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Oil painting has been intrinsic to war but do we really need more painters on the modern front-line…

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“Let’s speak frankly,” says Slavoj Žižek. “The left hates me even though I am supposed to be one of the leading communist intellectuals”…

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The Internet’s early cheerleaders – anti-Hobbesian, hippy utopians, mostly – envisioned cyberspace as an unregulated public square. It’s more like a private mall…

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Darwin has displaced Hegel as a political thinker, suggests Francis Fukuyama. Is this the end of the end of history?..

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Why does the West rule? The biological unity of man would seem to disprove racist views of western dominance. So what about geography?…

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Jürgen Habermas has a two-fold persona: opaque philosopher and lucid polemicist. Peter Gordon says they stem from a single calling…

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In defense of Rihanna. Pop music might be superficial, misogynist, and stupid, but it isn’t to blame for our cultural slide into self-love…

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Claude Lévi-Strauss’s great idea was that both myth and kinship were part of the most elementary processes of human thought…

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We are drowning in a flood of information. Our task, says Freeman Dyson, is to create islands of meaning…

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The apparent randomness of scratch lottery ticket numbers is a mathematical lie. A geological statistician in Canada has cracked the code…

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