From Forbes, a look at how Wall Street robbed you. Sexual Politics: Election 2008 hasn't just been dirty, it's been downright smutty. From Smithsonian, a series of articles on inspiring individuals making a difference in the fields of science, arts, culture and human behavior. From The Atlantic Monthly, a review of Have You Seen? by David Thomson; an article on the forgotten filmmaker who anticipated our modern media madness; and Virginia Postrel on on the politics of the retouched headshot. From Men's News Daily, how did we get from the founder’s deep suspicion of majority rule to the deification of democracy? An interview with Paul Bloom on happiness, desire, memory, and the chaotic community that lives inside every human mind. A review of Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove. A new generation of digital tracking technologies can now follow your every move, unleashing a world of personalised adverts; embracing these tools may be the only way to save the media from bankruptcy. Information technology is turning into a global “cloud” accessible from anywhere — what does that mean for the way people conduct business? An interview with Blake Gumprecht, author of The American College Town. Jim Holt on how philosophers have explained our sense of humour. The Mason's Apprentice: Our closest single-celled relatives reveal the origins of the stuff that holds us together.

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