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Free access to articles on Rousseau

To celebrate the 300th birthday of philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Oxford Journals is offering free access to a collection of articles in its journals relevant to his philosophy.

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Alan Turing’s Patterns in Nature, and Beyond

Alan Turing’s Patterns in Nature, and Beyond | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Near the end of his life, the great mathematician Alan Turing wrote his first and last paper on biology and chemistry, about how a certain type of chemical reaction ought to produce many patterns seen in nature.

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E. O. Wilson: Evolution and Our Inner Conflict

E. O. Wilson: Evolution and Our Inner Conflict | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The human species' vexing combination of 'sin' and 'virtue' may be better explained by the two extreme evolutionary forces that created us.

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The modern phlogiston: why 'thinking machines' don't need computers

The modern phlogiston: why 'thinking machines' don't need computers | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Colin Hales: I find myself in a kind-of modern version of the phlogiston story with my research into artificial general intelligence. I swim against the tide of the received view – that is, a position that is taken for granted without apparent need for criticism.

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How American fundamentalist schools are using the Loch Ness monster to disprove evolution

How American fundamentalist schools are using the Loch Ness monster to disprove evolution | Gavagai | Scoop.it

IT sounds like a plot dreamed up by the creators of Southpark, but it's all true: schoolchildren in Louisiana are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real in a bid by religious educators to disprove Darwin's theory of evolution.

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The Big Bang Didn't Need God to Start Universe, Researchers Say

The Big Bang Didn't Need God to Start Universe, Researchers Say | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'The Big Bang could've occurred as a result of just the laws of physics being there,' said astrophysicist Alex Filippenko of the University of California, Berkeley. 'With the laws of physics, you can get universes.'

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Julian Assange Interviews Imran Khan

No country has ever been bombed by its own ally, like Pakistan has been bombed by the US, Pakistani politician Imran Khan tells Julian Assange. He says it is time to put an end to the US-Pakistani 'client-master' relationship. ­In the ninth episode of his show, Julian Assange talks to Imran Khan, whose political party was ignored for years and which US State Department cables called 'Pakistan's one-man party'.

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How would Alan Turing develop biology?

How would Alan Turing develop biology? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alan Turing was a pioneer of computing, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and biology. His pursuit of the latter was cut short. What was his contribution to biology and where would he have taken the field with more time?

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Paul Krugman: Solving Europe's Crisis 'Is Not Going To Be About Punishing The Guilty'

Paul Krugman: Solving Europe's Crisis 'Is Not Going To Be About Punishing The Guilty' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Paul Krugman says that European leaders need to forget about exacting punishment and get around to actually addressing the crisis in Europe. 'This is not a morality play. You have to find answers'.

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Why We Lie, Go to Prison and Eat Cake: 10 Questions With Dan Ariely

Why We Lie, Go to Prison and Eat Cake: 10 Questions With Dan Ariely | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A professor of behavioral economics and psychology at Duke University, Ariely is the author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality, both New York Times bestsellers. Ariely’s new book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty, explores some of the surprising reasons we lie to each other, and ourselves.

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The highly productive habits of Alan Turing

The highly productive habits of Alan Turing | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Alan Turing's achievements speak for themselves—but the way he lived his remarkable and tragically shortened life is less known. What follows are seven Turing Qualities that we could all emulate to our benefit.

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What would Rousseau make of our selfish age?

What would Rousseau make of our selfish age? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Terry Eagleton: 300 years after Rousseau's birth, the great Enlightenment philosopher would surely be horrified by modern Europe.

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Classroom Lectures Go Digital with Video-On-Demand

Classroom Lectures Go Digital with Video-On-Demand | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Thanks to digital media like video-on-demand broadcasts, lectures that students would normally receive in the classroom are migrating outside of brick and mortar schools.

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What the Supercool Arctic Ground Squirrel Teaches Us about the Brain's Resilience

What the Supercool Arctic Ground Squirrel Teaches Us about the Brain's Resilience | Gavagai | Scoop.it

During hibernation, the ground squirrel's brain loses many vital neural connections, but it has evolved a way to recuperate. Understanding that process might help scientists treat Alzheimer's.

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Would finding aliens shatter religious beliefs?

Would finding aliens shatter religious beliefs? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The discovery of life beyond Earth would shake up our view of humanity's place in the universe, but it probably wouldn't seriously threaten organized religion, experts say.

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Vanishing Languages

Vanishing Languages | Gavagai | Scoop.it

One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.

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E.O. Wilson: Advice to young scientists

'The world needs you, badly,' begins celebrated biologist E.O. Wilson in his letter to a young scientist. Previewing his upcoming book, he gives advice collected from a lifetime of experience -- reminding us that wonder and creativity are the center of the scientific life.

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An ancient philosopher for the Twitter generation

An ancient philosopher for the Twitter generation | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It is very much philosophy for the Twitter generation. No time to wade through a dense tract of complex thinking when you've got to keep up with Facebook, and the Euros are on? Well, Marcus Aurelius is your man. His tome is a compilation of aperçus and observations that you can dip in and out of, taking a lesson then getting on with your life.

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When Chomsky wept

When Chomsky wept | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Fred Branfman: I first met Noam Chomsky in Laos, where I showed him the devastating effects of U.S. air raids.

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Mathematics Made Visible: The Extraordinary Art of M.C. Escher

Mathematics Made Visible: The Extraordinary Art of M.C. Escher | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The eye and the intellect play off one another in surprising and beautiful ways in the art of M.C. Escher. Where the Renaissance masters used shading and perspective to create the illusion of three-dimensional depth on two dimensional surfaces, Escher turned those tricks in on themselves to create puzzles and paradoxes. He manipulated our faculties of perception not simply to please the senses, but to stimulate the mind.

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Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation's Benefits

Just Breathe: Confirming Meditation's Benefits | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Plenty of followers swear by meditation to cure a long list of ails. But how does it work? Neuroscientist Clifford Saron, of the University of California, Davis, and a Who’s Who of peers, are spending millions to find out.

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Richard Dawkins in furious row with EO Wilson over theory of evolution

Richard Dawkins in furious row with EO Wilson over theory of evolution | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Book review sparks war of words between grand old man of biology and Oxford's most high-profile Darwinist.

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A beautiful mind: The Science Museum's Alan Turing exhibition

A beautiful mind: The Science Museum's Alan Turing exhibition | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Like artists, many scientists do not achieve the fame they deserve until after they are dead. Alan Turing, the British mathematician best-known for his codebreaking exploits at Bletchley Park during the second world war, and for fathering the information age, is a perfect example.

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