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  Life with Purpose, by Philip Ball and Sally Davies (editor)

  Is Inequality Inevitable? by Bruce M. Boghosian

  What Teaching Ethics in Appalachia Taught Me About Bridging America's Partisan Divide, by Evan Mandery

  Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth

  The Heart of Owl Abbas, by Kathleen Jennings

  Was Shakespeare a Woman?, by Elizabeth Winkler

  Gene Wolfe Turned Science Fiction into High Art, by Brian Phillips

  The Coming Software Apocalypse, by James Somers

  Mathematics for Human Flourishing, by Francis Su

  Where do minds belong? by Caleb Scharf

  Why Do We Work So Hard? by Ryan Avent

  Three Paradoxes of Big Data, by Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King

  The Real Privacy Problem, by Evgeny Morozov

  Review: Thomas Pynchon's "Bleeding Edge", by David Auerbach

  Physics: Quantum Quest, by Philip Ball

  The Structure of Scientific Revolutions at Fifty, by Matthew C. Rees

  Money Unlimited: How Chief Justice John Roberts Orchestrated the Citizens United Decision, by Jeffrey Toobin

  The Social Graph is Neither, by Maciej Ceglowski

  Icarus, or, the Future of Science, by Bertrand Russell

  Daedalus, or, Science and the Future, by J. B. S. Haldane

  The Ecstasy of Influence: A Plagiarism, by Jonathan Lethem

  A History of Violence, by Steven Pinker

  Quantum Computing for the Determined, by Michael Nielsen

  How to Land Your Kid in Therapy, by Lori Gottlieb

  Wikihistory, by Desmond Warzel

  The Raft on Our Backs, by Nakul Krishna

  Capital Gains, by Rana Dasgupta

  Sweet Smell of Success, by Siddhartha Deb

  A Tunisian-Egyptian Link that Shook Arab History, by David D. Kirkpatrick and David E. Sanger

  Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail? by Matt Taibbi

  This is Your Brain on Metaphors, by Robert Sapolsky

  What Happened to the Hominids Who May Have Been Smarter Than Us? by Gary Lynch and Richard Granger

  Rediscovering Central Asia, by S. Frederick Starr

  36 Arguments for the Existence of God, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein

  The Status of the P Versus NP Problem, by Lance Fortnow

  Why Capitalism Fails, by Stephen Mihm

  Gordon Brown's formal apology to Alan Turing

  How Did Economists Get It So Wrong? by Paul Krugman

  How American Healthcare Killed My Father, by David Goldhill

  How Does Language Shape The Way We Think?, by Lera Boroditsky

  50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice, by Geoffrey K. Pullum

  How Wood Works: The Riches and Limits of James Wood, by William Deresiewicz

  In Defense of Piracy, by Lawrence Lessig

  The Real Great Depression, by Scott Reynolds Nelson

  The Next Generation of Neural Networks, by Geoffrey Hinton (video)

  Does Time Run Backward in Other Universes? by Sean M. Carroll

  The Betrayal of Judas, by Thomas Bartlett

  Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics: Public Lectures Archive

  I and My Brother Against My Cousin, by Stanley Kurtz

  Babel's Dawn, by Edmund Blair Bolles

  The Beckoning Promise of Personal Fabrication, by Neil Gershenfeld (video)

  Twilight of the books, by Caleb Crain

  Poetry Stand, by Douglas Goetsch

  The New New Philosophy, by Kwame Anthony Appiah

  Introduction to the Singular Value Decomposition, by Todd Will

  Picbreeder

  Canon in D Guitar, by Jerry Chang (video)

  India's Middle-Class Failure, by Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad

  Debunking third-world myths with the best stats you've ever seen, by Hans Rosling (video)

  Life Sentences: The US tour of Gunter Grass, by David Streitfeld

  Blows Against the Empire: The Return of Philip K. Dick, by Adam Gopnik

  'Mem, Mem, Mem', by Paul West

  The Ideological Animal, by Jay Dixit

  Science and the Islamic World - the quest for rapprochement, by Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

