was a good friend of my sister Azra's and a great supporter of 3QD. I did not know her well but we exchanged emails about six months ago and she asked if 3QD might...
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8:14 PM | Three myths about the Iran sanctions
Aaron Arnold in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: Speaking from the White House earlier this month, President Obama announced details of a framework agreement between Iran and the P5+1—the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany—that...
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8:05 PM | How to Die
Atul Gawande argues that physicians should focus care on the good life—including its very end. Sophia Rosenfeld in The Nation: In the early 1990s, an upstate New York doctor became the medical director of a nursing home populated almost entirely...
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3:50 PM | A second opinion on “Slay peer review” article
“It is no good just finding particular instances where peer review has failed because I can point you to specific instances where peer review has been very successful,” she said. She feared that abandoning peer review would make scientific literature no more reliable than the blogosphere, consisting of an unnavigable mass of articles, most of … Continue reading A second opinion on “Slay peer review” article →
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2:33 PM | a short history of american images
Lucy Ives at Triple Canopy: We Go for the Union is an anonymous, undated nineteenth-century American painting. Titled, by curatorial fiat, after the political banner at its right, it depicts a group of men who are each, in varying ways,...
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2:29 PM | A lethal nostalgia
Deborah Rudacille in Aeon: Thousands of working-class communities around the country lament the shuttering of blast furnaces, coke ovens, mines and factories. This yearning for a vanishing industrial United States, a place in long, slow decline thanks to globalisation and...
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2:28 PM | the crooked tower
Greg Siegel at Cabinet Magazine: Galileo taught mathematics at the University of Pisa from 1589 to 1592, and sometime during this period he mounted a dramatic public demonstration of one of his more unorthodox notions. Clutching two lead spheres of...
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2:20 PM | The Armenian genocide: the journey from victim to survivor
Anoosh Chakelian at The New Statesman: When I mention that I’m Armenian to new people I meet, I usually receive one of two reactions. One involves Kim Kardashian. The other is a vague awareness of something horrible that happened during...
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1:17 PM | Scott Atran on the reasons for Muslim youth radicalization
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11:29 AM | Christian America is an invention: Big business, right-wing politics and the religious lie that still divides us
Kevin M. Kruse in Salon: The idea of "one nation under God" is a modern one -- and does not date back to the Founding Fathers. When he ran for the White House, Texas governor George W. Bush took a...
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11:22 AM | Why Almost Everything Dean Ornish Says about Nutrition Is Wrong
Melinda Wenner Moyer in Scientific American: Last month, an op–ed in The New York Times argued that high-protein and high-fat diets are to blame for America’s ever-growing waistline and incidence of chronic disease. The author, Dean Ornish, founder of the...
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10:40 AM | Friday Poem
The Child Who Was Shot Dead . The child is not dead the child raises his fists against his mother who screams Africa screams the smell of freedom and heather in the locations of the heart under siege The child...

April 23, 2015

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7:13 PM | How the Truth About Palestine Won Netanyahu the Israeli Election
Omri Boehm in The Boston Review (Image: Wikimedia commons): The universal deceit exposed by Netanyahu just before Election Day had two main lies for pillars. First, of course, his own lie, the 2009 “Bar Ilan Speech,” in which the Prime...
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7:11 PM | The Function of Criticism at the Present Time
Virginia Jackson in the LA Review of Books: LAUREN BERLANT is a critic’s critic, a feminist’s feminist, and a thinker’s friend. This is most simply true because of the number, depth, and influence of her abundant authored and co-authored and...
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5:57 PM | Jamesian epistemology formalised: an explication of 'The Will to Believe'
Famously, William James held that there are two commandments that govern our epistemic life.There are two ways of looking at our duty in the matter of opinion, --- ways entirely different, and yet ways about whose difference the theory of knowledge seems hitherto to have shown very little concern. We must know the truth; and we must avoid error, --- these are our first and great commandments as would be knowers; but they are not two ways of stating an identical commandment [...] Believe truth! […]
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5:46 PM | A comparison of two models of computation: chemlambda and Turing machines
The purpose is to understand clearly what is this story about. The most simple stuff, OK? in order to feel it in familiar situations. Proceed. Chemlambda is a collection of rules about rewritings done on pieces of files in a certain format. Without an algorithm which tells which rewrite to use, where and when,  chemlambda … Continue reading A comparison of two models of computation: chemlambda and Turing machines →
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3:49 PM | Scientists seek rare muon conversion that could signal new physics
Diana Kwon in Symmetry: This weekend, members of the Mu2e collaboration dug their shovels into the ground of Fermilab's Muon Campus for the experiment that will search for the direct conversion of a muon into an electron in the hunt...
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3:41 PM | Kiss goodbye to freedom
Raymond Geuss foresees a future of strict controls or war over resources. Matthew Reisz meets the radical philosopher and traces his intellectual development. Matthew Reisz in The Times: Raymond Geuss would like his fellow philosophers (and many of his fellow...
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3:29 PM | The hidden reason for poverty the world needs to address now
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3:23 PM | How Fellini made his modernist masterpiece
Ian Thomson at The Spectator: Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita was a box-office triumph in Italy in 1960. It made $1.5 million at the box office in three months — more than Gone With the Wind had. ‘It was the...
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