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The fourth L

“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. Show More Summary

5 Animals That Mate Themselves to Death

There's a reason that spiders, eels, and some mammals practice suicidal reproduction.

Saturday assorted links

1. Why it took the washing machine so long to catch on. 2. Auerbach argues for dollar adjustment, in response to the border tax. 3. In Arlington, the chance to own a pet lion or crocodile may soon disappear.  That would include snakes longer than four feet. 4. Larry Summers on Kenneth Arrow (WSJ). 5. […] The post Saturday assorted links appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

Healing from Trauma: ‘Comfort & Distract’

I was invited into my old IOP group today as a kind of “guest speaker.” If I can get better, then anyone can. Seriously. I have carried diagnoses of Major Depression, Borderline, PTSD, and Anorexia Nervosa. And that’s just in the past couple of years. […]

Information and Experience

You can’t build experience out of mere information. Not, at any rate, the way the Integrated Information Theory (IIT) seeks to do it. So says Garrett Mindt in a forthcoming paper for the JCS. ‘Information’ is notoriously a slippery term, and much depends on how you’re using it. Commonly people distinguish the everyday meaning, which […]

Are Viruses Alive?

Viruses are infectious, tiny and nasty. But are they alive?

Wenzhounese in Italy.

This Victor Mair post at the Log is fascinating for two completely different reasons. First is the “Devil’s language” aspect: Wenzhounese is the most divergent variety of Wu and is considered a separate language by some. It is not mutually intelligible with other varities of Wu. It preserves words from Classical Chinese that are no […]

Farther from the forest: 'Eye-opening' study shows rural US loses forests faster than cities

Between 1990 and 2000, the average distance from any point in the United States to the nearest forest increased by 14 percent, a new study shows. The distance can present challenges for wildlife and have broad effects on ecosystems.


I like this new thing of lecturing improv. I feel that it helps the audience stay focused, as they have to keep the structure of the talk in their heads while it’s happening. Also it enforces more logic in my own presentation, as I’m...Show More Summary

Physics Week in Review: February 25, 2017

Physics lost one of its brightest lights this week: R.I.P. Mildred Dresselhaus: In five decades at MIT, the “Queen of Carbon Science” was a tireless champion of gender equity in science and engineering. Physicists Uncover Geometric ‘Theory Space’: A decades-old...

In Our Time, If You’ve Got the Time

I’ve mentioned before that one of my favorite podcasts is the B.B.C. Radio 4 discussion show In Our Time. In each episode, novelist and television host Melvyn Bragg discusses a particular topic with three experts drawn from Britain’s universities. Show More Summary

Cantonese tones

If you ask Modern Standard Mandarin (MSM — Guóy? ?? / P?t?nghuà ???) speakers how many tones there are in their language, most of them will tell you without much hesitation that there are four tones (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) plus a neutral tone. Chances are, however, if you ask a Cantonese speaker how many […]

Attic amphora from 'old Swiss collection' seized in New York

Source: Becchina archive I understand that an Attic red-figured Nolan amphora attributed to the Harrow painter was seized from a New York Gallery on Friday. It shows a satyr with thyrsos.The amphora features in Royal-Athena Galleries, Art of the Ancient World xxvii (2016) no. Show More Summary

Early Walt: 5 Most Incredible Discoveries of the Week

Sure, NASA found seven Earth-size planets that could theoretically harbor life, but that wasn't the only discovery to make headlines this week: Grad Student Finds Early Walt Whitman Novel : A University of Houston grad student poking around in the Library of Congress' archives stumbled across an 1850s novel by none...

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