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Zygmunt Bauman: “Social media are a trap”
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Ricardo de Querol, El Pais, Jan 25, 2016 There's a lot to protest, says Zygmunt Bauman, but protest has been ineffective in the social media age, an age in which in which "all agreements are temporary, fleeting, and valid only until further notice" (this reminds me of an interview I heard on the weekend to the effect that the impact of Uber is that companies will feel free to flout regulations simply by saying they don't apply. Part of the problem, he says, is that social media prot
Fairy tales 'thousands of years old'
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Fairy tales like Beauty and the Beast can be traced back thousands of years, according to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon.
When Philosophy Lost Its Way
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Robert Frodeman, Adam Briggle, New York Times, Mar 22, 2016 My central disappointment with philosophy was with what it had become as an academic enterprise. "Philosophic activity devolved into a contest to prove just how clever one can be in creating or destroying arguments." I can think of more than a few such people - Jerry Fodor, David K. Lewis - who seem to think of it as some sort of scholarly gamesmanship. I have always considered myself first and foremost a philosophers (not
Bundy, 6 Other Militants Arrested, 1 Killed Near Oregon Refuge
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Ammon Bundy, leader of the group of militants that has occupied a federal wildlife refuge for weeks, has been arrested along with other members of the group, according to state and federal officials.
Eaglet Number 2 Is On The Way For America's 'Most Patriotic Nest Cam'
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The American Eagle Foundation confirms that there's a "pip in progress" on the second egg in the nest in the National Arboretum — meaning the baby bird is starting to break its way out.
Depression Screening Recommended For All Pregnant Women, New Mothers
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Depression is common in women during pregnancy and postpartum, posing risks to both mother and child. More effort is needed to get women screened and treated, a federal advisory panel says.
'I'm Not Electing A Pastor In Chief' — How Iowa's Evangelicals Are Deciding
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With the caucuses only a day away, Iowa's conservative Christians try to feel out which candidate shares their views.
The Daily Habits of Famous Writers: Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, Stephen King & More
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View image | gettyimages.com Though few of us like to hear it, the fact remains that success in any endeavor requires patient, regular training and a daily routine. To take a mundane, well-worn example, it’s not for nothing that Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling classic of the business and self-help worlds offers us “7 Habits of […] The Daily Habits of Famous Writers: Franz Kafka, Haruki Murakami, Stephen King & More is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google P
President Obama Touches Down In Cuba, Commencing A Historic Visit
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When he landed Sunday in Havana, Obama became the first U.S. president to visit Cuban soil since 1928. During his brief trip he'll be meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro and political dissidents.
That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
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Display George Anders, Forbes, Jul 30, 2015 I like this of course because my own degrees are in philosophy. “ Studying philosophy taught me two things,” says (Slack CEO Stewart) Butterfield. “ I learned how to write really clearly. I learned how to follow an argument all the way down, which is invaluable in running meetings. And when I studied the history of science, I learned about the ways that everyone believes something is true– like the old notion of som
Are crows the ultimate problem solvers?
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Alex Taylor, BBC / Youtube, Jul 23, 2015 We were having a conversation yesterday about whether we need language in order to know things and to learn. We certainly need language of some sort in order to create models and representations. But to my mind, that's not how we learn. Consider this case from the BBC demonstrating a crow undertaking a complex eight-stage task. Crows caw, but they don't have a language. This is the sort of behaviour that any learning theory needs to explain. It'
MIT discovers the location of memories: Individual neurons
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Sebastian Anthony, Extreme Tech, Oct 22, 2015 This is reported with all the breathless urgency of an MIT press release announcing something discovered for the first time, but though it's a significant finding it restates what others have been saying for a long time (and just for fun, the headline also gets it wrong). Here's what is said, exactly: "By triggering a small cluster of neurons, the researchers were able to force the subject to recall a specific memory. By removing these n
Stephen Fry Launches Pindex, a “Pinterest for Education”
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Who can now deny that, in the internet, we have the greatest educational tool ever conceived by mankind? Surely no Open Culture reader would deny it, anyway, nor could they fail to take an interest in a new startup aiming to increase the internet’s educational power further still: Pindex, which calls itself “a Pinterest for education.” No other […] Stephen Fry Launches Pindex, a “Pinterest for Education” is a post from: Open Culture. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus, or get
For Irish Illegally In U.S., A Life Locked In Place, Hoping For Change
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Over 11 million people now live in the U.S. illegally, about a quarter of whom come from places not in Latin America. That includes unauthorized Irish, and they're pushing for immigration reform, too.
