Charles King in the Chronicle of Higher Education: A living room in Grantwood, N.J., has a good claim to being the birthplace, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, of a new science of humankind. Amid the demands of advising and fund-raising, the chair of ...

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How the misadventures of Margaret Mead, Reo Fortune, and Gregory Bateson shaped anthropology

Charles King in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

 

A living room in Grantwood, N.J., has a good claim to being the birthplace, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, of a new science of humankind. Amid the demands of advising and fund-raising, the chair of the Columbia University anthropology...

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Using the principles of evolution to treat and prevent cancer

James DeGregori in Stat News:

 

Just about everything we know that decreases the risk of developing cancer — exercise, healthful eating, not smoking, and the like — is associated with healthier tissues, which favor normal cell types.

Unfortunately, youthful, healthy tissues aren’t...

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Data Leviathan: China’s Burgeoning Surveillance State

Ken Roth and Maya Wang in the New York Review of Books:

 

Classical totalitarianism, in which the state controls all institutions and most aspects of public life, largely died with the Soviet Union, apart from a few holdouts such as North Korea. The Chinese Communist Party retained a state...

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What does mathematics have to do with the nature of human thought?


A Strange Antiquation: T.W. Adorno’s Aesthetics in 1968

Lewis Hodder at Art Critical:

Academic, stuffy, German – Theodor W. Adorno has become emblematic of a certain sense of unfeeling in art. He was critical of TV, partial to Schoenberg, and aggrieved by the crassness of life in exile in 1940s America. Some of his students, infatuated with the...

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