Top Posts From AJBlogs 02.24.14

Artists in the Digital Age, and Falling in Love with Technology
AJBlog: CultureCrash | Published 2014-02-24

Speed to the Speed For a Discovery
AJBlog: Real Clear Arts | Published 2014-02-25

Emergency Manager Favors Detroit Institute’s “Grand Bargain” (plus: more controversies)
AJBlog: CultureGrrl | Published 2014-02-25

Islands Meet Underwater
AJBlog: Dancebeat | Published 2014-02-24

Is Sculpture Boring? Winners of 4th Plinth
AJBlog: Aesthetic Grounds | Published 2014-02-24

 

Are We Merely Prisoners Of Our Biochemistry? (What About Reason?)

lead

Because our thoughts and actions are the products of our brains, and because what our brains do is determined by the physical state of the world and the laws of physics—perhaps with a dash of quantum randomness in the mix—there seems to be no room for choice. As the author and neuroscientist Sam Harris has put it, we are “biochemical puppets.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

“Ghostbusters” Writer/Director Harold Ramis, 69

chi-reaction-to-the-death-of-harold-ramis-20140224

Ramis leaves behind a formidable body of work, with writing credits on such enduring comedies as “National Lampoon’s Animal House” (which upon its 1978 release catapulted the film career of John Belushi, with whom Ramis acted at Second City), “Stripes” (1981) and “Ghostbusters” (in which Ramis also co-starred) plus such directing efforts as “Caddyshack” (1980), “National Lampoon’s Vacation” (1983), “Groundhog Day” and “Analyze This.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

How Audiobooks Are Changing The Way We Read

23AUDIO-master495

“In 2012, total industry sales in the book business fell just under 1 percent over all, but those of downloadable audiobooks rose by more than 20 percent. That year, 13,255 titles came out as audiobooks, compared with 4,602 in 2009.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Moviefone Is Going Silent

moviephone-master180

“The automated telephone service — once so popular that it was lampooned on “Seinfeld” — will be disconnected in about a month, before a planned reintroduction of the Moviefone brand by AOL and BermanBraun, a web and television company.”

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter

Why Academic Writing Is So…

kristof-profs

Academic prose is, ideally, impersonal, written by one disinterested mind for other equally disinterested minds. But, because it’s intended for a very small audience of hyper-knowledgable, mutually acquainted specialists, it’s actually among the most personal writing there is.

Email this to someoneShare on FacebookTweet about this on Twitter