Newsletter 502


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[1]All of our Best of the Moment article recommendations, plus FiveBooks
  interviews and other selected content from thebrower.com
    Links:
      1. http://thebrowser.com

[5]The Rise And Fall Of Bitcoin
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/uW7Rkk

Benjamin Wallace | Wired | 23 November 2011

In 2009 an untraceable digital currency, Bitcoin, appeared on the web. In
  2010 uptake accelerated. Suddenly products as diverse as alpaca socks,
  pizza, even a hitman, could be paid for with Bitcoins. Then the problems
  began [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/rise-and-fall-bitcoin

[7]The Trouble With Bright Kids
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/skJDCD

Heidi Grant Halvorson | HBR | 21 November 2011

Interesting premise: "Gifted children grow up to be more vulnerable, and
  less confident, even when they should be the most confident people in the
  room. Understanding why this happens is the first step to righting a tragic
  wrong" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/trouble-bright-kids

[9]A Philosopher's Mission To Save The EU
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/tpc1vW

Georg Diez | Spiegel | 25 November 2011

"Jürgen Habermas is angry. He's really angry. He is nothing short of
  furious." Aged 82, the philosopher is fed up with the technocrats and
  politicians for ruining the dream of his generation, a united Europe. And he
  won't hold back [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/philosophers-mission-save-eu

[11]Liberty And Security: Hostile Allies
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/rLVpmK

Benjamin Wittes | Defining Ideas | 10 November 2011

Why do we believe there's an implicit tension between liberty and security?
  "In the vast majority of circumstances, liberty and security are better
  understood as necessary preconditions for one another than in some sort of
  standoff" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/liberty-and-security-hostile-allies

[13]Can A Naturalistic Buddhism Make You Happy?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/uOeolq

Owen Flanagan | Berfrois | 23 November 2011

Philosopher of mind investigates: "I believe that 'Buddhism naturalised' is
  a serious contender, along with Confucianism and Aristotelianism, for a
  great wisdom tradition that offers a viable philosophy for 21st century
  secularists" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/can-naturalistic-buddhism-make-you-happy

[15]Life In The NFL Trenches
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/uqa97K

Kris Jenkins & Greg Bishop | NYT | 19 November 2011

Football star tells all. "I’ve had my ankles twisted. I’ve been bit. I’ve
  done stuff. I’ve tried to break guys’ elbows, pinching people, twisting
  ankles, trying to bend up their arms, pop an elbow out. Why? I had to fight
  back" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/life-nfl-trenches

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Santigold on Musical Influences
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/santigold-on-musical-influences

The singer-songwriter took an unusual route to becoming a performer. She
  tells us how she got started, how to get what you want in the music business
  and  how  an extraordinary range of influences continue to inspire her
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/santigold-on-musical-influences

Featured Topic

[19]Extreme Food
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

From foraging in the wild to foul restaurant dining, here is our toothsome
  selection of writing on the world of extreme food [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/extreme-food

Reader Recommendations

_@polit2k_ Andy Haldane | The financial sector's contribution to the economy
  over-esti .. [21]t.co/NqKCtev8 _@voxeu #gfc2 #browsings_ h/t _@Ian_Fraser_
  [22]#browsings [23]More like this
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      21. http://t.co/NqKCtev8
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/arturo’s-island-by-elsa-morante

[25]Arturo’s Island by Elsa Morante
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/arturo’s-island-by-elsa-morante

[26]Santigold says: “This book is not just about drumming – it tells the
  story  of  the  relationship between women, music, religion and power”
  [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/santigold-on-musical-influences
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Address Is Approximate
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/address-approximate

What happens when you turn out the office lights at night
  [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Donald Kinder, on social order
    Links:
      30. http://thesituationist.wordpress.com/2011/11/23/thanksgiving-as-system-justification-4

"The  deepest  puzzle  is  not  occasional  protest,  but pervasive
    tranquility”

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

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