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The power of pigs: tension and taboo in Haifa, Israel

It might be an exaggeration to say a boar broke the internet. But when someone posted an image of wild boar sleeping on a mattress and surrounded by garbage from a recently-raided dumpster in Haifa, Israel in March, Twitter briefly erupted.Not everyone is thrilled about Haifa’s suid inhabitants, which roam the city, eat trash, and sometimes attack people. In a recent article in The New York Times, Patrick Kingsley documents the uneasy relationship, not only between people and pigs, but also betw...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Israel, Religion, United States, Judaism, New York Times, Middle East, Christianity, Islam, Prejudice, Benjamin Netanyahu, Taboo, Kingsley, Haifa


Transformative choice and “Big Decisions”

Imagine being invited by a trusted friend to a “life-changing” event. Should you go? Your friend says her life has been transformed by such events and you believe her. The event could be a church service, self-help talk, concert, movie, festival, hike, play, dinner party, book club, union organizing meeting, etc.: whatever you find easiest to allow unfolding such that you are likely to be changed in some fundamental way. Do you go? Why or why not? What sorts of considerations do you reach for in...
Tags: Decision Making, Books, Featured, Philosophy, PAUL, Arts & Humanities, Victoriano Izquierdo, Edna Ullmann Margalit, L.A. Paul, Standard Decision Theory, Transformative Choices, Ullmann Margalit, Ullman Margalit


The risks of privatization in the Medicaid and Medicare programs

Increasingly, two of the largest publicly supported healthcare programs, Medicaid and Medicare, are administered by for-profit insurance companies. The privatization of the Medicaid long-term care programs has been implemented largely through state managed care contracts with insurance companies to administer Medicaid LTC funds. Medicare privatization has been similarly implemented through contracts with insurance companies in the Medicare Advantage (MA) program. Privatization, without rigorous ...
Tags: Books, Florida, Featured, America, Joe Biden, Cms, Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, Centers for Medicare, Medicare Advantage, LTC, Medicaid Services CMS, PPAR, American Healthcare, Gerontology


Lyricism as activism: Sigurd Olson and The Singing Wilderness

On the northwestern side of the Great Lakes, at the border between the United States and Canada, there is a lake country called Quetico-Superior, known for its unsurpassed beauty and wilderness. This is the home of the influential environmentalist and writer Sigurd Olson (1899-1982). He served as President of the Wilderness Society and the National Parks Association, working also as a consultant to the government on wilderness preservation and ecological problems. At the same time, he earned pop...
Tags: Books, Featured, Activism, Minneapolis, Poetry, Canada, United States, Literature, Philosophy, Lake Michigan, Olson, University of Minnesota Press, Arts & Humanities, John Burroughs, Wilderness Society, Lyricism


A complex networks approach to ranking professional Snooker players

One does not have to look far to observe the innate desire us humans have to rank things. Each year we are faced with endless awards ceremonies—just think about the Oscars, Grammys, Ballon d’Or, Time Person of the Year… the list goes on and on. Indeed, at the turn of every year/decade/century media organizations fill whitespace with their “top 100 (insert domain of interest here) of (insert temporal period here)” where a supposed expert gives their thoughts on the optimal ordering of entities fr...
Tags: Books, Featured, Davis, Statistics, John Higgins, Snooker, Ronnie O'sullivan, Steve Davis, O'Sullivan, HENDRY, Higgins, Stephen Hendry, Complex Networks, Davis Hendry, Rigo ErivesThe


Fake news is not new: Russia’s 19th-century disinformation experiment

Russian “information warfare”—from hacking to efforts to sow “fake news” abroad—has captured international headlines in recent years. Although Russian efforts to influence western opinion are usually seen as a product of the Cold War, they have a much longer lineage.In the late nineteenth century, liberal citizens in England, France, and Switzerland regarded the Russian autocracy with horror. Consequently, they welcomed refugees from Russia with open arms, granting them extensive asylum rights r...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, London, Featured, France, Russia, History, Paris, Switzerland, Adam, England France, Le Figaro, Claridge, Arts & Humanities, Novikova


Do we need artificial investors?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has started to unleash a new industrial revolution. It represents a significant technology advantage which already impacts today’s products and services and will drive tomorrow’s industries. Its key importance to the technological progress of future societies is beyond doubt and is reflected by a boom in patent applications on AI technology since 2013 in various industry sectors.From a legal perspective, the patent system is the core mechanism to foster innovation. T...
Tags: Books, UK, Technology, Featured, Law, Artificial Intelligence, Patents, Journals, Ai, Intellectual Property, European Parliament, Patent Law, United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO, IPR, Inventors, AI Technology


Do we need artificial inventors?

