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Sunday, June 3

3rd Jun - Weekender: Off-Topics

Definitely entertainment-only.

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A Psychotronic ChildhoodThe New Yorker
Learning from B-movies.

Exclusive: The Paris Review, the Cold War and the CIASalon
Letters discovered by Salon show even deeper Cold War ties between the Paris Review and a U.S. propaganda front

The First Zombie-Proof HouseAll That Is Interesting

Is how to engage with the crackpot at the scientific meeting an ethical question? –  SciAm

Robot ethics: Morals and the machineThe Economist
As robots grow more autonomous, society needs to develop rules to manage them

Obama's Secret Kill Listreason
The essence of our values is the rule of law, not the rule of presidents.

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever TakenBuzzFeed
A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Brain scan: A maverick in flightThe Economist
Burt Rutan, a pioneering and unconventional aerospace engineer, has made a career of doing what other people say is impossible

The will to live forever is central to the human story. Can it be fulfilled? And should we want it to be? Stephen Cave is a philosopher and writer. He is the author of Immortality: the quest to live forever and how It drives civilisation. John Gray is emeritus professor of European thought at LSE and author of The Immortalization Commission: the strange quest to cheat death.

China's Geoeconomic Strategy in a Changing Global OrderLSE (audio)
In an era characterised by economic crisis in the West, what kind of global role does China's geoeconomic strategy aspire to?

Daddy, What Were Compact Discs?NYT
One day, when my children are a little older, I will gather them close and I will tell them about how I lived through the Great Format Wars.

50 Animated GIFs To "Turn On, Tune In, And Drop Out"BuzzFeed

Tuck into our latest round-up of the best psych and neuro links

Eye-catching studies that didn't make the final cut

FiveBooks Interviews: Anne-Marie Slaughter on 21st Century Foreign PolicyThe Browser
The US State Department now spends less than half of its effort on its traditional role of managing state-to-state relations. A former senior official tells us what it’s doing instead

The Self Illusion: How Our Social Brain Constructs Who We Arebrain pickings
Hume was a neuroscientist, or what early aviation has to do with the psychology of identity.

Why Is Memory So Good and So Bad?SciAm
Explaining the memory paradox

Meet ‘Flame,’ The Massive Spy Malware Infiltrating Iranian ComputersWired
A massive, highly sophisticated piece of malware has been newly found infecting systems in Iran and elsewhere and is believed to be part of a well-coordinated, ongoing, state-run cyberespionage operation.

Beauties of the Sea: Behold the World’s Finest SuperyachtsWired
Even among the most luxurious of pleasure boats, some yachts are finer than others. And the finest of them all win the coveted Neptune Trophy, given out at the World Superyacht Awards.

The Fake Magazines Used in Blade Runner Are Still Futuristic, AwesomeThe Atlantic
Beautiful and cool magazines purportedly from the movie Blade Runner are circling the Internet. But are they real?

The Man Who Makes the Future: Wired Icon Marc AndreessenWired

My war: How I got irony in the infantryHarper’s Magazine