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August 25, 2014

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4:55 AM | Leaving (and almost leaving)
by Rishidev Chaudhuri I It's impossible for me to leave a place well. I used to think that I was merely bad at logistics and planning (and I am), but I manage to conspire against myself with such sinister competence...
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4:50 AM | Perceptions
Bev Butkow. Untitled/Unknown/Unwanted. 2013 Vinyl collaged onto clear plastic sheeting. More here and here.
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4:45 AM | In the Shadow of Mo'Ne Davis
by Akim Reinhardt Thirteen year old Mo'ne Davis recently took America by storm when she pitched her south Philly baseball team deep into the Little League World Series, where clubs from around the world compete every August. A beloved celebrity...
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4:40 AM | On Alvin Kernan
by Eric Byrd There's a subgenre of military memoirs produced by elderly emeriti, the crew-cut close readers of postwar English departments, who in late career published personal recollections of they and the other terrified teenagers who mostly fought World War...
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4:35 AM | Suicide: An Act Of Supreme Bravery
You've got to be mad brave to whack yourself. Yep, suicide takes a lot of balls. The most courage any human can ever muster. Suicides are the bravest people who ever lived, because they commit the greatest act possible -- a deed against actual existence, against their very being.
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4:30 AM | Darwin in the Garden
by Josh Yarden I posted a story last month about biblical metaphor, entitled "What Fruit Grows on the Tree of Knowledge?" The class discussion I related there continues with this question from a student: "When you said that the Tree...
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4:25 AM | Catspeak
by Brooks Riley
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4:20 AM | Strained Analogies Between Recently Released Films and Current Events: The Guardians of the Galaxy are Taking Our Jobs
by Matt McKenna At the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, there is much rejoicing by the citizens of the noble planet of Xander after their having been saved by the film's titular ragtag bunch of lovable anti-heroes. What is...
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4:15 AM | Divine Intervention
by Leanne Ogasawara One of my favorite 3QD associates recently wrote a wonderful blog post, Old Man Bush: The Last Motherfucker. Reminiscing about the good ol' days, he asks the inevitable question, what happened to today's youth? It's true, George...
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4:10 AM | It’s Time to Change the World, Again
by Bill Benzon, appendix by Charlie Keil Writer’s Cypher, UMMI Living Village Community Garden, Jersey City, NJ Adolescents seem gifted in the belief that, if only the adults would get out of the way and grow up, the world would...
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4:05 AM | Making sense of suicide (and Matt Walsh's nonsense)
by Grace Boey Imagine this: someone secretly laces your coffee with meth, every morning, for 28 mornings. Over the first week, you become increasingly hyperactive, and start to bubble with confidence and energy. You feel great, but by day 7,...

August 24, 2014

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7:10 PM | Saying No! to Jack Bauer: Mainstreaming Torture
Richard Marshall interviews Rebecca Gordon in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: Are you approaching this via virtue ethics, four cardinal virtues and Alisdair MacIntyre and what is the best way to understand what torture is? RG: I’m going to reverse the order...
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7:07 PM | Snowpiercer: Speak, Memory, Occupy
Matthew Snyder in the LA Review of Books: A biologist at Duke University, Stuart Pimm, recently published a research article in the journalScience, which claims — that in the past — before humans evolved, only one species went extinct each...
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3:35 PM | Wittgenstein’s forgotten lesson
Ray Monk in Prospect: Ludwig Wittgenstein is regarded by many, including myself, as the greatest philosopher of this century. His two great works, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (1921) and Philosophical Investigations (published posthumously in 1953) have done much to shape subsequent developments...
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3:29 PM | University of Illinois Repeals the First Amendment for Its Faculty
Brian Leiter in The Huffington Post: Late Friday afternoon (August 22), the University of Illinois broke its three-week long silence on the controversy regarding the Chancellor's revocation of a tenured offer to Steven Salaita, who had accepted a faculty position...
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2:41 PM | The Lumiere Brothers' First Films
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2:41 PM | nuages gris
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2:40 PM | This Cat Can Play Anything
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1:40 PM | At no point in history has the written word been required more than in present times: Fahmida Riaz
Amar Sindhu in Herald: Fahmida Raiz, writer, human rights activist and the author of more than 15 books on fiction and poetry, has always remained at the centre of controversies. When Badan Dareeda, her second collection of verse, appeared, she...
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1:32 PM | Teaching kids about religion: Where to start and what to say
Mary Beth McCauley in The Christian Science Monitor: Gallup polls report that 86 percent of Americans say they believe in God. Thirty nine percent say they attended worship services in the past week. So while God may not be dead,...
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11:24 AM | Sunday Poem
October, Month Without Gods The Japanese think this is the month-without-gods. They celebrate it this way. They don’t alliterate October with gold falling from the fragile trees, or with revolutions that changed history. October, like a truce. Like an absence...
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11:20 AM | Extending a theory with the theory of mereological fusions
"Arithmetic with fusions" (draft) is a joint paper with my graduate student Thomas Schindler (MCMP).  The abstract is:In this article, the relationship between second-order comprehension and unrestricted mereological fusion (over atoms) is clarified. An extension $\mathsf{PAF}$ of Peano arithmetic with a new binary mereological notion of ``fusion'', and a scheme of unrestricted fusion, is introduced. It is shown that $\mathsf{PAF}$ interprets full second-order arithmetic, $Z_2$.Roughly […]

August 23, 2014

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6:32 PM | Answer to “what reduction is this?”
In lambda calculus, the predecessor function is surprisingly difficult, of course when compared with the successor, addition or multiplication. In the post What reduction is this? I used chemlambda with the stupid sequential reduction strategy stated in Y again: conflict!, namely:  we start with a g-pattern and we reduce it sequentially at each step we […]
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2:26 PM | Why we love to hate Martin Amis
Sam Leith in The Guardian: Around the time his novel The Pregnant Widow came out in 2010, an interviewer asked Martin Amis whether the book constituted a return to form. "What's this return shit?" he shot back. "I don't know...
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2:23 PM | The Islamic State is destroying the greatest melting pot in history
Tom Holland in The Spectator: As the fighters of the Islamic State drive from village to captured village in their looted humvees, they criss-cross what in ancient times was a veritable womb of gods. For millennia, the Fertile Crescent teemed...
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2:13 PM | 'It's Only a Matter of Time': Scientists Consider Geoengineering a Cooler Planet
Brian Merchant in Motherboard: Geoengineering—basically, hacking the planet's climate system to cool it off—is a touchy subject. So touchy that some argue it shouldn't be touched at all. Yet 300 scientists, policymakers, legal experts, and NGOs have traveled to Berlin...
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1:57 PM | "Weddings and Beheadings" by Hanif Kureishi
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1:50 PM | Is There Something About Islam?
Kenan Malik in Eurozine (image source: Shutterstock): Every year I give a lecture to a group of theology students – would-be Anglican priests, as it happens – on "Why I am an atheist". Part of the talk is about values....
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1:47 PM | How Plagues Really Work
Wendy Orent in Aeon (Photo by Stefano Rellandini/Reuters): It was the great Australian virologist Frank Macfarlane Burnet who argued that the deadliest diseases were those newly introduced into the human species. It seemed to make sense: the parasite that kills...
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1:44 PM | Ferguson and the Modern Debtor’s Prison
Alex Tabarrok in Marginal Revolution: A new report from Arch City Defenders, a non-profit legal defense organization, shows that the Ferguson municipal courts are a stunning example of these problems: Ferguson is a city located in northern St. Louis County...
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