  Our Biotech Future, by Freeman Dyson

  Making Aliens, by Athena Andreadis

  Orion's Arm

  On Point: The Big Rumble Over the Big Bang: Tom Ashbrook hosts Neil Turok and Alan Guth

  Call Their Tax: Why not tie carbon taxes to actual levels of warming? by Ross McKitrick

  Impasse in India, by Pankaj Mishra (A review of Martha Nussbaum's book, The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India's Future)

  Mixed Feelings, by Sunny Bains

  Veiled Intolerance, by Richard Wolin

  The Importance of Zero in Destroying the Scarcity Myth in Economics, by Michael Masnick

  Review of The Access Principle, by Scott Aaronson (Writings)

  Robert J. Lang's Origami

  Escher (and other things) with Lego, by Andrew Lipson

  24: The tense and thrilling ICML version

  Google Research Picks for Videos of the Year

  What about Mozart? What about Murder? by Howard S. Becker

  A Five Minute Guide to Opposing DRM, by Bruce Byfield

  Foolproof, by Brian Hayes

  Sugata Mitra's Hole in the Wall Experiment

  Can you tick off Tolstoy? by Alex Clark

  The Problem with Music by Steve Albini

  The Biology of B-Movie Monsters by Michael C. LaBarbera

  The Hutter Prize for Compressing Human Knowledge and its Rationale

  How I Met My Wife by Jack Winter

  A bottle-shaped perl program by Andrew Savige

  A logarithmic image transformation (first used by M. C. Escher) by Jos Leys

  The Book of Sand by Jorge Luis Borges

  A City is not a Tree by Christopher Alexander

  Infinite Reflections by Peter Suber

  The Löwenheim-Skolem Theorem by Peter Suber

  "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" by Paul Limbert Allman

  The Business of Cricket: Of Money and Muscle, by Ashok Malik

  Sasha Aikhenvald on Inuit Snow Words: A Clarification, by Geoffrey Pullum

  On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life by Charles Darwin

  The Journey of Mankind

  Ender's Game, Intention, and Morality by John Kessel

  The Whore of Mensa by Woody Allen

  Quantum information can be negative! by Jonathan Oppenheim

  The Poetry of D. H. Rumsfeld

  Flying Spaghetti Monsterism: An open letter to the Kansas School Board

  Lojban (lozh-BAHN): The Logical Language

  125 Big Questions That Face Scientific Inquiry

  Julian Beever's Pavement Drawings

  Les Horribles Cernettes: The first photo on the internet

  Our Godless Constitution by Brooke Allen

  The Undiscovered Malcolm X: An Interview with Historian Manning Marable

  Literary Darwinism

  Escape from the Universe by Michio Kaku

  Haidinger's Brush: The Unknown Sense

  Telling the Truth in Tariana

  The Museum of Future Inventions

  Blinded by Science: The Dangers of 'Balanced' Coverage

  Biomimetic robots: A photo gallery by Roland Piquepaille

  Global to local: The social future as seen by six SF writers

  Property, Intellectual Property and Free Riding by Mark A. Lemley

  23 Yards: Amit Varma's cricket blog

  Synthetic Serendipity by Vernor Vinge

  The most advanced bots (July 2004)

  Cory Doctorow on Digital Rights Management

  What's your law?

  Shakespeare's sonnets

  The three laws of [book-to-film] adaptations and The 100 books project

  Shostakovichiana - All about Dmitri Shostakovich

  The Right to Read by Richard Stallman

  A Close Reading of Utah's Spyware Control Act

  Peak Oil

  Steven Weinberg at The New York Review of Books

  A Self-Referential Story by David Moser

  What is it like to be a rock? by Aaron Sloman

  Democracy as a Universal Value by Amartya Sen

  Arts and Letters Daily

  SciTech Daily

  Edge

  McSweeney's

  The Transactional Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics by John G. Cramer

  Dalkey Archive Press

  Modern American Poetry

  Reason Online

  The Internet Top 100 SF/Fantasy List

  The Modern Word