Longtime White House Protester Dies, After Vigil That Started In 1981
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Persisting through cold and rough weather, Concepcion Picciotto was a fixture outside the White House, where she was often called the president's closest neighbor.
DNC Restores Sanders Campaign's Access To Voter Files After Data Breach
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A software glitch let Sanders staffers see data from rival Hillary Clinton's files. But Sanders said the retaliation went too far, and filed a lawsuit in federal court to regain access to the data.
Take a Virtual Tour of Hieronymus Bosch’s Bewildering Masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights
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Art historians have argued about the meaning of The Garden of Earthly Delights—Hieronymus Bosch’s enormously sized, lavishly detailed, and compellingly grotesque late 14th- or early 15th-century triptych—more or less since the painter’s death. What does it really say about the appearance and fall of man on Earth that it seems to depict? How seriously or ironically does […] Take a Virtual Tour of Hieronymus Bosch’s Bewildering Masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights is a post from
The evidence suggests I was completely wrong about tuition fees
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Martin Robbins, The Guardian, Jan 29, 2016 That's the author's headline, of course, not mine, and it opens a column which is a virtual clone of the one that
Most graduates 'in non-graduate jobs'
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The majority of UK university graduates are working in non-graduates jobs with over-qualification at "saturation point", a new report claims.
Parent-Driven Group Wields Influence on Dyslexia Concerns
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Decoding Dyslexia, a grassroots coalition founded by parents of children with the learning disability, has a presence in all 50 states and sympathetic ears among state and federal policymakers.
What a Deep Neural Network thinks about your #selfie
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Andrej Karpathy, Andrej Karpathy's Blog, Oct 29, 2015 This article is a reaally good indication of thee sort of thing that can be done with a neural network (I hesitate to classify these as deep neural networks, because as the article makes clear, they depend on training sets). It shows how unpredictable the science remains. The type of network described in the story, Convolutional Neural Networks, were first developed back in the 1980s (this is also around the same time Rumelhart a
English children 'among unhappiest'
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Children in England are among the unhappiest in the world, behind countries such as Ethiopia, Algeria and Romania, research suggests.
Discover Europeana Collections, a Portal of 48 Million Free Artworks, Books, Videos, Artifacts & Sounds from Across Europe
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“Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?,” asked T.S. Eliot in lines from his play “The Rock.” His prescient description of the dawning information age has inspired data scientists and their dissenters for decades. Thirty-six years after Eliot’s prophetic lament over “Endless invention, endless experiment,” futurist Alvin Toffler described the effects of information […]
Decades Since His Death, MLK's Shadow Still Shapes Today's Activism
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It's been nearly half a century since the death of Martin Luther King Jr. As the U.S. prepares to celebrate his work, it's worth asking: What does King's legacy mean for today's grass-roots activists?
West Virginia Tells The Story Of America's Shifting Political Climate
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There are few places where Obama is less liked than West Virginia. But for decades, Democrats could count on the state's voters in presidential contests, with only rare exceptions.
Highest A-level grades edge down
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The number of top A-level grades has fallen slightly this year, but record numbers have been accepted on university courses.
No Comment From Grinning Martin Shkreli At House Hearing On Drug Prices
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The much-reviled former pharmaceutical executive remained tight-lipped, pleading the Fifth Amendment on his lawyer's advice. He simply smiled in response to harsh criticism from House representatives.
'Hidden History' Of Koch Brothers Traces Their Childhood And Political Rise
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Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money, says the Kochs didn't grow up in "the usual cozy, all-American family." Their parents were away much of the time and competition between the brothers was fierce.
