Newsletter 861

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Best of the Moment

The Insourcing Boom

Charles Fishman | Atlantic | 30 November 2012

After years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its appliance manufacturing back to the United States. Here is why it makes business sense to do so, and why others are beginning to follow suit Comments (

Neuroscience Fiction

Gary Marcus | New Yorker | 2 December 2012

"The real problem with neuroscience today isn’t with the science—though plenty of methodological challenges still remain—it’s with the expectations. Neuroscience has yet to find its Newton, let alone its Einstein" Comments (

Hubbard, Mao And Me

Stella Forstner | Hairpin | 3 December 2012

Sinologist, former Scientologist, compares Scientology with Maoism. "Reading those Cultural Revolution memoirs, I felt a kinship to people who were children at a time when the adults in their lives were acting completely insane" Comments (

Hitler’s Logical Holocaust

Timothy Snyder | NYRB | 3 December 2012

Review of recent Holocaust books. Focus on Poland and the Baltics. Murder of Jews on Hitler's agenda from 1933, but he needed a lawless place to carry it out. When Germany grabbed Lithuania from Russia in 1941 he got his chance Comments (’s-logical-holocaust)

Chris Hughes Is About To Turn 100

Carl Swanson | New York | 2 December 2012

Actually, he's 29, though he seems a lot older. And mega-rich from Facebook. Which enabled him to buy the New Republic this year, after failing to buy the New York Review of Books. "He radiates opportunity in an era of disruption" Comments (

A Guide To Understanding The Introverted

Schroeder Veidt | Deviant Art | 21 November 2012

Perfectly safe for work, despite the URL. Mostly pictures, but the words are well chosen too. "It is important for introverts to feel welcome. They don't want to spend their precious energy on people who don't want them around" Comments (

FiveBooks Interview


Peter Ackroyd on London

The historian and biographer of London picks five books that shine a light on parts of this vast, complex and confusing city where, he says, pathos and pantomime meet Read on (


Population and Resources

Will humans run out of natural resources? Is population growth a danger to society? Or will human innovation conquer? You decide Read on (

Reader Recommendations

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Book of the Day

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Video of the Day

The Science Of Persuasion


Animated talk. How to get what you want. If it works, 12 minutes well spent More videos (

Quote of the Day

Tyler Cowen, on France (

Foreigners' view of France, and its charm, would be very different if all of the country's buildings dated from after World War II

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