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Are toddler tantrums a serious ethical issue?

  Toddlers often seem to undergo what look like extreme negative emotions, raging, sobbing, and genuinely seeming massively distraught because they, e.g., can’t have a second cookie. Generally speaking, parents don’t feel too awful about these episodes, regarding them as regrettable but inevitable, and sometimes even funny (see, e.g., this link), and something to be

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Cynicism about voice technology

I vividly remember the month that I first got Siri on iPhone, not least because I’ve barely used it since the initial novelty wore off. Now, The Economist is getting excited about voice technology, and even has a special report about Siri, Alexa, and the future of natural language voice computing. For my part, I’m

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Three ways common sense gets biology wrong

Learning about biology can be a humbling and fascinating experience. I never feel more exhilarated by the complexity of the natural world than when I’m reading about hidden relationships between different animal species, finding out the age of different types of organisms, or learning when different traits first appeared. But it’s only in the last

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What would a constructive Republican party look like?

Even as a liberal, I found last night’s Republican debate terrifically entertaining. There were big personalities, some good zingers, and a moment of genuine eloquence and dignity from Carly Fiorina. Perhaps most impressively of all, given the relatively anodyne climate of modern politics, there were real disagreements among the candidates about policy – notably about the

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