The Revolt of Islam - The New Yorker

I encourage everyone to read this wonderfully informative, recently-unlocked piece from the New Yorker, written shortly after 9/11, about the origins of the Islamic conflict with the West.

#islam  #history  #history of ideas  #new yorker 

Jonah Goldberg - Big Business: Lapdog of the Left

Jonah Goldberg is bang on-point as usual. This is why the libertarian right needs to stop naively believing that, eg, those who support Occupy can be brought over to “our side”.

#tcot  #crony capitalism  #tlot  #libertarian  #conservative 

Win One of the 100 Best Nonfiction Books Ever Written

tetw:

To win on of our 100 favourite non-fiction books (you get to choose which one) just reblog this post. Not on Tumblr? Tweet a link tagged #tetw. We’ll pick a random winner. No cash alternative. Judge’s decision is final. Bla bla bla.

#giveaway  #sorry 

The Myth of Language Universals at Birth

#linguistics  #noam chomsky  #chomsky  #cognitive linguistics  #cognitive science 

Glass, Darkly

longform:

An ambivalent look at Google Glass, the “Model T of wearable computing.”

#tech  #google glass  #queue 

Teleology Rises from the Grave

A really wonderful piece!

#science  #philosophy of science  #aristotle  #teleology  #evolution  #biology  #queue 
aeonmagazine:

For centuries, a little town in Belgium has been treating the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

aeonmagazine:

For centuries, a little town in Belgium has been treating the mentally ill. Why are its medieval methods so successful?

#psychiatry  #mental health  #eudaimonia  #psychology  #queue 
aeonmagazine:

Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice

aeonmagazine:

Quick decision-making might seem bold, but the agony of indecision is your brain’s way of making a better choice

#science  #neuroscience  #psychology  #cognitive science  #queue 
aeonmagazine:

Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?

aeonmagazine:

Giant instruments are giving us a sea of data. Can science find its way without any big ideas at the helm?

#science  #philosophy  #philosophy of science  #queue 
thenewenlightenmentage:

Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA
New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations.
According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.
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thenewenlightenmentage:

Scientists have found that memories may be passed down through generations in our DNA

New research from Emory University School of Medicine, in Atlanta, has shown that it is possible for some information to be inherited biologically through chemical changes that occur in DNA. During the tests they learned that that mice can pass on learned information about traumatic or stressful experiences – in this case a fear of the smell of cherry blossom – to subsequent generations.

According to the Telegraph, Dr Brian Dias, from the department of psychiatry at Emory University, said: ”From a translational perspective, our results allow us to appreciate how the experiences of a parent, before even conceiving offspring, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations.

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#science  #neuroscience  #queue