Weekly newsletter 48

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[1]A selection of our best article links of the week, plus featured
  FiveBooks interviews, videos, quotations and more.
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Best of the Week

[5]I'm Being Followed
      5. http://b.rw/z50QNZ

Alexis Madrigal | Atlantic | 29 February 2012

"The best minds of my generation are thinking about how to make people
  click ads." 105 companies (at least) are tracking your browsing habits
  for money. It's why most web sites can seem free. You should probably
  know about it [6]Comments
      6. http://thebrowser.com/articles/im-being-followed

[7]The Siege Of September 13
      7. http://b.rw/zNZ34s

Matthieu Aikins | GQ | 5 March 2012

Gripping inside account of 20-hour siege on American embassy in Kabul,
  days after 10th anniversary of 9/11. "The fiction of common interests
  that has underpinned US-Pakistani relations is wearing thin"
      8. http://thebrowser.com/articles/siege-september-13

[9]Why The Future Of Neuroscience Will Be Emotionless
      9. http://b.rw/whHlYY

Sam McNerney | Why We Reason | 5 March 2012

The great debate over how we make decisions just took a new turn.
  Neuroscientists have argued over relative influence of reason and
  emotions. But a new paper raises a critical issue: Can we even agree
  what emotions are? It seems not [10]Comments
      10. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-future-neuroscience-will-be-emotionless

[11]Who Would God Vote For?
      11. http://b.rw/zKuWv1

Adam Curtis | BBC | 6 March 2012

"In the 1970s everything changed. For that was the moment when religion
  was deliberately brought into politics in both America and Iran with
  the aim of using it as a revolutionary force." Curtis tells the story
  of how it happened [12]Comments
      12. http://thebrowser.com/articles/who-would-god-vote

[13]Economics In The Crisis
      13. http://b.rw/zuSlK3

Paul Krugman | NYT | 5 March 2012

"Times of economic disturbance and disorder, of crisis and chaos, are
  times when economic analysis is especially likely to be wrong. Yet such
  times are also when economics is most useful." Full transcript of
  recent Krugman speech [14]Comments
      14. http://thebrowser.com/articles/economics-crisis

[15]How Three Germans Are Cloning The Web
      15. http://b.rw/yvLnyo

Caroline Winter | Businessweek | 2 March 2012

"The most admirable entrepreneurs are those with original ideas, ja?
  It's a unique gift that you either have or you don't." Says Oliver
  Samwer, one of three brothers who do not have ideas. They just copy
  others. And make billions [16]Comments
      16. http://thebrowser.com/articles/how-three-germans-are-cloning-web

[17]Our Great Moral Decline
      17. http://b.rw/w9Zt4o

RM | Economist | 2 March 2012

Really? Let's have a look at crime rate, abortion, charitable giving,
  affiliation with religion and out-of-wedlock births. And, while we're
  at it, let's think about what "moral" really means. Sober, sensible,
  interesting analysis [18]Comments
      18. http://thebrowser.com/articles/our-great-moral-decline

[19]1984 Vs Brave New World
      19. http://b.rw/Aa4Soj

Aldous Huxley | Letters Of Note | 6 March 2012

Remarkable letter from Huxley to Orwell, written in 1949. "I feel that
  the nightmare of Nineteen Eighty-Four is destined to modulate into the
  nightmare of a world having more resemblance to that which I imagined
  in Brave New World" [20]Comments
      20. http://thebrowser.com/articles/1984-vs-brave-new-world

FiveBooks Interview

[21]Adam Gopnik on Favourite Essay Collections
      21. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/adam-gopnik-on-favourite-essay-collections

What makes a great essayist? What had it, who didn’t? And whose work
  left the biggest mark on the New Yorker? A longtime writer for the
  magazine picks out five masters of the craft [22]Read on
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/adam-gopnik-on-favourite-essay-collections

Featured Topic

[23]Israel and Iran
      23. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Will Israel bomb Iran? What is it telling the US, and what will
  Washington do? And where does Iran stand? [24]Read on
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/israel-and-iran

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav Sarah Ellison: Has The Washington Post Lost Its Way? | Business
  | Vanity Fair [25]t.co/G0blkHU3 via @VanityFair [26]#browsings [27]More
  like this
      25. http://t.co/G0blkHU3
      26. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      27. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[28]Book of the Day
      28. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/good-soldier-by-ford-madox-ford

[29]The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/good-soldier-by-ford-madox-ford

[30]Alexandra Harris says: It really is a sad story, about four people
  – two couples – who are at a German spa resort, in love with the wrong
  people [31]FiveBooks Archive
      30. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/alexandra-harris-on-modernism
      31. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[32]Keep Calm And Carry On
      32. http://thebrowser.com/videos/keep-calm-and-carry

You've got the tea-mug. Here's the story [33]More videos
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[34]Robert Shiller, on virtue
      34. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-08/finance-logic-can-banish-corruption-part-4-commentary-by-robert-shiller.html

"Our desire for praise can be truly satisfied only if we deserve it.
    No one is satisfied merely to look praiseworthy"

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

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