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“Cleansing the Stock” | George Monbiot - http://www.monbiot.com/2014...
"To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today, this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The contention by Lord Freud, a minister in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, that disabled people are “not worth the full wage”(1) isn’t the worst thing he’s alleged to have said. I say “alleged” because what my ears tell me is contested by Hansard, the offical parliamentary record. During a debate in the House of Lords, he appeared to describe the changing number of disabled... more... - Maitani
Word magic from Shalom Auslander | Sentence first - http://stancarey.wordpress.com/2014...
"Browsing books at random in Galway, I picked up Shalom Auslander’s novel Hope: A Tragedy because the title caught my eye, and I bought it based on a cursory scan of its contents and reviews. The author’s name was also interesting to me, and the book turned out to be the most entertaining thing I had read in months." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In the third grade, Rabbi Kahn told me my name was one of God’s seventy-two names, and he forbade me from ever writing it in full. We wrote primarily in Hebrew and Yiddish, so anything on which I wrote my name — God’s name — became instantly holy: tests, book reports, Highlights for Kids — consequently, they could never be mistreated. It was forbidden to let them touch the floor, it was forbidden to throw them away, it was forbidden to place other papers on top of them." - Maitani
The Greatest Ancient Picture Gallery by William Dalrymple | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/article...
The Greatest Ancient Picture Gallery by William Dalrymple | The New York Review of Books
"In the winter of 1844, Major Robert Gill, a young British military draftsman, set off from Madras into the independent princely state of Hyderabad to record a major new archaeological discovery." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Some years earlier, in 1819, a British hunting party in the jungles of the Western Ghats had followed a tiger into a remote river valley and stumbled onto what was soon recognized as one of the great wonders of India: the painted caves of Ajanta. On the walls of a line of thirty-one caves dug into an amphitheater of solid rock lay the most beautiful and ancient paintings in Buddhist... more... - Maitani
Rare Ceramics And Indian Paintings At NY Asian Art Week http://www.blogandcollectibles.com/blog-an... - Blog and Collectibles
Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain - http://berto-meister.blogspot.de/2014...
Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain
"One of the things I first enjoyed when I was introduced to philosophy was its recursive nature: we could use thought to investigate the nature, the rules, the structure and the limits of thought itself (and what that could tell us about the human mind). For a very similar reason I have a certain appreciation and fondness for linguistics. Most of our communication takes place through language, and linguists are hard at work trying to understand what they can about human cognition, nature and culture, by paying close attention to the way in which we use language." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In the following lecture, Steven Pinker provides a fascinating introduction to questions such as how syntax (the study of linguistic structure), phonology (the study of sound), semantics (the study of meaning) and pragmatics (the study of the social and cultural role and context of language), all help us to understand how language works. He also provides a lesson on the nature of the... more... - Maitani
3quarksdaily: Coriander - http://www.3quarksdaily.com/3quarks...
3quarksdaily: Coriander
"At first (and at second, and third) glance, the use of spices in the cuisines of the subcontinent is a subtle and mysterious art, full of musty cupboards staffed by aging apothecaries (and grandmothers) and intertwined with theories of humor-balancing and our particular relationship to the gods. Recipes and spice blends are passed on in scribbled old notebooks and on furtive scraps of paper, copied and recopied like the epics, with long lists of spices and proportions, some crossed out and replaced with others for inexplicable reasons. The spices are essential, we are told, the order in which they are added is crucial, the mind of the cook must be perfectly clear, and the incantations must be uttered perfectly resonantly." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"But how to make sense of this confusion if one did not grow up hovering over a mortar and pestle? Or even if one did and was momentarily distracted (perhaps by adolescence)? One route is a close reading of existing recipes and practices, noting patterns, highlighting parsimonious explanations and gradually drawing grander and grander conclusions. Equally useful is naïve... more... - Maitani
Linguistic necromancy: a guide for the uninitiated | OUPblog - http://blog.oup.com/2014...
Linguistic necromancy: a guide for the uninitiated | OUPblog
"It’s fairly common knowledge that languages, like people, have families. English, for instance, is a member of the Germanic family, with sister languages including Dutch, German, and the Scandinavian languages. Germanic, in turn, is a branch of a larger family, Indo-European, whose other members include the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, and more), Russian, Greek, and Persian." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Being part of a family of course means that you share a common ancestor. For the Romance languages, that mother language is Latin; with the spread and then fall of the Roman empire, Latin split into a number of distinct daughter languages. But what did the Germanic mother language look like? Here there’s a problem, because, although we know that language must have existed, we don’t have any direct record of it." - Maitani
"The earliest Old English written texts date from the 7th century AD, and the earliest Germanic text of any length is a 4th-century translation of the Bible into Gothic, a now-extinct Germanic language. Though impressively old, this text still dates from long after the breakup of the Germanic mother language into its daughters." - Maitani
Beautiful maps - http://kottke.org/14...
