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How America Lost Its Way

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It is getting ever harder to do business in the United States, argues Niall Ferguson, and more stimulus won't help: Our institutions need fixing.
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Inside the moonshot effort to finally figure out the brain

Inside the moonshot effort to finally figure out the brain | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
AI is only loosely modeled on the brain. So what if you wanted to do it right? You’d need to do what has been impossible until now: map what actually happens in neurons and nerve fibers.
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“A Night at the Garden” Is the Most Terrifying Movie You Can Watch This Halloween

“A Night at the Garden” Is the Most Terrifying Movie You Can Watch This Halloween | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
This new documentary about a Nazi rally in New York City in 1939 lasts just six minutes. But if you truly see it, your fear will continue long afterward.
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Married to a Mystery Man

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A woman comes to the conclusion that it’s not a lack of love that ends long-term relationships; it’s a lack of curiosity.
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How Martin Luther Changed the World

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Five hundred years after he started the Reformation, his ideas and his ornery personality remain as potent as ever.
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Thinking Like a Mountain

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Forty years ago, John Berger called the zoo “an epitaph to a relationship” between people and animals. Today those words could be applied to much of middle-class mass culture: it has become a kind of memorial to the nonhuman world, revived in a thousand representations even as it disappears all at once.
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The Oral History of John Titor, the Man Who Traveled Back in Time to Save the Internet

The Oral History of John Titor, the Man Who Traveled Back in Time to Save the Internet | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Having traveled from the year 2036 to the "Coast to Coast AM" forums, John Titor was a fictional character who took on a life of his own.
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This Is What It's Like To Live On The Russian Border

This Is What It's Like To Live On The Russian Border | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Traveling along the borders that rose up after the Soviet Union fell, a team of photographers captured just how much Russia still influences these countries.
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The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz - Los Angeles Review of Books

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California's Poet Laureate, Dana Gioia, presents his poem “The Ballad of Jesus Ortiz,” which is based on the life and death of his great-grandfather.
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LRB · Jonathan Raban · Belt, Boots and Spurs: Dunkirk, 1940

LRB · Jonathan Raban · Belt, Boots and Spurs: Dunkirk, 1940 | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The war rescued my father, Peter Raban, from his first job as a probationary teacher in the West Midlands and restored him to his proper station as an officer and a gentleman. He had hoped to go on to university (Oxford or Cambridge) from his boarding school in Worcester but his dismal . . .
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Barbara Kruger’s Supreme Performance

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Jamie Lauren Keiles on the artist Barbara Kruger’s installations for this year’s Performa Biennial, in New York.
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Chef English Major

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An excerpt from “A Really Big Lunch: Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand,” by Jim Harrison.
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Why This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Creative Manifesto

Why This Second Grade Handout Should Be Your New Creative Manifesto | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Focus on simple but crystal-clear fixes to challenges and hurdles.
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Perspective | The Reformation is over. Protestants won. So why are we still here?

Perspective | The Reformation is over. Protestants won. So why are we still here? | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Roman Catholicism is rich and vibrant. But someone has to keep the Church honest.
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What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

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I trekked with nomads. Their attitude about possessions presages a new age of traveling light.
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We are Witnesses

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The American criminal justice system consists of 2.2 million people behind bars, plus tens of millions of family members, corrections and police officers, parolees, victims of crime, judges
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Suitcase Full of Candy: An Interview with Svetlana Alexievich

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Svetlana Alexievich on meatballs, Trump, and dying beautifully
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An Unsustainable Island

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Hurricane Maria has exposed and intensified the island’s ecological crisis and its human consequences. Can it build a sustainable future?
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The way strangers meet via dating websites is changing society in unexpected ways, say researchers

The way strangers meet via dating websites is changing society in unexpected ways, say researchers | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Dating websites have changed the way couples meet. Now evidence is emerging that this change is influencing levels of interracial marriage and even the stability of marriage itself.
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A science-based guide offers tips for exploiting and overcoming faulty decision-making

A science-based guide offers tips for exploiting and overcoming faulty decision-making | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Humans have put men on the moon. We have split the atom. We can predict tides, eclipses, and even asteroid flybys to the minute. None of this would be possible without a characteristically human form of objective, rational thinking. With facts in hand, we can use reasoning to arrive at new knowledge
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René Girard’s Purgatorial Journey » Education & Culture

Cynthia L. Haven shows how René Girard’s intellectual and religious conversion led to his profound understanding of “triangular desire.”
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