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Seven Questions for Stephen Hawking: What Would He Ask Albert Einstein & More

Seven Questions for Stephen Hawking: What Would He Ask Albert Einstein & More | Gavagai | Scoop.it

If Stephen Hawking could talk with Albert Einstein, what would he say?

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Should Hate Speech Be Outlawed?

Should Hate Speech Be Outlawed? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

In The Harm in Hate Speech, Jeremy Waldron discusses a loosely defined category of expression that he addressed in a review of Anthony Lewis’s book Freedom for the Thought That We Hate in The New York Review in 2008, and in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures at Harvard University in 2009.

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What Thomas Kuhn Really Thought about Scientific 'Truth'

What Thomas Kuhn Really Thought about Scientific 'Truth' | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Denying the view of science as a continual building process, Kuhn held that a revolution is a destructive as well as a creative act.

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Physics to the Dogs: A Lost Decade for U.S. Scientists?

Physics to the Dogs: A Lost Decade for U.S. Scientists? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

A Chinese flag, not an American one, will be planted in the lunar dust when the next manned mission to the moon occurs some time around 2025. Scientific teams in Europe, not the U.S., are poised to discover the Higgs boson. Indeed, the U.S. has lost the initiative not just in space, but also in fundamental research.

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Property Rights and the Tragedy of the Commons

Property Rights and the Tragedy of the Commons | Gavagai | Scoop.it

By Jonathan H.Adler, a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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Is Kierkegaard's Present Age Our Own?

Is Kierkegaard's Present Age Our Own? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Despite the stress he lays upon interiority, indirect communication, subjectivity, the individual, Kierkegaard (no less than does Hegel) knows we are at bottom relational beings -- we do not have our real being locked away like a treasure of substance in ourselves, but live it our and realize it in relation to others -- even if those others are partly within us, partly where others have permeated us.

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The changing complexity of congressional speech

The changing complexity of congressional speech | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Congress now speaks at almost a full grade level lower than it did just seven years ago, with the most conservative members of Congress speaking on average at the lowest grade level, according to a new Sunlight Foundation analysis of the Congressional Record using Capitol Words.

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Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, Part 2

Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, Part 2 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

The writer's sprawling 8,000-page 'Exegesis' harkens back to the future with the second-century Christian Gnostics.

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Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research

Require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research | Gavagai | Scoop.it

An online petition to the White House.

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Researchers map damaged connections in Phineas Gage's brain

Researchers map damaged connections in Phineas Gage's brain | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Researchers at UCLA, using brain-imaging data that was lost to science for a decade, have broadened the examination of Gage to look at the damage to the white matter 'pathways' that connect various regions of the brain

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Discovering Electromagnetism

Discovering Electromagnetism | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Maxwell's genius was to formulate the equations that exactly quantified the relationship between the electricity and magnetism, showing how a time-varying electric field, E, would generate a magnetic field, B, and vice versa.

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Watch Bryan Magee’s In-Depth, Uncut TV Conversations With Famous Philosophers

Watch Bryan Magee’s In-Depth, Uncut TV Conversations With Famous Philosophers | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Oxbridge-refined, intellectually omnivorous, occasionally office-holding, radio- and television-savvy man of letters.

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Watch Errol Morris’ Tribute to Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

Watch Errol Morris’ Tribute to Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Morris weaves biography in with the science, interviewing members of Stephen Hawking’s family–his mother, sister and aunt–along with friends and colleagues, including Roger Penrose, Dennis Sciama and John Archibald Wheeler.

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Science Fiction Is Barely Ahead of Space Exploration Reality

Science Fiction Is Barely Ahead of Space Exploration Reality | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Science fiction writers will always, by definition, be one step ahead of engineers, and interstellar travel and time travel still elude them.

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Carl Sagan on Mastering the Vital Balance of Skepticism & Openness

Carl Sagan on Mastering the Vital Balance of Skepticism & Openness | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Fine-tuning the machinery of distinguishing the valid from the non-valid.

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The Idea TED Didn’t Consider Worth Spreading: The Rich Aren’t Really Job Creators

The Idea TED Didn’t Consider Worth Spreading: The Rich Aren’t Really Job Creators | Gavagai | Scoop.it

TED didn’t see Hanauer’s ideas as being 'worth spreading.' The video now appears on YouTube. You can watch it and decide what you think: Censorship or selectivity? Or, let me add a third option: a lack of nerve?

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So Alain de Botton thinks we need a new kind of porn. Well I've got a few ideas for him

So Alain de Botton thinks we need a new kind of porn. Well I've got a few ideas for him | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Hadley Freeman: Alain, if you are stroking your chin while 'contemplating' porn, you are stroking the wrong part of your anatomy.

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Beating heart muscle cells created from skin cells

Beating heart muscle cells created from skin cells | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Scientists took skin tissue from men who had suffered a heart attack and transformed it into 'induced pluripotent stem cells'. These cells were then grown into heart cells and injected into a rat heart, where they beat in time with the rat's cells.

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Time-Lapse Video of Incredible Annular Solar Eclipse

Time-Lapse Video of Incredible Annular Solar Eclipse | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Created by amateur astrophotographer Cory Poole, a math and science teacher, the video gives a great overview of the entire eclipse from start to finish. Poole watched the event from Redding, California, which was directly in the path of the moon’s shadow, allowing him to capture the full extent of the 'ring of fire.'

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Anne Boleyn: witch, bitch, temptress, feminist

Anne Boleyn: witch, bitch, temptress, feminist | Gavagai | Scoop.it

We argue over her, we admire and revile her – we constantly reinvent her. Henry VIII's second wife is one of the most controversial women in English history

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How does China define human rights?

How does China define human rights? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

After diplomatic debate over dissident Chen Guangcheng, we ask on what basis the US should judge China's rights record.

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Frank Zappa lectures at Syracuse University, 1975

Frank Zappa lectures at Syracuse University, 1975 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Frank Zappa lecturing at the Gifford Auditorium of Syracuse University on 23rd April 1975, along with George Duke and Captain Beefheart.

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The Inner Lives of Animals

The Inner Lives of Animals | Gavagai | Scoop.it

Since the 1970s, many cognitive ethologists and other specialists who study animals have challenged old orthodoxies about animal minds, including many implications of the 'no symbols'model.

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Do Public Schools Threaten National Security?

Do Public Schools Threaten National Security? | Gavagai | Scoop.it

What marks this report as different from its predecessors is its profound indifference to the role of public education in a democratic society, and its certainty that private organizations will succeed where the public schools have failed.

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Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, Part 1

Philip K. Dick, Sci-Fi Philosopher, Part 1 | Gavagai | Scoop.it

He was one of the most influential science fiction writers of the 20th century, but few people consider him a thinker. That would be a mistake.

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