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The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression.
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The unapologetic racial profiling of Muslims has become America’s new normal

The unapologetic racial profiling of Muslims has become America’s new normal | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Better safe than sorry, they say. But what that also means is: Don’t expect an apology. Yet again, a Muslim passenger was removed from a flight because his presence set off alarm bells. To be clear, the young man in question was not flagged by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is tasked with keeping our skies safe
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Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy

Why So Many Smart People Aren’t Happy | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
It’s a paradox: Shouldn’t the most accomplished be well equipped to make choices that maximize life satisfaction?
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Turkey’s biggest newspaper has been taken over by the state without an explanation

Turkey’s biggest newspaper has been taken over by the state without an explanation | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Turkey’s most widely-read newspaper, Zaman, printed one final Saturday edition before their offices were raided by state police. On Friday, a Turkish court ruled that state administrators should run the newspaper. There was no explanation for the decision, according to the BBC. Police entered Zaman offices in Istanbul late on Friday, using tear gas to...
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In Nod to Law Enforcement in Apple Case, Obama Ends Attempt to Straddle Privacy Divide

In Nod to Law Enforcement in Apple Case, Obama Ends Attempt to Straddle Privacy Divide | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Technological advances in encryption made a clash between privacy and security inevitable, forcing him to take a side in the Apple case.
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A Picture in Words From a Syrian Officer, Then Nothing

A Picture in Words From a Syrian Officer, Then Nothing | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Abu al-Majd, who fought with government forces, also struck up a relationship with Times correspondents. Then he was sent to Palmyra, and disappeared.
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“Hamilton” and the Hip-Hop Case for Progressive Heroism - The New Yorker

“Hamilton” and the Hip-Hop Case for Progressive Heroism - The New Yorker | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
The musical “Hamilton” asks what it means to be a progressive hero in the age of Obama, Adam Gopnik writes. 
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The Sexual Misery of the Arab World

The Sexual Misery of the Arab World | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
We act as though sex doesn’t exist, and yet it determines everything that’s unspoken. Sex is everywhere. Especially after death.
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The Ethical Cost of High-Price Art

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In New York last month, Christie’s sold $745 million worth of postwar and contemporary art, the highest total it has ever reached in a single auction. In a more ethical world, to spend tens of millions of dollars on works of art would be status-lowering, not status-enhancing.
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Meet the people out to stop humanity from destroying itself

Meet the people out to stop humanity from destroying itself | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
I. In 1942, one of Robert Oppenheimer’s colleagues came to him with a disturbing suggestion: in the event their work on the Manhattan Project succeeded and they built the world’s first atomic bomb, it was quite possible the explosion would set the skies on fire. Shaken, Oppenheimer privately told one of the project’s most senior...
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Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home

Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause for a SWAT raid on your home | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Robert and Addie Harte had to spend $25,000 to find out why a SWAT team mistakenly raided their home.
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70 Years After Nagasaki Bombing, Atomic Debate Yields Little Consensus

70 Years After Nagasaki Bombing, Atomic Debate Yields Little Consensus | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
On the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, The Times asked readers to debate Truman’s decision. As the Japanese commemorate the Nagasaki anniversary, we review that debate.
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What Would Happen If We Just Gave People Money?

Daniel Straub remembers the night he got hooked on basic income. He had invited Götz Werner, a billionaire owner of a German drugstore chain, to give an indepen…
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A Go Grandmaster Will Battle Google’s AI in a $1M Prizefight

A Go Grandmaster Will Battle Google’s AI in a $1M Prizefight | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Three weeks from today, Google's artificial intelligence will go head-to-head with the real thing.
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In Apple Dispute, FBI Director Urges A 'Deep Breath' Over Phone Security

In Apple Dispute, FBI Director Urges A 'Deep Breath' Over Phone Security | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Days after Apple's CEO wrote an open letter to customers, the head of the FBI responds by urging those involved to "take a deep breath and stop saying the world is ending."
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Is Humanity Getting Better?

Is Humanity Getting Better? | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
The world now is a thoroughly awful place, compared with what it should be. But not compared with what it was.
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A Booming Market for Art That Imitates Life After the Financial Crisis

A Booming Market for Art That Imitates Life After the Financial Crisis | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
There is a growing audience for movies, plays, television shows and novels that address the misdeeds and systemic failures that led to the collapse in 2008.
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Episode 01: Face Off

Episode 01: Face Off | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Welcome to season two of Flash Forward! We kicked off this season with a pretty unlikely future: the entire world goes face blind. Listen here: In the episode we discuss…
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Cognitive Science in the Jazz Club

Cognitive Science in the Jazz Club | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Alec Wilkinson on the Harvard professor and jazz pianist who will perform at the opening of the Met Breuer and who foreshadowed the field of embodied cognition.
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Stephen Hawking: Humanity will only survive by colonizing other planets

Stephen Hawking: Humanity will only survive by colonizing other planets | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Further progress in science and technology is putting humanity at risk of self-annihilation as it creates "new ways things can go wrong." That's the grim warning by professor Stephen Hawking, who is giving this year's Reith Lectures at the BBC. While most of his lectures will focus on what Hawking is best known for—research into black holes—he...
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When Philosophy Lost Its Way

When Philosophy Lost Its Way | Waller TOK | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, acquiring wisdom and being a good person were intimately linked. The modern university changed all that.
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