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  • 22 Feb 2024
    Marco Antonio Valenzuela-Escárcega, Mihai Surdeanu

    To Understand Large Language Models We Need to Go Back to the Basics

    Arthur C. Clarke famously stated that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Most of us have experienced this law with respect to the latest iterations of large language models (LLMs) such as GPT-4. This perspective may lead to incorrect usage of LLMs, resulting in undesirable and dangerous effects such as privacy violations, proliferation […]

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  • 22 Feb 2024
    Lisa A. Kirschenbaum

    Two Soviet Humorists’ Extraordinary American Road Trip

    In 1935, just two years after the normalization of Soviet American relations, Pravda sent two humorists to the United States as reporters and cultural ambassadors. That the Soviet Union under Stalin even had humorists may surprise many. But Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov were genuine Soviet funnymen, the coauthors of two beloved satirical novels, The […]

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  • 15 Feb 2024
    Stanley Ulijaszek

    Obesity unpacked: a journey into complexity

    Most people have some dissatisfaction or concern about body weight, fatness, or obesity, either personally or professionally. I wrote ’Understanding Obesity’ out of a dissatisfaction with the dominant lines of investigation into this phenomenon, and the discourses that drive them. Sure, huge scientific progress has been made in understanding the physiology of eating and body […]

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  • 14 Feb 2024
    Jane Morris

    WHAT’S CHANGED FOR UK UNIVERSITY MENTAL HEALTH?

    As I wrote my book Improving University Mental Health, the commonest question people asked was ‘who is the intended audience?’  If you are reading these words, then the answer is ‘you are!’   Did you go to university?  What was your experience of emerging into adult life?  What can we do better? Readers seeking simple answers will be […]

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  • 13 Feb 2024
    Gerd Gigerenzer

    The Intelligence of Intuition

    Intuition is an ultimate experience, beyond words: We know more than we can tell. This phenomenon upsets many who believe in rationality as a purely conscious activity. People often confuse intuition with a sixth sense or the arbitrary judgments of inept decision makers. But intuition is neither caprice nor irrationality; it is unconscious intelligence based […]

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  • 13 Feb 2024
    Andrew N. Jordan, Irfan A. Siddiqi

    Quantum measurement book blog

    What is the topic of the book? Measurement is one of the most fascinating and misunderstood aspects of quantum physics. It plays no role in classical physics, other than reducing ignorance about the underlying reality. In quantum physics measurement plays a fundamental role, and the choice of what kind of measurement you choose to do […]

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  • 13 Feb 2024
    David M. Pritchard

    WHEN FRENCH HISTORIANS CONQUERED THE WORLD: THE FUNERAL ORATION AFTER NICOLE LORAUX

    French people are often surprised that foreigners come to France to study ancient Greece. It is easy for them to understand why foreign philosophers might go there. It is a matter of genuine national pride that ‘French theory’ conquered the Anglophone world in the 1980s. But few French realise that among foreign historians of ancient […]

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  • 9 Feb 2024
    David L. Weimer, Aidan R. Vining

    Dog Economics: Perspectives on Our Canine Relationships

    We share the fondness many people have for dogs. In the United States, approximately half of households express their fondness by opening their doors, and most often their hearts, to dogs. Indeed, a majority of these households views dogs as family members. Dogs are thus not only commodities traded in markets but also cherished household […]

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