Book of the Times

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Most of us accept our experience of time as “natural,” when in fact it’s shaped by society and its laws, says Professor Todd Rakoff, author of what may be the first book on the topic.

To Serve and to Honor

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On Flag Day this year, when Irene Englund’s ashes were placed at Arlington National Cemetery, soldiers fired a rifle salute, a bugler played taps, and an American flag was presented to Englund’s daughter Julie.

Risky Business

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Not many people have to specify that they don’t think it’s a good thing that cigarettes kill people. But W. Kip Viscusi mentions it nonetheless because his work–and its subject matter–can be oversimplified, he says. Not to mention vilified.

Hearsay: Summer 2002

Professor Philip Heymann

  “[I]f we approve torture in one set of circumstances, isn’t every country then free to define its own exceptions, applicable to Americans as well as its own citizens? Fear of that led us to accept the Geneva Convention prohibiting torture of a prisoner of war, although obtaining his information might save dozens of American […]

A Word of Trouble

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A hypothetical: A reporter is going to interview Professor Randall Kennedy. The reporter says to a group of coworkers: “That is one righteous nigger.” A colleague complains. The reporter, whose intent was to compliment the professor, is fired for using grossly offensive language.