Weekly newsletter 58

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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

[6]The 1 Percent’s Problem
      6. http://b.rw/LJEGnX

Joseph Stiglitz | Vanity Fair | 31 May 2012

"There are good reasons why plutocrats should care about inequality —
  even if they’re thinking only about themselves. The rich do not exist
  in a vacuum. They need a functioning society around them to sustain
  their position" [7]Comments
      7. http://thebrowser.com/articles/1-percent’s-problem

[8]Jonathan Franzen: The Path To Freedom
      8. http://b.rw/KqD8Bl

Jonathan Franzen | Guardian | 25 May 2012

"I'm going to address four unpleasant questions that novelists often
  get asked. They're maddening not just because we hear them so often but
  also because, with one exception, they're difficult to answer and,
  therefore, worth asking" [9]Comments
      9. http://thebrowser.com/articles/jonathan-franzen-path-freedom

[10]The Descent Of Edward Wilson
      10. http://b.rw/KSg11g

Richard Dawkins | Prospect | 23 May 2012

Dawkins reviews EO Wilson's new title "The Social Conquest of Earth".
  He's not impressed: "To borrow from Dorothy Parker, this is not a book
  to be tossed lightly aside. It should be thrown with great force. And
  sincere regret" [11]Comments
      11. http://thebrowser.com/articles/descent-edward-wilson

[12]Secret 'Kill List' Proves A Test Of Obama's Principles And Will
      12. http://b.rw/KY269V

Jo Becker & Scott Shane | NYT | 29 May 2012

"Mr Obama has placed himself at the helm of a top secret 'nominations'
  process to designate terrorists for kill or capture, of which the
  capture part has become largely theoretical." Current and former
  advisers explain how it works [13]Comments
      13. http://thebrowser.com/articles/secret-kill-list-proves-test-obamas-principles-and-will

[14]Music: It's In Your Head, Changing Your Brain
      14. http://b.rw/MUZ76R

Elizabeth Landau | CNN | 28 May 2012

On the science of music. Why do songs get stuck in our heads? What's
  the connection between memory and music? Can monkeys recognise beats?
  Why is it so difficult for musicians to start playing a song from a
  random point in the tune? [15]Comments
      15. http://thebrowser.com/articles/music-its-your-head-changing-your-brain

[16]Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World
      16. http://b.rw/L223xT

Wil Hylton | NYT | 30 May 2012

"Each of the bugs will have a mission. Some will be designed to devour
  things, like pollution. Others will generate food and fuel." But all
  will share one extraordinary feature: They will be custom engineered,
  from synthetic DNA [17]Comments
      17. http://thebrowser.com/articles/craig-venter’s-bugs-might-save-world

[18]To Cheat Or Not To Cheat
      18. http://b.rw/JD9X0q

Tom Verducci | Sports Illustrated | 29 May 2012

"This is a story about the hundreds, even thousands, of anonymous
  ballplayers whose careers and lives were changed by a temptation that
  defined an era." The temptation to cheat, to improve their game with
  the use of steroids [19]Comments
      19. http://thebrowser.com/articles/cheat-or-not-cheat

[20]Why We Lie
      20. http://b.rw/Kqv836

Dan Ariely | WSJ | 25 May 2012

"We tend to think that people are either honest or dishonest. But that
  is not how dishonesty works." In a series of experiments, Ariely
  discovers how, why, and by how much people cheat. The answers may
  surprise (h/t Daniel Lippman) [21]Comments
      21. http://thebrowser.com/articles/why-we-lie-0

FiveBooks Interview

[22]Anatole Kaletsky on A New Capitalism
      22. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anatole-kaletsky-on-new-capitalism

We need to build an entirely new market system, not just patch up the
  old one, says the economics commentator, who discusses the long-term
  fallout of the financial crisis and possible futures for the eurozone
  [23]Read on
      23. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/anatole-kaletsky-on-new-capitalism

Featured Topic

[24]Air Travel
      24. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Airlines opened to us a world of thrilling possibility. But, for many,
  flying is still a terrifying prospect. Crashes, though rare, do happen.
  And then there are the security procedures bequeathed to us by 9/11
  [25]Read on
      25. http://thebrowser.com/reports/air-travel

Reader Recommendations

@nuzav Queen's diamond jubilee: a vapid family and a mirage of
  nationhood. What's to celebrate? | Polly Toynbee [26]t.co/InvpOi7I
  [27]#browsings [28]More like this
      26. http://t.co/InvpOi7I
      27. https://twitter.com/search?q=#browsings
      28. http://thebrowser.com/browsings

Book of the Week

[29]Book of the Day
      29. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/what-does-it-all-mean-by-thomas-nagel

[30]What Does It All Mean? by Thomas Nagel
      30. http://thebrowser.com/recommended/what-does-it-all-mean-by-thomas-nagel

[31]Nigel Warburton says: “Nagel goes through all the major areas of
  philosophy with a very light touch. The writing is almost Orwellian in
  its simplicity and directness” [32]FiveBooks Archive
      31. http://thebrowser.com/interviews/nigel-warburton-on-introductions-philosophy
      32. http://thebrowser.com/fivebooks

Video of the Week

[33]Measuring The Universe
      33. http://thebrowser.com/videos/measuring-universe

A short geometry lesson
  [34]More videos
      34. http://thebrowser.com/videos

Quote of the Week

[35]Nassim Nicholas Taleb, on medicine
      35. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2012/05/noise-and-signal-nassim-taleb

"If you want to accelerate someone’s death, give him a personal

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

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