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The Puzzle of Political Debate

by Scott F. Aikin and Robert B. Talisse


CrossfiredebateWe've noticed a strange phenomenon in contemporary political discourse. As our politics at almost every level become increasingly tribal -- devoted to circle-the-wagons campaigns and on-point messaging of carefully curated party-lines -- the dominant ...

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It is Time to Think About Dark Matter

by Alexander Bastidas Fry


Galaxy Cluster A520. NASA, ESA, CFHT, CXO, M.J. Jee (University of California, Davis), and A. Mahdavi (San Francisco State University)The most commonly used noun in the English language is time. Yet time is nothing more than an idea. It is an intangible concept invoked to make sense of the world such that, ‘everything doesn't happen at once,' as Einstein said. The actual most common thing in the...

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Monday Poem

Any Street


On a street
any street
pick one
odds are
a taste
a scent
a touch
are enough
to make one

On a street
any street
pick one
odds are
an unknown
absent taste
& scent
& touch

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STEM Education Promotes Critical Thinking and Creativity: A Response to Fareed Zakaria

by Jalees Rehman

All obsessions can be dangerous. When I read the title "Why America's obsession with STEM education is dangerous" of Fareed Zakaria's article in the Washington Post, I assumed that he would call for more balance in education. An exclusive focus on STEM (science, technology,...

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At The Intersection of Math and Art

by Jonathan Kujawa

Human beings are tightly bound by the limits of our intuition and imagination. Even if we grasp an idea on an intellectual level, we often struggle to internalize it to the point where it becomes a native part of our thinking. Rather like the difference between being able to...

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