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David Timoney
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White, European male. Not yet dead.
White, European male. Not yet dead.

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One of the defining characteristics of the debate on the role of software in modern society is the tendency towards anthropomorphism. Despite the stories about job-stealing robots, what we apparently fear most is not machines that look vaguely like humans, with their metal arms whirling over production lines, but malicious code that exists in a realm beyond the corporeal ...

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Propaganda relies more on reinforcement than persuasion. It doesn't change minds so much as bolster them. It works with the grain, building on existing prejudices and common cognitive biases to provide reassurance in support of already-formed beliefs ...

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The House of Commons was not at its best this week. John Mann's pursuit of Diane Abbott for apparently throwing a sickie to avoid the vote on triggering Article 50 serves to emphasise that the "momentous occasion" was about gesture rather than decision ...

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The transparent lobbying of Prince Charles to replace Gary Lineker as leader of the resistance (UK branch) is evidence that the liberal opposition to Donald Trump is going to be no more effective internationally than Michelle Obama's "When they go low, we go high" was domestically ...

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The BBC recently launched a new TV series, Italy's Invisible Cities, which momentarily piqued my interest until I realised it was just another cultural travelogue and nothing to do with the writer Italo Calvino ...

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The American films being trailed in British cinemas during the week of Donald Trump's inauguration as US President offer an unintentionally wry commentary on contemporary events, highlighting both the power and weakness of the Obama years

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Part of the problem we face in defining Brexit is that we were never wholly sure what the EU was. Jacques Delors' memorable phrase, "an unidentified political object", reflected its uncertainty as much as its novelty ...

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The recent revival of interest in The Frankfurt School deserves some thought ...

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There are two popular theories to explain the media eclipse of Labour since Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as party leader last September ...

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The halfway mark of the season finds Arsenal in third, with 40 points from 19 games. A straight extrapolation would see us finish the season on 80, which would be 1 point short of the number that secured the title for Leicester last year ...
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