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Romney or Obama? Political scientists make their predictions – The Washington Post

Are you ready to call the election? Mitt Romney certainly isn’t, nor for that matter is President Obama. But a few hardy academics have done so. Out now are a baker’s dozen forecasts produced by political scientists that predict the outcome in November.

Polls give Obama the advantage, nationally and in most of the battleground states, but they are, as is often said, snapshots in time, not predictions of the future. The election forecasts are in fact predictions, based on various and varied statistical models. Most give the …

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Scientific publishing: The price of information | The Economist

SOMETIMES it takes but a single pebble to start an avalanche. On January 21st Timothy Gowers, a mathematician at Cambridge University, wrote a blog post outlining the reasons for his longstanding boycott of research journals published by Elsevier. This firm, which is based in the Netherlands, owns more than 2,000 journals, including such top-ranking titles as Cell and the …

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The origins of Christianity: An atheist’s guide | The Economist

THE rulers of ancient Rome were ruthlessly pragmatic in matters of religion. When a tribe was subdued and its lands added to the imperial realm, Rome would appropriate the subject-people’s gods and add them to an ever-growing pantheon of exotic …

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Michael Lewis: Obama’s Way | Vanity Fair

To understand how air-force navigator Tyler Stark ended up in a thornbush in the Libyan desert in March 2011, one must understand what it’s like to be president of the United States—and this president in particular. Hanging around Barack Obama for six months, in the …

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An Open Letter to Wikipedia About Anatole Broyard and “The Human Stain” : The New Yorker

Dear Wikipedia,

I am Philip Roth. I had reason recently to read for the first time the Wikipedia entry discussing my novel “The Human Stain.” The entry contains a serious …

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Female sexuality: Tunnel of love | The Economist

FOR Shakespeare it was a “detested, dark, blood-drinking pit”; to Henry Miller, “that bushy twat”. That special place between a woman’s legs has been a “Heavenly Gate” to Chinese Taoists, and a “gash” or worse in contemporary slang. Each term is a cultural …

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Out Loud: The Happy Vagina : The New Yorker

This week in the magazine, Ariel Levy reviews Naomi Wolf’s book “Vagina: A New Biography.” Here Levy talks with …

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Joe Paterno in Joe Posnanski’s New Biography : The New Yorker

There is a peculiar moment in the middle of “Paterno,” Joe Posnanski’s new biography of the disgraced coach. It comes in a chapter called “Sainthood,” during a recounting of the 1973 football season, in which Penn State went undefeated. The quarterback Tom Shuman, Posnanski recounts, “hit the books, made the Dean’s List, played pro football for a while, and became a national sales manager.” Shuman is just one example in a list that follows. “Fullback Bob Nagle became a systems engineer. Flanker Chuck Herd became a conference planner at Penn State and worked as a personal ministry Bible school …

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Where Do Sentences Come From? – NYTimes.com

Sift the debris of a young writer’s education, and you find dreadful things — strictures, prohibitions, dos, don’ts, an unnatural and nearly neurotic obsession with style, argument and …

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What To Read Next : The New Yorker

Ars longa, vita brevis, said Hippocrates—more or less: time’s a-wastin’. The worst corollary of this aphorism, to my mind, is that we are not going to have time to …

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The Use of the Word “Vagina” : The New Yorker

When straight guy friends used to ask me for advice on how to talk to women, I’d suggest, first, that they ask the women something about themselves. Along the lines of that shocker, here’s another piece of …

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Jack Ferver: Dance of the Bullied Child : The New Yorker

“I had a dream about someone killing me.” The first line spoken by Jack Ferver in his solo “Two Alike,” a collaboration with the visual artist Marc Swanson, led me to believe that I was in for a tortured journey. But it soon became clear that Ferver is not interested in maudlin self-pity. To be sure, the performance of …

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