The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

A New Physics Theory of Life In a 2014 article in Quanta, Natalie Wolchover writes about a fascinating hypothesis that entropy is the driver of life and evolution.

The Freedom to Screw Up and Be Called Out On Screwing Up On Storify, Joe Garden assembles a series of his tweets that explore the freedom and responsibility for speaking one's mind (Note: contains offensive speech).

Mute Button In the New Yorker, George Packer writes about the insidious nature and effects of self-censorship.

Keills Chapel: The Shadows of Time On The Hazel Tree, Jo Woolf writes about a visit to a 12th-century Scottish church that bears even older grave markers.

Crowds Are Much Smarter Than We Suspected On Smithsonian, Michael Bond writes about the virtually unconscious behavior of crowds of humans.

Can we harness telepathy for good? On Aeon, Kat McGowan warns that the ability to read one another's minds would likely be a really bad thing, despite recent innovation in machine-enabled telepathy.

Jun: Nobody Wants Us to Know About It In a 2010 post on Elephant Journal, Emma Blue writes about jun, a fermented drink that is a relative to kombucha the recipe for which is kept under close secret.

Eileen Gray: A Life Restored On More Intelligent Life, Michael Watts writes about the designer Eileen Gray, whose life and career are lately being reexamined to her posthumous benefit.

Rolling Stone and UVA: The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Report Rolling Stone publishes a report by Sheila Coronel, Steve Coll and Derek Kravitz examining what led to the bungled and eventually retracted article on rape at the University of Virginia.