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David Dobbs writes features and essays for publications including The New York Times, National Geographic, Slate, Wired.com, The New York Times Magazine, and other publications. Several of his stories have been chosen for leading science anthologies; most recently, his much-discussed feature for the Atlantic, "The Orchid Children," was selected by Jerome Groopman for Ecco/HarperPerennial's Best American Science Writing 2010. He is now writing a book, working title ...

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Facts are sacred

business-standard.com — GALILEO'S MIDDLE FINGER Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science Alice Dreger Penguin Press; 337 pages; $27.95 "Soon enough," Alice Dreger writes at the beginning of her romp of a book, "I will get to the death threats, the sex charges, the alleged genocides, the epidemics, the alien abductees, the anti-lesbian drug, the unethical ethicists, the fight with Martina Navratilova and, of course, Galileo's middle finger.

A rowdy, harrowing, vital book: My Times review of ‘Galileo’s Middle Finger,’ by Alice Dreger.

daviddobbs.net — I've a review of Alice Dreger's latest book in this week's New York Times Sunday Book Review; it just appeared online. As is so often the case, what got ­Dreger into trouble was sex. A historian of science and medicine, she criticized a group of transgender activists who had attacked a sex researcher for his findings on why some people want to change gender.

‘Galileo’s Middle Finger,’ by Alice Dreger

nytimes.com — "Soon enough," Alice Dreger writes at the beginning of her romp of a book, "I will get to the death threats, the sex charges, the alleged genocides, the epidemics, the alien abductees, the anti-lesbian drug, the unethical ethicists, the fight with Martina Navratilova and, of course, Galileo's middle finger.

Sally Mann and the frightening beauty of her children.

daviddobbs.net — Sally Mann and the frightening beauty of children. In the New York Times Magazine. I find this an especially moving reflection. That's the critical thing about the family pictures: They were possible only because of the farm, the place. America now hardly has such a thing as privacy, at least not the kind we had at the cabin.

The Allure of Gay Cavemen

wired.com — Guest post by Eric Michael Johnson The following guest post by Eric Michael Johnson is part of the Primate Diaries in Exile blog tour. You can follow other stops on this tour through his RSS feed, through his Facebook page, or by following @ericmjohnson on Twitter. Thanks.

Gourevitch and Langwiesche on GermanWings crash; play war and real war; Mad Men’s dark bright side.

daviddobbs.net — A Bewildering Crash. Philip Gourevitch at The New Yorker. Just as the brevity of the flight, and the apparent spontaneity of the captain's decision to leave the cockpit-to stretch a leg? or take a piss? or have a chat?

Conversation with @h2so4hurts, @matthewherper, @WilliamGerber1, @sesiegler and @ewanbirney

Calvin and Hobbes walk into a bar. Grammar cop says Oh no they didn’t.

daviddobbs.net — From today's Read 2 You'd think a column arguing that Calvin and Hobbes is the best comic strip ever couldn't start an argument. Yet it does. Also, Mary Norris rocks. Why Calvin and Hobbes was America's most profound comic strip . Christopher Caldwell at The Wall Street Journal.

How you read, how Munro writes, how people falsely confess, what soldiers carry home. And that thing.

tinyletter.com — Reading is all about association. Nancy Andreasen on association cortices, in "Secrets of the Creative Brain," The Atlantic. [T]he most extensively developed regions in the human brain are known as association cortices. These regions help us interpret and make use of the specialized information collected by the primary visual, auditory, sensory, and motor regions.

Neuron Culture

daviddobbs.net — Here are three of the five items on today's edition of my semi-regular "Read 2 of these and call me in the morning" mailing. The life, death, and resurrection of Alice Munro's stories. By Alice Munro. I'm having a delicious time reading Munro's Selected Stories, 1968-1994 (Vintage, 1997), which I picked up a couple weeks ago while browsing a used bookstore in San Francisco.
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Apr 25, 2015

RT @cnnbrk: Obama on his love for Biden: "We've gotten so close that some places in Indiana won't serve us pizza any more." #WHCD cnn.it/1JFcqSL

Apr 25, 2015

RT @alexismadrigal: I'm excited to say: I'm the new editor-in-chief of @ThisIsFusion, working w/ @hilella and @AnnaHolmes to build this wonderful place.

Apr 24, 2015

RT @pbump: That Jenner is a conservative Republican is this layer of complexity that to him is unremarkable and just messes everyone else up more.

Apr 24, 2015

RT @JackPMoore: Now that Bruce Jenner has come out as a Republican, Fox News has no idea how to cover this.

Apr 24, 2015

RT @SorahyaM: Bruce Jenner bouta have me stanning for a damn republican. Lawd hammercy what is air?



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