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The motherhood trap. You are invited to read this free preview of this week's New Statesman. To subscribe to the magazine, and get 12 issues for £12, click here. Look around the top of politics and it seems like a wonderful time to be a woman. Two of the four candidates for the Labour leadership are female – Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall – as are three of the five in the race for deputy: Stella Creasy, Caroline Flint and Angela Eagle. One of the three likely contenders for the next Tory leadership is a woman, Theresa May.

The next leader of Scottish Labour is likely to be Kezia Dugdale, and she will find herself debating two other female leaders, Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP and the Tories’ Ruth Davidson. But these eye-catching facts conceal an uncomfortable truth: remarkably high proportions of the most successful women in politics are childless. This disparity is evident throughout parliament, according to wider research carried out by the academics Sarah Childs and Rosie Campbell in 2013. They didn’t. Has Physics Made Philosophy and Religion Obsolete? "I think at some point you need to provoke people. Science is meant to make people uncomfortable. " It is hard to know how our future descendants will regard the little sliver of history that we live in. It is hard to know what events will seem important to them, what the narrative of now will look like to the twenty-fifth century mind.

We tend to think of our time as one uniquely shaped by the advance of technology, but more and more I suspect that this will be remembered as an age of cosmology---as the moment when the human mind first internalized the cosmos that gave rise to it. Over the past century, since the discovery that our universe is expanding, science has quietly begun to sketch the structure of the entire cosmos, extending its explanatory powers across a hundred billion galaxies, to the dawn of space and time itself. I know that you're just coming from Christopher Hitchens' memorial service. I closed with an anecdote, a true story about the last time I was with him. The end of capitalism has begun. The red flags and marching songs of Syriza during the Greek crisis, plus the expectation that the banks would be nationalised, revived briefly a 20th-century dream: the forced destruction of the market from above.

For much of the 20th century this was how the left conceived the first stage of an economy beyond capitalism. The force would be applied by the working class, either at the ballot box or on the barricades. The lever would be the state. The opportunity would come through frequent episodes of economic collapse. Instead over the past 25 years it has been the left’s project that has collapsed. If you lived through all this, and disliked capitalism, it was traumatic. As with the end of feudalism 500 years ago, capitalism’s replacement by postcapitalism will be accelerated by external shocks and shaped by the emergence of a new kind of human being. Postcapitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. When Upward Mobility Becomes a Health Hazard. Denying instant gratification in deference to long-term goals is virtuous, people tell me. Those people might be right.

Psychologists call it self-regulation or self-control. And together with conscientiousness, it’s at least a trait (or a coping mechanism) that’s reasonably good at predicting a young person’s future. People with less self-control are more likely to end up where the world tells them to go. Even in the worst circumstances, people with the most self-control and resilience have the highest likelihood of defying odds—poverty, bad schools, unsafe communities—and going on to achieve much academically and professionally. Except that even when that is possible, those children seem to age rapidly during the process.

Meanwhile the opposite effect is seen in high-achieving people from highly advantaged backgrounds, where achievement goes hand-in-hand with health. When things don’t go the way I want them to, that just makes me work even harder. Where's this pressure coming from? Kafka’s Metamorphosis: 100 thoughts for 100 years. 1. What need a modern reader know of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) – arguably the most famous, also greatest, short story in the history of literary fiction? 2. Of its stature, for example, Elias Canetti wrote that the story was something Kafka “could never surpass, because there is nothing which Metamorphosis could be surpassed by”. As endorsements go, the bar could not be set higher. 3. Kafka’s place in the literary pantheon has been assured for some time, most pleasingly expressed by George Steiner’s suggestion that he is the only author of whom it may be said that he made his own a letter of the alphabet – K. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. 51. 52. 53. 54. 55. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60. 61. 62. 63. 64. 65. 66. 67. 68. 69. 70. 71. 72. 73. 74. 75. 76. 77. 78. 79. 80. 81. 82. 83. 84. 85. 86. 87. 88. 89. 90. 91. 92. 93. 94. 95. 96.

