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Fear and loathing in Jordan 😱 πŸ‡―πŸ‡΄

Today: Jordanian rap, debate culture, Venezuela, welfare, AI training, the Franco-British Union, Ikagi, coral reefs, and octopuses.
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CULTURE β€” On the far side banks of Jordan – Aman Madan for ftn.media: Jordanian rapper Emsallam Hdaib talks about LGBTQ+ rights, freedom of expression, and resistance.

GENDER β€” The progressive Omerta – Nick Wingfield for nytimes.com: A precise and balanced writeup of the developments sorrowing the Google gender gap controversy.

DEBATE β€” Creating an insurgency – James D. Miller for businessinsider.de: β€œThe firing of James Damore over his β€œGoogle's Ideological Echo Chamber” memo will empower the tech alt-right.”

RELIGION β€” The hunger games – Allison Braden for warisboring.com: β€œFaced with their country’s insecurity, Venezuelans are making intensely personal choices about their faith and where they can turn for help and comfort.”

DEMOCRACY β€” Farewell welfare – Brink Lindsey for niskanencenter.org: A suggestion to β€œroll back the welfare state, not by complaining about it, but by outcompeting it”.

AI β€” It's all fun and games – James Vincent for theverge.com: Computers playing challenging computer game is a useful testing ground to teach AIs new skills. For example: Starcraft.

HISTORY β€” Entente extra-cordiale – Dominic Tierney for theatlantic.com: During WW2 France and Britain almost united into one country. β€œThe Franco-British Union is an extraordinary near-miss of history.”

HUMANITY β€” Purpose and Meaning – Laura Oliver for weforum.org: The Japanese concept of β€œIkagi” helps many to live for over 100 years.

ENVIRONMENT β€” The 6 Million Dollar Coral – Kyle Frischkorn for smithsonianmag.com: To save reefs under adverse conditions, scientists are suggesting to genetically engineer super corals.

PHILOSOPHY β€” Octopus, ergo sum – Olivia Goldhill for qz.com: Octopuses are very likely conscious beings. Which raises the question: What makes humans so special?


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Submitted by Daniel Fallenstein on 11 August 2017