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Writing Worth Reading
A.C. Grayling | TPM | 25 August 2010
Short, dense, useful essay on limits of neuroscientific tools in
philosophical investigation of the mind. A brain in isolation is not a mind.
A mind must interact with a social and physical environment
Julian Dibbell | MIT Tech Review | 23 August 2010
Outstanding profile of Christopher "moot" Poole, and 4chan, his online
community, where anonymity and lack of rules generates huge, rowdy traffic.
Poole: "People deserve a place to be wrong"
Hair Today, Prime Minister Tomorrow
Soner Cagaptay | Monocle | 24 August 2010
Funny piece, serious point. Working-class Turkish men have moustaches.
Politicians must do same, to get votes. Opposition party doing much better
after dumping clean-shaven leader for man with whiskers
Michael Mandelbaum | Guernica | 24 August 2010
Long, worthwhile essay on repercussions of economic crisis for US foreign
policy. Era of plentiful resources has ended. "Defining fact of foreign
policy in the second decade of the 21st century and beyond will be 'less.'"
Internal Memo: Bedbug
Christian Lorenzen | NY Observer | 24 August 2010
New York infestation story retold from insect's viewpoint. Don't read while
eating. "I can survive without drinking your blood, or your cat's blood, or
anything for an entire year"
Anarchic Republic Of Pakistan
Ahmed Rashid | National Interest | 24 August 2010
"Deep state" of military and intelligence officials, supported by US, is
nourishing terrorism, ruining country. Civilians helpless, politicians
corrupt. "A creeping coup d’état by the forces of darkness"
Bout, Sechin And A Political Firestorm
Yulia Latynina | Moscow Times | 25 August 2010
Scale of Viktor Bout's arms dealing so great that he must have been working
for the Russian government. Which wants him back before the Americans can
Bill Gates's Favorite Teacher
David Kaplan | Fortune | 24 August 2010
Salman Khan quit hedge fund job to launch educational website. Makes video
tutorials in a closet at home. They're short, simple, effective, viral. Bill
Gates calls him "awesome"
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