Newsletter 537


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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 Secret Life Of J Edgar Hoover
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/tSPh49

Anthony Summers | Observer | 1 January 2012

Explosive read on former FBI director. Imagine a cross-dressing paranoid
  narcissist with connections to organised crime. "Hoover was like a sewer
  that collected dirt. I now believe he was the worst public servant in our
  history" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-life-j-edgar-hoover

[7]The Limits Of Secularism
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/tt7RA3

Jonathan Sacks | Standpoint | 27 December 2011

Interesting essay in defence of theism, by Chief Rabbi. Addressing why
  religion survives, indeed thrives, in our modern world. "Science takes
  things apart to see how they work; religion puts things together to see what
  they mean" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/limits-secularism

[9]The Accidental Universe: Science's Crisis Of Faith
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/roUd2u

Alan Lightman | Harper's | 21 December 2011

"If the multiverse idea is correct, then the historic mission of physics to
  explain all the properties of our universe in terms of fundamental
  principles is futile, a beautiful philosophical dream that simply isn’t
  true" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/accidental-universe-sciences-crisis-faith

[11]Eulogies To Kim Jong Il
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/vWXDqD

Anonymous | KCNA | 31 December 2011

Read and weep. "Let us make the whistle of the field train sounded by the
  great Comrade Kim Jong Il on the forefront of the revolution reverberate
  throughout the country as the drum of victory in the great upsurge!"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/eulogies-kim-jong-il

[13]The Law Of Online Sharing
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/vyf9k9

Paul Boutin | Tech Review | 30 December 2011

"Facebook's impending problem is that even if the company enables future
  pacemakers to share our every heartbeat, it cannot automate caring—the most
  important part of the feedback loop that has driven the social Web's ascent"
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/law-online-sharing

[15]Gift Of Tongues
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/tTA6aa

Anonymous | Economist | 28 December 2011

If you can speak more than 11 languages well, you are a hyperpolyglot. Which
  doesn't mean you are a genius, though. It means you enjoy repetitive,
  detailed learning. You are probably an introvert. And possibly a charlatan
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/gift-tongues

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Roman Krznaric on The Art of Living
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living

To learn how to live well we must look to the past, says the author of a new
  book on the subject. He recommends five books, from Thoreau to Orwell, that
  inspire us to live more adventurously [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/roman-krznaric-on-art-living

Featured Special Report

[19]Václav Havel
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

In memoriam of the playwright and former Czech president, who's died at the
  age of 75 [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/václav-havel

Reader Recommendations

[21]polit2k RT @[22]rszbt: THIS: On fraud. RT @[23]aliegorey: Fannie and
  Freddie Fantasies [24]t.co/oiVtlRah" #[25]browsings #[26]fraud #[27]SEC
  [28]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      23. http://twitter.com/aliegorey
      24. http://www.benzinga.com/general/politics/11/12/2228695/fannie-and-freddie-fantasies
      25. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      26. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#fraud
      27. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#SEC
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[29]Book of the Day
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/way-we-live-now-by-anthony-trollope

[30]The Way We Live Now by Anthony Trollope
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/way-we-live-now-by-anthony-trollope

[31]John Gapper says: “Trollope succeeded in capturing the world of high
  finance because his real interest was in bringing to life the way that money
  could change human character” [32]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/john-gapper-on-financial-speculation
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[33]Human Vision
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/human-vision

Bruce Hood explains the work done by the brain in processing information
  from the eyes [34]More videos
    Links:
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[35]Julian Baggini, on conservatism
    Links:
      35. http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/85ab3694-2a56-11e1-b7f2-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1iI9XFUzB

"Conservatism is not a philosophy but a disposition"

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

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