Newsletter 652


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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 Global Power Shift From West To East
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/IFWC4a

Christopher Layne | National Interest | 25 April 2012

"The transition in progress represents more than just the end of the
  post-1945 era of American global dominance. It also represents the end
  of the era of Western dominance over world events that began roughly
  five hundred years ago" [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/global-power-shift-west-east

[7]Mr. Amis's Planet
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/IgesOD

Morten Høi Jensen | LARB | 25 April 2012

Scholarly, admiring essay about Martin Amis's writing. "Masculinity is
  the Big Theme of all his work: violent, unfettered, full-throttle
  masculinity, whether in the field of pornography, street violence or
  nuclear weapons" [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/mr-amiss-planet

[9]The Really Nice Guy Materialist
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/JniDpZ

Julian Baggini | Philosopher's Magazine | 24 April 2012

Surprisingly engaging, and enjoyable, conversation with the often
  ridiculed philosopher Patricia Churchland. Fans of Sam Harris might
  want to duck for cover now. Neuroscience won't explain morality, just
  its "neural platform" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/really-nice-guy-materialist

[11]India's Broken Promise
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/JALE2L

Basharat Peer | Foreign Affairs | 25 April 2012

Elites want India to be a power in the world. But they don't understand
  that being respected abroad requires a well-functioning state at home.
  India is nowhere near, with its poverty, corruption and staggering
  inequalities [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/indias-broken-promise

[13]Meet The Mother Theory
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/IbyRRp

Marianne Freiberger | +Plus | 19 April 2012

Wonderful, accessible introduction to basics of M-theory, most
  plausible attempt to unify quantum mechanics and general relativity
  into holy grail of physics—a theory of quantum gravity. Get ready to
  imagine a world of 11 dimensions [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/meet-mother-theory

[15]Austerity, And A New Recession?
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/I9negz

Martin Eiermann | European | 23 April 2012

Interview with economist Joseph Stiglitz. And he's on top form from the
  word go. "Academic economists played a big role in causing the crisis.
  Their models were overly simplified, distorted, and left out the most
  important aspects" [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/austerity-and-new-recession

FiveBooks Interview

[17]Barry Eichengreen on the Euro
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-eichengreen-on-euro

With hindsight, was the euro a good idea? Will it come through the
  present crisis intact or will any country decide to leave? And what
  happens if they do? All this and more answered by the economics
  professor [18]Read on
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/barry-eichengreen-on-euro

Featured Special Report

[19]Hackers
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/reports/hackers

Cars, nuclear plants, computers, phones, webcams -- they all succumb to
  hackers in the end [20]Read on
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/hackers

Reader Recommendations

@rszbt This is one part of a series about Lahore, this wonderful city:
  [21]t.co/OVSCaYXZ found via @berfrois [22]#browsings [23]More like this
    Links:
      21. http://t.co/OVSCaYXZ
      22. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      23. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[24]Book of the Day
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/praise-idleness-by-bertrand-russell

[25]In Praise of Idleness by Bertrand Russell
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/praise-idleness-by-bertrand-russell

[26]Carl Honoré says: His basic thesis is that one of the ills of the
  modern world is the lie that has been sold to us that work is a
  virtuous and ennobling thing [27]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/praise-idleness-by-bertrand-russell
      27. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[28]Power Of X
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/videos/power-x

Camera + dancers + kaleidoscope = TEDxSummit promo [29]More videos
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[30]Jon Stewart, on Rupert Murdoch
    Links:
      30. http://twitter.com/Edgecliffe/status/195847241892765696

"My God! This scandal goes all the way to the bottom!"

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

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