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Writing Worth Reading
* The Limits Of Science
Anthony Gottlieb | Intelligent Life | 12 September 2010
Science prides itself on making progress by falsifying past theories. So
why do scientists keep on insisting that they are right, when history
may very well prove them wrong?
* From Consumers, To Shoppers
Michael Powell | Savage Minds | 6 September 2010
Anthropologist working in retail industry explains economy of "shopper
marketing"—which is to say, marketing to people who are already inside
the store, where "70% of brand selections are made"
* Big Pharma's "Thought Leaders"
Carl Elliott | Chronicle Review | 12 September 2010
Funny, insightful account of how drug companies recruit and manipulate
high-profile academics to lead marketing campaigns, speak at
conferences. It's partly about money, but more about vanity
* The View From Above
James Scott | Cato Unbound | 8 September 2010
Intricate, fascinating essay arguing that the modern state's desire to
identify, categorise, administer, tax everything within its domain, led
to the obligatory naming of roads, places, people
* Should The Dream Ever Sour
George Packer | New Yorker | 10 September 2010
Sad reflection on political fall-out from 9/11. America has surrendered
to paranoia and demagoguery. Obama is losing his grip on the country,
because he's too sane for these times
* Case Of The Pope
Terry Eagleton | Guardian | 11 September 2010
How Canon Law shields paedophile priests. "One reason for the huge
amount of child abuse is that the perpetrators know they will almost
certainly get away with it"
* Man Who Defined Singapore
Seth Mydans | NYT | 10 September 2010
Interview with Lee Kuan Yew, now 87. Reflective, vulnerable, still
combative. "I’m not saying that everything I did was right, but
everything I did was for an honorable purpose"
* Browning Of American Islam
C.M. Naim | Outlook India | 10 September 2010
Obvious point, well made. Why does US media treat Islam as a recent
Middle Eastern import? Through African-Americans, Islam has been part of
America for centuries
* Thilo Sarrazin's Truths
Matthias Matussek | Spiegel | 10 September 2010
On central banker sacked for anti-Muslim views. "You can't cast away
what the man embodies: the anger of a German people tired of being
cursed at when they offer to help foreigners to integrate"
* Topic: (Against) Childbearing
Why do we bother? Does it make us happy? Should we stop? Why are boys
valued more highly? Experts... Continue reading...
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