Beautiful maps
"Like it says on the tin: a collection of Beautiful Maps. I wish there was some attribution attached to each map though. The map above is by Claude Bernou circa 1681. (via @khoi)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
♡ - elfaxi
Forscherteam identifiziert 3500 Jahre alte Königsstadt - scientists identify 3500-year-old city of the Hittites - http://www.uni-marburg.de/aktuell...
Forscherteam identifiziert 3500 Jahre alte Königsstadt - scientists identify 3500-year-old city of the Hittites
Forscherteam identifiziert 3500 Jahre alte Königsstadt - scientists identify 3500-year-old city of the Hittites
"„Samuha war als bedeutende Metropole bereits seit Längerem aus Schriftquellen anderer Fundorte bekannt“, erläutert Professor Dr. Andreas Müller-Karpe, Direktor des Vorgeschichtlichen Seminars der Philipps-Universität, an dem das Forschungsprojekt angesiedelt ist. „Wo diese Stadt jedoch lag, blieb in der Forschung heftig umstritten.“ Die jüngsten Ausgrabungen brachten nun den Durchbruch: Der Ort befand sich am Nordufer des längsten Flusses Anatoliens, des Kızılırmak (hethitisch Marassantija) in der ostkappadokischen Provinz Sivas." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching -- ScienceDaily - http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...
Myth-conceptions: How myths about the brain are hampering teaching -- ScienceDaily
"Myths about the brain are common among teachers worldwide and are hampering teaching, according to new research. The report highlights several areas where new findings from neuroscience are becoming misinterpreted by education, including brain-related ideas regarding early educational investment, adolescent brain development and learning disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Teachers in the UK, Holland, Turkey, Greece and China were presented with seven so-called 'neuromyths' and asked whether they believe them to be true." - Maitani
Philosophy Monkey: Plato - Apology - http://berto-meister.blogspot.de/2014...
Philosophy Monkey: Plato - Apology
"In ancient Greece, when visitors went to the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, the very first thing they encountered there was an inscription chiseled on the entrance: "know thyself." While many people today think of this as an invitation to meditative self-reflection, this was simply a warning for humans to know their place, to understand that they are mortal, and that any pretension to wisdom, power or hubris would be swiftly punished by the gods." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
" Human beings have the unique ability of contemplating their beliefs, values and choices, and of questioning the established order and trying to come up with novel solutions and alternatives to the reality and the tragedy of existence. " Very well-said and this we call a life. The constant battle - آزاده (Azade)
A history of the blackboard: How the blackboard became an effective and ubiquitous teaching tool. - http://www.slate.com/article...
A history of the blackboard: How the blackboard became an effective and ubiquitous teaching tool.
"The blackboard is a recent innovation. Erasable slates, a cheap but durable substitute for costly paper and ink, had been in use for centuries. Students could practice reading and writing and math on their slates, in the classroom or at home. But it wasn’t until 1800 that James Pillans, headmaster of the Old High School of Edinburgh, Scotland, wanting to offer geography lessons to his students that required larger maps, connected a number of smaller slates into a single grand field. And in 1801, George Baron, a West Point mathematics teacher, also began to use a board of connected slates, the most effective way, he found, to illustrate complex formulas to a larger audience." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Although the term blackboard did not appear until 1815, the use of these cobbled-together slates spread quickly; by 1809, every public school in Philadelphia was using them. Teachers now had a flexible and versatile visual aid, a device that was both textbook and blank page, as well as a laboratory, and most importantly, a point of focus. The blackboard illustrates and is illustrated. Students no longer simply listened to the teacher; they had reason to look up from their desks." - Maitani
I'd assumed they'd been around for ever. :) - Ken Morley
The Linguistics of LOL - Britt Peterson - The Atlantic - http://www.theatlantic.com/magazin...
