Wouter De Been and Sanne Taekema (EUR): What Piece of Work is Man? Frans De Waal and Pragmatist Naturalism. From Mythological Studies Journal, Emma Tresemer (PGI): The Underworld at the End of the Maze: Re-entering Pan’s Labyrinth. Why do governments routinely spend more on arms than on education and health? Dinyar Godrej on the influence of the arms trade and a sorry tendency to keep up with the Joneses (and more). Jonah Lehrer on the forgetting pill that erases painful memories forever. From Doublethink, Tate Watkins writes in praise of the bow tie. When libertarians go to work: When the Kochs wield their money at Cato, that’s hegemony — but when they do it in Wisconsin, that’s democracy. Barry Ritholtz on how lobbyists run Washington. Plug In Better — A Manifesto: The trick isn't to unplug from our devices, but to unplug from the distractions, information overload, and trash that make us unhappy. A look at the US military’s tests, conducted at their laboratories in Natick, Massachusetts, during the 1970s and 1980s, on fruitcake, the time-honored holiday comestible (and more).