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Sweet and sour green beans for thanksgiving!

Dear Reader, As you may already be aware, I have recently published a cookbook of South Asian food for beginners.

Carl Safina: What are animals thinking and feeling?

  [Thanks to Sughra Raza.]

Atheism in the Ancient World

Rebecca Newberger Goldstein in the New York Times: The philosopher Sidney Morgenbesser, beloved by generations of Columbia University students (including me), was known for lines of wit that yielded nuggets of insight.

How Fairness Develops in Kids Around the World

Ed Yong in The Atlantic: You're sitting at a table with a friend and a stranger offers you some candy.

Finland Timelapse

FINLAND | Timelapse from Riku Karjalainen on Vimeo.

the rise of fascism in the United States

Editorial in The Feminist Wire: Last week, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump expressed support for a database of Muslims in the United States, a registry so that “we” can keep track of “them.” Trump, of course, is no friend to civil liberties.

Let’s Watch Father Carve This Handsome Bird

Sadie Stein in The Paris Review: This vintage video from the U.S. Department of Agriculture actually gives a very good primer on carving—frankly, it’s the best guide I’ve found, and the thigh-meat trick is indeed neat, even if the announcer’s chummy tone can grate.

Thursday Poem

Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs

Maria Popova reviews Lisa Randall's Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs: The Astounding Interconnectedness of the Universe in The NYT Book Review: A good theory is an act of the informed imagination — it reaches toward the unknown while grounded in the firmest foundations of the known.

Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers

Paul Churchland reviews Richard Rorty's Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Early Philosophical Papers in Notre Dame Philosophical Review: This glowing collection includes Rorty's earliest publications -- from 1961 through 1972 -- and his earliest attempts to deal with the broad landscape of problems that engulfed our discipline in the second half of the 20th Century: most centrally (for Rorty), analytical reductionism, the mind/body problem, the distinguishing or defining feature of the mental, and the proper methodology for philosophy itself.

Analyzing 1.1 Billion NYC Taxi and Uber Trips, with a Vengeance

Over at Todd W. Schneider's website: NYC Taxi Data The official TLC trip record dataset contains data for over 1.1 billion taxi trips from January 2009 through June 2015, covering both yellow and green taxis.

The Algorithm That Creates Diets That Work for You

Ed Yong in The Atlantic: Take a slice of cake and cut it in two. Eat one half, and let a friend scoff the other.

English really is weirder than pretty much every other language

John McWhorter in Aeon: English speakers know that their language is odd. So do people saddled with learning it non-natively.

The value of math in a modern world

Greg Rienzi in HUB: Math as both profession and course of study can be a hard sell, something even Don Draper might have trouble pitching.

A sensory illusion that makes yeast cells self-destruct: possible tactic for cancer therapeutics

From KurzweiAI: UC San Francisco researchers have discovered that even brainless single-celled yeast have “sensory biases” that can be hacked by a carefully engineered illusion — a finding that could be used to develop new approaches to fighting diseases such as cancer.

A Grammar of Pain

Jacqueline Feldman in Harvard Magazine: As Of Men and War opens, a trumpet moans and won’t resolve into taps, and a van traps men who let it bounce them.

Wednesday Poem

……… Alone together a moment on the twenty-second anniversary ……… of their wedding he clasped her as she stood ……… at the sink, pressing into her backside, rubbing his cheek ……… against the stubble of her skull.

Sean Carroll: "What else is possible if space and time can change?"

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the publication of General Relativity by Albert Einstein, Sean Carroll asks, "Einstein's legacy: if spacetime is dynamical rather than absolute, what else about the universe might be flexible?

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag

Buster Keaton - The Art of the Gag from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.