Artificial intelligence (AI) has started to unleash a new industrial revolution. It represents a significant technology advantage which already impacts today’s products and services and will drive tomorrow’s industries. Its key importance to the technological progress of future societies is beyond doubt and is reflected by a boom in patent applications on AI technology since 2013 in various industry sectors.From a legal perspective, the patent system is the core mechanism to foster innovation. T...
Tags: Books, UK, Technology, Featured, Law, Artificial Intelligence, Patents, Journals, Ai, Intellectual Property, European Parliament, Patent Law, United States Patent and Trademark Office USPTO, IPR, Inventors, AI Technology


Was Spinoza a populist? [Long read]

Recent studies of Spinoza’s political theory in a contemporary perspective often place it in one of two categories, depicting him either as a defender of individual free speech and liberal democracy or as a champion of radical democracy and collective popular power. For some, he is something like a liberal supporter of the equal individual rights of all citizens to express whatever is on their mind, an early defender of “free speech.” For others, he is more like a left-wing populist championing ...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, Featured, Democracy, Netherlands, Philosophy, Free Speech, Social Sciences, Hardt, Cicero, Republicanism, Supreme Council, Baruch Spinoza, Negri, Spinoza


How can feed additives enhance forage-based diets of beef cattle? [Infographic]

Beef cattle production systems often rely on forage-based diets, consisting of pasture, as a low cost and widely accessible method for feeding herds. Whilst there are financial and practical benefits to forage-based diets, it is important to note that seasonal variations in pasture availability and nutritive quality can  impact cattle performance and nutrition. So, are there any solutions to this?Feed additives are used as an important nutritional tool to enhance productivity and profitability o...
Tags: Infographics, Books, Featured, Infographic, Beef, Animal Welfare, Journals, Latham, Weldon, Ribeiro, Nellore, Zanetti, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Villela, Beef Cattle


Environmental histories and potential futures [podcast]

This month marked the 51st observation of Earth Day, which, in the past decade, has become one of the largest secular observances in the world. This year, more than 1 billion individuals in over 190 countries are engaged in action to promote conservation and environmental protectionism. In this current moment, the discourse surrounding environmentalism seems to exist primarily in the realms of science and politics, but we wanted to take this opportunity to talk to a couple of researchers who stu...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, Environmentalism, Multimedia, Social Sciences, Editor's Picks, Tigris, Euphrates, VSI, Science & Medicine, The Oxford Comment, Audio & Podcasts, Future Studies, Environmental History, Gidley


From fortified castle to wedding venue: Venetian examplars of adaptive reuse

What does one do with a castle? The Venetian Terraferma (and, indeed, all of Europe) is dotted with medieval castles that have long outlived the purposes for which they were intended. And yet, built of stone, they are costly to demolish and—more importantly—of great historical interest. Despite fires, earthquakes, and simple neglect, many remain standing thanks to the creativity of owners, architects, and municipalities in finding ways to restore and preserve these evocative palimpsests of the p...
Tags: Europe, Books, Featured, History, Architecture, Italy, Napoleon, Adriatic, Monte Alban, Vittorio Veneto, Friuli, Udine, Arts & Humanities, Castles, Friuli Venezia Giulia Italy, San Martino


What if COVID-19 had emerged in 1719?

We’re often told that the situation created by the attack of the new coronavirus is “unique” and “unprecedented.” And yet, at the same time, scientists assure us that the emergence of new viruses is “natural”—that viruses are always mutating or picking up and losing bits of DNA. But if lethal new viruses have emerged again and again during human history, why has dealing with this one been such a struggle?The uniqueness of this viral attack isn’t because of mutations in its DNA or in the DNA of t...
Tags: Books, Featured, History, World, Sociology, Wuhan, Pandemics, Health & Medicine, Eurasia, Social Sciences, Northern Africa, Science & Medicine, Earth & Life Sciences, Cultural Evolution, Historical Pandemics, 18th Century History


The “warrior gene”: blaming genetics for bad behavior

The extent to which we can blame our genes for bad behavior took another step backward recently, in the US at least, with a court ruling that data from the “warrior gene” couldn’t be used as an excuse for diminished responsibility.Belief in the existence of a warrior gene has been around for more than 25 years, one of many examples where genetic effects on behavior have been misunderstood. In 1994, Stephen Mobley, convicted of murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, and possession of a firear...
Tags: Books, UK, Featured, US, Genetics, Tennessee, Netherlands, Ohio, Behaviour, Sanders, Brunner, New Mexico Supreme Court, Mobley, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, MAOA


Can skepticism and curiosity get along? Benjamin Franklin shows they can coexist

No matter the contemporary crisis trending on Twitter, from climate change to the US Senate filibuster, people who follow the news have little trouble finding a congenial source of reporting. The writers who worry about polarization, folks like Ezra Klein and Michael Lind, commonly observe the high levels of tribalism that attends journalism and consumption of it. The feat of being skeptical of the other side’s position while turning the same doubts on your own team is apparently in short supply...
Tags: Books, London, Featured, Religion, America, History, Ben Franklin, US Senate, Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin, Ezra Klein, Whitefield, Market Street, Franklin, George Whitefield, Court House


