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One of Silicon Valley's top investors just eviscerated the 'subprime unicorn' boom in tech

In an opinion piece in the Financial Times published late on Friday, Moritz, a partner at Sequoia Capital, says that many startups recently valued at $1 billion (£650 million) or above "seem the flimsiest of edifices."<p>When Moritz talks, people sit up and listen. The "Welsh wizard" is one of the …

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Before Dr. Seuss was famous he drew these sad, racist ads ... and then totally changed his mind

Most people know Seuss books as harmless, imaginative fun for kids. But Seuss's early work did have a darker, racist side — before he eventually changed his views and abandoned his prejudices.<p>Dr. Seuss' political leanings are well known — the writer was a liberal Democrat who opposed fascism in the …

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Paris Review - Henry Miller, The Art of Fiction No. 28

Interviewed by George Wickes<p>Issue 28, Summer-Fall 1962<p>Henry Miller: Self portrait.<p>In 1934, Henry Miller, then aged forty-two and living in Paris, published his first book. In 1961 the book was finally published in his native land, where it promptly became a best-seller and a cause célèbre. By now …

Literature

Japanese Street Photography Highlights the Nation’s Rich Culture

If you've ever wanted to walk along the streets of Japan and become immersed in its remarkable culture, Japanese photographer Takashi Yasui can help you get there. With his vibrant snapshots, the artist effortlessly transports viewers to various locations all across this breathtaking country. There …

15 Of Richard Dawkins' Most Controversial Tweets

His posts about Ahmed Mohamed are just the latest in a long series of provocative online comments.<p>For better or worse, Richard Dawkins simply isn't one to bite his tongue.<p>On Sunday, the outspoken evolutionary biologist and best-selling author took to Twitter to suggest that Ahmed Mohamed, the Texas …

Did I Just Give My #Permission? Hashtag Consent for Photo Usage is Trending

The <i>New York Times</i> published an article about brands using user generated content (UGC) without explicit permission. When a woman named Shereen Way …

The playlist – jazz: Django Reinhardt, Diana Krall, Leonard Cohen and more

The Marseillaise as interpreted by guitarist Reinhardt and violinist Stéphane Grappelli, a Cohen cover of a French resistance song, and canny piano and silky crooning from Diana Krall<p><b>Leonard Cohen: The Partisan</b><p>I’d hate to alarm readers with the fear that since bunking off to France for a couple of …

4 Ways to Hold Yourself Accountable to Your Goals

Over the past few years, I've struggled with staying consistent with goals that I set for myself. I would make goals, legitimate things I wanted learn, or ways I wanted to better myself, and not stick to it. For instance, I attempted quite a few times to gain conversational fluency in a language, …

Adam Smith’s Underappreciated Wisdom on Benevolence, Happiness, and Kindness

“Man naturally desires, not only to be loved, but to be lovely; or to be that thing which is the natural and proper object of love.”<p><i>“Spiritual health and material well-being are not enemies: they are natural allies,”</i> wrote E.F. Schumacher in his timeless clarion call for “Buddhist economics,” …

The 10 most celebrated French thinkers

From De Beauvoir to Foucault, Rousseau to Sartre, a roundup of les grands penseurs and things you’re unlikely to hear them say<p><b>René Descartes</b> France’s national philosopher, whose <i>Discourse on Method</i> defined thought as the essential human quality (“I think, therefore I am”) and exemplified one of the …

Inside Don Draper’s Big Sur Nirvana: The Esalen Institute

How fitting that questing Don wound up at Esalen, still a mecca for the human-potential movement, the counterculture, and the intersection of …

Jack Kerouac

The History of Philosophy Visualized

Simon Raper at Drunks & Lampposts has composed a data visualization of the relations of influence among philosophers. This was put together to …

Jean Paul Sartre

The 10 Greatest Films of All Time According to 358 Filmmakers

Every ten years, film journal <i>Sight and Sound</i> conducts a worldwide survey of film critics to decide which films are considered the best ever made. …

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

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Noam Chomsky undresses Sam Harris: Stop “pretending to have a rational discussion”

The new atheist tries to “engineer a public conversation” about terrorism and humiliates himself in the process<p>Controversial author and new atheist Sam Harris recently tried to "engineer a public conversation" with radical linguist Noam Chomsky "about the ethics of war, terrorism, state …

Watch Elon Musk deliver the best tech keynote I've ever seen

I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as he introduced Tesla's new battery system. I'm sure many people will disagree — I mean, how can you compete …

Sam Harris Awkwardly Debates with Noam Chomsky

Sam Harris, the New Atheist philosopher who, with his colleagues, managed to artfully package trendy atheism with old-school Islamophobic bigotry is …

Paris Review - Gabriel García Márquez, The Art of Fiction No. 69

Interviewed by Peter H. Stone<p>Issue 82, Winter 1981<p>Gabriel García Márquez was interviewed in his studio/office located just behind his house in San Angel Inn, an old and lovely section, full of the spectacularly colorful flowers of Mexico City. The studio is a short walk from the main house. A low …

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Women In Philosophy And Reconceptualizing Philosophical Method

By: <b>Samir Chopra</b>This past Monday, on 20th April, Christia Mercer, the Gustave M. Berne Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, delivered the …

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Mindfulness Is More Effective Than Drugs For Both Anxiety and Depression. Here's How

Michael Forrester, Prevent Disease<p>Mindfulness is <i>“the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts</i> …

Paris Review - Shirley Hazzard, The Art of Fiction No. 185

Interviewed by J. D. McClatchy<p>Issue 173, Spring 2005<p>© Sam Falk. Shirley Hazzard in New York City, 1963<p>Shirley Hazzard created quite a stir when she received the 2003 National Book Award for her novel <i>T</i><i>he Great Fire</i>. Stephen King had just been presented an award for lifetime achievement, and …

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The 100 best novels: No 82 – A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess (1962)

Anthony Burgess’s dystopian classic still continues to startle and provoke, refusing to be outshone by Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant film adaptation<p>There are two possible approaches to <i>A Clockwork Orange</i> and it’s best to address this up front. There’s the novel, written in 1961 by Anthony Burgess; a …

Seeing, feeling, being

Three things make us human. We gaze at one another in a visual world, we inhabit mortal bodies, and we cope with feelings.<p>Philosophers grapple with …

Paris Review - Hunter S. Thompson, The Art of Journalism No. 1

Interviewed by Douglas Brinkley and Terry McDonell<p>Issue 156, Fall 2000<p>In an October 1957 letter to a friend who had recommended he read Ayn Rand’s <i>The Fountainhead</i>, Hunter S. Thompson wrote, “Although I don’t feel that it’s at all necessary to tell you how I feel about the principle of …

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Paris Review - Jorge Luis Borges, The Art of Fiction No. 39

Interviewed by Ronald Christ<p>Issue 40, Winter-Spring 1967<p>Jorge Luis Borges. Photographer unknown.<p>This interview was conducted in July 1966, in conversations I held with Borges at his office in the Biblioteca Nacional, of which he is the director. The room, recalling an older Buenos Aires, is not …

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