The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

Die, Selfish Gene, Die On Aeon, David Dobbs writes about the view of genetics and evolution proposed by Richard Dawkins' Selfish Gene theory, and explains why, in the face of current knowledge of genetics, it is no longer current.

How to Lose A Plane in 2014 In Wired, Jordan Golson explains the mechanics behind how entire airplanes, like Flight 370, can vanish in this age of constant surveillance.

How Do Psychiatrists Treat Werewolves? In Pacific Standard, Ryan Jacobs provides a look into the modern approaches to treating lycanthropy, or the delusion that one is a wolf or a werewolf.

A Fish For Our Time On Intelligent Life, Samantha Weinberg writes about the rediscovery of the living fossil fish, the coelacanth and the quest to map its genome to determine if it is the missing link between life on land and in the sea.

There's Something About Molly In the Boston Globe, Michael Blanding writes about the resurgence in popularity of the designer drug MDMA, nicknamed Molly, and a spate of uncharacteristic overdoses on it last year.

Everything Was Fake but Her Wealth In Smithsonian, Karen Abbott writes about a mysterious and fabulously wealthy hermit widow living shut up in a hotel suite in the middle of New York for decades until the death of her sister prompted her to emerge.

The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics In Mother Jones, Mariah Wood covers the ongoing battle between science and industry over the safety of plastics and the collusion between corporations and the agencies meant to regulate them and protect the public.

NASA-funded study: industrial civilization headed for 'irreversible collapse'? On The Guardian, Nafeez Ahmed writes about an ecological study funded by NASA that found that Western civilization is headed for collapse in the near term and that there are few scenarios where we avoid it.

Super-megalithic Site Found in Russia: Natural or Man-made? On Mysterious Universe, Martin Clemens writes about a very large rock formation in Russia that looks suspiciously like incredibly large stone blocks purposefully arranged by human hands.

What a Missing Jet Means to a World Where People Rarely Get Lost In New York Magazine, Lisa Miller writes an essay that fingers the reason why the Internet has developed an obsession with missing airliner MH370.