Newsletter 305


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[1]The Reason We Reason
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/jiri6v

Jonah Lehrer | Frontal Cortex | 4 May 2011

“Let me tell you about a classic psychological study that I don’t
  believe.” So begins Lehrer’s fascinating contemplation of confirmation bias
  and the motivations that drive our reasoning [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/reason-we-reason

[3]Woman Of The World
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/lmEtBD

Jonathan Alter | Vanity Fair | 6 May 2011

Hillary Clinton has flown an exhausting half a million miles since becoming
  secretary of state in 2009. This long assessment of her performance packs in
  plenty of interesting detail, even if the whole is a little over-sympathetic
  [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/woman-world

[5]Researchers Re-Open Their Minds To Psychedelic Drugs
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/jd6oEa

Sam Kornell | Miller-McCune | 5 May 2011

A hunt for psychedelic mushrooms beneath the Golden Gate Bridge offers an
  opportunity to look at new research on the neuroscience of
  hallucination-inducing drugs [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/researchers-re-open-their-minds-psychedelic-drugs

[7]War Dog
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/jECNBf

Rebecca Frankel | Foreign Policy | 4 May 2011

Incredible photo-essay on military dogs. Canines have served in the army for
  past 100 years but are no longer classified as "equipment". Remarkable
  olfactory senses make them valuable team members. And yes, they can even
  skydive [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/war-dog

[9]Dr. Richard Olney In Last Stages, Study Of Disease
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/iqNdmL

Carl T. Hall | San Francisco Chronicle | 25 April 2011

Richard Olney is a leading clinical specialist in, and victim of, ALS (Lou
  Gehrig's disease). He will likely die soon. This is a haunting account of
  Olney and his son working on what will probably be his last paper on the
  subject [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/dr-richard-olney-last-stages-study-disease

[11]"The Book Is Dead"? Let That Myth Rest In Peace
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/iLJeXb

Peter Osnos | Atlantic | 4 May 2011

Good round-up of latest publisher news. E-book sales rising dramatically;
  numbers of new and re-issued titles likely increasing; bricks and mortar
  operations still challenged; new operators threaten Amazon. Books certainly
  not dying [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/book-dead-let-myth-rest-peace

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Woody Allen on Inspiration
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/woody-allen-on-memory

The  film legend discusses books that have resonated with him, from JD
  Salinger to Elia Kazan and beyond

Featured Topic

[14]Journalism
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/journalism

Find out what it's really like to be a journalist. Read about the shadowy
  world of foreign reporting, learn what makes a great article and delve into
  the history of journalism

Reader Recommendations

@[15]janetprensky Great Boston Globe story: Army to build golf driving
  ranges for Iraqi soldiers thanx to Cape Cod
  man.[16]tinyurl.com/65xeclw #[17]browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/janetprensky
      16. http://tinyurl.com/65xeclw
      17. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Harlem: The Making of a Ghetto: Negro New York, 1890-1930 by Gilbert
Osofsky
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/harlem-making-ghetto-negro-new-york-1890-1930-by-gilbert-osofsky

[19]Ben Greenman says: "It’s a very good, very well researched history, a
  wonderful social history of the city."
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ben-greenman-on-new-york-city

Video of the Day

[20]Cadbury's Dancing Clothes
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/cadburys-dancing-clothes

"I'm convinced someone records their dreams then just puts Cadbury at the
  end of it"—YouTube commenter

Quote of the Day

[21]Will Davies, on innovation
    Links:
      21. http://potlatch.typepad.com/files/knowing-unknowable-preprint.pdf

"Innovation means imagining the possibility of entirely new categories. It
    is not so much a marshalling of knowledge, more an attitude that is taken
    towards ignorance"

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