The Linguistics of LOL - Britt Peterson - The Atlantic
"When two friends created the site I Can Has Cheezburger?, in 2007, to share cat photos with funny, misspelled captions, it was a way of cheering themselves up. They probably weren’t thinking about long-term sociolinguistic implications. But seven years later, the “cheezpeep” community is still active online, chattering away in lolspeak, its own distinctive variety of English. lolspeak was meant to sound like the twisted language inside a cat’s brain, and has ended up resembling a down-South baby talk with some very strange characteristics, including deliberate misspellings (teh, ennyfing), unique verb forms (gotted, can haz), and word reduplication (fastfastfast). It can be difficult to master. One user writes that it used to take at least 10 minutes “to read adn unnerstand” a paragraph. (“Nao, it’z almost like a sekund lanjuaje.”)" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"To a linguist, all of this sounds a lot like a sociolect: a language variety that’s spoken within a social group, like Valley Girl–influenced ValTalk or African American Vernacular English. (The word dialect, by contrast, commonly refers to a variety spoken by a geographic group—think Appalachian or Lumbee.) Over the past 20 years, online sociolects have been springing up around the... more... - Maitani
The other day, Andrew mention how Yelp has it's own sort of language. I thought about the spaces I occupy online and how some of those particular sites or interests have their own language. Even though I don't participate, I can certainly understand what is being said. I found it frustrating trying to explain something to my husand in full English because he wouldn't understand the full slang of the group. - Anika
BBC News - Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science - http://www.bbc.com/news...
BBC News - Nobel Prize: How English beat German as language of science
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""If you look around the world in 1900, and someone told you, 'Guess what the universal language of science will be in the year 2000', you would first of all laugh at them. It was obvious that no one language would be the language of science, but a mixture of French, German and English would be the right answer," says Princeton University's Rosengarten professor of modern and contemporary history Michael Gordin." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
""So the story of the 20th Century is not so much the rise of English as the serial collapse of German as the up-and-coming language of scientific communication," Gordin says." - Maitani
There were still a few books on Regelungstechnik floating around my institute when I was in university, but most people of my generation aren't literate enough in German to easily make use such textbooks. - Eivind
Love me some Beilstein and Gmelin! - Meg VMeg from Android
EpiDoc: Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML / Home / Home - http://sourceforge.net/p...
EpiDoc: Epigraphic Documents in TEI XML / Home / Home
"EpiDoc is an international, collaborative effort that provides guidelines and tools for encoding scholarly and educational editions of ancient documents. It uses a subset of the Text Encoding Initiative 's standard for the representation of texts in digital form and was developed initially for the publication of digital editions of ancient inscriptions (e.g. Inscriptions of Aphrodisias , Vindolanda Tablets ). Its domain has expanded to include the publication of papyri and manuscripts (e.g. Papyri.info ). It addresses not only the transcription and editorial treatment of texts themselves, but also the history and materiality of the objects on which the texts appear (i.e., manuscripts, monuments, tablets, papyri, and other text-bearing objects)." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
The Ashoka Project on the Bibliotheca Polyglotta - http://www2.hf.uio.no/polyglo...
The Ashoka Project on the Bibliotheca Polyglotta
"This Library contains an edition of Ashoka’s inscriptions ordered into ten types1 as seen in the meny on the left. The texts are so far based upon Hultzsch (1925). The page will also publish the rest of the known inscriptions, and, further, images and secondary materials on the topic for both edicational needs and research. The development of the library is a cooperation between indological milieus at Texas University, Austin, and at Oslo University. Below is a project description which is the basis of the cooperation. Other contacts are also being made to build the site further. The persons involoved so far are: Joel Brereton, Donald R.Davis, Oliver Freiberger, Janice Leoshko, Patrick Olivelle, Texas University; Ute Hüsken, Jens Braarvig, Oslo University." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Bibliotheca Polyglotta - http://www2.hf.uio.no/polyglo...
Bibliotheca Polyglotta
"The Bibliotheca Polyglotta (BP) is a multilingual corpus of historically important texts. As such it is a resource to access the global history of concepts as displayed in a number of languages, and it demonstrates how concepts diffuse historically into new languages, and thus into new cultural contexts. The BP is in a phase of being constructed, and contains so far the following libraries: - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"The Thesaurus Literaturae Buddhicae (TLB) contains a number of Buddhist multilingual texts (Sanskrit, Chinese, Tibetan, English, etc.). The TLB was the first library to be established under the project; Biblia contains the Biblical Books of the Old Testament in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, and the complete New Testament in Greek, Latin, English, etc. More versions will be added with... more... - Maitani
"One can search any word or phrase in the corpus or in a chosen set of texts and have the search results written out, and further access any search result in its sentence by sentence multilingual mode by clicking on the reference in the search result. Every sentence in the BP has a Permanent link as a unique identification. The permanent link may be extracted by clicking on "Permanent link" on the bottom of the screen, and may be used as a reference to access the multilingual record which it refers to." - Maitani
The Outsider Art of Tennessee by Geoffrey O'Brien | The New York Review of Books - http://www.nybooks.com/article...
