Newsletter 679


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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

[6]The Primal Ache: What Adam Smith Knew About Inequality
    Links:
      6. http://b.rw/JLlwTq

John Paul Rollert | Boston Review | 23 May 2012

"Being wealthy and feeling rich are often inversely correlated. In a
  room full of rich men, only one doesn’t feel poor by comparison. This
  lesson is often overlooked in the ongoing debate over income
  inequality" [7]Comments
    Links:
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/primal-ache-what-adam-smith-knew-about-inequality

[8]Guess What's Cooking In The Garage
    Links:
      8. http://b.rw/LsGJfO

Jack Hitt | Popsci | 22 May 2012

Inside the world of DIY synthetic biology. Where amateurs attempt
  genetic engineering in homemade labs. Will it lead to a wave of
  scientific breakthroughs, and valuable new life forms? Or a new
  generation of Dr Frankensteins? [9]Comments
    Links:
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/guess-whats-cooking-garage

[10]The Time Britain Slid Into Chaos
    Links:
      10. http://b.rw/JhaU9M

Michael Wood | BBC | 25 May 2012

Divisive inequality of wealth; rising unemployment and inflation;
  anarchist riots on the streets of Europe; rise of extremist political
  parties. 2012? No, 5th Century AD. What can fall of the Roman empire
  tell us about euro crisis? [11]Comments
    Links:
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/time-britain-slid-chaos

[12]In The Beginning Was The Mudskipper?
    Links:
      12. http://b.rw/LsKcen

Carl Zimmer | Loom | 23 May 2012

Another magnificent piece of writing from Zimmer. This time on arctic
  adventurers, fish, and "one of the most crucial transitions in history
  of life": How the first tetrapods emerged from water, and started to
  move about on dry land [13]Comments
    Links:
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/beginning-was-mudskipper

[14]Why Private Equity Firms Like Bain Really Are The Worst Of Capitalism
    Links:
      14. http://b.rw/KS8GyL

Josh Kosman | Rolling Stone | 23 May 2012

A rant, yes, but enjoyable. "Romney wants us to believe that critics of
  private equity are against capitalism. They’re not. They’re against a
  predatory system created and perpetuated by Wall Street solely to pump
  its own profits" [15]Comments
    Links:
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-private-equity-firms-bain-really-are-worst-capitalism

[16]Take Me To Your Lieder
    Links:
      16. http://b.rw/LgaOTM

Stephen Fry | New Adventures | 24 May 2012

On Dietrich Fischer Dieskau, and why classical music is worth the
  learning curve. "You’ll hate it at first perhaps. But leave it on.
  Leave it on over the next few days and suddenly, it will steal into you
  and never leave you" [17]Comments
    Links:
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/take-me-your-lieder

FiveBooks Interview

[18]Tariq Ramadan on Islam in the West
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tariq-ramadan-on-islam-west

The Islamic scholar and commentator tells us what it means to be Muslim
  and Western, and explains how mainstream views get trapped between
  noisy extremism and a sensation-seeking media [19]Read on
    Links:
      19. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/tariq-ramadan-on-islam-west

Featured Special Report

[20]The Death Penalty
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/reports/death-penalty

To kill or not to kill? [21]Read on
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/reports/death-penalty

Reader Recommendations

prospect_uk A new book on evolution by a great biologist makes a slew
  of mistakes, says @RichardDawkins [22]t.co/P7vfXb3i [23]#browsings
  [24]More like this
    Links:
      22. http://t.co/P7vfXb3i
      23. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      24. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Day

[25]Book of the Day
    Links:
      25. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/tormented-hope-by-brian-dillon

[26]Tormented Hope by Brian Dillon
    Links:
      26. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/tormented-hope-by-brian-dillon

[27]Louise Foxcroft says: “Brian Dillon is very good at relating things
  to the personal. He looks with enormous insight at the idea of
  hypochondria” [28]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      27. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/louise-foxcroft-on-history-medicine-and-addiction
      28. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks/archive

Video of the Day

[29]How To Tell You're An Atheist
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/videos/how-tell-youre-atheist

Daniel Dennett speaks
  [30]More videos
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Day

[31]Will Wilkinson, on virtue
    Links:
      31. http://bigthink.com/ideas/gopnik-vs-gotschall-on-stories

"Behaving morally in the moment has little to do with sympathy and a
    lot to do with one's immoral options simply not coming to mind"

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

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