33 Websites That Will Make You a Genius. The web is increasingly becoming a powerful resource that can easily help you learn something new everyday. These awesome sites are just what you need. “I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein There is a good chance you’ll be able to put at least one of these learning tools to good use and come out as a better person than you were last year. These are some of the best websites that will make you smarter every day. BBC — Future — Making you smarter, every day. 2. 99U (YouTube) — Actionable insights on productivity, organization, and leadership to help creative people push ideas forward. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. iTunes U — Learning on the go, from some of the world’s top universities. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Brain Pickings — Insightful long form posts on life, art, science, design, history, philosophy, and more. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. edX — Take online courses from the world’s best universities. 31. 32. 33.

The Poverty Line Was Designed Assuming Every Family Had a Housewife Who Was a 'Skillful Cook' - Jordan Weissmann. The official poverty line, as I wrote yesterday, is a dated and crude statistical concept that in many ways fails to capture America's historical success at fighting economic need. It was based on the cost of food in 1963, mostly because the Department of Agriculture had some idea of what a basic grocery budget should look like, whereas there wasn't any real agreement on what families needed to spend on other essentials. Since then, it's mostly just been adjusted for inflation. Keep that history in mind while reading this passage, which I found in a 1992 report by the Social Security Administration on how the poverty threshold came to be: I doubt that the decline of full-time housewives slaving over their stoves has warped our poverty statistics all too terribly, given that food is now less of a concern for low-income families than healthcare or paying rent.

Our Measures of the Economy Don’t Work. American economic productivity is stagnating, or even falling—unless, that is, you’re in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal has an article on Silicon Valley’s rejection of conventional wisdom about a productivity crisis: Stanford economist Nicholas Bloom, who studies differences in productivity across companies and countries, says the idea of a productivity slowdown seems ridiculous to technologists [in Silicon Valley.] “You can’t be in the Valley without thinking we’re in the middle of a productivity explosion,” Mr. Bloom says. […]In fact, Silicon Valley seems the exception to the larger U.S. economy. Its businesses are largely defined by their ability to produce impressive output with far fewer people than traditional companies.

That means their productivity numbers—output per hour worked—are as sky high as their stock valuations. We don’t put a price on these things because the Internet doesn’t. The end of capitalism has begun. President Obama: “The Internet Is Not A Luxury, It Is A Necessity” A lot of people are aware that third-world countries still need Internet access. That’s why there’s Facebook’s sometimes controversial Internet.org. What not a lot of people are aware of is that one out of every four people living in the U.S. don’t have Internet at home. One in four. When I heard that census data, I was floored. I had first heard this thrown out as an anecdote when I visited Kansas City a few years ago, but it’s true.

Its mission: Every child should be given the same opportunity to build a brighter future and to achieve their dreams. Internet in the home can help build that brighter future by connecting families with information they need to get ahead in school and career life. There are quite a few reasons why not everyone in the United States has Internet access at home (mind you, 98 percent of Americans have access to Internet of some sort), but a lot of it has to do with where you live and how affluent a neighborhood you live in. Win an Argument by Asking Your Opponent to Explain Their Idea First. The Pros and Cons of Living on a Sailboat in the Caribbean. Insiders’ Guide to Montreal. MONTREAL IS A CITY of contrasts. Spreading out across an island at the confluence of the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, it’s a town of close to 1.7 million people in which Old World elegance and New World dynamism, French and English, and art and commerce (Air Canada and Bombardier are among the companies based here) exist side-by-side, sometimes blending into something entirely new.

The city that has given the world an eclectic sound track that includes Leonard Cohen, Arcade Fire and the Wainwright family hums with creative energy. Performance spaces, for example, draw top talent. Later this year, Cirque du Soleil, which makes its home in Montreal, will premiere a show based on the film “Avatar.” In anticipation of the city’s 375th anniversary, in 2017, officials have begun a buff-and-polish campaign, sprucing up parks and creating new pedestrian paths and planning public spaces, such as a plaza at downtown’s Esplanade Clark that will have an ice-skating rink in winter. This Interactive Timeline Explains Why Time Flies By as You Get Older. Why are there so few women philosophers?

