The View from Taiwan

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A Pinch of Fate

There’s a strong Taiwanese folk belief that the shape of the nose can be changed simply by pinching it. In local society a long straight nose is preferred, with the result that the childhoods of many local women saw periodic torture with clothespins and other devices to lengthen out a beautiful pug nose. Like my [...]

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NTU Presidential Quackery

Sometime in the 16th century thinkers in the west began rejecting the supernatural as an explanatory mechanism for events in the world, resulting in enormous progress in human understanding of the way things work. Yet in all modernized human societies, supernatural thinking exists side by side with scientific thinking, and academia is no exception. Here [...]

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