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Scott Shaffer
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Is income inequality natural? The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Why? Mike Konczal and Josh Bevins figure it out.

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Are geneticists searching too hard for purpose?
Scientists say they've discovered a function for 80% of our DNA, but George Johnson has some doubts. 

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Art and philosophy. Turns out the art's bleh (looks like the minimalist movie posters from last year, just not as funny), the philosophy's wobbly (I don't think that's the best definition of reductionism), and the connection between the two varies from superficial (black and white for absolutism?) to mysterious (forward slash for skepticism?).

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Chickpea roti wrap.
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"Secularists make up some 15 percent of the global population, or about 1 billion people... Despite their large numbers, little is known about this group of people."

Who knew that secularists cared about ethics? If only they had written more about their beliefs.

http://jbooks.com/secularculture/Spinoza.htm
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/locke/
http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/hume/
http://www.utilitarianism.com/jsmill.htm

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Indiana Jones, baby.

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Man, that last act was embarrassing.

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Protips for today: Build a standing desk (for cheap!) using Ikea parts. In the omnibar, press ctrl+enter to change "text" to "www.text.com". Don't install Angry Birds on anything, ever.
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