A new issue of Catalyst is out. Intellectual’s survival guide: A review of Worst-Case Scenarios by Cass Sunstein. A review of The Choice of Hercules: Pleasure, Duty and the Good Life in the 21st Century by AC Grayling. If you were diagnosed with a terminal illness how would it affect the way you live those remaining days? The power of being influenced: Network theory reveals the best way to spread ideas. Putting space between beauty and politics: In searching for one's identity, discomfort can be an asset. Manners, courtesy, and world survival: If good manners are ultimately a socially sanctioned form of lying, where is the harm? At least those who practice them, doing their small part to ward off social mayhem, are in good company.

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