From History Today, globalization in the making: Neil Cossons describes how factory methods gave rise to a worldwide marketplace; Jean-Francois Mouhot traces a link between climate change and slavery; and one of the most popular ways in which to view the history of the modern world is through the prism of colonialism. The primacy of perception in the era of communication: An essay on Maurice Merleau-Ponty. From Fast Company, an interview with Sims creator Will Wright on what's wrong with Grand Theft Auto, the dearth of women in gaming, and the value of his empire; and mountains of cash, beautiful women, and a nonstop round-the-world party; life was good for Calvin Ayre, founder of the online gambling powerhouse Bodog — then he was gone. A review of On Life After Death by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. A review of Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City by Mark Kingwell (and more). No, really, that wasn't me: Danit Brown on three dangers of writing about sex.  Thoreau's worst nightmare: Are the new ascetics masters of self-denial or just self-promotion? Abortion, the moral stalemate: How do we come to policy decisions about issues that stir people’s most elemental emotions? Paul Gottfried on the decline and rise of the alternative Right. Here are 11 stamp stories worth retelling. An excerpt from Txtng: The Gr8 Db8 by David Crystal.