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4th Jan

Courteousy of Sharon Shasha


The end-of-year carnage continues! Sharon Shasa, proprietor of Tumblr’s Asylum has put together a huge list of her favourite reads from 2012. So far, we’ve only managed to scratch the surface, but here are a few great picks that caught our eye:

How Companies Learn Your Secrets by Charles Duhigg - “If we wanted to figure out if a customer is pregnant, even if she didn’t want us to know, can you do that?”

How I learned a language in 22 hours by Joshua Foer - “He’s never been good with languages, so can Joshua Foer really hope to learn Lingala in a day?”

What Makes Us Happy? by Joshua Wolf Shenk
- “Is there a formula—some mix of love, work, and psychological adaptation—for a good life?”

State of the Species by Charles C. Mann - “Does success spell doom for Homo sapiens?”

Why Women Still Can’t Have It All By Anne-Marie Slaughter - “If we truly believe in equal opportunity for all women, here’s what has to change.”

The Honor System by Chris Jones - Stealing magic has become a commonplace crime. Teller, a man of infinite delicacy and deceit, decided to do something about it.

Guns ‘R Us by Jeanne Marie Laskas - “Where do you go when you need a shiny new Glock or a convenient AK-47?”

The Interpreter by John Colapinto
- “Has a remote Amazonian tribe upended our understanding of language?”

Ego Depletion by David McRaney - The Misconception: Willpower is just a metaphor. The Truth: Willpower is a finite resource.

We’re really looking forward to exploring the full list, and we strongly recommend that you do the same.

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    There are some hidden jewels in the full list. One of my favourite is Why Music, a wonderful piece in The Economist...
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