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Doug Hofstadter is an inveterate observer of his own mind. His wonderful satirical essay on sexist languageĀ builds on a multi-year compilation of sexist words: every time he heard a word that privileges males (like “chairman”, “clergyman”, “foreman”, “manpower”) he’d write … Continue reading

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Moore’s three-dimensional law is a remarkable “epiphenomenon” … a statistical regularity that emerges from a swarm of unknown, mutually independent activities. In that sense, it resembles the “law” that says that each Labor Day weekend, about 450 automobile fatalities will … Continue reading

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