Weekly Reading - Herodotus

Fresh out of Guardian columns, but here’s this week’s reading nonetheless. Just wound up the new translation of Herodotus’s The Histories, by Tom Holland. It’s a fine version, …

Weekly Reading - Spinoza

And now to the last of the Guardian weekly readings posts, with a look at Spinoza. There’s an odd resemblance to Calvin, at least in my personal pantheon, that would have horrified both of them. Each …

The general...

The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom. …

Weekly Reading - Plato

When I started studying political philosophy in graduate school, the emphasis was on the classics and above all, Plato. Augustine, the Church Fathers, and Bonaventure only kept reinforcing this as I …

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Depth dimension with your beverage

Five Oldest Pubs in the United Kingdom - Anglotopia.net: "The Old Ferry Boat is a great example of one of the pubs that started as an inn and still operates as such today. Though no documents …

Law Schools’ Applications Fall as Costs Rise and Jobs Are Cut - NYT

Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation. One …

Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. - SlateMagazine

Can I let you in on a secret? Typing two spaces after a period is totally, completely, utterly, and inarguably wrong. Truth from Sinai. Two spaces after a period: Why you should never, ever do it. - …

Technological determinism and the textbook

Everybody seems to be in love with digital textbooks. Except students. Cautionary note from Nicholas Carr. Technological determinism and the textbook

Passive Voice, Used Well

The passive voice is like any tool. You can use it well, you can use it badly, and you can abuse it right out. One for my students. Passive Voice, Used Well

How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans

The CIA was in chaos when Tony Mendez arrived at his desk the next morning. People dashed through the halls, clutching files and papers. Desks were piling up with “flash” cables — the …

Matt Ridley: When Bad Theories Happen to Good Scientists

The origin of our tendency to confirmation bias is fairly obvious. Our brains were not built to find the truth but to make pragmatic judgments, check them cheaply and win arguments, whether we are in …

Flying Under the Influence - By @Drunkenpredator

Every morning, the hangar doors roll open and the sunlight flares my electro-optical sensors. I drag myself onto the flight line, load up my pylons with Hellfire and Griffin missiles, and try to get …

How Books Learn - Alan Jacobs

In light of this long, long history, during which the poem has had to learn so much, adapt to so many circumstances, how could it be intimidated by the rise of electronic reading? “Why should I …

What Is It to be Intellectually Humble? | Big Questions Online

Intellectual humility will be a trait of our character when we care so much about knowing, understanding, and getting to the truth of some big question that we become oblivious of how we rank, of what …

Valuing Diversity of Ideas

Dump the stereotypes. Dave Barry and others ask if we really believe all red state residents are dumb, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, NASCAR-obsessed, gun-fondling, Bible-bullying, redneck, sweatshop …

Homer Now

THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER is that no one to date has rivaled the Homeric epic’s extraordinary staying power—nearly three millennia now, and still going strong. Peter Green reviews the present field of …

Zuckerberg didn’t kill privacy

Question: ‘Why did Facebook go public?’ Answer: ‘They couldn’t figure out the privacy settings either.’ Zuckerberg didn’t kill privacy

English in the twentieth century - an overview : Oxford English Dictionary

obfuscatory polysyllabic officialese Phrase of the day! English in the twentieth century - an overview : Oxford English Dictionary

The Amazon Effect

The bookstore wars are over. Independents are battered, Borders is dead, Barnes & Noble weakened but still standing and Amazon triumphant. Yet still there is no peace; a new war rages for the …

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy - The Atlantic

The unfortunate roots and bad results of the helicopter parenting I see so much of at school. How to Land Your Kid in Therapy - The Atlantic

Are you an Asker or a Guesser?

This column will change your life: Are you an Asker or a Guesser? | Life and style | The Guardian So many social and professional interactions make more sense now…

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