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  • Fri, 20 Apr 2018 08:01:57 +0000: “The conquest of learning is achieved through the knowledge of languages”*… - Tips – Websites
      “When humanity loses a language, we also lose the potential for greater diversity in art, music, literature, and oral traditions,” says Bogre Udell. “Would Cervantes have written the same stories had he been forced to write in a language other than Spanish? Would the music of Beyoncé be the same in a language other […]
  • Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:01:15 +0000: “Everyone knows Newton as the great scientist. Few remember that he spent half his life muddling with alchemy, looking for the philosopher’s stone. That was the pebble by the seashore he really wanted to find”*… - Tips – Websites
      Alchemy is one of the most curious subjects in the history of science–it evokes both method and magic in popular imagination. Teniers brilliantly juxtaposes light and shadow in his paintings, leaving the viewer unsure just how illuminating alchemy really is. Alchemy was practiced in Europe as early as the 1300s and, by the seventeenth […]
  • Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:01:41 +0000: “We can endure neither our vices nor the remedies needed to cure them”*… - Tips – Websites
      Pundits who blame 21st-century-style moral rot for the decline of Rome miss the big picture, a new book by Kyle Harper argues. Against plague and drought, the empire never stood a chance… At the empire’s peak, the human actors — the political, cultural, economic, and military leaders who set up its institutions — were […]
  • Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:01:09 +0000: “There is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.”*… - Tips – Websites
      Once again, I’m brooding over science’s limits. I recently posted Q&As with three physicists with strong opinions on the topic–David Deutsch, Marcelo Gleiser and Martin Rees–as well as this column: “Is Science Infinite?” Then in March I attended a two-day brainstorming session–which I’ll call “The Session”–with 20 or so science-y folks over whether science is slowing down […]
  • Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:01:58 +0000: “My best friend is the man who’ll get me a book I ain’t read”*… - Tips – Websites
      The books were a big deal. Nobody had books on death row. They had never been allowed, and it was like someone had brought in contraband. Only six guys were allowed to join me in book club, but every guy on the row was now allowed to have two books besides the Bible in his […]
  • Sun, 15 Apr 2018 08:01:48 +0000: “A map of the world that does not include Utopia is not worth even glancing at”*… - Tips – Websites
      The future had arrived, and it looked nothing like what city planners expected. It was the early 1960s, and despite economic prosperity, American urban centers were plagued by pollution, poverty, the violence of segregation and crumbling infrastructure. As the federal highway system expanded, young professionals fled for the suburbs, exacerbating the decay… One man […]
  • Sat, 14 Apr 2018 11:30:20 +0000: Ask Ariely: On Flexibility Fees, Climate Commitments, and Sensible Surprises - Tips – Search
    Here’s my Q&A column from the WSJ this week — and if you have any questions for me, you can tweet them to @danariely with the hashtag #askariely, post a comment on my Ask Ariely Facebook page, or email them to AskAriely@wsj.com. ___________________________________________________ Dear Dan, I know that you’ve often written...
  • Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:01:55 +0000: ” Technology made large populations possible; large populations now make technology indispensable”*… - Tips – Websites
       click here for enlargeable version of the full chart For most of civilized history, life expectancy fluctuated in the 30 to 40 year range. Child mortality was all too common, and even for those that made it to adulthood, a long and healthy life was anything but guaranteed. Sanitation was poor, disease was rampant, […]
  • Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:21:30 +0000: Why Waiters Cried While Serving Our Breakfast - Tips – Support
    After the priest moved to a new parish he approached his superior to ask, “Would you mind if I smoked while praying?” and was, not surprisingly, turned down. If, instead he had said, “Would you mind if I pray while I am smoking?” he might have gotten a more positive response. Here’s the unexpected way […]
  • Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:21:30 +0000: Why Waiters Cried While Serving Our Breakfast - Tips – Support
    After the priest moved to a new parish he approached his superior to ask, “Would you mind if I smoked while praying?” and was, not surprisingly, turned down. If, instead he had said, “Would you mind if I pray while I am smoking?&#8221...