Newsletter 790

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Best of the Moment

How To Stop Hospitals From Killing Us

Marty Makary | WSJ | 21 September 2012

If as a patient you had to choose between hospitals, on what would you base your decision? Clinical excellence? How would you know? Many just go for the place with the best parking. So here are five ways to improve healthcare Comments (


Paul Graham | Paul Graham | 22 September 2012

"Being newly founded does not in itself make a company a startup. Nor is it necessary for a startup to work on technology, or take venture funding. The only essential thing is growth. Everything else follows from growth" Comments (

How Paul Ryan Convinced Washington Of His Genius

Alec MacGillis | New Republic | 14 September 2012

"Paul Ryan stands as the Republican Party’s big thinker, its philosopher prince." Except he's not really a big thinker. "Rather, he’s a keen observer of Washington’s political culture who has become good—very good—at exploiting it" Comments (

Sherwood Syndrome

Hugh Thomson | Aeon | 17 September 2012

"The idea that England 3,000 years ago was already as suburban as the outskirts of Basildon has not been absorbed into the popular consciousness." Bronze Age farmers largely deforested the country by 1000BCE, long before Romans Comments (

Sex In The 60s

Joyce Wadler | NYT | 19 September 2012

When you're a woman in your twenties, it's raining men. But when you hit your sixties, there's a drought. Men of your age are all chasing women in their forties. Or wearing themselves out trying to hold down a job. Or dead Comments (

What Happens To Stolen Bicycles?

Rohin Dhar | Priceonomics | 28 August 2012

"Used bikes aren’t particularly liquid or in demand compared to other things one could steal (phones, drugs). Yet bikes continue to get stolen, so they must be generating sufficient income for thieves. What happens to them?" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Brian Leiter on Nietzsche

Relativist, atheist, existentialist, Nazi. All have been said of Nietzsche, some with more reason than others. We asked a Nietzsche expert to explain the appeal of the controversial philosopher Read on (


Human Modification

Scientists are experimenting with different ways to enhance humans. What's possible? And what may be possible in the future? Does messing with Mother Nature raise ethical questions? Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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How to Lie with Statistics  by Darrell Huff

Jason Zweig says ( : “ This is a terrific introduction to critical thinking about statistics, for people who haven’t taken a class in statistics” FiveBooks Archive (

Video of the Day

Homer Votes 2012


"Why do we have to choose our leaders? Isn't that what we have the Supreme Court for?" More videos (

Quote of the Day

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, on aphorism (

A good maxim allows you to have the last word without even starting a conversation

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