The Outsider Art of Tennessee by Geoffrey O'Brien | The New York Review of Books
"Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh: John Lahr’s subtitle for his biography of Tennessee Williams nimbly fuses madness, spiritual quest, and sexuality in one inextricable formulation. The tone of the phrase alone—it comes from a 1937 diary entry—with its hint of what may now seem self-consciously overripe eloquence, its elusive mix of ironic gaudiness and open-hearted romanticism, already suggests a voice from a past more remote than could ever, to those of us who lived through Tennessee Williams’s era, have seemed possible." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"That voice dominates Lahr’s exuberantly detailed and constantly engaging account: a voice of unabashed truth-telling, frequently hilarious interjections, and a sense of musicality that did not fail him. Its traces are scattered profusely in diaries, letters, memoirs, prefaces, newspaper articles, and interviews, and in the plays, poems, stories, and screenplays in which Williams never... more... - Maitani
Quelques Verbes Français by Tennessee Williams http://www.nybooks.com/article... - Maitani
DABIR | Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review - http://www.dabirjournal.org/
DABIR | Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review
"The Digital Archive of Brief notes & Iran Review (DABIR) is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal published by the Dr. Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies and Culture at the University of California, Irvine. DABIR aims to quickly and efficiently publish brief notes and reviews relating to the pre-modern world in contact with Iran and Persianate cultures. The journal accepts submissions on art history, archaeology, history, linguistics, literature, manuscript studies, numismatics, philology and religion, from Jaxartes to the Mediterranean and from the Sumerian period through to and including the Safavid era (3500 BCE-1500 CE). Work dealing with later periods can be considered on request." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits - Study Hacks - Cal Newport - http://calnewport.com/blog...
Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
Deep Habits: Conquer Hard Tasks With Concentration Circuits - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"Today I needed to finish a tough chunk of writing. The ideas were complicated and I wasn’t quite sure how best to untangle the relevant threads and reweave them into something appealing. I knew I was in for some deep work and I was worried about my ability to see it through to the end." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I call this approach the concentration circuit as it cycles you through a circuit of locations to keep your concentration levels elevated. To be clear, most of my deep work sessions are decidedly less interesting. They take place in my office with the door closed. But sometimes I need something extra. If I’m feeling uninspired or the task is particularly complicated, I look for ways to... more... - Maitani
The Horticultural Roots of Joseph Breck | The Metropolitan Museum of Art - http://www.metmuseum.org/visit...
The Horticultural Roots of Joseph Breck | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Horticultural Roots of Joseph Breck | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Recent posts by Michael Carter and a special seventy-fifth anniversary Bulletin by Timothy B. Husband introduced readers to a pivotal yet seldom-recognized figure in the formative years of The Cloisters museum and gardens—Joseph Henry Breck (1885–1933). The basic layout of the galleries and gardens of The Cloisters is primarily due to Breck's close collaboration with the architect Charles Collens, and their final plans provide coherence when the museum and gardens are seen as a whole. Sadly, Breck died suddenly in 1933 and never saw his plans realized. In addition to his formidable talents as an art historian, Breck was also a skilled artist, contributing many illustrations to the Harvard Lampoon during his undergraduate years. His watercolors and pencil sketches serve as visual evidence of his inspirations and thought processes while planning The Cloisters. While Breck's curatorial training and career are well documented, his interest in gardens is not." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Turmeric and Saffron: Ash-e Haft Daneh - Persian Seven Bean Hearty Soup - Mehregan Festival Recipe - http://turmericsaffron.blogspot.de/2014...
