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Best of the Week

[5]Religion In The 21st Century
    Links:
      5. http://b.rw/pKwwiN

Anonymous | Philosopher's Beard | 22 October 2011

"Religion has been brought low by its old enemies, philosophy and politics.
  Religion persists and is even popular. But it is now in the mind, a matter
  of personal belief projected outwards. In short, religion is now secular"
  [6]Comments
    Links:
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/religion-21st-century

[7]David Graeber, The Anti-Leader Of Occupy Wall Street
    Links:
      7. http://b.rw/vIdIou

Drake Bennett | Businessweek | 26 October 2011

"David Graeber likes to say that he had three goals for the year: Promote
  his book, learn to drive, and launch a worldwide revolution. The first is
  going well, the second has proven challenging, and the third is looking up"
  [8]Comments
    Links:
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/david-graeber-anti-leader-occupy-wall-street

[9]Deep Intellect
    Links:
      9. http://b.rw/u0uPGq

Sy Montgomery | Orion | 25 October 2011

What goes on in the mind of an octopus? "As we gazed into each other’s eyes,
  Athena encircled my arms with hers, latching on with first dozens, then
  hundreds of her sensitive, dexterous suckers. She changed colour beneath my
  touch" [10]Comments
    Links:
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/deep-intellect

[11]Control Rights (And Wrongs)
    Links:
      11. http://b.rw/usPzdb

Andrew Haldane | Bank Of England | 24 October 2011

General theory of bank crises in past century. Bankers don't really answer
  to anybody. "Ownership and control rights are exercised by shareholders. But
  for banks, equity is a vanishingly small fraction of their balance sheet"
  [12]Comments
    Links:
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/control-rights-and-wrongs

[13]Richard Stallman: Speaker Visit
    Links:
      13. http://b.rw/tZZv2E

Richard Stallman | My Society | 20 October 2011

All public speakers could learn something from this—if only how modest their
  own demands are. Co-founder of free software movement will happily address
  your meeting, so long as every last detail is exactly how he wants it
  [14]Comments
    Links:
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/richard-stallman-speaker-visit

[15]How The Potato Changed The World
    Links:
      15. http://b.rw/useIp1

Charles Mann | Smithsonian | 19 October 2011

Fascinating history of humble spud. Originally from Andes; taken to Europe
  by Spanish. French blamed it for flatulence, English feared it brought Roman
  Catholicism. Bread price rises helped it catch on. Doubled Europe's food
  supply [16]Comments
    Links:
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-potato-changed-world

[17]6 Guys In A Capsule
    Links:
      17. http://b.rw/tJZWyU

Bill Donahue | Wired | 21 October 2011

"The Institute for Biomedical Problems is a world leader in the torture of
  isolation." But even it has never tried anything like this before. Locking
  six brave men in a tiny capsule. For 520 days. To test our ability to reach
  Mars [18]Comments
    Links:
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/6-guys-capsule

[19]The Myths Of Christian Europe
    Links:
      19. http://b.rw/rhcLfP

Kenan Malik | Pandaemonium | 20 October 2011

Excellent essay. The liberal, democratic values we hold dear aren't so
  rooted in Christianity as we might think. So any weakening of Christianity
  in Europe won't erode those values. But crass alarmism about Islam might
  [20]Comments
    Links:
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/myths-christian-europe

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Jonathon Green on Slang
    Links:
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang

It’s dirty, grubby and doubting. And us at our most real. The lexicographer
  takes us inside the world of “rough, truthful language” from rhyming slang
  and cant to the streets of Baltimore and an etymology of the f-word [22]Read
  on
    Links:
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/jonathon-green-on-slang

Featured Topic

[23]Euro On The Brink
    Links:
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

What's going wrong with the euro? Can the problem be contained? If so, how?
  And what if it isn't? Read on to find out [24]Read on
    Links:
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/euro-brink

Reader Recommendations

_@prospect_uk_: In which Steven Pinker owns up to whiling away his mornings
  reading _@thebrowser_: http://t.co/7AHWS5wr [26]#browsings [27]More like
  this
    Links:
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
    Links:
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/play-dreams-and-imitation-childhood-by-jean-piaget

[29]Play, Dreams and Imitation in Childhood by Jean Piaget
    Links:
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/play-dreams-and-imitation-childhood-by-jean-piaget

[30]Dorothy Singer says: Piaget’s books evolved from his observations about
  his own children. He kept detailed records of everything his children did
  [31]FiveBooks Archive
    Links:
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/play-dreams-and-imitation-childhood-by-jean-piaget
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]David Calvo Juggles And Solves Rubik's Cubes
    Links:
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/david-calvo-juggles-and-solves-rubiks-cubes

At the same time. Impressive, you must admit
  [33]More videos
    Links:
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]John Le Carré, on adaptations
    Links:
      34. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117945968?refcatid=31

"Seeing your book turned into a movie is like seeing your oxen turned into
    bouillon cubes"

[35]More quotes
    Links:
      35. http://thebrowser.com/quotations

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