Disney Books: 101 Dalmatians: Spot the Difference Book & 5-Minute Disney Furry Friends Stories

I received copies of both of these books to facilitate my review.  Have anyone in your household that loves Disney’s 101 Dalmatians?  These next 2 books are perfect for them! 101 Dalmatians: Spot the Difference Count, whistle, clap, and more inside this interactive bedtime read-aloud starring the puppies from Disney’s One Hundred and One Dalmatians! Where’s Waldo meets Press Here inside this adorable One Hundred and One Dalmatians picture book that will have kids tilting, turning, and shaking t...
Tags: Reviews, Coco, Books, Featured, Parenting, Disney, Waldo, Disney books, Minute Disney Furry Friends Stories


The coming refugee crisis: how COVID-19 exacerbates forced displacement

Refugees have fallen down the political agenda since the “European refugee crisis” in 2015-16. COVID-19 has temporarily stifled refugee movements and taken the issue off the political and media radar. However, the impact of the pandemic is gradually exacerbating the drivers of mass displacement. It is eroding the capacity of refugee-hosting countries in regions like Africa and the Middle East. While the framing of 2015-16 as a “crisis” has been contested, there is grounds to believe that, withou...
Tags: Europe, Books, Politics, UK, Featured, Africa, Turkey, Syria, Middle East, Refugees, Bangladesh, Kenya, Venezuela, North America, Lebanon, Rich


Putting transphobia in a different biblical context

Right-wing and reactionary forces in the USA and UK are once again stoking panic about trans people and practices of gender and sexual variation. Their arguments, though, rely upon faulty assumptions about gender, particularly in relation to history and religion. Such assumptions can be challenged by understanding that gender has never been fixed in the way they argue—neither today nor in the ancient context of the biblical texts often enlisted in so-called religious objections to trans and quee...
Tags: Books, Usa, UK, England, Featured, Wales, Religion, Feminism, Christianity, The Bible, US Senate, Jesus, Transphobia, Gender Identity, Romans, PAUL


What can neuroscience tell us about the mind of a serial killer?

Serial killers—people who repeatedly murder others—provoke revulsion but also a certain amount of fascination in the general public. But what can modern psychology and neuroscience tell us about what might be going on inside the head of such individuals?Serial killers characteristically lack empathy for others, coupled with an apparent absence of guilt about their actions. At the same time, many can be superficially charming, allowing them to lure potential victims into their web of destruction....
Tags: Books, Featured, US, Neuroscience, Anthropology, Serial Killer, Social Sciences, Jekyll, Hyde, Criminal Psychology, Hitchcock, Ted Bundy, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Richard Ramirez, Subtopics


Corona and the crown: monarchy, religion, and disease from Victoria to Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family have featured prominently in the British state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In her 2020 Christmas broadcast, which ended with the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir singing “Joy to the World,” the Queen evoked the “light of Christmas” in dark times and assured her people of her “thoughts and prayers.” She celebrated the heroism of “our frontline services,” connecting modern nurses to Florence Nightingale, but also to the Good Samaritan, who had cared...
Tags: Books, England, London, Featured, India, Religion, History, Britain, Disease, Biography, Victoria, British, William, Canterbury, Edward, Alice


Hollywood on Hollywood: will the Academy “Mank” up for Citizen Kane snub?

It is no secret that movies about Hollywood come with built-in Oscar buzz. The trend is nearly as old as the Academy Awards itself. MGM’s musical comedy Hollywood Revue started the tradition with a best picture nomination (or “Outstanding Picture” as it was then called) at the second annual Oscar ceremony in 1930, and A Star is Born and Sunset Boulevard followed suit in 1938 and 1951, respectively. More recently, The Artist (2011) and Birdman (2014) took home the award for best picture—and of co...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Featured, Movies, California, Orson Welles, Cinema, Brazil, Warren Beatty, Oscars, Academy, David Fincher, MGM, Kane, Welles, Sunset Boulevard


How well do you know your libraries? [Quiz]

Were you born to be a librarian? Are you a library fan? Or do you just like a bit of trivia? Whatever your reason it’s time to prove to us how well you know your libraries with this short quiz. Follow us on Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest from OUP Libraries.Think your library should be featured in our #LibraryOfTheWeek? Email us with their information or send us a message via Twitter.The post How well do you know your libraries? [Quiz] appeared first on OUPblog.
Tags: Books, Featured, Libraries, Quiz, Multimedia, Online products, Quizzes & Polls, Library Of The Week


