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3quarksdaily Friday, April 4, 2014 - 00:59 Source

Keates_04_14Joanathan Keates at Literary Review:

Goethe's 'The Apprenticeship of Wilhelm Meister', a neglected masterpiece if ever there was, is known nowadays for a single line from a ballad sung by Mignon, the daughter of a wandering musician. 'Know'st thou the land where the lemon trees bloom?' begins her mysterious song, describing an imagined world of blue skies, marble statues and thunderous waterfalls, not without a lurking menace beneath its beauty. When Wilhelm asks her where she heard it, Mignon answers, 'Italy! If thou go to Italy, take me along with thee; for I am too cold here.'

3quarksdaily Friday, April 4, 2014 - 00:57 Source

F2f_Dchiasson_opn2Dan Chiasson at the New York Review of Books:

3quarksdaily Friday, April 4, 2014 - 00:51 Source

A_560x375Jerry Saltz at New York Magazine:

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 22:43 Source

Robert Pondiscio in City Journal:

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 22:35 Source

From KurzweilAI:

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 21:23 Source

When You Are OldWhen you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved your moments of glad grace, And loved your beauty with love false or true, But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you, And loved the sorrows of your changing face; And bending down beside the glowing bars, Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled And paced upon the mountains overhead And hid his face amid a crowd of W.B. Yeats..

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 08:06 Source


Ta-Nehisi Coates in The Atlantic:

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 08:01 Source

446px-Martin_Buber_portraitGary Gutting talks to Howard Wettstein, a professor of philosophy at the University of California, Riverside, and the author of “The Significance of Religious Experience”, over at the NYT's The Stone (image, portrait of Martin Buber, from Wikimedia Commons):

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:58 Source


Tom Chatfield in Aeon:

Back in August 2012, Google announced that it had achieved 300,000 accident-free miles testing its self-driving cars. The technology remains some distance from the marketplace, but the statistical case for automated vehicles is compelling. Even when they’re not causing injury, human-controlled cars are often driven inefficiently, ineptly, antisocially, or in other ways additive to the sum of human misery.

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 07:32 Source


Tim Harford in the FT Magazine:

Cheerleaders for big data have made four exciting claims, each one reflected in the success of Google Flu Trends: that data analysis produces uncannily accurate results; that every single data point can be captured, making old statistical sampling techniques obsolete; that it is passé to fret about what causes what, because statistical correlation tells us what we need to know; and that scientific or statistical models aren’t needed because, to quote “The End of Theory”, a provocative essay published in Wired in 2008, “with enough data, the numbers speak for themselves”.

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 03:02 Source

Article_anolikLili Anolik at The Believer:

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 02:58 Source

Findlen_visionaryfringe_ba_imgPaula Findlen at The Nation:

In the 1940s, a curiously enigmatic figure haunted New York City’s great libraries, his mind afire with urgent questions whose resolution might reveal, once and for all, the most ancient secrets of the universe in their crystalline clarity. This scholar eschewed the traditional disciplinary boundaries that define the intellectual terrain of the specialist; instead, he read widely, skimming the surface of countless works of science, myth and history to craft an answer to an overwhelming question: Had our planet been altered repeatedly by cosmic catastrophes whose traces could be found in the earliest human records?

3quarksdaily Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 02:53 Source

140407_r24824_p465George Packer at The New Yorker:

3quarksdaily Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 22:57 Source

Prashant Keshavmurthy in Chapati Mystery:

3quarksdaily Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 22:40 Source

Joshua Hartshome in Scientific American:

3quarksdaily Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 21:39 Source

Under our boot soles                     In memory of Jim Thomas Once you stepped out an open window onto nothing we could see from our desks, and for a whole long second you floated and didn't fall through two floors of air to the earth's something. You never fell. You were just going smoking before class on the unseen roof. All of us saw you make that roof when you didn't fall. You took drags, looked down, looked up, thinking. Then you stepped back through the open window and read us the end of "Song of Myself" where the spotted hawk swoops and grass grows under a boot. You were all voice, we were all ears. Up ahead words with hollow bones wait once you step onto nothing. We could hear.. by Dennis Finnell from Ruins Assembling Shape and Nature Press, Geenfield, Ma.2014

3quarksdaily Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 00:17 Source


Nicolas Claidière, Thomas C. Scott-Phillips, and Dan Sperber over at the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (image via Wikimedia Commons):


3quarksdaily Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 00:06 Source


Via Andrew Sullivan, Philip Schofield discusses Jeremy Bentham's writings on religion and sex, over at the Oxford University Press blog:

3quarksdaily Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:35 Source

Nicholas Shakespeare in The Telegraph:

3quarksdaily Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 22:18 Source

Natalie Angier in The New York Times:

3quarksdaily Monday, March 31, 2014 - 16:00 Source

by Jonathan Kujawa

Yakov Sinai

3quarksdaily Monday, March 31, 2014 - 15:55 Source

by Quinn O'Neill

6a01156f4da159970b01a51192c59f970c-300wiIt is a widely held view that women are more emotional than men, and some argue that this makes them unsuitable for positions that demand important, cool-headed decision making. The argument often rears its head in discussions about women in politics - particularly as prospective presidents - and I've heard it asserted by both males and females.

3quarksdaily Monday, March 31, 2014 - 15:50 Source

by Jalees Rehman

3quarksdaily Monday, March 31, 2014 - 15:45 Source

Who's UrizenIn William’s crisp mandala Blake_god_creating Urizen asymmetrically stoops

Laying duality on the world, cleaving philosophers’ minds, inspiring theologians to settle scores, he undoes the unity of chaos splitting it to bits like chips to feed the dogs of wars

Reaching down, this buff, man-like self curiously in his prime with old head coiffed white raked by wind gusting furiously through heaven’s open door, Urizen bends to scribe a zero with his compass, leaving nothing out, including all

3quarksdaily Monday, March 31, 2014 - 15:40 Source

By Namit Arora

On Arundhati Roy’s introduction to Dr. BR Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste.