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Recommended Reading 16

This week’s recommended readings include an essay in defense of the philosophy of science; thoughts and insights on channeling, creativity, savants, and the farther reaches of human potential; a recounting of Bobby Kennedy’s defense of LSD research during the heady 1960s; essays about the influence of neuroscience on novelists and the deep value of the humanities; a report on Iceland’s economic recovery as contrasted with Europe’s woes; articles and essays on the reality of climate change and the upsurge of depression in a heavily medicated America; results of a new study into the anxiety effects of Facebook and Twitter; information on new and disturbing trends in America’s surveillance of citizens via cell phones and soon-to-come, science fiction-style scanners; and a trailer for a haunting documentary film.

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