5 Ways to Engage Students
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The eyes roll back, the mouth scowls, the fingers grip the not-so-secretly hidden cellphone, and the brain checks out. These are, as teachers everywhere can attest, the surefire signs of a disengaged student. And these symptoms are ravaging the educational system. Teachers know that student engagement is the key to learning retention and having a […] The post 5 Ways to Engage Students appeared first on Edudemic.
Stressed teachers 'reduced to tears'
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A teachers' leader says stressed teachers should be supported rather than told not to show their emotions in public.
Letting Students Lead the Learning
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According to a Gallup Student Poll (2015) of public school children, 47% report being “disengaged” at school. Unfortunately, this statistic doesn’t shock me. Too many classrooms are not set up with the intention of engaging students. Student engagement is “the degree of … Continue reading →
How Justin Trudeau can bring science back to Ottawa
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Jeremy T. Kerr, Isabelle Côté, Toronto Star, Oct 25, 2015 This has to be the best first line ever: "The existence of the real world should never have to become a partisan issue." It concerns the change in science policy expected after the change of government in Canada. This article is about the Harper government's clampdown on scientific communication, especially with respect to the environment. This should change, and most likely will change. But the interference in science ran fa
Applications are now open for Google’s 2016 Computer Science Summer Institute and 2016 Generation Google Scholarship!
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We are now accepting applications for the 2016 Computer Science Summer Institute, as well as the 2016 Generation Google Scholarship. Learn more about both programs below and apply today!WhatThe Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology. Students will learn programming fundamentals directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google's most exciting, emerging technologi
Starbucks employee wins dyslexia case
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A woman with dyslexia wins a discrimination case against her employer Starbucks after she was disciplined for falsifying documents.
8 Things You Missed At Democrats' Final Iowa Town Hall
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Bernie Sanders said he would raise taxes to pay for his health care plan, while Hillary Clinton emphatically explained her plans and experience to young Sanders supporters.
Brewpub Planned for Former Princeton Post Office on Palmer Square
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For more great original content go to the source at Planet Princeton. The historic former Princeton post office will be converted into a brew pub and restaurant. A California-based developer wants to renovate the post office on Palmer Square while maintaining the historic look and feel of the post office. The only major modification to the building the developer is proposing is removing the loading docks across […] The post Brewpub Planned for Former Princeton Post Office on Palmer Square
Download the Sublime Anatomy Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci: Available Online, or in a Great iPad App
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I’ve always found anatomical drawing fascinating. At its best, it occupies an aesthetic space somewhere between mystical fine art and cutting-edge scientific observation—a space carved out during the Italian Renaissance, when the boundaries between artistic training and scientific inquiry were permeable and often nonexistent. Famously, the period introduced renderings of the human figure so anatomically accurate that […] Download the Sublime Anatomy Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci: Availabl
Schools urged to ban tackling in rugby
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More than 70 doctors and academics call for a ban on tackling in rugby in UK and Irish schools, arguing injuries can have lifelong consequences for children.
Are At-Risk Students Bunnies to Be Drowned?
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Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Jan 25, 2016 It's hard to know whether to be amused or offended by this story. Anyone who has attended university is familiar with the concept of 'weeding out' courses designed to thin the incoming class. And while there are many defenders of this philosophy, few have put it so, um, graphically: "This is hard for you because you think of the students as cuddly bunnies, but you can’ t. You just have to drown the bunnies … put a Glock to
Take a Multimedia Tour of the Buttock Song in Hieronymus Bosch’s Painting The Garden of Earthly Delights
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“Not a bum note in sight!” goes the headline, in all the Daily Mail‘s trademark subtlety. Mark Prigg’s straight-to-the-point article tells us of “a musical score discreetly written on the butt of a figure in Garden Of Earthly Delights, the famous painting by Hieronymus Bosch,” which, thanks to the labor of love of Oklahoma Christian University […] Take a Multimedia Tour of the Buttock Song in Hieronymus Bosch’s Painting The Garden of Earthly Delights is a post from: Open Culture. Follow u