Rob Ibbotson

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The male glance: how we fail to take women’s stories seriously

Male art is epic, universal, and profoundly meaningful. Women’s creations are domestic, emotional and trivial. How did we learn to misread stories so badly? By Lili Loofbourow<p>In spring 2013, HBO conducted a sly experiment on the “elite” TV-viewing public. It aired two new shows – both buddy dramas …

Schadenfreude

Minor Character Assassination

Most authors who reclaim minor characters from the canon aren’t giving voice to the voiceless—they’re being shallow.

Literature

Elon Musk and linguists say that AI is forcing us to confront the limits of human language

In analytic philosophy, any meaning can be expressed in language. In his book <i>Expression and Meaning</i> (1979), UC Berkeley philosopher John Searle calls this idea “the principle of expressibility, the principle that whatever can be meant can be said”. Moreover, in the <i>Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus</i> …

Philosophy

Key Einstein principle survives quantum test

Particles with mind-bending quantum properties still follow a standard gravitational rule, at least as far as scientists can tell.<p>The equivalence …

Why we can stop worrying and love the particle accelerator

What would happen if you stuck your body inside a particle accelerator? The scenario seems like the start of a bad Marvel comic, but it happens to …

Physics

Alternative Love Blueprint - A History of Alternative Music

A history of alternative and independent music mapped out to the circuit board of an early transistor radio.<p>Our Alternative Love Blueprint celebrates …

Post Punk

Scientists Think Earth Is Spewing Up The Deepest Traces of Life Ever Found

Life from below the Mariana Trench.<p>Scientists may have discovered evidence of the deepest microbial life ever found on the planet, detecting the …

Who do you think you're apostrophising? The dark side of grammar pedantry

He’s been called “punctuation’s answer to Banksy”. A self-styled grammar vigilante who spends his nights surreptitiously correcting apostrophes on …

The best science podcasts to make you smarter

Bite-sized science knowledge for your hungry ears.<p><i>This post has been updated, and will probably be updated again, because that's how best-of lists should work.</i><p>I love podcasts, you love podcasts, your grandma probably loves podcasts. Looking for some science you can enjoy while your eyeballs do …

Secret Knowledge—or a Hoax?

The Voynich Manuscript<p>edited by Raymond Clemens, with an introduction by Deborah Harkness<p>Beinecke Library/ Yale University Press, 304 pp., $50.00<p>In …

Where to begin with Andrei Tarkovsky

A poetic sense for the dreamlike hold of memory and the elemental grandeur of nature already shines through Tarkovsky’s first feature <b>Ivan’s Childhood</b> …

Scientists Have Invented a Graphene-Based Sieve That Turns Seawater Into Drinking Water

Holy crap.<p>Researchers have achieved a major turning point in the quest for efficient desalination by announcing the invention of a graphene-oxide …

The Roots of the European Union

The new issue of Jacobin, “Journey to the Dark Side,” is out now. Subscribe for the first time at a discount.During a press conference earlier this …

The 10 best science images, videos, and visualizations of the year

These are the 2017 winners of the Vizzies Challenge.<p><i>Note: The National Science Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2018 Vizzies. Got an incredible visualization of a scientific concept? Submit your project!</i><p>We are all too aware of how hard it can be to explain science. Describing concepts, …

National Science Foundation

Brexit, Pursued by Despair | Laurie Penny

The referendum was the flame; Article 50 is the fuse. Today, after months of recrimination and fear, the deed was finally done. Britain’s unelected …

The Web of Language

There’s a pedant at my university who likes to stand on the Quad, wave a grammar book at passers-by, and warn them that a comma can mean the …

Language

This Mind-Bending Theory Joins Black Holes, Gravitational Waves & Axions to Find New Physics

We haven't seen physicists this excited for a while.<p>Scientists have proposed a new theory that combines some of the most mysterious phenomena in the …

‘Paths of Glory’: Stanley Kubrick’s First Step Towards Cinema Immortality

There’s a picture that will always be good, years from now, the great Kirk Douglas told Roger Ebert back in 1969. “I don’t have to wait fifty years …

Filmmaking

Quentin Tarantino’s 7 Best Scenes As a Director

From the sword battles of "Kill Bill" to the Christopher Walken monologue that made "Pulp Fiction" a classic, these are QT's finest moments.<p>Quentin …

Kill Bill

Mammoth

In the barren reaches of Arctic Siberia, Sergey and Nikita Zimov, a Russian father-and-son team of scientists, are working on geoengineering measures …

The Value of Capital

The new issue of Jacobin, “Journey to the Dark Side,” is out now. Subscribe for the first time at a discount.David Harvey has done me a great honor …

Socialism

Science sting exposes how corrupt some journal publishers are

And many did. The sting, reported in Nature, netted 48 journals — nearly all of which were so-called “predatory” journals. Such journals accept …

The Radiohead Prophesies: How OK Computer Predicted the Future

<i>This week, we are celebrating Radiohead’s</i> OK Computer <i>with essays, videos, interviews, visual artworks, and more. Check out all of the coverage here.</i><p>Though it’s technically Radiohead’s third record, <i>OK Computer</i> is really more like the first draft for a never-filmed pilot episode of “Black Mirror.” …

This Mesmerising Time-Lapse of Cell Division Is Real, And It's Spectacular

This is life.<p>If you've ever wondered what cell division actually looks like, this incredible time-lapse by francischeefilms on YouTube gives you the …

Twelve Visual Artists Interpret the 12 Songs on Radiohead’s OK Computer

<i>This week, we are celebrating Radiohead’s</i> OK Computer <i>with essays, videos, interviews, and more. Check out all of the coverage here. Also, the original artwork in this feature has been collected into a limited-edition print zine that is available—for free, while supplies last—at Soho House, Reckless</i> …

5 Tips To Keep Your Audience On The Edge Of Their Seat

The movie-going experience is one of the most popular forms of entertainment there is in pop culture today. And what you, as a filmmaker, want to do, …

Explore Radiohead's Music Video for “Karma Police”

Jonathan Glazer's music video for “Karma Police” has a lot more going on than just a Hungarian actor running from a Chrysler. Get an in-depth look at this classic music video in honor of its 20th anniversary.

Reality and the Imagination

In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Yuval Noah Harari about meditation, the need for stories, the power of technology to …

The Love Witch | Blu-ray Review

With <i>The Love Witch</i>, writer-director Anna Biller evinces her understanding of every element in a 1950s or ’60s-era Technicolor production—whether it’s …

Horror

The Discomfort Zone: Exploring the Musical Legacy of David Lynch

Music shapes the cinematic vision of David Lynch in ways that go far beyond the simple marriage of song and image. In his films, soundscapes give sense to strange dream worlds filled with red velvet curtains, the churn and soot of industry, split personalities, and piping hot cups of coffee. Music …