Newsletter 578


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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 Long Road To Damascus
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/wvP0ZP

Max Rodenbeck | Economist | 11 February 2012

The Economist is an excellent one-stop shop. Their chief Middle East
  correspondent, Max Rodenbeck, speaks Arabic fluently and is always
  thoughtful and poised – like this piece on Syria that gives a great
  overview of the situation [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/long-road-damascus

[7]Economics Explained: Plan A Vs Plan B
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/wvS6De

Evan Davis | BBC | 10 February 2012

Simple, lucid discussion of debate over government spending. Ideal for
  anyone who finds macroeconomics bewildering. Two economists from
  opposing camps share views of austerity, stimulus. Suprisingly there's
  much they agree on [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/economics-explained-plan-vs-plan-b

[9]Obama, Explained
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/yDrgfJ

James Fallows | Atlantic | 9 February 2012

Monumental retrospective of US president's first term. Should we think
  of him as the "chess master", able to think 10 moves ahead of his
  opponents? Or as a mere pawn? Fallows considers in this 12,000-word
  essay [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/obama-explained

[11]The Physics Behind Your Favorite Science Fiction Theme Tunes
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/yMC7eu

Charlie Jane Anders | io9 | 8 February 2012

Ever wondered what it is that makes a theme tune especially heroic and
  uplifting? Whether you listen to Star Wars, Superman or 2001: A Space
  Odyssey, you'll hear the "perfect fifth". Why? Well, to answer that
  requires some physics [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/physics-behind-your-favorite-science-fiction-theme-tunes

[13]Why Are Men So Violent?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/z8PpXp

Jesse Prinz | Experiments In Philosophy | 3 February 2012

Are men warriors by nature? Or does history, rather than evolution,
  explain male violence? Prinz thinks the latter: "Violence is a complex
  problem, which no simple biological approach can diagnose or remedy."
  Here's why [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-are-men-so-violent

[15]Hallelujah For Leonard Cohen
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/z6BDdo

Jan Swafford | Slate | 8 February 2012

American composer and biographer of Brahms runs rule over Leonard Cohen
  and finds much to admire. Especially in the lyrics, rich in meaning.
  Compares well on that score with much of Dylan, Ira Gershwin
  [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/hallelujah-leonard-cohen

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Philip Plait on the Wonders of the Universe
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-plait-on-wonders-universe

The astronomer and author of the acclaimed Bad Astronomy blog gives us
  a superbly informative beginner’s guide to the galaxy, taking in the
  birthdate of the universe, solar flares and much, much more [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/philip-plait-on-wonders-universe

Featured Special Report

[19]Democracy
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Are Western states true democracies? Has democracy become a casualty of
  the financial crisis? Can you have too much democracy? Read on to find
  out [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/democracy

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Tyler Cowen | NYT Making Shareholders Liable for Big Banks
  - Economic View:  [22]t.co/36NxhTDH#[23]browsings h-t @[24]rszbt
  [25]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/36NxhTDH
      23. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      25. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[26]Book of the Day
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/seven-pillars-wisdom-by-te-lawrence

[27]Seven Pillars of Wisdom by TE Lawrence
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/seven-pillars-wisdom-by-te-lawrence

[28]Wade Davis says: “This has one of the best opening lines in English
  literature: “Some of the evil of my tale may have been inherent in our
  circumstances” [29]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/wade-davis-on-legacies-world-war-one
      29. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[30]The Conundrum
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos/conundrum

"The real environmental disaster isn't oil spills. It's the oil we use
  exactly as intended" [31]More videos
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[32]Tim Vine, on domain names
    Links:
      32. http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/mediamonkeyblog/2012/feb/09/tim-vine-award-winning-joke

"Conjunctivitis.com. That's a site for sore eyes"

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

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