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Don’t Knock It: The System’s Working in Florida

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Whatever people think of its decision, the hearing before the Florida Supreme Court was fascinating for the legal skill and urgency shown by attorneys for both sides, and the penetrating archness of the justices’ questions. It was actually rather majestic for the efficiency with which complex issues were argued. The acuity of all the attorneys [&hellip
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Where Have All the Hours Gone?

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I overheard a faculty member at a university excuse herself from a meeting because she had to return to deliver her barely six-month-old infant to a Soho class in Mozart, presumably guaranteed to lay the neural foundation for a grownup as artistically sensitive and close to occupational perfection as Wolfgang Amadeus himself. The torments of [&hellip
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Appreciating Cleo Laine

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

For those who have been on Mir forever and don’t know her work, Cleo Laine is an English singer who began in modest dance halls in the 1950s and now tours the world with her husband/ bandleader/reed player John Dankworth. Together they produce music of almost astonishing generosity, brilliance and surprise, which ranges from arrangements [&hellip
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Statutory Commercial Rape

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Maybe so. However, it is altogether questionable that more soundbite communication is helpful to students already trying, with inevitable difficulty, to make sense of a world awash in deftly crafted, fast stimuli. But there is a broader and almost violently irritating issue at stake, which is that adult supervisors of the time and sensibilities of [&hellip
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The Weird Business of Sex Reassignment

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

At a meeting of endocrinologists in Boston in May, studies were reported, by Hopkins psychiatrist William Reiner, of more than two dozen children who had been the subject of sex reassignment when they were too young to provide informed consent, and who are now understandably angry and thwarted people. The mistakes made were huge, awful [&hellip
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How Come No One Cares about the Referee?

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

On the one hand, the purveyors of the astonishing spectacle of wrestling assert that of course the entire business is a pageant of improbable if skilled fakery among steroidal mutants displaying vigorous athletic vivacity. Therefore it means nothing. Just a show. It has no effect on viewers. Merely sumpin’ to watch. That’s entertainment for you. [&hellip
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The Obese America Annual Meeting

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

But elsewhere in this big country, people are big, too. However, this is in the width department more conspicuously and dramatically than in the length. Take a walk through, say, O’Hare airport in Chicago during shorts-and-t-shirt-season, and it is difficult to avoid the impression that you have landed there during the Obese America Annual Meeting [&hellip
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Where is Human Nature on the Genome Map?

Written by Lionel Tiger on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Our inner world looks defiantly less fuzzy this month than last. Move over, Mystifiers. And yet for all the likely impact of genomic physical knowledge, over the long run of say 30-40 years the most substantial impact of the genome discovery may well be in the social sciences. President Clinton struck just the right note [&hellip
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