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The Big Ideas podcast: Friedrich Nietzsche's 'God is dead'

The Big Ideas podcast: Friedrich Nietzsche's 'God is dead' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What did Nietzsche mean by the death of God? Benjamen Walker and guests explore the legacy of the German philosopher's statement.

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The High Price of Long Life

The High Price of Long Life | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If anti-aging drugs are possible, they will require dangerous—and ethically troubling—clinical trials.

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Atheism in America

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Godlessness is the last big taboo in the US, where non-believers face discrimination and isolation.

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Do the dead outnumber the living?

Do the dead outnumber the living? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The population of the planet reached seven billion in October last year, according to the United Nations. But what's the figure for all those who have lived before us?

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Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Discussing Robert M. Pirsig's 1974 philosophical, autobiographical novel about the role of value judgments in rationality: how our culture gets this wrong.

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Hearing metaphors activates brain regions involved in sensory experience

Hearing metaphors activates brain regions involved in sensory experience | Gavagai | Scoop.it

When a friend tells you she had a rough day, do you feel sandpaper under your fingers? The brain may be replaying sensory experiences to help understand common metaphors, new research suggests.

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Researchers discover challenges of debating scholarly work on the Web

Researchers discover challenges of debating scholarly work on the Web | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Blog-borne debate about a study on the relationship between social media and scholarly communications reaches new levels of meta.

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'Most Amazing Earth Image' From the Other Side

'Most Amazing Earth Image' From the Other Side | Gavagai | Scoop.it

NASA said that their Blue Marble 2012 was 'the most amazing image of Earth ever.' Now they have released the other half, answering to popular demand.

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The First Video of the Far Side of the Moon

The First Video of the Far Side of the Moon | Gavagai | Scoop.it

NASA's GRAIL mission just released the first video footage of the far side of the Moon from its Ebb spacecraft, taken on January 19.

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Occupy Philosophy!

Occupy Philosophy! | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Smack in the middle of the holidays, on a Wednesday night in very late December, about 150 people—philosophy professors and graduate students—gathered in a hotel conference room in Washington, DC, for a panel called, 'Thinking Occupation: Philosophers Respond to Occupy Wall Street.' The panel had been added, very late in the game, to the program of the 108th Eastern Division American Philosophical Association Meeting.

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Ethics without Philosophers (the Appalling State of Affairs in Business)

Ethics without Philosophers (the Appalling State of Affairs in Business) | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Could someone without a business degree become a marketing consultant?  No? Then how is it that people without philosophy degrees are becoming ethics consultants?

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U.S. State Science Standards Are ‘Mediocre to Awful’

U.S. State Science Standards Are ‘Mediocre to Awful’ | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What exactly is going wrong? The study’s lead authors identified four main factors: an undermining of evolution, vague goals, not enough guidance for teachers on how to integrate the history of science and the concept of scientific inquiry into their lessons, and not enough math instruction.

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Head transplants and the Szymborska’s Experiment

Head transplants and the Szymborska’s Experiment | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The Nobel prize-winning poet Wisława Szymborska wrote one of her most striking poems about a morbid experiment where a dog's head was cut from its body but kept alive by a blood-pumping machine.

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Can We Use Fiction to Teach Non-fiction?

Can We Use Fiction to Teach Non-fiction? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

To what extent, if at all, is it useful/feasible/desirable to use fiction to teach non-fictive material? And to what extent, if at all, is it currently being done?

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Iraqi Universities: An Education in Occupation

Iraqi Universities: An Education in Occupation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Iraq's once great universities are in ruins -- thanks to the United States.

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DIY science: should you try this at home?

DIY science: should you try this at home? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

When Richard Handl was arrested for attempting to split the atom on his stove, he joined a growing band of experimenters cooking up trouble in the kitchen.

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Modernism Then and Now

Modernism Then and Now | Gavagai | Scoop.it

This exchange began as a planned book review of Michael Levenson’s Modernism (Yale, 2011). But modernism has a way of making most plans fall apart. Our conversation was conducted by email during the viciously cold January of 2012. As Ezra Pound put it, we cannot make it cohere.

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Entropy in the kitchen

Entropy in the kitchen | Gavagai | Scoop.it

One of the best discussions I've had in the comments on this blog was about entropy, and it took us from black holes to a cup of tea. This excellent video completes the journey, and then some.

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H. L. Mencken on the Meaning of Life

H. L. Mencken on the Meaning of Life | Gavagai | Scoop.it

There is in every living creature an obscure but powerful impulse to active functioning. Life demands to be lived.

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Can the US Army embrace atheists?

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In a land of faith and flag, Justin Griffith is challenging the US military to abandon its religious ties.

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Alain de Botton's atheist temple is a nice idea, but a defunct one

Alain de Botton's atheist temple is a nice idea, but a defunct one | Gavagai | Scoop.it

De Botton's atheist temple call does not need to be realised – our existing places of worship can be appreciated by all.

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The Philosophy of Games

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A GameCentral reader tackles the games as art debate from an unusual perspective, arguing that what games really lack is a meaning and message - although some already have both.

 

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Roger Scruton: Nature, nurture and liberal values

Roger Scruton: Nature, nurture and liberal values | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Biology determines our behaviour more than it suits many to acknowledge. But people—and politics and morality—cannot be described just by neural impulses.

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Aristotle’s Ideal, Killed by Web

Aristotle’s Ideal, Killed by Web | Gavagai | Scoop.it

No matter what specific chores they perform, all of our smart electronic tools produce novelty. From its beginnings, the Information Age has been about better, easier access to new data, more and more kinds all day long and wherever we go.

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Interview: Alvin Plantinga

Interview: Alvin Plantinga | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Plantinga about his new book, Where the Conflict Really Lies.

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