Newsletter 344


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[1]Genetic Enhancement And The Future Of Humanity
    Links:
      1. http://b.rw/mH2zfp

Nick Bostrom | European | 13 June 2011

As powerful new technologies are developed, need for examination of systemic
  existential risks increases. Head of Oxford's Future of Humanity Institute
  discusses this and ethics surrounding cognitive enhancements [2]Comments
    Links:
      2. http://thebrowser.com/articles/genetic-enhancement-and-future-humanity

[3]Does Anything Matter?
    Links:
      3. http://b.rw/jC8dfq

Peter Singer | Project Syndicate | 13 June 2011

Review of Derek Parfit's "On What Matters", already spoken of as one of this
  century's great philosophical works. Took 35 years to write. 1,400 pages.
  Asks, and answers, "whether anything really can matter, in an objective
  sense" [4]Comments
    Links:
      4. http://thebrowser.com/articles/does-anything-matter

[5]Invisible Inc
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/jXaMsq

Bruce Barcott | Atlantic | 14 June 2011

Story of Guy Cramer, master of camouflage. His new digital patterns will
  conceal the US army for years to come. "Quantum stealth" tech will be next
  out of his lab. Claims it will offer full invisibility cloaking [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/invisible-inc

[7]The Missionary Position
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/lbXZQ4

Molly Worthen | FP | 13 June 2011

Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman both want to be Republican presidential
  candidate. Both are Mormon. In the end, however, it could be their
  pragmatism rather than their religion that proves the biggest bar to winning
  the nomination [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/missionary-position

[9]Social Psychological Narrative
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/k4BOw9

Timothy Wilson | Edge | 14 June 2011

Pioneering investigator of unconscious mind discusses practical applications
  of social psychology – including government attempts to shape public
  behaviour, and the futility of the self-help industry. Introduction by
  Daniel Gilbert [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/social-psychological-narrative

[11]Hug Your Daughters
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/mQrE8I

Hugo Schwyzer | Good Men Project | 14 June 2011

Fathers often withdraw physical affection when their daughters hit puberty.
  Awkwardness and embarrassment on both sides don't help. But dads need to
  forget their discomfort and show affection when teenage girls need it most
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hug-your-daughters

FiveBooks Interview

[13]Athene Donald on Women in Science
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/athene-donald-on-women-science

The award-winning British physicist tells us how to fight preconceived ideas
  about gender and suggests reading that could inspire women to pursue careers
  in science

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

@[15]sophiemaynard Bernie    Haykel    on    Saudi    Arabia's   Yemen
  dilemma: [16]t.co/s7RT956 [17]#browsings
    Links:
      15. http://twitter.com/sophiemaynard
      16. http://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/67892/bernard-haykel/saudi-arabias-yemen-dilemma?page=show
      17. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings

Book of the Day

[18]Baseball by Harold Seymour and Dorothy Seymour Mills
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/baseball-by-harold-seymour-and-dorothy-seymour-mills

[19]John Thorn says: "This work was brilliant and original in its focus on
  off-the-field activity. The Seymours showed that baseball was filled with
  hypocrisy and greed and all of the things that we love about America"
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-thorn-on-baseball

Video of the Day

[20]Animals: We're All Alike
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/videos/animals-were-all-alike

This is either an unnervingly good parody, or the stupidest video made since
  the invention of YouTube. But which?

Quote of the Day

[21]David Foster Wallace, on art
    Links:
      21. http://ostap.livejournal.com/799511.html

"Entertainment provides relief. Art provokes engagement"

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