Oct 062005

NYT > The Stone

It’s astonishing how relentlessly Western philosophy has strained to prove we are not squirrels.
Not a day goes by that speakers of the Yoruba language do not make mention of death as both a phenomenon and a certainty.
Five years after his death, the dystopian world that his music describes seems closer than ever. But maybe he can show us a way out of it.
The pastures of digital dictatorship — crowded conditions, mass surveillance, virtual reality — are already here.
We’re living in a perpetual present tense. And we are waiting.
Artificial intelligence has given my pancreas a mind of its own. Am I the human being of the future?
Religious Muslims in many nations are finding their sacred rituals of mourning disrupted.
I fear that the more I tell you, the less you will understand who I am.
There is a place for education in the fight against racism, but we shouldn’t confuse it for the fight itself.
In the midst of an existential crisis for higher education, is it even reasonable to expect the humanities to survive?
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