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Aug 26

Four Great Essays about Ideas -

The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything by Linda Holmes - A mediation on the fact that we will never interact with most of the world’s ideas

Keep Your Identity Small by Paul Graham - How your identity can hijack your ideas

What Defines a Meme? by James Gleick - How ideas spread, multiply and evolve

The Crayola-fication of the World by Aatish Bhatia - How giving things names changes the way we perceive them

Slow Ideas -

by Atul Gawande

Why some great ideas catch on fast while others need a little help

Aug 25

Five Great Articles about the Apocalypse -

We’re All Gonna Die! by Gregg Easterbrook - But it probably won’t be because of biological weapons, runaway nanobots, or global warming. A skeptical guide to the apocalypse.

The Sky Is Falling by Gregg Easterbrook - The odds that we’ll be hit by a giant ball of space rock are 1 in 10. So why aren’t we doing anything about it?

Apocalypse Not by Matt Ridley - Is all this talk of an apocalypse a little alarmist?

Is Humanity Suicidal? by Edward O. Wilson - Are we about to go off a cliff, or does a glorious future await?

Outsmarting the CERNageddon by Erik Vance - Could the Large Hadron Collider suck us into a blakc hole?

The Garbage that Could Kill Us All -

by Bucky McMahon

Is all the plastic we dump in the ocean slowly killing us and shrinking our penises?

Aug 24

Three Great Articles about Twitter -

How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live by Steven Johnson - A Time cover story from way bck in 2009 on the emergent properties of the then shiny new Twitter

Small Change by Malcolm Gladwell - Why the revolution will not tweeted

A Eulogy for Twitter - Is Twitter over?

Trial by Twitter -

by Ariel Levy

What happens when drunk teenagers, sexual violence and the court of public opinion move online…

Aug 18

3 Great Articles about Body Language -

The Naked Face by Malcolm Gladwell - The window to your soul may be easier to unlock than you ever thought possible.

The Art of the Handshake by Tom Chiarella - A perfunctory gesture? Hardly. It defines the exchange. A hands-on study of a subtle craft.”

The Invisible Grip by Tom Chiarella - Maintaining eye contact feels awkward, even creepy. At first. Then it just feels powerful.

Aug 15

The Origin of Laughter, Smiles and Tears -

by Michael Graziano

What can our most distincitve emotional reactions tell us about our evolutionary history?

Aug 14

Two Great Essays about Sex Offenders -

The Making of a Molester by Daniel Bergner - A group of imprisoned child molesters attempt to come to terms with their crimes.

The Rapist Says He’s Sorry by Tom Junod - Can a sexual predator ever be freed safely?

The Teen Pedophile -

by Luke Malone

Meet the founder of a support group for non-offending teen pedophiles who are struggling to find help and control their dark secret.