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What might José Ortega y Gasset say to us now?

What might José Ortega y Gasset say to us now?

Far from fitting the stereotypical image of a philosopher, sat in an ivory tower, Ortega y Gasset was engaged with his society and its troubles...

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Jumbled Sea Ice

Jumbled Sea Ice

In 1913, a group of seven Americans headed north from New York City. Their mission was to find and explore Crocker Land, an unexplored island or perhaps small continent...

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Optimistic New Year!

Optimistic New Year!

In the coming year, we can lay the foundations for a new era of sustainable development, peace, and cooperation...

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Promising Exoplanets

Promising Exoplanets

If humans are capable of instigating multiple origins of life under a broader array of circumstances than life currently exists, ought we to do it?

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On Belarusian Women

On Belarusian Women

Can we call it a feminist revolution in Belarus? Is it the consequence of a long-lasting tendency? Or a totally unpredictable phenomenon, even for the Belarusians?

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Jennifer Carlson: Guns, Policing, Race

Jennifer Carlson: Guns, Policing, Race

Gun militarism doesn’t exist in opposition to gun populism, but alongside it, constituting a racial-double standard...

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The Horsemen by Ethan Edwards

The Horsemen by Ethan Edwards

The Steppe sky remains...

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Oscar Mardell goes inside The Castle

Oscar Mardell goes inside The Castle

The Australian High Court doesn’t need an interior at all, only an internal façade, because the power which that court embodies – far from being impregnable – is akin to that of Santa Claus...

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Video Thrifty

Video Thrifty

The blood would be Bosco’s chocolate syrup and the guts would be ham, donated from a local butcher shop....

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Mandakini Pachauri in Vienna

Mandakini Pachauri in Vienna

I first arrived here from India three long decades ago late...

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Üsküdar was the Plymouth Rock of the Turkish Straits…

Üsküdar was the Plymouth Rock of the Turkish Straits…

Geographically vulnerable as most harbors are, Chrysopolis was better suited to commerce than war. This is why nothing remains of its Roman or Byzantine origins...

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Paul Vacca: Proust and Digital Life

Paul Vacca: Proust and Digital Life

Proust would advise us to refuse the tyranny of algorithms...

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On the Berfrois Radar

On the Berfrois Radar

The survival of remains of one of the tiltyard towers was known, but the radar survey has shown up tantalizing glimpses of additional structures...

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Centuries of Constantinople

Centuries of Constantinople

She dwarfed all other remaining cities of the Roman Empire as well as former western Roman imperial and cross-frontier territories, and all but a few eastern cities...

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Sold-out meant three seats apart…

Sold-out meant three seats apart…

My first experience was at the Konzerthaus Berlin, a beautiful old building with a huge concert auditorium whose ceiling reaches up 90 or 100 feet above the seating area...

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Covidball

Covidball

Assumptions got tested, predictions again found presumptuous, and predilections and presuppositions exposed. And the utmost importance of audience was heralded, as fans insisted on being a part of the game...

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Science needs birds and frogs…

Science needs birds and frogs…

If the history of physics with its creative interplay between frogs and birds is any guide, there is much cause for optimism...

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‘There were always more books than the small shelves could contain’

‘There were always more books than the small shelves could contain’

I grew up in the aftermath of Nasser’s Egypt, where public education was made free for all. For me, learning has always been remote…

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How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

How objective was Japanese transwar fieldwork?

The post-1968 era inaugurated the unraveling of Japanese anthropology’s transwar consensus about its goals to produce objective, field-based research that uncovered universal laws of social development and diffusion...

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