Newsletter 325


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[1]Cowboys And Pit Crews
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/jrqohI

Atul Gawande | New Yorker | 26 May 2011

Inspiring commencement address delivered to Harvard medical students. Best
  healthcare results in the US aren't obtained where care is most expensive
  – but often where it's among least expensive. Here's why [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cowboys-and-pit-crews

[3]The Strauss-Kahn Shipwreck
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/kRHoNZ

Paul Berman | New Republic | 26 May 2011

The arrest was bad enough. Imagine the trial, and what it will do to
  French-US relations. "The ocean-liner of American justice and the ice floes
  of French conspiracy theories are already bobbing in one another’s
  direction" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/strauss-kahn-shipwreck

[5]The Optimism Bias
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/kJOC5k

Tali Sharot | Time | 26 May 2011

Wonderful investigation into humans' natural optimism. "Without optimism our
  ancestors might never have ventured far from their tribes and we might all
  be cave dwellers, still huddled together and dreaming of light and heat"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/optimism-bias

[7]JJ Abrams Is A Crowd Teaser
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/iUF7bT

Frank Bruni | NYT | 26 May 2011

Director of "Lost" is an obsessive creator of mysteries and puzzles. Nothing
  in his films gets revealed until the last possible moment, and sometimes not
  even then. Which is a good recipe for suspense. But also for let-downs
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/jj-abrams-crowd-teaser

[9]Sarkozy Just Wants to Be Loved
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/jrkeLg

Xavier Durringer | Spiegel | 26 May 2011

French film director discusses president's cult of personality — and the
  Strauss-Kahn case. "Infidelity and extramarital affairs are normal parts of
  life. France is a libertarian society; we have politicians who are a lot
  like us" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/sarkozy-just-wants-be-loved

[11]Egos And Aeronautics: A Tale Of Two Airships
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/jiKsky

John Swinfield | History Today | 25 May 2011

Bizarre tale of R101 airship, commissioned by British government in 1920s,
  and its maiden voyage – a 4,000-mile trip to India. Crashed in flames within
  eight hours killing most on board. A lesson in dangers of technological
  hubris [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/egos-and-aeronautics-tale-two-airships

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Dambisa Moyo on The West vs The Rest
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dambisa-moyo-on-west-vs-rest

The author and economist argues that the West is in decline, the U.S. faces
  structural unemployment, and authoritarian states like China are in many
  ways better positioned to deal with financial busts

Featured Topic

[14]Moral Philosophy
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/topics/moral-philosophy

Do babies have morals? Does surveillance make us better? Is free will an
  illusion or not? Is there such a thing as evil? Get to grips with the big
  questions of right and wrong

Reader Recommendations

_@sophiemaynard_   musings   on   Lawrence  of  Arabia:  [15]b.rw/iDQCpK
  [16]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/iDQCpK
      16. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[17]Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/rabbit-rest-by-john-updike

[18]Ian McEwan says: "When I feel my faith flagging in the whole enterprise
  of fiction, a few pages of Updike will restore my energies"
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/ian-mcewan-on-five-books-have-influenced-my-novels

Video of the Day

[19]People Of Walmart
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/videos/people-walmart

I'll take a dozen!

Quote of the Day

[20]Glen David Gold, on causality
    Links:
      20. http://crookedtimber.org/2011/05/25/sunnyside-fueled-by-randomness

"Such is the nature of the inexplicable that, as long as it does not
    involve money, it can be ignored"

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