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James Choi
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Can you ethically study philosophy when so many are suffering?
When I was in college I had the opportunity to attend a summer seminar in philosophy for Christian students who were considering graduate school. Nicolas Wolterstorff came in to talk with us, and one brave student asked a question on everyone’s mind: is it ...
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Exercising your left arm makes your right arm stronger
According to a fascinating new study, working out the muscles on one side of our bodies can keep the muscles on the other side strong and fit, even if we do not move them at all. ... There have been hints... that exercising one limb can affect the other. In...
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Which countries like their own inauthentic cuisine?
P.F. Chang’s may be seen as an upscale Chinese-food restaurant in the U.S. But the chain is calling its debut location in China “an American bistro”—which is exactly how its early customers there see it. “The food looks similar, but you eat the food and you...
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Machiavelli on loss aversion
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things, because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old...
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Evidence that op-eds do change minds
Through two randomized experiments, researchers found that op-ed pieces had large and long-lasting effects on people’s views among both the general public and policy experts. The study, published in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science , also found th...
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An occupational living will
My wife says that I love my work too much to ever retire. Perhaps she is right. However, my experiences as a neurologist and clinical director of an Alzheimer center have led me to think a lot about the circumstances under which it would be wise to move on....
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HAL 9000 originally had a Bronx accent
HAL 9000, the seemingly omniscient computer in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” was the film’s most expressive and emotional figure, and made a lasting impression on our collective imagination. ... The story of the creation of HAL’s performance — the result of a la...
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Italian-American food is not Italian food
Most of what is called Italian food here comes from the immigrants from southern Italy and Sicily who arrived from 1880 to 1924. They made up about 80% of all Italian immigrants. Interestingly, about half of the dishes that would become Italian staples in A...
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How to comfort the suffering
Every 90 days I lie in a whirling CT machine, dye coursing through my veins, and the doctors look to see whether the tumors in my liver are growing. If they are not, the doctors smile and schedule another scan. The rhythm has been the same since my doctors ...
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Making playgrounds riskier to build kids' grit
Educators in Britain, after decades spent in a collective effort to minimize risk, are now, cautiously, getting into the business of providing it. Four years ago, for instance, teachers at the Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School looked critically aro...
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