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Professor Pinker and Professor Strunk


Geoffrey Pullum in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

ImagesThe voice on BBC radio was that of Professor Steven Pinker, fluent and engaging as ever. But my blood froze as I listened to what he said.

On the panel show A Good Read (Radio 4, October 17, 2014), each guest recommends a book,...

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David Graeber and Thomas Piketty: An exchange on capital, debt, and the future


From The Baffler:

WildeCKGreatCrash13.5_54Moderators: You both appear to think that the prevailing economic and financial system has run its course, and cannot endure much longer in its present form. I would like to ask each of you to explain why.

Thomas Piketty: I am not sure that we are on the eve of a...

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Honey Buzzards GPS Track Animation


Based on real data (latitude, longitude and height) from the University of Amsterdam the animation initially shows the tracks of 12 birds, but then concentrates on a pair - male and female, as they migrate south in Autumn 2010 from the Veluwe forest in the Netherlands to warmer weather on the...

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An “Imminent Cure” for Diabetes? The Real Story Behind the Headlines

Wudan Yan in Hippo Reads:

6347508912_ff7ec41f1a_bYou may have read recent media stories stating that a cure for Type I Diabetes is “imminent” and wondered what the buzz was about—is a cure indeed imminent and, if so, what does this mean for modern medicine?

Yes, scientists at Harvard University have...

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Thursday Poem

Mahayana Catholic

Each morning
I sit
Stone still
On a pillow
And recite
The Sutra on
Loving Kindness,
Then breathe.

I sit
Stick stiff
On my cushion
And intone
The Heart
Of Understanding
And breathe.

At night
I lie

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