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[1]The Browser
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]What Is Philosophy?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/puFnw4

John Wilkins | Evolving Thoughts | 13 September 2011

Big question and surprisingly tricky to answer. Perhaps because its topics
  cross disciplines and it doesn't use special methods or data. Is it best to
  define philosophy as "what you do when the facts do not fix the solution"?
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/what-philosophy

[7]An Immune System Trained to Kill Cancer
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/pat6qi

Denise Grady | NYT | 12 September 2011

Doctors in Philadelphia use a disabled form of HIV-1, the AIDS virus, to
  carry cancer-fighting genes into the patients’ T-cells. And it works,
  apparently, though they don't know exactly how. "Conceptually, it's very,
  very big" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/immune-system-trained-kill-cancer

[9]How Google Translate Works
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/o39e5M

David Bellos | Independent | 13 September 2011

Assumes most things have been said before. Uses books in "pivot" languages
  to look for matches where, say, Icelandic and Farsi phrases appear to be
  translations of the same English words. Harry Potter has its uses, after all
  [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-google-translate-works

[11]The Angry Genius Of Les Murray
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/mSu4v2

JM Coetzee | NYRB | 13 September 2011

One fine writer dismantles another. While insisting throughout on Murray's
  genius, Coetzee gently savages Murray's anti-modernism, his "defence of the
  traditional ways of life", as a hokey mixture of self-deception and
  self-interest [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/angry-genius-les-murray

[13]The Strange Physics – And Singular Sights – Inside Black Holes
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/nU8gHt

Steve Nadis | Discover | 12 September 2011

"As with Las Vegas, what happens in a black hole stays in a black hole."
  Hence most view them as end point for scientific research. But not Andrew
  Hamilton, who sees them as "an entrée to an extraordinary and unexplored
  terrain" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/strange-physics-–-and-singular-sights-–-inside-black-holes

[15]The Ghost Sport
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/rp1nMU

Paul Beston | City Journal | 13 September 2011

Few people today can name more than a couple of current boxers but there was
  a time when boxing was central to American life. As this enjoyable and
  informative history of the sport from John L Sullivan to Manny Pacquiao
  shows [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/ghost-sport

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Susan Gelman on Essentialism
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/susan-gelman-on-essentialism

Putting people and things into categories is something we all do. It’s a
  useful shortcut but reveals biases. And it plays a role in everything from
  ethnic violence to childhood development, as psychologist Susan Gelman
  explains[18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/susan-gelman-on-essentialism

Featured Topic

[19]Republican Contenders
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Romney, Bachmann or Perry? AN Other? Read our selection of background and
  analysis articles on the Republicans hoping to be their party's choice to
  challenge President Obama [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/topics/republican-contenders

Reader Recommendations

@[21]tzaf 'NEVER THE HOPE ITSELF: Love and Ghosts in Latin America and
  Haiti'  New  book  by @[22]pritheworld's Gerry Hadden [23]t.co/98HSvZi
  [24]#browsings [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/tzaf
      22. http://twitter.com/pritheworld
      23. http://www.theworld.org/2011/09/reporting-from-forgotten-latin-america
      24. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/roman-triumph-by-mary-beard

[27]The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/roman-triumph-by-mary-beard

[28]Tom Holland says: “There is a deep pleasure in looking at the things we
  think we know about Rome, taking the mystery to pieces and seeing what is
  there. This is what Mary Beard does” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tom-holland-on-ancient-rome
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]Dick Cheney On Gay Marriage
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/dick-cheney-gay-marriage

This  is  getting  confusing.  Wasn't  he  the  _bad_  guy from the Bush
  administration? [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]PJ O'Rourke, on leisure
    Links:
      32. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904583204576544753319094690.html

"A tense and busy futility is the best Americans can do by way of down
    time. How else to explain golf?"

[33]More quotes
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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