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Preview Link in Wikipedia 0 (0)

2018-04-23T04:40:44-04:00

A few days ago, my team launched a new feature on Wikipedia called “page previews”. People seem to like it— we are seeing 5,000 hits to our API a minute to serve those cards that show when you hover over any link. Read more...

I Got Hypnotized Over Skype 0 (0)

2018-06-26T07:27:07-04:00

Whenever a friend tells me they’re considering undergoing hypnosis to quit X bad habit (and in Brooklyn I hear it a lot), I think about the hypnotist my college hired at the beginning of every year to humiliate my classmates in front of each other. It was the high point of every homecoming: A guy

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Clarity in consciousness theory 2 (1)

2018-05-31T13:45:13-04:00

It has been more than 6 months since I last posted on this blog. This period involved crises at a personal level, a lot of reading, some shift in opinions from those expressed earlier and overall, a very useful experience in life. I am grateful to have faced these challenges and for the opportunities to

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The rise of the novel was what shifted reading habits toward private and speedier consumption 2 (1)

2018-08-15T09:07:25-04:00

AdvertisementTHE WRITTEN WORLD The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization By Martin Puchner Illustrated. 412 pp. Random House. $32.THE SOCIAL LIFE OF BOOKS Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home By Abigail Williams Illustrated. 351 pp. Yale University Press. $40.I recall Noel Annan, the provost of University College London, declaring in the 1970s that

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What are thought experiments? 0 (0)

2018-05-29T05:04:47-04:00

In Galileo’s Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (1632), three Italian gentlemen – one philosopher and two laymen – debate the structure of the Universe. The philosopher, Salviati, argues in support of the Copernican theory, even though it requires a moving Earth – something that strikes his interlocutors as problematic, if not absurd. After

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Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds 0 (0)

2017-12-27T07:27:26-05:00

If reason is designed to generate sound judgments, then it’s hard to conceive of a more serious design flaw than confirmation bias. Imagine, Mercier and Sperber suggest, a mouse that thinks the way we do. Such a mouse, “bent on confirming its belief that there are no cats around,” would soon be dinner. To the

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