Newsletter 542


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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]Will We Be All Right In The End?
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/xhXHbw

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"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/will-we-be-all-right-end

[7]The Future Of Prediction
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/xwaTr7

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
  it? [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/future-prediction

[9]Schadenfreude Capitalism
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/zlETCD

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
  economy? [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/schadenfreude-capitalism

[11]Should We Erase Painful Memories?
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/y3UHHy

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 [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/should-we-erase-painful-memories

[13]Following In Henry VIII's Footsteps
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/zRESRf

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
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/following-henry-viiis-footsteps

[15]How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/zRZgMh

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
  damage [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-yoga-can-wreck-your-body

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Gary Taubes on Dieting
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/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
  [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/gary-taubes-on-dieting

Featured Special Report

[19]Time
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

What is it? Why isn't it the same everywhere? Can we travel through time?
  Will there be an end to time? Read on to find out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/time

Reader Recommendations

@polit2k:  Simon  Johnson  |  Ron  Paul  And  The Banks t.co/IvkgexJZ
  @baselinescene #browsings #gfc2 [21]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[22]Book of the Day
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/heart-matter-by-graham-greene

[23]The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/heart-matter-by-graham-greene

[24]William Boyd says: “He gets the slightly desperate seediness of life so
  well. It’s a fantastically atmospheric and powerful read” [25]FiveBooks
  Archive
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/william-boyd-on-writers-who-have-inspired-me
      25. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[26]Zen Of Steve Jobs
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/videos/zen-steve-jobs

Graphic novel re-imagines phase in Jobs's life when he was fired from Apple
  and turned to Buddhism [27]More videos
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[28]Daniel Gilbert, on happiness
    Links:
      28. http://hbr.org/2012/01/the-science-behind-the-smile/ar/1

"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"

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

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