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A Fake Of Art Culture

We trust museums to show us original works — even if we ourselves could not tell the difference between the original and a skilled copy. But what if museums can make or obtain utterly perfect reproductions? Is there anything wrong with showing those in place of the originals? Yes, because doing so would violate “an implicit contract between museums and their visitors”. Visitors want uniqueness, more than they want beauty (3,200 words)

David’s Secret Weapon Thought

The Biblical story of David and Goliath is commonly but wrongly read as the victory of an underdog. It is, more correctly, a warning not to judge by appearances. When David volunteers to fight Goliath he already knows God has marked him for greatness. “He coolly analyzes the giant’s defenses, ascertains his weaknesses, and, presenting himself as a harmless shepherd boy, turns Goliath’s misperception to his advantage” (2,350 words)

The Horrors Of Halftime In Ancient Rome Life

The Colosseum Games were the Super Bowl of Ancient Rome. To keep the crowds enthralled at halftime, the ringmasters staged increasingly extravagant confrontations between wild beasts and prisoners, often using “contraptions and platforms to give prisoners the illusion they could save themselves — only to have the structures collapse and drop the condemned into a waiting pack of starved animals” (3,400 words)

‘Mein Kampf’ Is A Must-Read Culture

Publication of Mein Kampf in Germany, ending a 70-year taboo, gives Germans “direct access to the early raw material of Hitler’s madness”. The new four-volume “critical edition” is aimed at scholars and libraries. The editors have “encircled” Hitler’s words with “analytical and deconstructing” footnotes. “We wanted to surround the text to demystify it and destroy it … Ironically, it will look like the Talmud(1,260 words)

No Free Lunches But Plenty Of Cheap Ones Money

Milton Friedman said: “There is no such thing as a free lunch”. But here’s the good news: There are lots of cheap lunches out there. The “no free lunch” rule “oversimplifies matters and makes economics too dismal a science”. It would be true, only if “all opportunities to make things better had been fully exploited”. But they haven’t. And by helping to find the missed opportunities, “economics can become a cheerful science” (761 words)

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