Monthly Archives: February 2012

Playing with memory to alleviate pain

Jonah Lehrer’s new cover story for Wired explores new trials with PKMzeta inhibitors, drugs that some think could be used to erase memories.  These inhibitors may have the potential to erase memories themselves, in contrast to existing early-stage treatments using … Continue reading

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More on liberalism

Pankaj Mishra reviews Tony Judt’s posthumous Thinking the Twentieth Century, bringing up some of Judt’s criticisms of modern liberalism that resonate with yesterday’s quote from Fukuyama. As the global recession deepened, Judt also recognised that the liberals promoting democracy abroad … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading

Some common fallacies in popular understandings of neuroscience The persistence of atheists as personae non gratae in the USA Philosophy can be useful for daily guidance, even if fundamental foundational questions are unresolved The U.S. Constitution is no longer the … Continue reading

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Call and Response, Copyright Edition

Over at Slate, there’s a thoughtful and entertaining back-and-forth between Caleb Cain and Matt Yglesias over the social, economic, and moral nature of copyright infringement. The debate spans at least four articles, with some digressions and jokey hypotheticals; by the … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading

The “expectations of privacy” standard means we get less privacy over time The “city of the confined” would be the second-largest city in the country How Roger Scruton lives “Mises wrote a thousand-page book on that. I can’t believe you … Continue reading

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