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Lawrence Hrubes

Forgetting My First Language | The New Yorker - 1 views

  • No one prepared me for the heartbreak of losing my first language.
Lawrence Hrubes

My Terezín Diary | The New Yorker - 0 views

  • What is most striking to me today about the diary I kept seventy-five years ago is what I left out.
Lawrence Hrubes

Actually, Gender-Neutral Pronouns Can Change a Culture | WIRED - 1 views

  • So this was the real test. Would native-speaker Swedes, seven years after getting a new pronoun plugged into their language, be more likely to assume this androgynous cartoon was a man? A woman? Either, or neither? Now that they had a word for it, a nonbinary option, would they think to use it?
Lawrence Hrubes

Should Patients Be Allowed to Choose - or Refuse - Doctors by Race or Gender? - The New... - 0 views

  • Everyone knows that doctors must not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexuality, race, religion or national origin when they select or treat patients: It’s an obligation they accepted when they entered the health care profession. (That doesn’t mean they have to take all comers; they can turn away patients for various other reasons.) But should patients be able to choose clinicians on the basis of such attributes? The answer is: It depends.
Lawrence Hrubes

Was E-mail a Mistake? | The New Yorker - 0 views

  • There’s nothing intrinsically bad about e-mail as a tool. In situations where asynchronous communication is clearly preferable—broadcasting an announcement, say, or delivering a document—e-mails are superior to messengered printouts. The difficulties start when we try to undertake collaborative projects—planning events, developing strategies—asynchronously. In those cases, communication becomes drawn out, even interminable

How Google Wiped a Neighborhood off the Map - OneZero - 1 views

    ""Maps don't just show the world - they change the world," says the geographer Mark Graham. "They affect how we interact with the world and understand the world. In doing so, they shape the world itself." Residents couldn't prove it, exactly, but they believed the Google Maps error was both a symptom and cause of their displacement. "They took our name from us and no one knew about it," Hemphill-Nichols says. "Once you take our identity, you plan to take everything else.""
Lawrence Hrubes

Why Doctors Hate Their Computers | The New Yorker - 0 views

  • Digitization promises to make medical care easier and more efficient. But are screens coming between doctors and patients?
Lawrence Hrubes

Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science - The New York Times - 0 views

  • It had long been taken for granted, for example, that scientific facts and entities, like cells and quarks and prions, existed “out there” in the world before they were discovered by scientists. Latour turned this notion on its head. In a series of controversial books in the 1970s and 1980s, he argued that scientific facts should instead be seen as a product of scientific inquiry.
Lawrence Hrubes

The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture | The New Yorker - 1 views

  • if you were looking at an ancient Greek or Roman sculpture up close, some of the pigment “was easy to see, even with the naked eye.” Westerners had been engaged in an act of collective blindness. “It turns out that vision is heavily subjective,” he told me. “You need to transform your eye into an objective tool in order to overcome this powerful imprint”—a tendency to equate whiteness with beauty, taste, and classical ideals, and to see color as alien, sensual, and garish.
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