Respecting property takes two

Parents don’t teach their children the word for “mine”; they learn it all on their own. Parents also don’t teach their two-year-olds the following rules of “mine”: if I like it, it’s mine;if I see it, it’s mine;if it’s in my hand, it’s mine;if it looks like mine, it’s mine;if I can take it from you, it’s mine; andif I had it a little while ago, it’s mine.Yet, no parent in any age or community lets these untaught rules of “mine” stand unchecked. Every generation of parents teaches their children ...
Tags: Books, Featured, Property, Bing, Social Sciences, Business & Economics, Flop, Padget, Padget Bing, Calvin Hanson


Pivotal moments in US history: a timeline of the Saratoga campaign

In the summer and fall of 1777, after two years of indecisive fighting on both sides, the American War of Independence was at a stalemate. The British were determined to end the rebellion that year and devised what they believed a war-winning strategy: to send General John Burgoyne south to rout the Americans and take Albany. Less than four months later, however, a combination of the Continental Army and Militia forces, commanded by Major General Horatio Gates and inspired by the heroics of Bene...
Tags: Books, Featured, US, America, History, Albany, Timeline, Saratoga, Continental Army, Benedict Arnold, John Burgoyne, US history, American Revolution, Horatio Gates, American War Of Independence


Taking stock of the future of work, mid-pandemic

This past month marked an anniversary like no other. On 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic and with it, normal life of eating out, commuting to work, and seeing grandparents came to a sudden halt. One year later, my new book about the intersection of psychology and the workplace was published. With wide-scale vaccinations on the rise, I thought it would be a good time to take stock of where we are and just how much has changed.Even before the pandemic, majo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spotify, Books, Featured, Workplace, US, Future Of Work, World Health Organization, Social Sciences, Science & Medicine, Psychology & Neuroscience, Facebook Salesforce, COVID-19, COVID, Workplace Psychology


Rehabilitating the sacred side of Arthur Sullivan, Britain’s most performed composer

November 2018 saw the release of the first ever professional recording of Arthur Sullivan’s oratorio, The Light of The World, based on Biblical texts and focused on the life and teaching of Jesus. Reviewers focused as much on the piece as on the performance. The critical reaction to this work, which had been largely ignored and rarely performed for over 140 years, was extraordinary. Classical music magazines and websites hailed a revelatory discovery, with music of an engaging freshness and dire...
Tags: Books, Music, London, Featured, Religion, Britain, United States, United Kingdom, Jesus, Noël, Chapel Royal, Antioch, Sullivan, Brahms, Arthur Sullivan, Handel


Goodbye Dear Friend – Ronaldo Olive Passes Away

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of TFB staff member Ronaldo Olive after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on September 27, 1942 and passed away on March 31, 2021. Ronaldo joined TFB in 2016 and published his first post “UAE’s Caracal wants to make guns in Brazil” on November […] Read More … The post Goodbye Dear Friend – Ronaldo Olive Passes Away appeared first on The Firearm Blog.
Tags: Featured, Guns, Ronaldo, Brazil, Uae, Daily News, TFB, Ronaldo Olive


“We don’t like either side very much”: British attitudes to the American Civil War

One hundred and sixty years ago, on 12 April 1861, the Confederacy attacked Fort Sumter, a Union fort in Charleston harbour. The first shots of the Civil War had been fired.British attitudes to that war baffled both participants at the time, and perhaps still do. Many considerations, often conflicting, fed into the perceptions of individuals and groups in Britain, making their attitudes to both the war and their own self-interest in it, which were not necessarily the same thing, complicated and ...
Tags: Europe, Books, England, New York, London, Featured, White House, America, History, American Civil War, Britain, The Times, Slavery, Union, Lincoln, North


Does humor have a temperature? Movie comedy in Norway and Brazil

Can humor have a temperature? Do some like their comedy hot or cold? A quick survey of movies from Norway and Brazil invites us to consider how climate and geography can affect a people’s sense of humor. Let’s start with a joke from the Nordic countries:A Swede and a Norwegian decide to drink. They sit across the table with more than a few bottles of aquavit between them, knocking off shot after shot without a word. After three hours, the Norwegian lifts a glass and says, “Skol!” to which the Sw...
Tags: Books, Comedy, Hollywood, Featured, Movies, Film, Chico, Brazil, Norway, Andre, João, Hamer, Arts & Humanities, TV & Film, Folke, Carmen Miranda


The Turing test is not about AI: it is about our tendency to project humanity onto things

As Artificial Intelligence technologies enter into more and more facets of our everyday life, we are growing accustomed to the idea of machines talking directly to us. Voice assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri inhabit domestic and professional environments, chatbots are standard in customer care, apps such as Replika offer virtual avatars to provide companionship, and even the Twitter account of NASA’s Perseverance mission sends updates in first person, as though they were posted ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Books, Featured, Siri, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Sociology, Alan Turing, Turing, Ai, Voice, Alexa, Social Sciences, Replika



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