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Stark warning emerges from science summit

Stark warning emerges from science summit | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A stark theme emerged from an annual scientific get-together in Vancouver: the world must be helped to believe in science again or it could be too late to save our planet.

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Beholding beauty: How it's been studied

Beholding beauty: How it's been studied | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientists are still trying to figure out what makes things and people beautiful. In some ways, it's like asking whether your vision of 'red' is the same as someone else's -- there's just no way to know for sure, says Denis Pelli, professor of psychology and neural science at New York University.

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The Sex Wars: Women Are Sluts and Sperm Are People Too

The Sex Wars: Women Are Sluts and Sperm Are People Too | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Imagine if Rip Van Winkle fell asleep in 1992 and woke up yesterday. He would probably be amazed at the extent to which our national conversation on reproductive health has regressed in 20 years. Abortion is no longer at the center of the debate. It's contraception!

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Adorno and Horkheimer: Towards a New Manifesto

Adorno and Horkheimer: Towards a New Manifesto | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'Thinking that renounces argument -- Heidegger -- switches into pure irrationalism,' Adorno cautions; 'the mistrust of argument is at bottom what has inspired the Husserls and the Heideggers. The diabolical aspect of it is that the abolition of argument means that their writing ends up in tautology and nonsense.'

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Turing: The man behind the machine

Turing: The man behind the machine | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alan Turing is famous for many reasons. Andrew Hodges delves into why Turing's achievements took so long to be recognized.

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See 5 Bright Planets in Night Sky — First Time in 8 Years

See 5 Bright Planets in Night Sky — First Time in 8 Years | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Find out when and where this week to see the naked-eye planets, the two brightest stars, and the moon parade across the sky in one night.

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Reading Jane Austen as a moral philosopher

Reading Jane Austen as a moral philosopher | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Jane Austen wrote romantic comedies about middle-class girls looking for a good husband among the landed gentry. If that were all there was to it we wouldn't take her any more seriously now than the genre hacks published by Mills and Boon. But Austen was also a brilliant moral philosopher who analysed and taught a virtue ethics for middle-class life that is surprisingly contemporary.

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Kepler's findings are out of this world (and the best is yet to come)

Kepler's findings are out of this world (and the best is yet to come) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Over the past few months, NASA’s Kepler mission has repeatedly made headlines with announcements of new and unusual planetary systems around other stars.

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Consciousness: why bother?

Consciousness: why bother? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Chris Frith: It allows us to share our experiences with others, giving us a better understanding of ourselves and the world.

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'Killing babies' article reveals the truth of abortion, say pro-lifers

'Killing babies' article reveals the truth of abortion, say pro-lifers | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Pro-life campaigners have welcomed publication of an article arguing killing newborns should be 'permissible,' saying it showed there was no moral difference between abortion and infanticide.

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There's no good argument for infanticide

There's no good argument for infanticide | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Philosophers Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva have received an avalanche of abusive comments and emails following the publication of their paper on 'post-birth abortion' in last week’s Journal of Medical Ethics. The response has been despicable but it shouldn’t blind us to the flaws in the authors' argument.

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Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson on The Wire

Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson on The Wire | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Last week, Slavoj Žižek—the clown prince of contemporary Marxist philosophy, star of The Pervert's Guide to Cinema, scene-stealer of Examined Life, and subject of the celebrated documentary Žižek!—spoke at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities on a subject he was born to tackle: The Wire.

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Atlantic Records founder bequeaths £26m to Oxford University students

Atlantic Records founder bequeaths £26m to Oxford University students | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Ahmet Ertegun and widow Mica to fund graduate scholarships in biggest donation for humanities students in university's history.

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Immortal worms defy aging

Immortal worms defy aging | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers from The University of Nottingham have discovered how planarian flatworms overcome the aging process to be potentially immortal: they can rejuvenate their telomeres.

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Delivering RNA with tiny sponge-like spheres

Delivering RNA with tiny sponge-like spheres | Gavagai | Scoop.it

New RNA interference method holds promise for treating cancer, other diseases.

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Martin Heidegger, philosopher and nazi

Martin Heidegger, philosopher and nazi | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If Magic: The Gathering were about philosophy.

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Joshuah Foer: Moonwalking with Einstein

Joshuah Foer: Moonwalking with Einstein | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Mark Frauenfelder: At TED2012 I interviewed Joshuah Foer, who gave a presentation about his recent book, Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything.

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Turing at 100: Legacy of a universal mind

Turing at 100: Legacy of a universal mind | Gavagai | Scoop.it

From the day he was born — 23 June 1912 — Alan Mathison Turing seemed destined to solitude, misunderstanding and persecution. As his centenary year opens, Nature hails him as one of the top scientific minds of all time

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Computer modelling: Brain in a box

Computer modelling: Brain in a box | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Henry Markram wants €1 billion to model the entire human brain. Sceptics don't think he should get it.

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Learning How to Argue: An Interview with Ran Yunfei

Learning How to Argue: An Interview with Ran Yunfei | Gavagai | Scoop.it

One of China’s most outspoken public intellectuals, Ran Yunfei was detained last year after calls went out for China to emulate the 'Jasmine Revolution' protests sweeping North Africa.

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Tony Judt: A Final Victory

Tony Judt: A Final Victory | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Jennifer Homans: I was married to Tony Judt. I lived with him and our two children as he faced the terror of ALS, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It was a two-year ordeal, from his diagnosis in 2008 to his death in 2010, and during it Tony managed against all human odds to write three books.

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55 Free Philosophy Courses

55 Free Philosophy Courses | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Free Courses collection just went through a major update, and it now lists more than 50 courses -- 55 to be precise.

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Infanticide is repellent. Feeling that way doesn't make you Glenn Beck

Infanticide is repellent. Feeling that way doesn't make you Glenn Beck | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Academics should be free to claim that killing newborns could be as ethical as abortion – but we are equally free to be disgusted.

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Sorry, there's no such thing as 'correct grammar'

Sorry, there's no such thing as 'correct grammar' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Michael Rosen: Martin Gwynne may have fun telling people the rules of grammar, but language is owned and controlled by everybody.

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Memory Is Not a Recording Device: How Technology Shaped Our Metaphors for Remembering

Memory Is Not a Recording Device: How Technology Shaped Our Metaphors for Remembering | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Debunking the myth that memory is about 'reliving' a permanent record stored in a filing cabinet.

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