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Republicans Play a Solo Game of Chicken -- and Lose

Republicans Play a Solo Game of Chicken -- and Lose | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
If you actually want to meaningfully reduce the size of government, you need to be against specific things even if they benefit voters in your district.
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A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story - The New York Times

A Brand-New Version of Our Origin Story - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The Harvard geneticist David Reich details his groundbreaking research into ancient DNA in “Who We Are and How We Got Here.”
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Carlo Rovelli on the meaning of time

Carlo Rovelli on the meaning of time | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The theoretical physicist on why ‘exploring the nature of time leads us to understand something about ourselves’
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The 100 Most Influential Pages in Comic Book History

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The 100 Most Influential Pages in Comic Book History: From Superman to Smile, Mickey to Maus: Tracing the evolution of comic books by looking at the pictures, panels, and text that brought them to life.
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Blogging is most certainly not dead

A few weeks ago, I asked the readers of the Noticing newsletter to send in links to their blogs and newsletters (or to their favor
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Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in | World news | The Guardian

Accelerationism: how a fringe philosophy predicted the future we live in | World news | The Guardian | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The long read: The world is changing at dizzying speed – but for some thinkers, not quickly enough. Is accelerationism a dangerous idea or does it speak to our troubled times?
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Cézanne’s Colorful Coterie

A exhibition at the National Gallery of Art is the largest-ever gathering of the artist’s portraits, and the first to focus exclusively on them.
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Seeing and Being Seen: A Conversation with Adrian Tomine

Seeing and Being Seen: A Conversation with Adrian Tomine | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Sarah Chihaya talks to Adrian Tomine about his writing process, Asian-American literature, and the Bay Area.
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Before a parting of the ways –

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At Mere Orthodoxy last week, Jake Meador wrote a piece about "The Parting of Ways Among Younger Christians." Despite being a protestant, Meador has followed Catholics' discussions of integralism and liberalism fairly closely and is, unlike some other protestants, a fairly sympathetic observer. Meador is commenting upon a note by Alan Jacobs about the recent…
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The contributions of Rene Girard

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Carl L asks: Address the scapegoating theory of René Girard in general, and its possible application to economics. Peter Thiel has repeatedly cited Girard as an important influence and has even said his theory was partly the reason he invested in […]
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Andrew Sullivan on the Opioid Epidemic in America

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The scale and darkness of the opioid epidemic in America, where drug overdoses claimed more lives in 2017 than were lost in the entire Vietnam War, is a sign of a civilization in a more acute crisis than we knew, writes Andrew Sullivan.
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The offloading ape: the human is the beast that automates | Aeon Essays

The offloading ape: the human is the beast that automates | Aeon Essays | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
It’s not tools, culture or communication that make humans unique but our knack for offloading dirty work onto machines
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Review: Saints, Emperors and ‘The Triumph of Christianity’

Review: Saints, Emperors and ‘The Triumph of Christianity’ | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Did Christianity grow quickly, shared by zealous proselytizers? Or did it spread gradually, quietly being adopted by respectable Roman families? Douglas Boin reviews ‘The Triumph of Christianity’ by Bart D. Ehrman.
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Chinese cult writer Chen Qiufan on pushing the boundaries of sci-fi

Chinese cult writer Chen Qiufan on pushing the boundaries of sci-fi | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The prizewinning author is one of the bright stars of China’s burgeoning science fiction scene
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How Joan Didion Became Joan Didion

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"Didion was one of the boys, clearly, in the sense that men had noticed her writing and wanted to publish her. But she also couldn’t quite fit into their regime." An excerpt from Michelle Dean's new book, Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion.
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Looking for the best history podcast? We count down the top 38!

Looking for the best history podcast? We count down the top 38! | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
To compile our definitive list of the best history podcasts of all time, we’ve listened to hundreds of them and filtered down the best.
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On the Blackness of the Panther – Teju Cole –

I began to become African a little over twenty-five years ago. That was when I left Nigeria and moved to the US. I had been born in the US in the summer of 1975 and had been taken to Nigeria in the…
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Keeper of the Stories

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I just divvied up nine pounds of chuck roast between two slow cookers, layering each one on top of a bed of carrots and potatoes and onions, then a couple of sheets of Reynolds Wrap crimped together and punctured so that the roast juices can run down into the vegetables but the roast will hold together, then the meat,
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Writer Jan Morris on reporting from Everest and changing sex

Writer Jan Morris on reporting from Everest and changing sex | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Travel has fuelled her outsized life. At 91, she reflects on the meaning of adventure
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Fear the wrath of robots, for their judgement is final and irrevocable • The Register

Fear the wrath of robots, for their judgement is final and irrevocable • The Register | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
The right to be forgiven will soon be more important than the right to be forgotten
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Targeting the facts - America's favorite guns - Pictures - CBS News

Targeting the facts - America's favorite guns - Pictures - CBS News | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
These are the bestselling firearms in the U.S., according to the ATF and GunBroker.com
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The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction | Environment | The Guardian

The terrifying phenomenon that is pushing species towards extinction | Environment | The Guardian | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Scientists are alarmed by a rise in mass mortality events – when species die in their thousands. Is it all down to climate change?
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A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia - The New York Times

A Literary Road Trip Into the Heart of Russia - The New York Times | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
In the land of Tolstoy, Turgenev and now Putin, what are the stories Russians are telling themselves?
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I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends

I Cracked Facebook’s New Algorithm And Tortured My Friends | Brain Candy | Scoop.it
Or, how to lose friends and influence people.
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