A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Month: September, 2016

Read — 2016/09/22

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Flabby and fertile: how men age could be huge for humans“, by Rae Ellen Bichell (NPR). Yale anthropologist Richard Gutierrez Bribiescas studies how men’s ability to reproduce late in life may increase the longevity of both sexes of our species. When males are young, they often lead a high-risk, high-reward life. The idea: Being showy attracts mates. As men age, testosterone levels typically drop (though this is not universally true), and high-maintenance muscle goes away (perhaps because more resources are diverted to fighting disease). If men with a “longevity” gene continue to reproduce late in life, their “genetic fitness” over their lifetime may surpass that of males who expend all their reproductive energy when young. And these longevity genes could be passed on to both sexes in the next generation, leading to longer life.
  2. MacArthur Foundation announces 2016 ‘genius’ grant winners“, by Jennifer Schuessler (NY Times).

Read — 2016/09/18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The triumph of simplicity“, by Sarah Fallon (Wired).
  2. How to learn about sex in Italy“, by Silvia Marchetti (OZY). Conservative states in the U.S., take notes.
  3. ‘The best speech never given’ was a eulogy for the Apollo 11 astronauts“, by Ian Graber-Stiehl (OZY). With a link to the original memo by William Safire.
  4. A New Yorker in London: 42 peculiarities you must know before you cross the pond“, by Hayley Bloomingdale (Vogue). Humorously penned. I especially like the bit about herbs and do-over birthdays.

Read — 2016/09/07

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. There is now a sixth taste — and it explains why we love carbs“, by Jessica Hamzelou (New Scientist).
  2. When Disney dabbled in sex ed“, by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu (OZY).

Read — 2016/09/04

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Goodbye, ivory tower. Hello, Silicon Valley candy store.“, by Steve Lohr (NY Times). Economists are finding greater opportunity — and paychecks — in tech companies.
  2. Political correctness and its real enemies“, by Jim Sleeper (NY Times). Dr. Sleeper blames the “threat to free inquiry” squarely on the outsized influence of money in academia (and in society more generally) and the political right’s portrayal of protest.

Read — 2016/09/03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. This fashion week, Google gets a new look“, by Daisuke Wakabayashi (NY Times). In a move that puts it in competition with Instragram, Google experiments with letting fashion designers control some of the content returned to users who search their brand.
  2. University of Chicago isn’t the only place fighting back against PC nonsense“, by Bari Weiss (Acculturated). Nonsense is not the right word. Maybe burlesque.
  3. The real-life superhero who beats the cops to bike thieves“, by Christopher Solomon (Outside). Seattle’s stolen-bike vigilante. This article contains (profanity and) useful information about and link to