Turmeric and Saffron: Ash-e Haft Daneh - Persian Seven Bean Hearty Soup - Mehregan Festival Recipe
Turmeric and Saffron: Ash-e Haft Daneh - Persian Seven Bean Hearty Soup - Mehregan Festival Recipe
"Mehregan/Mehr is an ancient Iranian festival celebrating the start of the beautiful fall season. With its vibrant foliage, crisp days, and harvesting of crops, مهرگان (Mehregan) is traditionally celebrated a few days after the first day of fall (Autumnal Equinox) on the 10th day of  (Mehr) (the seventh month of the Iranian calendar). In the past, festivities would last for several days. Opinions about the exact date of Mehregan may differ since the historical records show that the date has been changed a few times throughout history. The wordمهر "Mehr" in Mehregan means 'sun, kindness, love and friendship' in Persian. جشن مهرگان Jashn-e Mehregan is attributed to Mithra/Mehr, the goddess of the sun and brightness and also the angelic divinity of friendship, justice and oath dating back to the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. One of the most valuable lessons of prophet Zartosht (Zoroaster), that is still cherished today, is his teachings of good thoughts, good words and good deeds." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"I chose to call it a seven bean soup but this is more than just a soup and it's more than just beans. آش هفت دانه - Ash-e haft daneh is a combination of beans, seeds, whole wheat and some vegetables. The main ingredients in the original recipe were listed as wheat, barley, rice, chickpeas, lentils, mung beans and millet. There are many different variations of this traditional ash... more... - Maitani
Could a Newly Launched Metaphorical Search Engine Really Work? | Big Think | Neurobonkers - http://bigthink.com/neurobo...
Could a Newly Launched Metaphorical Search Engine Really Work? | Big Think | Neurobonkers
Could a Newly Launched Metaphorical Search Engine Really Work? | Big Think | Neurobonkers
"When I first heard of Yossarian Lives, a website that bills itself as the metaphorical search engine, I thought "no way!" Good metaphors are inherently artistic and depend on a nuanced understanding of related topics, both very human qualities. Indeed, when I had a chance to fool around with the alpha version of Yossarian Lives it seemed to function as a glorified "random" button on your average stock photo library." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
I am not yet sure how this is supposed to work. I think I'll check it out. - Maitani
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus - http://nautil.us/issue...
"I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to believe I’ve flipped from a virtually congenital math-phobe to a professor of engineering." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"One day, one of my students asked me how I did it—how I changed my brain. I wanted to answer Hell—with lots of difficulty! After all, I’d flunked my way through elementary, middle, and high school math and science. In fact, I didn’t start studying remedial math until I left the Army at age 26. If there were a textbook example of the potential for adult neural plasticity, I’d be Exhibit A." - Maitani
The Barrier of Meaning « Another Word For It - http://tm.durusau.net/?p=56846
"The author discusses the “AI-problem” with Stanislaw Ulam. Ulam makes reference to the history of the “AI-problem” and then continues:" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Well, said Stan Ulam, let us play a game. Imagine that we write a dictionary of common words. We shall try to write definitions that are unmistakeably explicit, as if ready to be programmed. Let us take, for instance, nouns like key, book, passenger, and verbs like waiting, listening, arriving. Let us start with the word “key.” I now take this object out of my pocket and ask you to... more... - Maitani
We are more rational than those who nudge us – Steven Poole – Aeon - http://aeon.co/magazin...
We are more rational than those who nudge us – Steven Poole – Aeon
"Humanity’s achievements and its self-perception are today at curious odds. We can put autonomous robots on Mars and genetically engineer malarial mosquitoes to be sterile, yet the news from popular psychology, neuroscience, economics and other fields is that we are not as rational as we like to assume. We are prey to a dismaying variety of hard-wired errors. We prefer winning to being right. At best, so the story goes, our faculty of reason is at constant war with an irrational darkness within. At worst, we should abandon the attempt to be rational altogether." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
You had me at "a scientised version of original sin" :) A very interesting read. Obviously, I'd say, "econs" are poor yardsticks for human rationality. - Eivind
Mandolin U Srinivas at age 20- Bangalore private concert video clip - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Mandolin U Srinivas at age 20- Bangalore private concert video clip - YouTube
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"Mandolin U Srinivas at age 20- Bangalore private concert video clip" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
Language and History in Southeast Asia: An Interview with Gérard Diffloth | Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University - http://www.cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp/2014...
Language and History in Southeast Asia: An Interview with Gérard Diffloth | Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University
"Professor Gérard Diffloth is a leading figure in Southeast Asian linguistics, specializing in the languages of the Austroasiatic family that includes Khmer, Vietnamese and many other languages spoken not only in the countries of Southeast Asia, but also northeast India, Southern China and the Nicobar Islands. His main work has been concerned with elaborating the linguistic history of the region. He and Nathan Badenoch are working on a group of small and endangered languages spoken in northern Laos. This interview arises out of an exchange on this project and other work related to it during Prof Diffloth’s recent stay as a Visiting Scholar at CSEAS." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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