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How Vector Space Mathematics Reveals the Hidden Sexism in Language

As neural networks tease apart the structure of language, they are finding a hidden gender bias that nobody knew was there.

Fish Can Be Smarter Than Primates

Jonathan Balcombe in Nautilus: Intelligence is shaped by the survival requirements that an animal must face during its everyday life, according to cognitive ecology.

Arturo Escobar: a post-development thinker to be reckoned with

Drawing on influences from Foucault to Said, the Colombian's arguments have a sophistication that often goes unrecognised.

The Enemy Within - Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

on the 'higher' friendship between men and women

George Scialabba at The Baffler: When Mill was twenty-four and already a rising intellectual star, he met Mrs.

The decline of liberal democracy in Europe's midst

Gábor Halmai at Eurozine: Hungary's illiberal turn, which has significantly weakened the rule of law safeguards instituted by the 1989-1990 constitutional process, can be described as a 'constitutional counter-revolution'.[1] At the same time, it has not resulted in the restoration of either a single-party or police state structures.

Two essay collections examine race relations in America

Jabari Asim at Bookforum: All of which brings me back to Richard Wright’s suggestion, in Native Son (1940), that literature is a battleground on which blacks and whites have often fought over the very “nature of reality.” All too often, differing approaches to language reflect sharply contrasting visions of American society.

Where do we Go From Here Through the cold glass of a winter window  where crazed weather holds my breath  to task, a tangled canopy of tree and sky becomes that ornately carved pediment: Banteay Shrei in late afternoon just south of where great rivers  are diverted by Chinese dams— visions of yuan, mouths screaming for profit,  a world where Mao means anything.

Babies Have a Microbial Window of Opportunity

Finlay et al in Scientific American: Until very recently, whenever we thought of microbes — especially around babies — we considered them only as potential threats and were concerned with getting rid of them, and it is no surprise why.

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history

Rachel Cooke in The Guardian: The German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin.

A non-probabilistic quantum theory produces unpredictable results

Lisa Zyga in Quantum measurements are often inherently unpredictable, yet the usual way in which quantum theory accounts for unpredictability has long been viewed as somewhat unsatisfactory.

The earliest known Arabic short stories in the world have just been translated into English for the first time

Robert Irwin in The Independent: The Ottoman sultan Selim the Grim – having defeated the Mamluks in two major battles in Syria and Egypt – entered Cairo in 1517.

After the End of Truth: Beyond Post-Modernism

Hannah Dawson, Hilary Lawson, John Searle, and Rana Mitter discuss: Watch more videos on

A museum’s misguided attempt to rescue the past

Rachel Poser at Harper's Magazine: The Breuer building, a mean pile of granite and concrete that squats darkly on a corner of Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was built as a kind of monument to the Metropolitan Museum’s long-standing distaste for contemporary art.

poetry and politics

Frank Guan at The Point: If poetry has a distinct class character, it also has a pronounced racial bent.

farming in space

Freeman Dyson at the NYRB: Farming is an art that achieved success after innumerable failures. So it was in the past and so it will be in the future.

Hillary Clinton Brings Out the Real Donald Trump

John Cassidy in The New Yorker: Words matter when you run for President,” Hillary Clinton said toward the end of Monday night’s happening at Hofstra University, on Long Island.

When a Spouse Dies, Resilience Can Be Uneven

Jane E. Brody in The New York Times: Losing a beloved life partner is never easy at any age, no matter the circumstance.

Tuesday Poem

A Dream Deferred . What happens to a dream deferred?        Does it dry up        like a raisin in the sun?

Monday Photograph

S. Abbas Raza. Downtown Manhattan at sunset from the roof of the New Museum. July, 2016 Digital photograph.