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ADVICE AND DISSENT
This section features discussions on education, learning and teaching, and language with particular focus on English. The primary subjects to be taken up here are notable advocacies and contrary viewpoints in these disciplines and their allied fields. Our primary aim is to clarify matters and issues of importance to language and learning, provide intelligent and useful instruction, promote rational and critical thinking, and enhance the individual’s overall capacity for discernment.
194 cutting-edge readings about recent scientific news
For the Year 2016, the online forum Edge posed this this question: “What do you consider the most interesting recent [scientific] news? What makes it important?” From among the Edge.org constituency that it calls the Third Culture—scientists and other thinkers in who visualize through their work and expository writing the deeper meanings of our lives and redefine who and what we are—came 194 answers to the question. They are in the form of cutting-edge essays by notable thinkers in every scientific discipline and body of knowledge imaginable—linguistics, neuroscience, theoretical physics, anthropology, environmental science, journalism, literature, arts and technology, economics, and cosmology, to name just a few.
The provocative ideas in these essays are nothing less than kaleidoscopic, among them “Our Changing Conceptions Of What It Means To Be Human,” “Religious Morality Is Mostly Below The Belt,” “The Mating Crisis Among Educated Women,” “The Big Bang Cannot Be What We Thought It Was,” “Fatty Foods Are Good For Your Health,” “Pointing Is A Prerequisite For Language,” “Deep Learning, Semantics, And Society,” and “A Robust Challenge To The Value Of A University Education.”
There are 194 readings in all for the weeks ahead, so it’s not too early to start dipping into these essays as part of our continuing self-education and intellectual growth. Check out the Table of Contents of the essay collection now, list the essays that pique your interest, and draw up a leisurely reading schedule for them.
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