Minds Like Machines
Anonymous | Economist | 18 November 2011
"When the usual run of rulers proves cowardly, indecisive or discredited,
turning to the wisdom and expertise of a technocrat, as both Italy and
Greece have done in recent days, is particularly tempting." But is it
Andy Warhol: One-Man Market
Bryan Appleyard | Intelligent Life | 18 November 2011
The new Picasso. His work accounts for 17% of contemporary auction sales.
You can buy five Titians for one good Warhol. Is it because he's a great
artist, or just because he's fun? "Nobody need ever be puzzled by a Warhol"
2050 Or Bust
Frederick Deknatel | LA Review of Books | 16 November 2011
Critique of "Cairo 2050", Mubarak regime's series of outlandish master plans
and megaprojects for Egypt's capital. Won't be built now. But "by no means
has the State been divested of all of its self-serving land grabbers and
Occupy The Net!
Evgeny Morozov | Slate | 17 November 2011
Facebook's "stance on pseudonyms is more than a stupid policy. It's part and
parcel of Facebook's noxious vision for the future of the Internet, where
privacy — rather than hard-earned cash — becomes the currency of the day"
'The Paradox of Choice'
Lars Mensel | European | 14 November 2011
Intriguing conversation with psychologist Barry Schwartz on decisions,
economics. "When choice was limited, people’s aspirations and expectations
were limited. So you could live a decent life and feel good about it." Not
any more Comments
The End Of Cheap Coffee
Zak Stone | Good | 16 November 2011
First "peak oil", now "peak coffee". Demand is rising, supply falling. Maybe
we'll end up drinking less. More than likely we'll be paying more.
Particularly now high-end coffee is here, with the terminology – and prices
– of wine Comments
Helen Scales on Ocean Life
We plunder the ocean for food, dump our waste in it, respect its wildlife
less than land-based creatures. Why? Is it a case of "out of sight, out of
mind"? A marine biologist tells us what's down there and what we're doing to
it Read on
Months of anti-government protests; a brutal response by the authorities.
But what's really going on in Syria? It's all here Read on
@nuzav A Decade of Missed Chances Bedevils U.S. Prospects: Ezra Klein -
Bloomberg t.co/aVozbMCU via @BloombergView #Browsings More
Book of the Day
Book of the Day
The Infinite Variety of Music by Leonard Bernstein
Alex Ross says: "Bernstein was a genius – not only at making music but
at embodying it, and playing this role of the media spokesman."FiveBooks
Video of the Day
The Grandfather Paradox
From a series of animated thought experiments, by the Open University.
Collect them all! More videos
Quote of the Day
John Kay, on obfuscation
"When someone tells you something is too complex for you to understand,
the usual reason is that they do not really understand it themselves"
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