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Assorted Personal Notations, Essays, and Other Jottings

[BLOG] Some Saturday links

  • Anthro{dendum} reviews Peter Hempenstall’s book on Derek Freeman, the anthropologist who argued Margaret Mead massively reinterpreted information on traditional Samoa. Freeman a troll?
  • Centauri Dreams explores the potential of gravitational lensing to reveal detail at unheard-of distances, even intergalactic ones.
  • Crooked Timber examines the nature of the gig economy, finding it a consequence of tremendous bias in modern economies against individual workers and their need for stability.
  • Bruce Dorminey makes the case against sending humans beyond Earth orbit and letting robots take the lead, at least until they can build the first retreats for human explorers.
  • Drone360 notes that Airbus has successfully test-flown its taxi drone.
  • The Frailest Thing’s Michael Sacasas shares an inspiring quote from Wendell Berry, talking about education as not mere technical training but as something that can help people decide how to better live.
  • Hornet Stories shares Anthony Rapp’s first interview on the Kevin Spacey incident. Among other things, he wanted to create a space for others to be able to talk about their experiences.
  • JSTOR Daily looks how at the Shakers of colonial America managed to appeal to women with the denomination’s gender equality.
  • Language Hat notes how people quickly forget what they read. Spacing things out helps memory, it seems.
  • Language Log takes a look at the Tangut, subject of an upcoming conference.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money takes issue with the Democrats’ position on immigration, calling it politically expedient but morally a betrayal of immigrants.
  • The NYR Daily looks at the gorgeous etchings of invertebrates made by Ernst Haeckel.
  • Roads and Kingdoms explores the joys of fried durian.
  • Starts With A Bang’s Ethan Siegel reports on findings suggesting that some of the colliding black holes detectable by LIGO can, in fact, create gamma-ray bursts.
  • The Volokh Conspiracy shares an argument that libertarians have not sold out to support Trump.
  • Window on Eurasia notes the import of a referendum-supported desire of six villages in Moldova to secede to Romania. What does this indicate about future relations?
  • Yorkshire Ranter Alex Harrowell examines Ronald Coase in the light of the failed move to successfully transition from coherent organizations to masses of contractual arrangements.

Written by Randy McDonald

February 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Assorted

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