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How Do You Say ‘Disagreement’ in Pirahã?

How Do You Say ‘Disagreement’ in Pirahã? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Dan Everett, a linguist who studies Pirahã, the language of a small tribe in the Brazilian Amazon, is raising academic hackles again with a new book, and a documentary is on the way.

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The Power of Simple Words

Long, fancy words designed to show off your intelligence and vocabulary are all very well, but they aren't always the best words. In this short, playful video Terin Izil explains why simple, punchy language is often the clearest way to convey a message.

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Killing emos, and the future, in Iraq

Killing emos, and the future, in Iraq | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Youths identifying with the 'emo' music subculture are among the martyrs of the Arab world's revolutionary wave.

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Age of Ignorance

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Charles Simic: Widespread ignorance bordering on idiocy is our new national goal. It’s no use pretending otherwise and telling us, as Thomas Friedman did in the Times a few days ago, that educated people are the nation’s most valuable resources. Sure, they are, but do we still want them? It doesn’t look to me as if we do. The ideal citizen of a politically corrupt state, such as the one we now have, is a gullible dolt unable to tell truth from bullshit.

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Satellites expose 8,000 years of civilization

Satellites expose 8,000 years of civilization | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Archaeologists develop large-scale method to identify ancient human settlements.

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Thomas Aquinas for today

Thomas Aquinas for today | Gavagai | Scoop.it

His world view was different from ours, but Aquinas reminds us that wisdom is about more than how things work or how useful they are.

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Noam Chomsky's life in pictures

Noam Chomsky's life in pictures | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Noam Chomsky (born 1928) is a linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, historian and activist and one of the world's most influential intellectuals. He is an institute professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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A New Take on the Birth and Death of Words

A New Take on the Birth and Death of Words | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Have physicists, tapping Google's scanned books, discovered universal laws about language?

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Albert Einstein's complete archives to be posted online

Albert Einstein's complete archives to be posted online | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Hebrew University releases initial 2,000 documents including unseen letters, postcards and research notes.

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Are Some Brains Better at Learning Languages?

Are Some Brains Better at Learning Languages? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

People who learn many languages may have different brains from the rest of us.

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When Does Learning Begin?

When Does Learning Begin? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In a recent interview, the United States’ foremost educational historian Diane Ravitch told Big Think what really matters when it comes to learning, inside schools and out. Contrary to conventional wisdom, she says, it's not K-12 teachers who are most responsible for kids' progress -- ages 0-5 are some of the most developmentally important, with continued resonance throughout one's entire life.

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Give me a reasonable believer over an uncompromising atheist any day

Give me a reasonable believer over an uncompromising atheist any day | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Julian Baggini: In a coalition of the reasonable, I might have more fruitful dialogue with an evangelical or Catholic than a fellow atheist.

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Daily dose of aspirin can cut cancer risk, say studies

Daily dose of aspirin can cut cancer risk, say studies | Gavagai | Scoop.it

New research shows that taking daily low-dose pills for just three years can reduce your risk of cancer by about a quarter.

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Werner Herzog and Cormac McCarthy Talk Science and Culture

Werner Herzog and Cormac McCarthy Talk Science and Culture | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Physicist Lawrence M. Krauss suggests that science and art ask the same fundamental question: Who are we, and what is our place in the universe? He is joined in his exploration of this question by the great filmmaker Werner Herzog and 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner Cormack McCarthy.

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Liberating America's secret, for-pay laws

Liberating America's secret, for-pay laws | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Did you know that vital parts of the US law are secret, and you're only allowed to read them if you pay a standards body thousands of dollars for the right to find out what the law of the land is?

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Killing the Story

Killing the Story | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, Mike Daisey made it easy for people to distrust their response to real issues inherent in our willingness to rely on products that are made under working conditions we would never accept on our own soil. He’s made it easy for us to stop caring, to be more cynical. To disbelieve.

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Frumpy or Chic? Tweed or Kente? Sometimes Clothes Make the Professor

Frumpy or Chic? Tweed or Kente? Sometimes Clothes Make the Professor | Gavagai | Scoop.it

There was just one problem with the English department's job candidate: his pants.

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Kierkegaard: The Danish Doctor of Dread

Kierkegaard: The Danish Doctor of Dread | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If Soren Kierkegaard were alive today he'd be given a refillable prescription for Xanax, but his insights may be the better medicine.

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Harold Wilson's curator insight, February 16, 4:03 PM

A very nice comment on how Kierkegaard's view of the cure to 'anxiety' would be very different than what modern doctors might prescribe from the director of the Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College. 

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The history of life, the universe and everything - visualised

The history of life, the universe and everything - visualised | Gavagai | Scoop.it

How do you show everything that has ever happened? Everything. This visualisation from the Chronozoom project takes the biggest of big data - the universe itself - and makes it manageable, bringing videos, graphics and words together to picture the globe. 

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Your Complicated Amygdala: Why Brain-Imaging Work Is Misleading

Your Complicated Amygdala: Why Brain-Imaging Work Is Misleading | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Many new studies of our brain and how it works are painting overly simplistic pictures, leading us to believe things are simpler than they are.

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The myth of the lone genius

The myth of the lone genius | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Genuine scientific progress is usually collaborative even if the nature of fame, and fiction, is to single out individuals.

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Here's Looking at Me, Kid

Here's Looking at Me, Kid | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau identified two kinds of self-love—one a healthy sort of self-interestedness, which he thought living in society destroyed, the other the vanity that comes about from living in society—a self-consciousness that renders us constantly aware of how others see us.

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Are humans apes, monkeys, primates, or hominoids?

Are humans apes, monkeys, primates, or hominoids? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

I suspect the correct literary answer is that we are Yahoos, but here I want to do what I would ordinarily never dare do: disagree with John Hawks. John takes Jerry Coyne to task for calling humans 'apes': Humans are hominoids.

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