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Julian Baggini — I still love Kierkegaard

Julian Baggini — I still love Kierkegaard | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
He is the dramatic thunderstorm at the heart of philosophy and his provocation is more valuable than ever
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The Oral History of John Titor, the Man Who Traveled Back in Time to Save the Internet

The Oral History of John Titor, the Man Who Traveled Back in Time to Save the Internet | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Having traveled from the year 2036 to the "Coast to Coast AM" forums, John Titor was a fictional character who took on a life of his own.
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This Is What It's Like To Live On The Russian Border

This Is What It's Like To Live On The Russian Border | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Traveling along the borders that rose up after the Soviet Union fell, a team of photographers captured just how much Russia still influences these countries.
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The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz - Los Angeles Review of Books

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California's Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, presents his poem “The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz,” which is based on the life and death of his great-grandfather.
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LRB · Jonathan Raban · Belt, Boots and Spurs: Dunkirk, 1940

LRB · Jonathan Raban · Belt, Boots and Spurs: Dunkirk, 1940 | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The war rescued my father, Peter Raban, from his first job as a probationary teacher in the West Midlands and restored him to his proper station as an officer and a gentleman. He had hoped to go on to university (Oxford or Cambridge) from his boarding school in Worcester but his dismal . . .
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Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 52: The Hive - Nautilus

Is Tribalism a Natural Malfunction? - Issue 52: The Hive - Nautilus | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
From an office at Carnegie Mellon, my colleague John Miller and I had evolved a computer program with a taste for genocide. This was…
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Yiyun Li on what makes a good anti-memoir – Five Books

Yiyun Li on what makes a good anti-memoir – Five Books | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Anti-memoirs embrace the messiness of a life lived among others. Novelist and anti-memoirist Yiyun Li shares the books that, in her eyes, define the genre
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The edge of reason: the world’s boldest climb and the man who conquered it

The edge of reason: the world’s boldest climb and the man who conquered it | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
When Alex Honnold climbed El Capitan in Yosemite, solo and without ropes, many hailed it as his sport’s ultimate feat. Tom McCarthy talks to the world’s greatest ‘big wall climber’ and asks if we should glory in such extreme risks
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Is it time for a new scientific revolution? Julia Galef on how to make humans smarter, why Twitter isn't all bad, and where effective altruism is going wrong

Is it time for a new scientific revolution? Julia Galef on how to make humans smarter, why Twitter isn't all bad, and where effective altruism is going wrong | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The scientific revolution in the 16th century was one of the biggest societal shifts in human history, driven by the discovery of new and better methods of figuring out who was right and who was wrong. Julia Galef - a well-known writer and researcher focused on improving human judgment, especially about high stakes questions - believes that if we could again develop new techniques to predict the future, resolve disagreements and make sound decisions together, it could dramatically improve the world across the board. We brought her in to talk about he
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Yiyun Li on what makes a good anti-memoir – Five Books

Yiyun Li on what makes a good anti-memoir – Five Books | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Anti-memoirs embrace the messiness of a life lived among others. Novelist and anti-memoirist Yiyun Li shares the books that, in her eyes, define the genre
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An Unsustainable Island

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Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?
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The way strangers meet via dating websites is changing society in unexpected ways, say researchers

The way strangers meet via dating websites is changing society in unexpected ways, say researchers | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Dating websites have changed the way couples meet. Now evidence is emerging that this change is influencing levels of interracial marriage and even the stability of marriage itself.
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A science-based guide offers tips for exploiting and overcoming faulty decision-making

A science-based guide offers tips for exploiting and overcoming faulty decision-making | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Humans have put men on the moon. We have split the atom. We can predict tides, eclipses, and even asteroid flybys to the minute. None of this would be possible without a characteristically human form of objective, rational thinking. With facts in hand, we can use reasoning to arrive at new knowledge
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René Girard’s Purgatorial Journey » Education & Culture

Cynthia L. Haven shows how René Girard’s intellectual and religious conversion led to his profound understanding of “triangular desire.”
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Driving the Beat road

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In a trip along the California coast, five remnants of the literary generation — in their 80s and 90s — are found at work, extending their legacy
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What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?

What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution? | Brain Candy | Scoop.it

We journey through Vladimir Putin’s Russia to measure the aftershocks of the political explosion that rocked the world a century ago
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Intelligence doesn't guarantee an open mind. Here's why

Intelligence doesn't guarantee an open mind. Here's why | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
People with higher cognitive abilities are more likely to learn and apply social stereotypes.
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