Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sunday Links


1. The life of Samuel Johnson's servant, friend, and heir, the Jamaican-born Francis Barber.

2. Philosopher Regina Rini's defense of academic papers as "conversation starters" or "conversation extenders" rather than solely as "conversation enders."

3. "A clear example of human evolution": Inuit have genes affecting the body's synthesis of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which could be an adaptation to a diet rich in fat and protein from seafood and marine mammals.

4. Chinese reactions to the GOP primary.

5. Daniel A. Bell, a Canadian-born professor of political philosophy who has defended the government of the People's Republic of China as a "democratic meritocracy," writes on teaching Western values in China and on how state censorship has hampered his own work as a scholar.

6. New research shows access to computers does not improve student learning (and, in some cases, is negatively correlated with student learning).

7. Ancient people of Scotland hacked apart and displayed human remains as a way of honoring the dead. (And here is the original journal article.)

8. Post-college earning gaps: many graduates of four-year universities, including elite private schools, earn astonishingly low annual salaries, given the expense of their education.

9. What separates science from non-science and pseudo-science? Interview with philosopher Massimo Pigliucci on the demarcation problem.

10. "Open borders is justice, not charity." 

11. Remote Scottish community seeks someone to teach their five children.

12. Highly accomplished scientists are more likely to be artistic than average scientists. 
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