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"The best qualification for a prophet is to have a good memory"
— Lord Halifax

Tom Stoppard’s Hard Problems

Evolutionary biologist David Sloan Wilson recounts discussions about altruism with Tom Stoppard. Sloan Wilson’s books helped inform Stoppard’s play, The Hard Problem. But Stoppard contends that altruism is spiritual, not scientific: “Even if science can explain the kind of instinctive altruism found in bees and brainworms it can’t or at least hasn’t explained the kind of consciously motivated altruism found in humans” (1,690 words)

House Of Secrets

Enthralling investigation into the history and mystery of Witanhurst, the biggest private house in London, perched on the edge of Hampstead Heath and said to be worth £300 million. To the increasing despair of the neighbours, the absentee owner has spent seven years rebuilding the house and grounds to resemble Versailles. But who is he? Eventually, the New Yorker tracks him down. But that is another story … (6,950 words)

How Fox News Changed America

Highly readable academic paper (PDF) by economist Bruce Bartlett arguing that Fox News may have succeeded too well in capturing American conservatives. It is “the dominant – and in many cases, virtually the only – major news source for millions”. Viewers undergo “self-brainwashing”. They “refuse to even listen to any news or opinion not vetted through Fox, and believe whatever appears on it as gospel truth” (6,770 words)

The Gatlin Dilemma

Justin Gatlin, currently the world’s fastest runner, is setting new personal records at the age of 33. Which is almost incredible. Most top sprinters peak around the age of 27, Usain Bolt ran his best at 22. Gatlin may be innocently atypical; but a past four-year ban for using steroids scarcely inspires confidence. “Gatlin is a former doper, dominating a historically doped event, while running faster than his previously doped self” (2,360 words)

Theorizing The Drone

Philosopher explores the tactical and ethical implications of drone warfare. Interesting and well-researched throughout. The drone pilot is the opposite of the kamikaze or suicide bomber. The drone pilot cannot be killed; the suicide bomber is certain to die. Both disturb our moral sense of what is acceptable in war, because neither is risking retribution. The drone pilot is far out of reach; the suicide bomber is already dead (7,700 words)

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