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Money and morality (Aeon)
by Alex Mayyasi
Banking is about rational deals made between self-interested parties, right? Theologians from ancient Greece through the Reformation, who viewed lending and usury as serious moral issues, would beg to differ.
Quantum physics gets weirder (Phys.org)
by Lisa Zyga
The ideas proposed in quantum physics can sound like magic. Take the way particles seem to influence each other instantaneously, across long distances. Now, some physicists have proposed an even wilder explanation for experimental results: Maybe the present can influence the past.
Apocalypse soon (New York Magazine)
by David Wallace-Wells
Just how bad could climate change get? Think New York with Bahrain’s climate and the world’s breadbaskets turned to deserts, not to mention plagues, wars, and economic disaster.
The U.S. laws that inspired the Nazis (Public Books)
by Jessica Blatt
When the Nazis were looking for a legal framework for racist eugenicist policies, they couldn’t find it in European law. So they looked to the U.S.
Postcolonialism, in Nigeria and everywhere (The Washington Post)
by Laura Seay
The rise of Boko Haram in Nigeria is the product of centuries of history, including charismatic religious leaders, colonialism, and brutal inequality. It also offers lessons about how all of us, in the U.S. and U.K. as well as Africa, are living in postcolonial societies.
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