The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Trouble With Brain Science In the New York Times, Gary Marcus writes about the fundamental issue facing neuroscience today, its inability to link psychology to brain biology and the need for a great burst of insight into the problem.

William Horace de Vere Cole On Sniggle, the Sniggler writes about an early-2oth century prankster whose exploits include posing as the Sultan of Zanzibar in order to receive a free dinner.

Why We're Obsessed with the 10,000-Hour Rule In Outside, Erin Beresini writes about a recent study that debunks the idea that the pinnacle of a pursuit can be achieved simply through practice or training.

Cheap at sea, pricey on the plate: The voodoo of lobster economics In the Globe and Mail, Ian Brown provides a flip assessment of the costs included in catching lobster and delivering it to the restaurant table.

Nightmare on Elm Drive In a 190 article in Vanity Fair, Dominick Dunne writes about the murder of Jose and Kitty Menendez in the midst of the trial of their two sons, who were later convicted of killing their parents for their inheritance.

Disabled often banned from voting For the Associated Press, Michael R. Blood writes about the battle between governments and advocates for the disabled over what constitutes a cognitive impairment that is pronounced enough to warrant removal of one's constitutional right to vote.

Visit the bridal shop where an embalmed corpse models the dresses On Road Trippers, Greg Newkirk writes about the rumored preserved corpse from the 1930s that still models bridal gowns in the window of a shop in Chihuahua today.

Book Review: The Drugs Don't Work? Antipsychotics, Big Pharma and Psychiatry On the PLOS Blogs, Seena Fazel reviews a book written from the position that the effectiveness (and the mechanisms for any effects that do exist) of antipsychotic drugs are overhyped and little understood.

After small crash, a long, costly court battle In the Philadelphia Inquirer, Craig R. McCoy writes about the two decade-long court battle carried out by Nationwide against a $25,000 claim.

The Old Old Earth On National Geographic's Loom blog, Michael Zimmer writes about the modern confusion over the role religion had in shaping early science and over the beliefs and knowledge Medieval and Renaissance scientists had.

How to Choose? In Aeon magazine, Michael Schulson writes about the great lengths cultures around the world have gone to bring a veiled versions of chance into their decision making, which not only liberates them from culpability in making incorrect choices but also improves their probability of success.

Tiki Hangover: Unearthing the False Idols of America's South Seas Fantasy In Collectors Weekly, Hunter Oatman-Stanford interviews Tiki culture expert Sven Kirsten on the truth and fiction between the mid-century Tiki craze in post-war America.

Instinctive Drowning Response On Wikipedia, an entry on how the actual appearance of a drowning victim differs from the perceived obvious thrashing and cries for help.

When the Boss Says, 'Don't Tell Your Co-workers How Much You Get Paid' In The Atlantic, Jonathan Timm writes about the far-reaching effects of employers (illegally) mandating their employees refrain from speaking to one another about their salaries.

When Chevron Subpoenas an Amnesty International Activist On Amnesty International's site, Simon Billenness writes about his private communications regarding organizing against Chevron being subpoenaed by the company as part of an ongoing $9 billion action against the oil company.

Yes, Cheetos, Funnel Cake and Domino's Are Approved School Lunch Items On Mother Jones, Kiera Butler writes about a recent visit to the School Nutrition Association's national conference.

**Update: In a previous version of this post, I mistakenly said Allstate was the insurance company fighting the $25,000 claim in the Inquirer article. Nationwide is the insurance company in question.