Will We Be All Right In The End?
David Runciman | LRB | 5 January 2012
Democracy is being tested severely in Europe. It's not looking that healthy
in America. "The fear is that the political system we’ve relied on in the
past might not be up to the task at hand, but it’s the only one we’ve got"
The Future Of Prediction
Leon Neyfakh | Boston Globe | 1 January 2012
No point asking "experts" – their predictions are notoriously unreliable.
But new technologies, able to analyse vast amounts of data, may yet produce
an accurate forecasting machine. Question is, would we actually want to use
Harold James | Project Syndicate | 4 January 2012
"Today’s global economy is a riot of slipping economic models. And tomorrow
the cacophony will be even louder." American, European capitalism seems
flawed. Asian approach no better. So, is there a correct way to organise an
Should We Erase Painful Memories?
Alison Winter | Salon | 31 December 2011
Interesting topic, thoughtfully handled. If neuroscience let us perform
"memory dampening", would it be ethical? People worry because our
experiences seem central to personal identity. But so too did consciousness.
Until anaesthesia Comments
Following In Henry VIII's Footsteps
Stephen Cooper | History Today | 5 January 2012
In 1533 the British parliament ruled that legal cases involving religion
could no longer be appealed to the Vatican for final resolution. A useful
precedent, if Britain decides to reject the supremacy of European Union law
How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body
William Broad | NYT | 5 January 2012
"Yoga can lower blood pressure, make chemicals that act as antidepressants,
even improve your sex life. But the yoga community long remained silent
about its potential to inflict blinding pain." For many, it can do serious
Gary Taubes on Dieting
Sticking to your new year’s resolutions? Still digesting Christmas lunch?
Ignore the conventional advice on losing weight, says the science writer –
what constitutes a healthy diet needs to be drastically re-evaluated
Featured Special Report
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Book of the Day
Book of the Day
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
William Boyd says: “He gets the slightly desperate seediness of life so
well. It’s a fantastically atmospheric and powerful read” FiveBooks
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Zen Of Steve Jobs
Graphic novel re-imagines phase in Jobs's life when he was fired from Apple
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Quote of the Day
Daniel Gilbert, on happiness
"A new house or a new spouse will make you happier, but not much and not
for long. Very few experiences affect us for more than three months"
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