The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Nothing Grows Forever In Mother Jones, Clive Thompson writes about the concept of a no-growth economy, one that requires less work and consumption, but is virtually alien to the one we currently have.

12 Reasons to Worry About Our Criminal Justice System, From a Prominent Federal Judge In the Washington Post, Eugene Volokh excerpts points from a recent paper by a federal judge about why the criminal justice system has become broken.

The Day of the Year You're Most Likely to Die a Natural Death On Quartz, Olivia writes about a study that found January 1 sees an inexplicable higher than usual rate of natural deaths compared to other days of the year.

The Sad, Strange Quest to Match a Severed, Embalmed Head with Its Story In the Washington Post, Michael E Miller writes about a bizarre and confounding mystery from Economy, Pennsylvania.

Beware: Silicon Valley Cultists Want to Turn You Into a Disruptive Deviant In The Guardian, Evgeny Morosov writes about tech brands' advantageous position to turn its users into grassroots lobbyists for the companies' interests.

The Origin of Leap Seconds and Why They Should Be Abolished On Quartz, David Yanofsky writes about the difficult and possibly unnecessary process of keeping our time in sync with the movement of the sun.

The Who, What, Where When and Weird In Pacific Standard, Daniel Engber writes about the advent of weird news and its watering down in recent years to make it more likely to be clicked and shared.

Can Psychology Be an Empirical Science? On the Discover Blogs, Neuroskeptic writes about a paper that points out a number of fatal flaws that keep psychology from possibly becoming a hard science.

23 and Me's New Formula: Patient Consent = $ In the MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regaldo writes about 23 and Me's deal with a pharmaceutical company to provide access to its clients' genetic information in exchange for $60 million.