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Galileo’s Middle Finger

As is true of any human endeavor, the pursuit of science cannot be entirely objective — ideology and economics inevitably play roles.

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The Teaching Brain

This book asks the questions at the root of education: What is teaching? How does it take place? What is the process? And the question at the heart of the matter: How does teaching differ from learning?

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 READ MORE



Data and Goliath

It was actually the corporate world that built a “massive Internet eavesdropping system,” a new book notes, and the NSA just tapped into it. “It’s less Big Brother, and more hundreds of tattletale little brothers.”

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



The Dig

Cynan Jones’ powerful new novel uses the idea of the badger and the sett—its den—as an allegory “for the way we try to create a safe space for ourselves and the things we care for, and how some external force can break into and destroy that.”

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



The Buried Giant

A new book by Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novels defy classification, is set in a medieval wilderness, complete with dragons and wizards. But as in all his invented worlds, what interests Ishiguro is the abiding human heart.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Being Mortal

Surgeon and public health expert Atul Gawande writes in his book on facing the final phase of life that “as people’s capacities wane ... making their lives better often requires curbing our purely medical imperatives. ... When should we try to fix and when should we not?”

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE



Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy

As the surveillance state has harnessed the very technologies that were supposed to liberate us, a new book explores the shadowy world of Anonymous, an online “community” that has targeted corporations and governments guilty of perceived offenses against digital liberty.

Posted on Mar 6, 2015 READ MORE



Albert Camus: Past and Present

Camus remains the writer who always speaks to individuals, never to groups. He remains perpetually relevant without ever quite being fashionable.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed

In 1946 Paul Robeson told President Truman that if the government refused to defend its black citizens, blacks would have to defend themselves. A new book, and history, reveal why Robeson’s words were so tragically prophetic.

Posted on Feb 6, 2015 READ MORE



The Age of Cryptocurrency

A new book examines Bitcoin, a “highly disruptive technology” that has the modest goal of “freeing people from the tyranny of centralized trust.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE


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