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Amor Mundi 04/17/16

In this week's Amor Mundi, we hear from Yale professor Seyla Benhabib on the European Refugee Crisis, Maurice Chammah's recounting of his father's short trip back to Syria in the 1970s as mizrahi and an emigre to the United States, reflections on David Foster Wallace, William Shakespeare and Miguel Cervantes, and more... Posted on 17 April 2016 | 10:00 pm

Amor Mundi 11/24/13

Hannah Arendt considered calling her magnum opus Amor Mundi: Love of the World. Instead, she settled upon The Human Condition. What is most difficult, Arendt writes, is to love the world as it is, with all the evil and suffering in it. And yet she came to do just that. Loving the world means neither…Read more Amor Mundi 11/24/13 Posted on 25 November 2013 | 3:26 pm

Nettlesomeness and Humanity

Magnus Carlsen—just 22 years old—beat Viswanathan Anand (the reigning world chess champion) this week at the World Chess Championships in Chennai, India. There has been much excitement about Carlsen’s victory, and not simply because of his youth. As Joe Weisenthal writes, Carlsen’s win signifies the emergence of a new kind of chess. We can profitably…Read more Nettlesomeness and Humanity Posted on 22 November 2013 | 1:13 pm

von Goethe on Thinking

“Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten but they may start a winning game.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Posted on 12 February 2013 | 11:52 am

Beautiful Chess played by Humans and Machines

Rebecca Thomas has a long and thoughtful response to my post on Gary Kasparov’s article on computers, chess, and humanity. The whole comment is worth reading. But here is how she begins: Regarding the first of the three comments, I have to take issue with the idea that a chess game played by a computer…Read more Beautiful Chess played by Humans and Machines Posted on 9 July 2010 | 11:36 pm

Kasparov on the Human and the Machine

One of the most reflective essays on the fate of Human Being in an Inhuman Age is Gary Kasparov’s NY Review of Books Essay, The Chess Master and the Computer. Kasparov respects the power of computers and knows that there already exist computer programs that play Checkers in a way that is unbeatable. Chess is…Read more Kasparov on the Human and the Machine Posted on 5 July 2010 | 12:04 pm