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Patrick Bowman
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I confess this was rather longer than I expected, but well worth it. Wide-ranging conversation about ethics, history and psychology.
 
Nigel Warburton interviews yours truly about the best books to read about Stoicism: http://fivebooks.com/interview/massimo-pigliucci-stoicism/
Philosophy professor and author Massimo Pigliucci recommends five books that best express the essence of Stoicism and how it might be applied to real life.
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I'm guessing Diogenes was neither that clean nor that well muscled; but I'll accept the lantern, even if I mistook it at first for a bottle of tequila.

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Throwing a toy for the dog. The dog ran off with the toy and came back with a different one.

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Well obviously you didn't like that one 
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Song of the day. I didn't realise it, but it turns out there's not enough piano accordion in rock.
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@sarahkliff If I remember correctly, we've been near the top (bad) of industrialized nations when it comes to maternal mortality for a while. Doug Hanna · 10h. Doug Hanna @DouHan. @sarahkliff @palafo Why is it going up?!? Christopher Gennari. 9h. Christopher Gennari @profgennari.
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Never ever read a text on midwifery. I made that mistake once. I now feel very sad and concerned for women. <grin>

And yes this is the standard doctor/zebra reaction because it focuses on what can go wrong and how to deal with it rather than the fact that in many cases there are negligible complications and births can easily be accomplished without specialist medical care - in fact in US hospitals in the first half of last century, the survival of both mothers and offspring was markedly increased in the poor wards of hospitals, especially those assigned to black mothers, because they helped each other through the process (having an experienced mother present dramatically increases the chance of a successful birth because it makes the first-time mother more confident about the process), and because there was far less medical intervention.

On the other hand one shouldn't make light of the possible dangers. Historically it was one of the most prominent causes of mortality amongst women. Then again early child mortality wasn't much to write home about either.

On the gripping hand I am quite relieved by the fact that I will never e required to "shit a watermelon," as a friend so eloquently once put it.
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Those two are so cute!
LOL @VP Joe Biden has a friendship bracelet with Obama... These are our incompetent leaders, folks! pic.twitter.com/2IaDwlWw55 · It Me, Veriffied DT · 12h. It Me, Veriffied DT @DirectingTitan. @VP Let's get matching tattoos, bro. belle bailey. 12h. belle bailey @bellebailey2.
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I think he managed to navigate the tough waters of fashion that plague the role of first appendage.

(h/t +Melissa Muckart)
He may lack current first lady Michelle Obama’s upper arm strength, but he makes up for it with a nice head of hair.
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oh me toooooo!
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I got to this via this week's Existential Comics.
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I dunno - Aussies are pretty competitive. But maybe this is one we'll let go through to the keeper.
American swimmer Ryan Lochte has proven one and for all that Americans are the worst tourists. Australia will have to settle for silver.
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"I first urged a boycott of the census back in March. Since then, as many more informed and more expert people than myself have emerged to say they, too, are deeply worried about what the ABS is doing, my view has only hardened. The former head of the ABS, Bill McLennan; former NSW deputy privacy commissioner Anna Johnston; former Privacy Commissioner Malcolm Crompton, respected researchers like Leslie Cannold, politicians with a track record of standing up for privacy and against bureaucratic overreach, like Nick Xenophon and Scott Ludlam, public health researchers, epidemiologists, academics who rely on the census but who are mortified at what’s being done."

I flirted with the idea of flying to Australia for census night just so I could refuse to provide my name. Good thing I'm too busy - it keeps me out of trouble :)
The ABS does important work, but keeping names and addresses in the census compromises the public's trust in the agency.
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well I completed the hard copy of the census in alice, I feel they have so much information on me now, what the hell!
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Frog Socrates.
A philosophy webcomic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also Jokes
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And all I can hear is So Crates
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You'd hope so, otherwise are priorities are really screwed up.
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There is also the expense in modern society we ascribe to public services. I have heard many times that modern society doesn't build anything, but people forget about healthcare, literacy or security/
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And this, on the scourge of light pollution:
" The moon and the stars no longer come to the farm. The farmer has exchanged his birthright in them for the wattage of his all-night sun. His children will never know the blessed dark of night."

Leslie Peltier, Starlight Nights: The Adventures of a Star-Gazer
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Theoretical physicist, Mediaeval recreator
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  • Massey University
    Senior Lecturer, 2006 - present
  • Florida State University
    Postdoc, 2000 - 2002
  • University of Adelaide
    Postdoc, 2002 - 2003
  • Indiana University
    Postdoc, 2003 - 2006
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Adelaide, South Australia - Tallahassee, Florida - Bloomington, Indiana