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This 50 Year-Old Economics Book Helps Explain the Corporate Republic We Live In

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Revisiting my father’s great work of theory can help us figure out what will take the place of faith in the free… James K. Galbraith The Nation The New Industrial State was my father’s great work of theory. First published in 1967, nearly a decade after the triumph of The Affluent Society, The New Industrial State went beyond criticism of… This 50 Year… Read More »

A different way of thinking

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What if the world stopped seeing autism as abnormal? Many people with Asperger’s syndrome or autism embrace their condition. They seek respect for ‘neurodiversity’, not a… Words by Mark White Pictures by Nick Cubbin and Damien Pleming SBS Even after Dawn-joy Leong was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in her early 40s, she felt there was something missing. The description was too pathological, too… A different way… Read More »

Russian Stalinist who invented Europe

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Alexandre Kojève was one of the architects of what is now the EU — and may have been a spy for the Kremlin. Jacopo Barigazzi Politico Alexandre Kojève was a Russian aristocrat, a philosophy professor, a high-ranking French civil servant, possibly a spy — and one of the more unlikely early architects of the European Union. He inspired a… Russian Stalinist who… Read More »

A Psychiatrist Who Survived The Holocaust Explains Why Meaningfulness Matters More Than Happiness

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“It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.” In September 1942, Viktor Frankl, a prominent Jewish psychiatrist and neurologist in Vienna, was arrested and transported to a Nazi concentration camp with his wife and… Emily Esfahani Smith, The Atlantic Business Insider Three years later, when his camp was liberated, most of his family, including his pregnant wife, had perished — but he, prisoner number 119104, had… A Psychiatrist Who… Read More »

7 Religious Women Explain How Their Faith Empowers Their Feminism

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‘People say to me, doesn’t your faith oppress you?’ Nitya Rajan The Huffington Post As part of our All Women Everywhere month, we asked seven women of faith whether their belief helps or hinders their… From battling stigma to fighting for their rights in the workplace, each woman explains, what has been at times, an “uncomfortable” journey to balance their faith with… 7 Religious Women… Read More »

Hoard of coins from 1,400-year-old Byzantine site tells story of Persian invasion

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As Jewish and Sassanid troops marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christian residents of village on main pilgrimage route hid their valuables; now, nine copper coins hidden in a niche have been… ILAN BEN ZION The Times of Israel As a Persian army supported by a horde of Jewish rebels marched on Jerusalem in 614 CE, Christians inhabiting a town on the main route inland to the… Hoard of coins… Read More »

Arthena uses data science to find the best investments in art

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We all have our opinions about art (even if that opinion is just I don’t get it) — but what about art as an investment? TechCrunch Arthena, which is part of the current batch of startups at Y Combinator, says it can help investors make money reliably from… Founder and CEO Madelaine D’Angelo said Arthena first launched… Arthena uses data… Read More »

Harvard Scientists Say Aliens May Be Using Giant Radio Beams To Travel The Cosmos

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Thousands of civilizations could be flying on interstellar sails. Lee Speigel The Huffington Post Two Harvard University scientists are suggesting that mysterious fast radio bursts, detected in faraway galaxies, may be evidence of aliens traveling through the… FRBs are extremely bright flashes of radio waves that last for only a thousandth of a… Harvard Scientists Say… Read More »

Sturgeon issues ‘come to Scotland’ invitation to rest of UK

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Nicola Sturgeon has issued an open invitation to UK residents “appalled” at the behaviour of the Westminster Government to move to Scotland and be part of an “outward-looking, compassionate… The Scotsman A stand-off is growing between the First Minister and… The SNP leader used her… Sturgeon issues ‘come… Read More »

A Clinical Trial Just ‘Reversed’ Type 2 Diabetes in 40% of Participants

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Type 2 diabetes, a disease wherein the body is incapable of producing sufficient levels of insulin or doesn’t respond to insulin correctly, can be a lifelong… Written by: Author: June Javelosa Editor: Christianna Reedy  Futurism   It leads to the build up of blood sugars and in the cell’s inability to receive the energy it needs to function… It’s also more likely to afflict people over the age of 40, those who… A Clinical Trial… Read More »

Industry by Design?

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Industrial policies come in many shapes and sizes, but some strategies to nurture domestic firms and industries have clearly worked better than… Project Syndicate Understanding why may hold the key to creating the conditions for contemporary growth and… CAMBRIDGE – A quarter-century ago, in the wake of the Thatcher and… Industry by… Read More »

Amazon men in their 80s have the arteries of Americans in their 50s

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Lancet study shows diet low on processed carbs, saturated fats and active living boost heart… Amina Zafar CBC News The Tsimane living in the Amazon have the lowest reported levels of age-related hardening of the arteries in the world, say researchers who encourage Westerners to learn from these Bolivian rainforest… Atherosclerosis was thought to be a natural part of… Amazon men in… Read More »

What if Sociologists Had as Much Influence as Economists?

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Walk half a city block in downtown Washington, and there is a good chance that you will pass an… NEIL IRWIN  The New York Times People with advanced training in the field shape policy on subjects as varied as how health care is provided, broadcast licenses auctioned or air pollution… Turn on cable news, and the guests who opine on the weighty public policy questions of the… What if Sociologists… Read More »

Google Scholar is a serious alternative to Web of Science

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Many bibliometricians and university administrators remain wary of Google Scholar citation data, preferring “the gold standard” of Web of Science… LSE Anne-Wil Harzing, who developed the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar data, here sets out to challenge some of the misconceptions about this data source and explain why it offers a serious alternative to Web of… In addition to its flaws having been… Google Scholar is… Read More »

A former FBI agent shares 10 tough skills you need to be a strong leader

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To survive growing up on a remote cattle ranch in the middle of Wyoming, I needed to be scrappy, gritty, and… LaRae Quy, SmartBrief Business Insider If I wasn’t keeping an eye out for rattle snakes, I was avoiding horned bulls from charging my horse as I tried to cut them from a… I learned many important life lessons on that ranch… A former FBI… Read More »

Klaus Schwab: We need a new narrative for globalization

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The world is at a historic crossroads. Market extremism, often labelled neoliberalism, which has shaped our national and global policies for the past three decades, has become a toxic fuel for the stuttering engine for… Klaus Schwab World Economic Forum It has also generated polluting side effects that are no longer tolerated by large portions… Yet market-driven globalization has… Klaus Schwab: We… Read More »