Newsletter 287


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[1]The Possibilian
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/dKAIlP

Burkhard Bilger | New Yorker | 18 April 2011

Neuroscientist studies perceptions of time: does fear slow it down? And,
  “what if we were to land on a planet with aliens who live at a different
  time scale from us? Would we seem like statues to them, the way trees do to
  us?” [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/possibilian

[3]The Holocaust In The Dock
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/hacOP8

Klaus Wiegrefe | Spiegel | 15 April 2011

More from Spiegel's stunning investigation into Eichmann's arrest and trial.
  Much here on how German government of 1960s was trying to avoid prosecution
  of Nazi war criminals, to protect potential targets in its own top ranks
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/holocaust-dock

[5]To The Exclusion Of All Others
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/gev6zh

Elizabeth Abbott | Walrus Magazine | 12 April 2011

Exploring issues around polygamy and whether it will remain intolerable in
  liberal societies. Focussed on Canada but relevant to all, particulary on
  potential complexities for any legal system if plural marriages were
  ratified [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/exclusion-all-others

[7]I Crushed My Million-Pound Violin
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/eKeuNG

David Garrett | Guardian | 16 April 2011

Musician's fatal slip outside concert hall. "Still wearing my flat-soled
  concert shoes, I lost my footing and took the entire flight of steps on my
  back, riding the violin case like a sledge". Before: 1772 violin. After:
  splinters [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/i-crushed-my-million-pound-violin

[9]Where Does Good Come From?
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/eqD9Tm

Leon Nefakh | Boston Globe | 17 April 2011

Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson does intellectual U-turn at 81, rejects
  "kin selection" as explanation for altruism, though it has been the basis of
  half his lifetime's work. Richard Dawkins and others say he has lost his
  marbles [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/where-does-good-come

FiveBooks Interview

[11]Mark Malloch Brown on Globalisation
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/mark-malloch-brown-on-globalisation

The  Chief  of Staff of the United Nations under Kofi Annan and former
  Administrator of the UN Development Programme talks us through some of the
  key ideas and institutions that helped develop globalisation

Featured Topic

[12]Financial Crisis
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/topics/financial-crisis

In-depth primer for both the expert and the amateur. Experts interviewed
  include Eichengreen, Barro and Rodrik. Wide range of hand-picked background
  articles

Reader Recommendations

@CorbinHiar   The   science  of  why  people  don’t  believe  science:
  [13]mojo.ly/fSMsZn [14]#browsings
    Links:
      13. http://mojo.ly/fSMsZn
      14. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[15]Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages by Alex Wright
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/glut-mastering-information-through-ages-by-alex-wright

[16]Stephen Baker says: “This is a fascinating book. It’s a whole history of
  information and what we, as humans, decide to keep in our heads.”
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/stephen-baker-on-watson

Video of the Day

[17]Spike Jonze, Yo-Yo Ma, Lil Buck
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/videos/spike-jonze-yo-yo-ma-lil-buck

What a collaboration. Young improvisational dancer from LA proves himself
  artistic equal of top cellist

Quote of the Day

[18]David Foster Wallace, on self-help
    Links:
      18. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/d20a33a2-66e1-11e0-8d88-00144feab49a.html#axzz1JdDA89ZB

"If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot
    accomplish"

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