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* Order Of Creation
Anthony Gottlieb | Economist | 9 September 2010
Brisk, lethal takedown of Stephen Hawking's latest book on "grand
design" of universe. Wrong about history. Wrong about philosophy.
Probably wrong about science too. "This is physics by sound-bite"
* A Patient's Journey
Stefan Spies | BMJ | 7 September 2010
The journey is towards death. The patient is Stefan Spies, a man of 27
wasting away with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. "Of course, I wish I
could recover, but that does not appear to be a possibility"
* Obituary: Michael Burn
Anonymous | Telegraph | 6 September 2010
Admired Hitler. Commando, war hero. Prisoner in Colditz. Saved Audrey
Hepburn's life. Lover of Guy Burgess. Poet and novelist. Ran North Wales
mussel-farming co-operative. Died at 97
* Castro, Cuba, And Dolphins
Jeffrey Goldberg | Atlantic | 8 September 2010
Day two of this Cuban diary is even better than day one. We visit the
dolphinarium with Castro, and meet Che Guevara's daughter. Who knew
Goldberg was the new Bill Bryson?
* Ex Nihilo Nihil Fit
Robert Mankoff | New Yorker | 8 September 2010
An illustrated explanation of how cartoonists get their ideas. "All new
cartoons are variations, extensions, or combinations of existing
cartoons, with enough of a twist to count as different"
* Democracy After Citizens United
Lawrence Lessig | Boston Review | 7 September 2010
US Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to spend freely on
political causes strengthens an "economy of corruption" in Congress.
Extraordinary that court could think otherwise
* Topic: US Foreign Policy
Henry Kissinger, Paul Kennedy and other experts look ahead to a nuclear
Iran, a rising China, and... Continue reading...
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