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Reads from June 2012

Sartre on Why “Being-in-the-World-Ness” is the Key to the Imagination
Sartre on Why “Being-in-the-World-Ness” is the Key to the Imagination

On the figure-ground relationship between the real and the irreal.

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Turtle Anatomy, in Stunning Images from 1820
Turtle Anatomy, in Stunning Images from 1820

Beautiful public domain images of your favorite shell-shielded reptile.

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Woodcut: A Meditation on Time Through the Inked Cross-Sections of Fallen Trees
Woodcut: A Meditation on Time Through the Inked Cross-Sections of Fallen Trees

Bryan Nash Gill’s visual record of the passage of time.

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Henri Matisse’s Rare 1935 Etchings for James Joyce’s <em>Ulysses</em>
Henri Matisse’s Rare 1935 Etchings for James Joyce’s Ulysses

A 22-karat creative cross-pollination.

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Shakespeare and the Number 14, or Why Poetry and Mathematics Belong Together
Shakespeare and the Number 14, or Why Poetry and Mathematics Belong Together

A short lesson in cultural cross-pollination.

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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated
5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

How to master the art of moving words that move people.

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We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve
We Got Merge: Noam Chomsky on the Cognitive Function that Made Language Evolve

“You got an operation that enables you to take mental objects … already constructed … and make bigger mental objects out of them.”

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On Scientific Taste
On Scientific Taste

“Our taste derives from the summation of all that we have learnt from others, experienced and thought.”

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The Cultural History and Adaptive Function of Boredom
The Cultural History and Adaptive Function of Boredom

What Madame Bovary has to do with MRI and rock’n’roll.

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18-Year-Old Sylvia Plath on Loving Everybody and Living with Curiosity
18-Year-Old Sylvia Plath on Loving Everybody and Living with Curiosity

“Every story, every incident, every bit of conversation is raw material for me.”

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