Katrina Hutchison and Fiona Jenkins, editorsWOMEN IN PHILOSOPHY What needs to change? 271pp. Oxford University Press. Paperback, £16.99 (US $24.95). 978 0 19 932562 7 Published: 15 July 2015 Iris Murdoch, 1993 Photograph: © David Gamble/TopFoto We hope you enjoy this piece from the TLS, which is available every Thursday in print and via the TLS app. Women occupy 25 per cent of the posts in university philosophy departments across the United Kingdom. What is the explanation for this peculiarity, and should it be a matter of concern? There certainly was a time when prejudice kept women out of philosophy. Philosophy stands out in continuing to appoint about three times as many men as women to academic posts That was then, and thankfully it is now no longer acceptable to voice such thoughts in public. In the nature of the case, it is difficult to know how far this kind of surreptitious partiality is responsible for philosophy’s gender imbalance.

Here's your first look at Lego's new WALL-E set. In Japan, people hold funerals for robot dogs when they conk out. In North America, four out of five Roomba owners name their robot vacuum cleaners. In pop culture, R2-D2 is arguably the most beloved Star Wars character. There are reasons we have these affections for machines, even fictional ones. If designed properly, robots can be just as lovable as pets—with far more utility. If they exhibit a bit of personality, even better. So it is with WALL-E, star of Pixar’s eponymous 2008 Oscar-winning animated movie. WALL-E checks all of the appeal boxes, and up there with R2-D2, he is already one of pop culture’s most revered robots.

It’s somewhat surprising, then, that it has taken so long for a Lego version to become a reality. Measuring just seven inches tall and composed of only 677 pieces, Lego WALL-E is a relatively small set. Peter Nowak The set features most of the robot’s key features. It’s a masterfully designed set, thanks to its pedigree. Photos by Peter Nowak. The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism. We all know that teen-parent relations can be a tricky business. Now neuroscientists from several leading US universities think they’ve found some new brain evidence that helps explain why. The group from the Universities of Pittsburgh, California-Berkeley and Harvard, and led by Kyung Hwa Lee, invited 32 healthy pre-teens and teens – average age 14 and including 22 girls – into their brain imaging lab.

The adolescents lay in the scanner as they listened to two 30-second clips of their own mother criticizing them. Here’s a sample: “One thing that bothers me about you is that you get upset over minor issues. I could tell you to take your shoes from downstairs. Ouch. Here’s the main take-away: when listening to Moms’ criticism, and for a period afterwards, the teens’ brains showed more activity in areas involved in negative emotions (no surprise there), but they actually showed reduced activity in regions involved in emotional control and in taking other people’s point of view. 5 Amazing Health Benefits of Cinnamon | TIME. Cinnamon is one of my feel-good foods. The scent reminds me of fall, my favorite time of year, and brings back memories of making apple pies with my mom, and celebrating the holidays.

While I’ve always been a fan of its flavor and aroma, as a nutritionist, I’m also thrilled to spread the news about cinnamon’s health benefits. For example, one teaspoon of cinnamon packs as much antioxidant potency as a half cup of blueberries, and cinnamon’s natural antimicrobial properties have been shown to fight strains of E. coli, as well as Candida yeast. Also, while technically not sweet, “sweet spices” like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger have been shown to boost satiety and mimic sweetness, which allows you to cut back on sugar in nearly anything, from your morning cup of joe to a batch of homemade muffins. HEALTH.COM: 20 Filling Foods That Help You Lose Weight Pretty impressive, but that’s not all. Here are five more potential health benefits of spicing things up! Better heart health. God's Lonely Programmer. In the beginning there is darkness. The screen erupts in blue, then a cascade of thick, white hexadecimal numbers and cracked language, "UnusedStk" and "AllocMem.

" Black screen cedes to blue to white and a pair of scales appear, crossed by a sword, both images drawn in the jagged, bitmapped graphics of Windows 1.0-era clip-art—light grey and yellow on a background of light cyan. Blue text proclaims, "God on tap! " This is TempleOS V2.17, the welcome screen explains, a "Public Domain Operating System" produced by Trivial Solutions of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gif by the author It's all innocuously familiar. Then there are less mundane features. TempleOS is more than an exercise in retro computing, or a hobbyist’s space for programming close to the bare metal. He's done this work because God told him to. ​ Within TempleOS he built an oracle called AfterEgypt, which lets users climb Mt. "The Holy Spirit can puppet you," the screen reads. So, what compelled him to build a 16-color world in worship? How the cult of shareholder value wrecked American business. Survey: Many people have never heard of Edward Snowden -- but the ones who have actually care about his disclosures.

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The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion. Solitude and Leadership - William Deresiewicz.