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Derek Bermel and I had several conversations during lunches about the potential for “The Symplectic Piece.” And he continued to attend occasional lectures on the subject, searching for a way to map symplectic geometry onto a musical score.
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Spinoza was linked, perceptibly linked, with secret underground revolutionary ideology, an ideology which took for granted that the world needed changing and the world should be changed, but that the agent of change should be philosophy, and in particular, his kind of democratic, egalitarian, and libertarian philosophy.
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The Paradox of Big Data

Dstillery collects about 10 billion user events daily, representing the digital and geophysical journeys of millions of people on desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. The paradox of big data and predictive modeling is that you never have the data you need.
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Hospitality at the Hilbert Hotel

In a hotel with a finite number of rooms, if all rooms are occupied then there is no room for new guests. But in a hotel with infinitely many rooms this is not a problem: simply move each old guest one room over, leaving the first room vacant for the new guest. But what if infinitely many new guests arrive aboard an infinite bus?
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Laboratory study of a macroscopic black hole is impossible with current or foreseeable technology, so the only way to test these predictions of Einstein’s theory is to find black holes in the heavens. Not surprisingly, isolated black holes are difficult to see. Not only are they black, they are also very small: a black hole with the mass of the Sun is only a few kilometers in diameter.
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Does Propaganda Incite Violence?

These general findings do not determine whether a specific individual speaker incited particular listeners to commit certain crimes. However, they do indicate that certain types of speech will have probabilistic effects on a proportion of listeners. Specifically, they tell us that revenge speech is more likely to lead to violence than other forms of speech.
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Talking Points: Ian McEwan and Nima Arkani-Hamed

All you have to do is get somewhere in the neighborhood of the truth. You don’t have to get particularly close to it, you just have to know that it’s there and then you have to not fight it and just let it drag you in toward itself.
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The Visceral Commonality of IAS

There are glimpses of truths that don’t immediately make sense, that are puzzles, that we see only vaguely from a distance, or that we can see just one facet of, and they may remain puzzles for our lifetimes and several more after; we may only catch a dim impression, a shadow of what they imply.

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