Newsletter 639


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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]Evolution Has Given Humans A Huge Advantage: Middle Age
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/ItsDym

David Bainbridge | Washington Post | 26 March 2012

What are middle-aged people for? David Bainbridge offers a fascinating
  and oddly cheering answer: They’re an “elite caste” of experts, kept
  around by evolution to advise the young [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/evolution-has-given-humans-huge-advantage-over-most-other-animals-middle-age

[7]Vladimir's Tale
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/HNS9g7

Anne Applebaum | NYRB | 11 April 2012

Another good piece on Putinism, and Masha Gessen's new book, The Man
  Without a Face. Read it as a review, or just a fascinating window into
  the secret police mentality and milieu the Russian leader inhabits
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/vladimirs-tale

[9]A Slow-Books Manifesto
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/ItrI0W

Maura Kelly | Atlantic | 26 March 2012

Slow food, slow parenting—why not a “slow books” movement? As words
  flash past our eyes at ever-increasing speeds, Maura Kelly reminds us
  to savor what we read [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/slow-books-manifesto

[11]Beck And The Beast
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/HD896O

Todd Purdum | Vanity Fair | 12 April 2012

"Just because he may have fallen off your radar since he left Fox News
  doesn’t mean that millions of faithful listeners don’t still harken to
  his every dog-whistle warning. They do, and their views—and their
  votes—carry weight" [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beck-and-beast

[13]Want To Work At Google?
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/HFR9gU

Madhumita Venkataramanan | Wired UK | 11 April 2012

If so, you'll need to show you can solve problems like these. Enjoyable
  selection, with answers provided. Here's one to get you started: "Using
  only a four-minute hourglass and seven-minute hourglass, measure
  exactly nine minutes" [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/want-work-google

[15]Death To Word
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/IkEUlr

Tom Scocca | Slate | 11 April 2012

Enough of the animated paper clip. And the autocorrect. And the HTML
  crust. And the forcible indenting of anything resembling a list. Word
  is the fax machine of our time. You really get to hate the people who
  still use it [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/death-word

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Niall Ferguson on Intellectual Influences
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/niall-ferguson-on-intellectual-influences

The historian tells us about the diverse influences on his work, from
  Keynes and Tolstoy to an Austrian satirist, and explains why he sees
  the world as a complex place on the edge of chaos [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/niall-ferguson-on-intellectual-influences

Featured Special Report

[19]Population and Resources
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Will humans run out of natural resources? Is population growth a danger
  to society? Or will human innovation conquer? You decide [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/population-and-resources

Reader Recommendations

@[21]polit2k Food's Biggest Scam: The Great Kobe Beef Lie -
  Forbes [22]t.co/Vp5GIGqg via @[23]rszbt @[24]tim_weber#[25]browsings
    Links:
      21. http://twitter.com/polit2k
      22. http://t.co/Vp5GIGqg
      23. http://twitter.com/rszbt
      24. http://twitter.com/tim_weber
      25. http://twitter.com/#!/search?q=#browsings

[26]More like this
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[27]Book of the Day
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/copernican-question-by-robert-s-westman

[28]The Copernican Question by Robert S Westman
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/copernican-question-by-robert-s-westman

[29]Dava Sobel says: “Westman was interested in the idea that
  Copernicus was an astrologer as well as an astronomer. I thought he
  made a convincing argument” [30]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/dava-sobel-on-early-history-astronomy
      30. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[31]Jeffrey Sachs Interview
    Links:
      31. http://thebrowser.com/videos/jeffrey-sachs-interview

Enjoyable 50-minute discussion with the economist
  [32]More videos
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[33]Marc Pincus, on failure
    Links:
      33. http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-04-12/how-to-fail-mark-pincus

"Success is dangerous because often you don’t understand why you
    succeeded. You almost always know why you’ve failed"

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

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