In 2009 two important commemorative events coincide—the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth, coincidentally on the same day as Abraham Lincoln’s, and the sesquicentennial of publication of Darwin’s pioneering work On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection. Universities and natural history museums around the world are celebrating Darwin’s achievement throughout the year. Here we take a fresh look at the voyage that turned Darwin into one of science’s greatest thinkers.
It was a high-profile crime in New York City—a jogger was murdered while running in a local park, and detectives had few leads.
The most relevant dystopian novel for our time is not ‘1984’ — it’s ‘Lord of the Flies’
In Tobias Wolff’s short story “Bullet in the Brain,” a book critic is shot during a bank robbery after he annoys the robbers by mocking their clichéd stick-up lines. When one of them says, “Hey! Bright boy! Did I tell you to talk?”, the critic sniggers: “‘Bright boy.’ Right out of ‘The Killers.’” And when he can’t suppress a giggle after a robber orders him to shut his trap — “Capiche?” — bang goes the gun. In the last seconds of the critic’s life, his dying mind transports him to a time before “everything began to remind him of something else.”
God it was great to be a kid in the 1970s… and Marvel’s Pizzazz magazine captured the mojo of the 70s kid perfectly
Source: Marvel’s Pizzazz Magazine (Feb. 1978) |
As I thought about this, a few weeks ago, I picked up The Handmaid’s Tale for the first time since I was assigned it as a Canadian high school student.
The first thing you should know about Bryn Thiessen is that he’s the type of person your hip barber is trying to be.
Is monogamy actually better than non-monogamy?
—It’s still very much an open question—and one with no clear answers, in part because scientists can’t break free of a certain worldview gripping their field.
—Monogamy is so much a part of the emotional makeup of Western culture that even people who study relationships fail to notice their biases towards it, according to research due to be published this week. And that means the very way we study intimacy has some fundamental flaws.
I am a professor of mathematics, so my ears perk up when I hear someone say that polls seem inaccurate.
The public understandably focuses on polling results and how much these results seem to vary. Take two presidential approval polls from March 21. Polling firm Rasmussen Reports reported that 50 percent of Americans approve of President Donald Trump’s performance, while, that same day, Gallup stated that only 37 percent do. In late February, the website FiveThirtyEight listed 18 other presidential approval polls in which Trump’s approval ratings ranged from 39 percent to 55 percent.
Middle-aged white people without college degrees are increasingly likely to die of suicide, or drug and alcohol abuse. The lack of a pathway to solid jobs is one reason why, two economists say.
Source: Explaining The Rising Death Rate In Middle-Aged White People : Shots – Health News : NPR
Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion
by Paul Bloom.
Ecco, 2016 ($26.99; 304 pages)
Most of us see empathy as a force for good. From an early age, adults tell children to imagine stepping into another’s shoes to teach them respect and kindness. But in his new book, Yale University psychologist Bloom argues that empathy is actually a poor moral guide and that we may be better off with less of it.
Greek archaeologists have found the ancient military harbor of Salamis, from which the largest and most decisive naval battle ever fought in antiquity was launched.
Source: Ancient Naval Base for Epic Greek Battle Found
Daniel Dennett’s naturalistic account of consciousness draws some people in and puts others off. “There ain’t no magic here,” he says. “Just stage magic.”
Source: Daniel Dennett’s Science of the Soul – The New Yorker