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Why Language Wants To Be Free (And Evolve And Change)

"As people in a literate society, we think of language as what’s on the page. That’s the real thing; speaking is just an approximation. Language sits still. But then we hear new things coming in and unless it strikes us as catchy, we think, It’s not supposed to do that because that’s not what in the […]

Prison Suicide - the liberal Death Penalty

You have to wonder why the Guardian, ever in the forefront of liberal reform, stuck the news about record prison suicides on page 14 of its print edition – here is the web version: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/nov/28/one-prison-suicide-every-three-days-england-and-wales-say-reformers Of course, about three square...

Final call! Plus November update

Dave & me taking a sort of bow Final Ghost Variations Concert klaxon of the year: tomorrow, 3 November, at the Barnes Music Society, my ace and beloved duo colleagues - the dastardly David Le Page (violin) and the vivacious Viv McLean (piano) - and I are proud to be presenting our show for its final performance of 2016. Show More Summary

Chris Mole and Melissa Trender Revive The Goddess 'Brigantia' [Back Pages]

A new project on Kickstarter sees a Pagan Goddess thrown out of time and thrust into a modern day Britain, where her hopes and ideals have fallen apart in the face of a society that has grown careless, xenophobic, and sheltered. Brigantia,...Show More Summary

Atheists Still America’s Most Disliked Group, Now Along with Muslims

Originally posted at The Society Pages’ Discoveries. Ten years ago, sociologist Penny Edgell and her colleagues published a surprising finding: atheists were the most disliked minority group in the United States. Americans said atheists...Show More Summary

Premiere: Delicate Features - “The Sun Tangled In Your Hair”

Aside from noticing the third link down is Delicate Features' SoundCloud page upon looking up the term on Google -- not to mention this is ABOVE the definition of "delicate features" -- and society is just fucked y'all. Thankfully, Not Not Fun will forever have our outcast backs with carefully selected releases that bring our ears warmth and understanding.

The absurd face of China’s censorship: Bookstore tears out Taiwan page from Webster’s

2 months agoNews : BlogPost

Censorship, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once observed, “reflects a society’s lack of confidence in itself.” This week, the Chinese government’s lack of confidence was on display as reports emerged that a state-run bookstore in Shanghai had opened the plastic wrapping around a batch of Merriam-Webster English dictionaries and torn out the page containing […]

according to Groth. IV.22

The French text can be found at the Canulars Bourbaki, and the English translation below is from Maurice Mashaal’s book Bourbaki, a secret society of mathematicians, page 115. I’ve underlined a couple of riddles in the text. ———- The Cantor, Hilbert, and Noether families; The Cartan, Chevalley, Dieudonne, and Weil families; The Bruhat, Dixmier, Godement,... Continue reading ?

Should UK’s Royal Society host those who deny climate science?

The scientific society risks undermining some of its good work by hiring out its prestigious platform to people who should be ignored, says Michael Le Page

Lyft president John Zimmer is right: Private car ownership needs to die

Lyft president John Zimmer just shared a bold manifesto about what he sees the impact of driverless cars will have on our society, and the way we move through our cities. Like most thinkpieces, the fourteen page paper was published on Medium, and it’s excellent. Show More Summary

The Power of the Divine Office to Transform a Church and Society

The ‘Method’ of the Methodists! I was idly investigating forms of the breviary on the internet the other day (as one does), and came across a page about the history of the Anglican breviary, here. Contained within it was the following:...Show More Summary

Movie Review: Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood go Into The (pointlessly futuristic) Forest

What would become of American society if the power were to go out permanently nationwide? Odds are we’d be looking at a fairly apocalyptic scenario—something like The Stand, perhaps, except with most people killed by a battle for dwindling resources rather than by a superflu. Show More Summary

Stunning photos give a totally unexpected perspective into how the 1% parties

In the introduction to "Privilege," style writer Glenn O'Brien describes photographer Jessica Craig-Martin as a " master (or perhaps we can still say mistress in this context) of the dark side of the glamour world and society pages." The...Show More Summary

Ellen Page Is Surfing to Get Zen

5 months agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

This week on the Today show, Allison Janney described Ellen Page, her co-star in the new film Tallulah, as present, serene, and Zen. So when the Cut ran into Page at a screening of the film hosted by Netflix and the Cinema Society, we asked how she attains this holy ... More »

Blake Lively is Lovely on July 4th Cover of Hamptons Magazine

Her new movie “Café Society” hits theaters next month, and Blake Lively is featured on the front page of Hampton's magazine’s July 4th edition. The “Gossip Girl” gal is gorgeous as she discusses her recently-released flick “The Shallows”-...Show More Summary

Ed Catto: Respect – for the Presidents and for Geek Culture

As a kid, I had book called Our Country’s Presidents by Frank Burt Freidal. It was an important looking book published by the National Geographic Society. This heavy tome devoted a few pages to each president along with a handful of gorgeous, colorful pictures. In retrospect, the model they used was a precursor to today’s […]

When Your (Brown) Body is a (White) Wonderland

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

Is the “Mrs. Degree” Dead?

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

The Simple Way To Teach Kids About Body Diversity And Positivity

With so many negative messages about physical appearance in society today, it can be hard to instill in kids a positive attitude toward body image, diversity and acceptance. But an Australian Facebook page hit the nail on the head......Show More Summary

Compulsory Monogamy in The Hunger Games

Assigned: Life with Gender is a new anthology featuring blog posts by a wide range of sociologists writing at The Society Pages and elsewhere. To celebrate, we’re re-posting four of the essays as this month’s “flashback Fridays.” Enjoy! And to learn more about this anthology, a companion to Wade and Ferree’s Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, please […]

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