The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Build-a-brain On Aeon, Michael Graziano lays out his argument in favor of the idea that consciousness arises from neural processes and hence there is no 'hard problem'.

Your Right to Die Isn't Enough On New Republic, Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig argues that the right to die is superseded the inherent value of human life.

Bjarke Ingels could turn Battersea Power Station's chimneys into sparking Tesla coils In de zeen, Marcus Fairs writes about a design company that is converting old power plants into works of public art.

The Rise and Fall of the Human Terrain System On Counterpunch, Roberto A Gonzalez writes about the US military's failed foray into using anthropology for counterinsurgency warfare.

What is a singleton? In a 2006 article in Linguistic and Philosophical Investigations, Nick Bostrom lays out his bet on the course that human cooperation will take in the future.

The Weird Russian Mind Control Research Behind a DHS Contract In a 2007 article in Wired, Sharon Weinberger looks into psychotechnology, a Soviet-era technique the US sought to ostensibly use to root out malicious intent in people.

A section of Pluto is now named 'Cthulu'. Here's why it should have been 'Yuggoth'. On Fusion, Patrick Hogan has a sensible critique of the current state of geek culture.

Drowning in Tudor England: Why was water so dangerous? On History Extra, Jessica Hope writes about why half of accidental deaths in 16th-century England were drownings.

Robert the Doll On Atlas Obscura, anhie writes about a unique doll in Key West surrounded by lore, which inspired Chuckie from Child's Play.

What's the difference between eating p0rk belly and puppy belly? Not much. On Vox, Katie Herzog interviews ethicist Hal Herzog about loving the same animals we eat.

How a homeless satanic monument wound up in Detroit In the Detroit Metro Times, Lee DeVito writes about the Satanic Temple's unveiling of a statue of Baphomet that was originally planned to be donated to the Oklahoma state capitol.

Their own devices The Economist writes about the lax security in the internet of things, where our everyday stuff is left vulnerable to hacking.