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Daylight Atheism

The Case for a Creator: Anticuriosity

over 4 years ago

The Case for a Creator, Chapter 9 "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'" —attributed to Isaac Asimov Although science progresses through reason and experiment, it's fundamentally driven by curiosity ...


The Humble CEO

over 4 years ago

Charismatic, forceful leaders have a tendency to produce volatile company performances, writes David Brooks. He imagines an alternate executive model: the "humble hound leader."

Strange Maps

455 - Typogeography of Latin America

over 4 years ago

. The Spanish title of Jorge Volpi’s most recent book of essays, translates as Bolivar’s Nightmare – Four untimely essays on Latin America in the 21st century. The cover art of that book reminds one of Ferdinand de Saussure’s theory of the linguistic sign, according to which such a sign has ...

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Spitzer the Reformer Tries to Move Beyond His Scandal

over 4 years ago

Is the financial crisis the best thing that ever happened to former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? As Jan Hoffman writes in the New York Times today, two years after he resigned in scandal the Sheriff of Wall Street is back on his horse and charging again toward Wall Street reform. Will this focus on reform help the public forget about his fling with high-end call-girl Ashley Dupré?


Who's Your Daddy?

over 4 years ago

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