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Naomi Wolf: How we can connect with feminism's global future

Naomi Wolf: How we can connect with feminism's global future | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In the west, feminism has stalled. But elsewhere, women have found in it a new model of Enlightenment rights and freedoms.

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The GOP's War on Women

The GOP's War on Women | Gavagai | Scoop.it

MoveOn's new ad spot features women repeating brain-curdlingly misogynistic comments made by prominent members of the Republican party.

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Hunters, not climate change, killed giant beasts 40,000 years ago

Hunters, not climate change, killed giant beasts 40,000 years ago | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A team of scientists from six universities say they have put an end to the long-running debate about the cause of the sudden disappearance of giant vertebrates from the Australian ecosystem, and the dramatic change to the landscape that followed.

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Oh, the morality: why ethics matters in economics

Oh, the morality: why ethics matters in economics | Gavagai | Scoop.it

'Morally bankrupt' is how a recently departing Goldman Sachs executive described the culture of the investment bank. As noted in Business Day, this view 'is common among the bank’s critics, many of whom see the firm as a symbol of Wall street’s excesses and a culture of greed which has wreaked havoc on US business and global economy.'

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Will Pornography Create More Freedom In Pakistan?

Will Pornography Create More Freedom In Pakistan? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Thanks to the long arm of technology and people's desire for pornographic material, no amount of censorship or religious virtue can entirely block its availability. This is apparently true in Pakistan and definitely true in America.

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The Brain: The Connections May Be the Key

The Brain: The Connections May Be the Key | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Once we model the connectome—the million billion points of contact between neurons in the brain—we’ll glimpse the anatomy of the mind.

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Ethicists No More Likely Than Non-Ethicists to Pay Their Registration Fees at APA Meetings

I've collected a variety of evidence suggesting that ethics professors behave on average no morally better than do professors not specializing in ethics. Here's another study.

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Philosophy of science as it was taught to John Rawls

Philosophy of science as it was taught to John Rawls | Gavagai | Scoop.it

After coming back from service in World War II in the mid 1940s, Rawls began graduate work at Princeton. He spent a year at Cornell, where he interacted with Norman Malcolm and Max Black. Although he did not defend his disseration until February 1950, it was completed by about Fall 1948.

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'How Creativity Works': It's All In Your Imagination

In his new book, Imagine, Jonah Lehrer explores the art and science of original thinking — from Shakespearean tragedies to the invention of masking tape to Nike's 'Just Do It' campaign. And when you get stuck?

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Umberto Eco on Lists and Making Infinity Comprehensible

Umberto Eco on Lists and Making Infinity Comprehensible | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What Don Giovanni's lovers have to do with the poetics of catalogues.

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Adrian Moore on treating analytic and continental philosophy with equal respect

Adrian Moore on treating analytic and continental philosophy with equal respect | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Adrian Moore's The Evolution of Modern Metaphysics (Cambridge, 2011) attempts to treat the analytic and continental traditions on equal footing -- to treat, with respect and charity, Quine and Lewis and Derrida and Deleuze and many others.

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Does It Matter Whether God Exists?

Does It Matter Whether God Exists? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The philosopher John Gray has recently been arguing that belief in God should have little or nothing to do with religion. Is he right?

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Electricity from trees

Electricity from trees | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Plants have long been known as the lungs of the earth, but a new finding has found they may also play a role in electrifying the atmosphere.

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Science on the Rampage by Freeman Dyson

Science on the Rampage by Freeman Dyson | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Physics on the Fringe describes work done by amateurs, people rejected by the academic establishment and rejecting orthodox academic beliefs.

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90 Degrees in Winter: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like

90 Degrees in Winter: This Is What Climate Change Looks Like | Gavagai | Scoop.it

It’s hard to overstate how impossible this weather is—when you have nearly a century and a half of records, they should be hard to break, much less smash. But this is like Barry Bonds on steroids if his steroids were on steroids, an early season outbreak of heat completely without precedent in its scale and spread.

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First step toward creating a 3D artificial brain

First step toward creating a 3D artificial brain | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers from Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg have taken the first step in creating a three-dimensional model of the brain by attaching neurons to a positively charged nanocellulose scaffold.

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How whales focus beams of sound

How whales focus beams of sound | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Many marine mammals live in a world shaped by sound - producing clicks to map their underwater environment out of echoes.

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Researcher's Findings in the Amazon Pit Him Against Noam Chomsky

Researcher's Findings in the Amazon Pit Him Against Noam Chomsky | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Before any Hollywood premiere, it's worth asking whether Daniel Everett actually has it right. Answering that question is not straightforward, in part because it hinges on a bit of grammar that no one except linguists ever thinks about. It's also made tricky by the fact that Everett is the foremost expert on this language, called Pirahã, and one of only a handful of outsiders who can speak it, making it tough for others to weigh in and leading his critics to wonder aloud if he has somehow rigged the results.

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Counterfactual Faith: An Interview with Simon Critchley

Counterfactual Faith: An Interview with Simon Critchley | Gavagai | Scoop.it

With the publication of his new book The Faith of the Faithless, I spoke to philosopher Simon Critchley about why a counterfactual faith is so important to modern politics, why it offers an 'archive of possibilities' for those involved in political transformation, why there is still an obsession with 'big men,' and what the the true political terrain is today

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Peter Singer: Weigh More, Pay More

Peter Singer: Weigh More, Pay More | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Obesity is an ethical issue, because an increase in weight by some imposes costs on others. That is why obese people should be subject to transport surcharges, and why foods that make people fat should be subject to higher taxes.

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Improbable research: The highs and lows of the musical eyebrow

Improbable research: The highs and lows of the musical eyebrow | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Research by Danish and American researchers shows that eyebrows go higher when singers sing high notes than they do when they sing low notes.

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The rights of dolphins, chimps, and other nonhuman persons

The rights of dolphins, chimps, and other nonhuman persons | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Certain creatures probably deserve legal standing as more than animals. Whether they can get it is a more complicated question.

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