Oct 042010
 

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Scientists are trained to be <strong>precise and clinical</strong>. But emotions &mdash; especially the feeling of awe &mdash; are at the heart of what they do

Scientists are trained to be precise and clinical. But emotions — especially the feeling of awe — are at the heart of what they do
 
 

The last of the Enlightenment intellectuals. <strong>John Maynard Keynes</strong> pursued political theory, economics, and ethics as a unified design

The last of the Enlightenment intellectuals. John Maynard Keynes pursued political theory, economics, and ethics as a unified design
 
 

What is this <strong>cancel culture</strong>? Is it even a real thing? It's complicated, says Ross Douthat, who offers a guide to the perplexed

What is this cancel culture? Is it even a real thing? It's complicated, says Ross Douthat, who offers a guide to the perplexed
 
 

<strong>Silicon Valley &ldquo;rationalists&rdquo;</strong> have erupted at <em>The New York Times</em> in a debate over anonymity. Cue the conspiracy theories and irrational thinking

Silicon Valley “rationalists” have erupted at The New York Times in a debate over anonymity. Cue the conspiracy theories and irrational thinking
 
 

<strong>The business of being Beethoven</strong>. How to find a venue, how to get a score published, how much tickets should cost, how to attract rich sponsors, how to promote himself

The business of being Beethoven. How to find a venue, how to get a score published, how much tickets should cost, how to attract rich sponsors, how to promote himself
 
 

Irving Fisher and the <strong>quantification of everything</strong>. The economist died in 1947, but he anticipated the temper of our own times

Irving Fisher and the quantification of everything. The economist died in 1947, but he anticipated the temper of our own times
 
 

Twenty years ago, <strong>Anne Applebaum</strong> was among history's winners as a liberal internationalist. Now she is a heretic among former friends

Twenty years ago, Anne Applebaum was among history's winners as a liberal internationalist. Now she is a heretic among former friends
 
 

At his best, <strong>T.S. Eliot</strong> said a lot by saying relatively little. Unfortunately, he was not always &mdash; or even often &mdash; at his best

At his best, T.S. Eliot said a lot by saying relatively little. Unfortunately, he was not always — or even often — at his best
 
 

How did <strong>Eric Hobsbawm</strong>, a Marxist historian, achieve such success as socialism was in decline? He was a master of argument-driven synthesis

How did Eric Hobsbawm, a Marxist historian, achieve such success as socialism was in decline? He was a master of argument-driven synthesis
 
 

<strong>The Shostakovich problem</strong>. What is it about the composer that makes some people withhold their approval?

The Shostakovich problem. What is it about the composer that makes some people withhold their approval?
 
 
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