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Thomas Piketty's findings aren't "scary" to me. They may be to ideologues of oligarchy, as were Galileo's to Earth-centered cosmologists or Darwin's to Creationists. They should be heralded as evidence-based and pregnant with implications for governing ourselves in an Enlightened way.
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Although my father-in-law handed-off his daughter's NDEA loan to us when we married in 1967, her indebtedness was largely "forgiven" when she taught 3rd-graders in NYC's PS126, while I finished my senior college year. As a young couple we began a new life debt-free -- we didn't even have a credit card -- none our age did.

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"Raising Snails" crossed my path today and was too unusual for me to merely pass by.
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https://librivox.org/la-divina-commedia-by-dante-alighieri/
Dante ALIGHIERI (1265 - 1321)
La Divina Commedia, originalmente Commedìa, è un poema di Dante Alighieri, capolavoro del poeta fiorentino, considerata la più importante testimonianza letteraria della civiltà medievale e una delle più grandi opere della letteratura universale.

È diviso in tre parti chiamate cantiche: Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso; il poeta immagina di compiervi un viaggio ultraterreno.

Il poema, pur continuando i modi caratteristici della letteratura e dello stile medievali (ispirazione religiosa, fine morale, linguaggio e stile basati sulla percezione visiva e immediata delle cose), tende a una rappresentazione ampia e drammatica della realtà, ben lontana dalla spiritualità tipica del Medioevo, tesa a cristallizzare la visione del reale. (Sommario di Wikipedia)
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With each passing year, the ability to understand and write code becomes increasingly valuable. The demand for competent developers is growing and the required skill set is seeping ...
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Named Madingley, after the village in Cambridgeshire, UK, where the idea was dreamed up, it's a mathematical model that could help us predict the future. It could tell us what would happen if all the bees disappeared, the difference it would make if pandas died out, and what the world might have looked like if humans had never invented intensive farming. The work also suggests that the basic structures of all ecosystems can be predicted using a small number of universal ecological principles.
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"What are the roots that clutch, what branches grow
Out of this stony rubbish? Son of man,
You cannot say, or guess, for you know only
A heap of broken images, where the sun beats,
And the dead tree gives no shelter, the cricket no relief,
And the dry stone no sound of water. Only
There is shadow under this red rock,
(Come in under the shadow of this red rock),
And I will show you something different from either
Your shadow at morning striding behind you
Or your shadow at evening rising to meet you;
I will show you fear in a handful of dust.”
~ from T.S. Eliot's ‘The Waste Land'
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Watched https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_Land_(film) on video and  see it now as my favorite documentary film and  its story of artist Vik Muniz's engagement with the people working as catadores, or pickers of recyclable materials, at the world's largest landfill, Jardim Gramacho outside Rio de Janeiro, as uplifting of the human spirit as any I can remember.

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Published on Apr 1, 2014
(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard's Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, for a discussion of his intellectual journey. Pinker discusses the origins and evolution of his thinking on human nature. Topics include: growing up in Montreal in a Jewish family, the impact of the 1960's, his education, and the trajectory of his research interests. He explains his early work in linguistics and how he came to write his recent work, The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. In the conversation, Pinker describes the importance of interdisciplinary research and analyzes creativity. He concludes with a discussion of how science can contribute to the humanities and offers advice to students on how to prepare for the future. Recorded on 02/04/2014. Series: "Conversations with History" [4/2014] [Humanities] [Show ID: 27968]
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Retired. Writing #skipsnovel. Minding both unsustainability of status quo, and progressive political movement to transform personality and sociality. Doing common good.

[from the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám]
But yours the cold heart, and the murderous tongue,
The wintry soul that hates to hear a song,
The close-shut fist, the mean and measuring eye,
And all the little poisoned ways of wrong.

So I be written in the Book of Love,
I have no care about that book above;
Erase my name, or write it, as you please--
So I be written in the Book of Love.
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Gave up a porcelained set of illusions about what matters so that a whole messy ecology of new illusions can grow.
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  • Columbia University
    1968
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