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Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley?

Is Stanford Too Close to Silicon Valley? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The campus has its jocks, stoners, and poets, but what it is famous for are budding entrepreneurs, engineers, and computer aces hoping to make their fortune in one crevasse or another of Silicon Valley.

 

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Spreading 'ideas worth spreading'

Spreading 'ideas worth spreading' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

More than 650 organisers gathered in Qatar's capital Doha to celebrate three years of TEDx.

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Podcast: On Alchemy

Podcast: On Alchemy | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Alchemy, the ancient science of transformations.

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How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death

How Psychedelic Drugs Can Help Patients Face Death | Gavagai | Scoop.it

For a small group of researchers and their patients facing death, psychedelic drugs aren’t a hippie palliative. They’re a new way to approach the most dire time of life.

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Should Professors Be Tested? Should David Brooks?

Should Professors Be Tested? Should David Brooks? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

No, David Brooks, the answer to higher ed’s woes is not standardized testing anymore than No Child Left Behind was the answer to America’s failing schools. The answer to the soaring cost of universities has nothing to do with testing and everything to do with rethinking how higher ed came to resemble Wall St.

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Can cadaver dogs smell 30-year-old corpses?

Can cadaver dogs smell 30-year-old corpses? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Genetics matter: beagles, bloodhounds, German shepherds, and Labrador retrievers are best, although many breeds are appropriate as long as the dogs prove smart and eager to please.

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Christopher Hitchens Memorial: Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Olivia Wilde Remember Writer

Christopher Hitchens Memorial: Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie, Olivia Wilde Remember Writer | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A formidable lineup of writers, editors, actors, scientists, and assorted intellectuals gathered at Cooper Union's Great Hall, at 7 East 7th Street, to revive for one last occasion the voice of Christopher Hitchens, which was silenced by esophageal cancer on December 15, 2011.

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Herd Thinking

Herd Thinking | Gavagai | Scoop.it

By Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham.

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Is Philosophy a Science? A Naturalist's Project: One

Is Philosophy a Science? A Naturalist's Project: One | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Michael Ruse: How can philosophy be done like a science? Again, obviously, I am going to rely on my own experience and I want to tell you about a project I had some 20 or more years ago.

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Seán McGrady's top 10 philosophers' novels

Seán McGrady's top 10 philosophers' novels | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The writer explains how Candide gave birth to Richard Dawkins, and why Alain de Botton is more novelist than philosopher.

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Celestial Lights: Spectacular Auroras Move Across the Scandinavian Skies

Celestial Lights: Spectacular Auroras Move Across the Scandinavian Skies | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Norwegian photographer Ole C. Salomonsen has created a stunning time-lapse film of the aurora borealis over rugged Nordic landscapes.

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Introducing the Royal Society Picture Library

Introducing the Royal Society Picture Library | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand new online picture library containing digital images of paintings, photographs, drawings and prints held in our collections.

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An Interview with Don Ihde

An Interview with Don Ihde | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Don Ihde is a philosopher of science and technology, and a post-phenomenologist. In 1979 he wrote what is often identified as the first North American work on philosophy of technology,Technics and Praxis.

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How Creativity Connects with Immorality

How Creativity Connects with Immorality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Are creative types more likely to cross moral boundaries?

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Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life?

Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

At the heart of modern cosmology is a mystery: Why does our universe appear so exquisitely tuned to create the conditions necessary for life?

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The Living Word

The Living Word | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Peter Ludlow: The meanings of the words we use are constantly changing, even as we speak.

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Academic publishing doesn't add up

Academic publishing doesn't add up | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The world of university research has long been held to ransom by academic publishers charging exorbitant prices for subscriptions – but that may all be about to end.

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Aristotle’s climate

Aristotle’s climate | Gavagai | Scoop.it

His fallacies are exemplified by the warming hysteria.

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America's deadly devotion to guns

America's deadly devotion to guns | Gavagai | Scoop.it

There are around 90 guns for every 100 Americans yet, despite 85 fatal shootings a day, the mighty US gun lobby is as powerful as ever.

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Anders Breivik is a terrorist, so we should treat him like one

Anders Breivik is a terrorist, so we should treat him like one | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We comb over every word from Oslo, but disregard al-Qaida's rants. The lack of consistency speaks volumes.

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Is Philosophy a Science? A Naturalist's Project: Part 2

Is Philosophy a Science? A Naturalist's Project: Part 2 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

I think by taking a scientific, naturalistic approach to the philosophical problem of theory change, I threw some interesting light on the nature of theories themselves.

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The Knight’s Song, or What is a [scientific] theory?

The Knight’s Song, or What is a [scientific] theory? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It comes as something of a surprise to me that the philosophy of science does not have a neat discussion I can locate of what counts as a theory in science.

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Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012

Facts, 360 B.C.-A.D. 2012 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A quick review of the long and illustrious career of Facts reveals some of the world's most cherished absolutes: Gravity makes things fall down; 2 + 2 = 4; the sky is blue.

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Top US colleges to offer free classes online

Top US colleges to offer free classes online | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Five prestigious U.S. universities will create free online courses for students worldwide through a new, interactive education platform dubbed Coursera, the founders announced Wednesday.

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The Whole Story on Dark Matter: Starts With A Bang

The Whole Story on Dark Matter: Starts With A Bang | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If there really is dark matter, it could be something light, like a neutrino, or something very heavy, like a theorized WIMP. It could be something fast-moving, with a lot of kinetic energy, or it could be something slow-moving, with practically none. We just know that all of the matter can't be the normal stuff we're used to, and that we've come to expect. But we can learn more about it by simulating how structure -- stars, galaxies, clusters, and large-scale structure -- forms in the Universe.

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