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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Risk Management

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about 4 years ago

The recent intervention of government bailouts in the world economy has made markets more complex by introducing a new political risk to be managed, writes The New Yorker. "Political risk adds new complexity to markets, and, as Nassim Taleb, the author of 'The Black Swan,' recently said, 'As the ...

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Jasper's Flag

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about 4 years ago

Jasper John's (American) "Flag" sold for a record price in New York with other American artists taking top dollar in a reversal of a trend that favors international artists. "THE dominant characteristic of the art market over the past ten years has been the globalisation of collecting. Which is one ...

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My Generation

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about 4 years ago

A new generation of Islamic community leaders familiar with the American experience are reaching out to younger community members in order to offer religious advice. "Some Muslims are voicing their opinions and calling for change. They would like imams, who tend to be older, male and 'imported,' to ...

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Dumbing Down

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about 4 years ago

Dramatist Friedrick Schiller and the late David Foster Wallace both wanted to lift their audience up instead of write down to them; their opinions are excerpted in Lapham's Quarterly. Schiller wrote, "The assertion so commonly made, that the public degrades art, is not well founded. It is the artist ...

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Over the Counter

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about 4 years ago

A medical company wants to offer over the counter genetic tests whose results show genetic predispositions to certain diseases, but the FDA is crying foul. "Legalities aside, this new over-the-counter genetics test raises big concerns over the propensity for consumers to misread results and put ...

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Malleable Memories

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about 4 years ago

New neurological research suggests that each time a memory is recalled, it is subject to slight alternations; the implications could benefit sufferers of PTSD. "Most people have so-called flashbulb memories of where they were and what they were doing when something momentous happened: the ...

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Illusions of Equality

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about 4 years ago

According to performance psychologist Jim Taylor, we must give up our democratic pretensions and focus education reform on poor and disadvantaged schools. "The euphemism public education reform is, at best, politically correct and attempts to convey the decidedly democratic message that all children ...

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The Agreeable Kagan

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about 4 years ago

Conservative lawyer Miguel Estrada, whose nomination to a Court of Appeals by George W. Bush was blocked by Democrats, has written a letter supporting the confirmation of Elena Kagan. Estrada writes, "Elena possesses a formidable intellect, an exemplary temperament and a rare ability to disagree ...

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Unnatural Selection

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about 4 years ago

Australian vet Gabor Vajta predicts that as has occurred with cattle, artificial human reproduction will become 100 times more efficient than sex. "Thirtysomethings could routinely conceive babies using IVF within a decade because it will have become better than sex as a means of reproduction ...

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Egalitarian at Heart

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Psychologists are finding humans have an innate tilt towards what they call "egalitarian motives" or "inequity aversion" — we're all Robin Hoods at heart. James Fowler says research on our willingness to redistribute wealth shows that "not only are people willing to punish the rich, they're willing ...

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"Do No Harm"

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about 4 years ago

Students and professors of business are considering a Hippocratic Oath for MBA students in response to the out and out amorality perpetuated recently in the name of business. "The oath that has gotten the most attention, though, is at Harvard. Last year, a group of Harvard business students ...

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Light Speed

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about 4 years ago

Though currently too expensive for mass production, new computing technology is replacing electrons and copper wiring with photons that can carry information at light speed. "Ever since the first optical transistors were developed in the late 1980s, researchers have dreamed of building a light ...

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Bedfellows

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about 4 years ago

A new debate is rising in education about the extent to which science and religion are compatible and how the limits of science, if there are any, should be taught in the classroom. "It is strange that the phrase "respect for religion" has come to mean that religious beliefs should be exempt from ...

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Violent Progress

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about 4 years ago

Psychologist Stephen Diamond writes that the recent string of violence across China could be related to personal stress brought on by the financial pressures of a more competitive economy. "China is experiencing an enormous economic boom during recent times. Along with this explosive growth and ...

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Slow Recovery

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about 4 years ago

Richard Posner and Gary Becker account for the sluggish economic recovery with reference to the housing market, mounting public debt, fear of regulation and the E.U. debt crisis. "Uncertainty is an enormous retardant to economic recovery, and the Administration could do more to allay it by, for ...