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The Lost Art of Thinking Before You Act: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek

The Lost Art of Thinking Before You Act: An Interview with Slavoj Žižek | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Philosopher Slavoj Žižek is fundamentally anti-capitalist, and yet, the man who describes himself as a 'complicated Marxist' also expresses palpable irritation at the idea that capitalists are nothing more than egomaniacal psychopaths

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Data are or data is?

Data are or data is? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Is it singular or plural? It's a word we use every day here on The Guardian's Datablog - but are we getting it completely wrong?

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Muons, gluons and the poetry of particles

Muons, gluons and the poetry of particles | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It's clear where the Higgs boson gets its name, but what about the other curious and poetical terms particle physics has generated in the last century?

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Why It’s Sometimes Rational to Be Irrational

Why It’s Sometimes Rational to Be Irrational | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In his new book The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking, science writer Matthew Hutson argues that we’re all believers — even the staunchest of skeptics. The book isn’t a diatribe against irrational beliefs, despite Hutson’s admission of being an atheist and a skeptic since the age of 10.

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How the Discovery of the Higgs Boson Could Break Physics

How the Discovery of the Higgs Boson Could Break Physics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

As physicists at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider prepare to present their latest update in the hunt for the Higgs boson — the strange particle that exists everywhere in space and interacts with all other elementary particles, giving them their mass — other physicists are preparing for disappointment.

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Do graduates need a first-class degree to get a good job?

Do graduates need a first-class degree to get a good job? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A combination of too many students, grade inflation and a stalled economy have created a toxic combination for any new graduate seeking paid employment.

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Semicolons: A Love Story

Semicolons: A Love Story | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How Kurt Vonnegut taught one writer to hate the semicolon; how William James convinced him to love it.

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The Life Engineers: Prometheus asks, is a culture as stupid as ours ready to create new life?

The Life Engineers: Prometheus asks, is a culture as stupid as ours ready to create new life? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Pinning down exactly what Ridley Scott's larger-than-life Prometheus means may be impossible. But it's safe to say that the movie - the 3-D quasi-prequel to Scott's seminal technoscience-horror fable, Alien – is self-consciously a myth for our scientific era.

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OK, computation

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'It seems like Nature has some secret that lets it make complicated stuff in an effortless way,' Stephen Wolfram recently told an audience at Oxford University’s Mathematical Institute.

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Mind reading from brain recordings? 'Neural fingerprints' of memory associations decoded

Mind reading from brain recordings? 'Neural fingerprints' of memory associations decoded | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers have begun to show that it is possible to use brain recordings to reconstruct aspects of an image or movie clip someone is viewing, a sound someone is hearing or even the text someone is reading.

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Nabokov: The Psychologist

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Vladimir Nabokov's understanding of human nature anticipated the advances in psychology since his day.

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Why I am always unlucky but you are always careless

Why I am always unlucky but you are always careless | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From lost keys to failed interviews, we blame other people for their mishaps but never ourselves when we do the same. Why? Because assuming causes helps us to make sense of the world.

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This much I know: Daniel Kahneman

This much I know: Daniel Kahneman | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The 78-year-old Nobel prize-winning psychologist on his pessimistic mother, the delusion of investment bankers and the need for irony.

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Higgs Boson For The Layman

Higgs Boson For The Layman | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Yesterday afternoon, I was looking for a science-obsessed TC writer to take on the Higgs Boson story . Instead, I got an extremely elegant Yammer summation of the discovery news from TechCrunch executive assistant Greg Barto.

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Graphing the history of philosophy

Graphing the history of philosophy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Each philosopher is a node in the network and the lines between them (or edges in the terminology of graph theory) represents lines of influence. The node and text are sized according to the number of connections (both in and out). The algorithm that visualises the graph also tends to put the better connected nodes in the centre of the diagram so we see the most influential philosophers, in large text, clustered in the centre.

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Why Marxism is on the rise again

Why Marxism is on the rise again | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Capitalism is in crisis across the globe – but what on earth is the alternative? Well, what about the musings of a certain 19th-century German philosopher? Yes, Karl Marx is going mainstream – and goodness knows where it will end.

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Music of the Spheres: Kepler Data Become 'Six-Planet Sonata'

Music of the Spheres: Kepler Data Become 'Six-Planet Sonata' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Kepler 11 system is fascinating—it offers a glimpse of a planet-formation process that churned out a product very different from our own solar system. It also inspired one astronomer to compose a music video.

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Why the Higgs Boson Announcement Matters

Why the Higgs Boson Announcement Matters | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientists have found 'strong hints' of the Higgs boson, but what does that mean for the rest of us?

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Being an unemployed female graduate, as not seen in the movies

Being an unemployed female graduate, as not seen in the movies | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Finding yourself sleeping in a washing machine is more likely than waltzing into a job at Condé Nast. Anyone for Basics gin?

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Animal cognition: man’s best friend

Animal cognition: man’s best friend | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Dogs quickly become part of the family. Tales abound of dogs celebrating joy in a household or commiserating when tragedy strikes. This may not seem surprising after 15,000 years of co-evolution. But what hard evidence is there of dogs’ empathy with humans? A new experiment suggests that behind all the waggy tails there really is something deeper going on.

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The Global Diabetes Epidemic, Brought to You by Global Development

The Global Diabetes Epidemic, Brought to You by Global Development | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The economic link between the global diabetes epidemic and developing countries, explained.

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Procrastination rules

Procrastination rules | Gavagai | Scoop.it

More Americans than ever are concerned they're putting off work too much -- but science suggests it may not be bad.

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