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Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News

Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 on quillette.com

In Orson Welles’s classic movie Citizen Kane, the eponymous hero publishes a statement of principles on the front page of his newspaper,...

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In Toronto's Weirdest Cinema, a Portrait of the Artist I'd Never Become

Posted by on Jan 18, 2022 on quillette.com

You’ve probably heard of the Toronto International Film Festival, which, before the pandemic, was annually attracting almost 500,000...

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Quillette Podcast #178: Michael Shermer on Watching ‘Scientific American’ Go Woke

Posted by on Jan 17, 2022 on quillette.com

Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay talks to book author and Skeptic editor Michael Shermer about why scientific media, professional...

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Will AI Spell the End of Capitalism?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2022 on quillette.com

In 2018, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by Feng Xiang entitled “AI Will Spell the End of Capitalism.” Professor Feng...

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The Mismeasure and Misuse of GDP

Posted by on Jan 15, 2022 on quillette.com

In The Great Questions of Tomorrow, David Rothkopf, an international policy expert and former editor of Foreign Policy, noted that we are...

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The Importance of Academic Impartiality

Posted by on Jan 15, 2022 on quillette.com

In November 1933, as rector of Freiburg University, Martin Heidegger published a letter urging students to vote “yes” in support of...

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Drones Over Ethiopia

Posted by on Jan 15, 2022 on quillette.com

Less than two months ago, the Ethiopian government was on the brink of defeat as Tigrayan forces closed in on the capital. Now the...

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Reading James Joyce Amidst Winter Snow, ‘Where Dwell the Vast Hosts of the Dead’

Posted by on Jan 14, 2022 on quillette.com

Many people no doubt roll their eyes in scoffing dismissal when they hear the commonly expressed—and almost as commonly crooned—wish for a...

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Weekly Roundup

Posted by on Jan 13, 2022 on quillette.com

Dear Quilletters, This week, don’t miss Geoffrey Clarfield’s heartfelt eulogy for Richard Leaky, who was to paleoanthropology what E.O....

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Should Philosophers Censor Kevin MacDonald?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2022 on quillette.com

According to the mainstream narrative about race, “white supremacy” is an all-controlling social force responsible for bad outcomes such...

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Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts—A Review

Posted by on Jan 12, 2022 on quillette.com

A review of Authority and Freedom: A Defense of the Arts by Jed Perl. Knopf, 176 pages. (January, 2022) Plug “relevance” into the search...

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Against Land Acknowledgements

Posted by on Jan 11, 2022 on quillette.com

Regular readers of Quillette may recall my 2018 article “Why Women Don’t Code,” which led to another describing how I was “Demoted and...

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We‘re All Going to Get Omicron

Posted by on Jan 11, 2022 on quillette.com

My friend Fred (not his real name) is one of the most conscientiously COVID-avoidant people I know. In the pandemic’s early days, he was...

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Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Posted by on Jan 10, 2022 on quillette.com

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey died on January 2nd at age 77, following an extraordinary career devoted to the scientific...

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Remembering Richard Leakey (1944–2022), the Last Victorian Scientist

Posted by on Jan 10, 2022 on quillette.com

Kenyan paleoanthropologist Richard Leakey died on January 2nd at age 77, following an extraordinary career devoted to the scientific...

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Want to Restore Your Faith in Humanity? Visit a Scientific Conference

Posted by on Jan 8, 2022 on quillette.com

As laypeople, we often learn about emerging science through the politicized lens of social media—especially when it comes to such issues...

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Naturally Selective: Female Orgasm and Female Sexual Selection

Posted by on Jan 7, 2022 on quillette.com

Every second of every day, across the face of planet Earth, there are 18,000 ejaculations of sperm, and 4.4 births. The stark reality that...

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The Case Against the Case Against AI

Posted by on Jan 6, 2022 on quillette.com

A review of The Age of AI and Our Human Future by Henry A. Kissinger, Eric Schmidt, and Daniel Huttenlocher. Little, Brown and Company,...

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Weekly Roundup

Posted by on Jan 6, 2022 on quillette.com

Dear Quilletters, Last week the world lost one of the true greats of biology—E.O. Wilson, who died at age 92. While known to the public...

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The Pretext of Diversity in American Universities

Posted by on Jan 6, 2022 on quillette.com

Whenever the topic of affirmative action and academic diversity trends, a certain classroom experience comes to mind. After a lecture...

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