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Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Barbara J. King in NPR: This week, Switzerland's Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that the Indian sprinter Dutee Chand may race as a woman in international competition.

Life after Faith

Richard Marshall interviews Philip Kitcher in 3:AM Magazine: 3:AM: You’ve written books on science in a democratic society, living with Darwin, the ethical project and an invitation to Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake.

A Dream Undone

Jim Rutenberg in The New York Times: The fundamental promise of American democracy is that every citizen gets a vote, but delivering the franchise from on high and in the face of violent local opposition has always been a complicated legal proposition.

The God quest: why humans long for immortality

Philip Ball in New Statesman: For an introduction to this bioger­ontological mythology, I recommend last year’s documentary The Immortalists, which profiles two of the most vocal advocates of scientific immortality: the computer scientist Aubrey de Grey and the biotech entrepreneur Bill Andrews.

Philosophy in a Divided World

An interview with Carlos Fraenkel, over at 5 Books: Can philosophy save the Middle East? I think it can contribute to diminishing tensions, but I don't think it can save the Middle East.

Say goodbye to the weirdest border dispute in the world

Adam Taylor in the Washington Post: Just after midnight Saturday, one of the most perplexing border disputes in the world officially ended.

Hospital checklists are meant to save lives — so why do they often fail?

Emily Anthes in Nature: Before making the first incision, confirm the patient's identity. Mark the surgical site.

Funhouse Psychotherapy With Poker Chips

Walter Kirn in Good: The man beside me at the blackjack table, a tipsy, middle-aged salesman, was on a winning streak.

jon vickers (1926 - 2015)

owen chadwick (1916 - 2015)

shigeko kubota (1937 - 2015)

Shigeko Kubota (uncut raw interview) from Jason Drakeford on Vimeo. Shot on November 21, 2014 at her studio.

Sunday Poem

Gathering Mushrooms . As he knelt by the grave of his mother and father the taste of dill, or tarragon- he could barely tell one from the other- filled his mouth.

mary ellen marks (1940 - 2015)

Stefany Anne Golberg at The Smart Set: In a photograph titled “Ward 81″, a woman sits on a bed. She is young, a teenager.

a voyage around ‘Las Meninas’

Simon Schama at the Financial Times: Jacobs, one of the great non-fiction writers of this and the last century, is usually found shelved under “travel writing”, which is the truth but certainly not the whole truth, any more than it adequately describes the books of Bruce Chatwin or Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Susan James on Michel Foucault and Knowledge

Over at Philosophy Bites: Michel Foucault was a prolific and original thinker. In this episode of the Philosophy Bites podcast Susan James discusses some of the ways in which he explored questions about knowledge in his writing.  Listen to Susan James on Michel Foucault and Knowledge  

Not born this way

Shamus Khan in Aeon: Last month, the US Supreme Court affirmed the rights of same-sex couples to marry.

Incommensurate Russia

Perry Anderson in The New Left Review: It will soon be a quarter of a century since Russia left communism behind.

‘The Weather Experiment,’ by Peter Moore

Cynthia Barnett in the New York Times: On the 25th of October in 1859, the steam clipper Royal Charter rounded the island of Anglesey off the coast of Wales on what was supposed to be the celebratory last evening of its two-month journey from Melbourne to Liverpool.

Traffic Stop

Alex Landau, an African American man, was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter.

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

David Robson at the BBC: If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience?