Wednesday Links

  • Can emotional intelligence be taught? Fantastic article. It seems that the answer is “yes, probably, but more research is needed”
  • Epigenetics – broadly speaking, the change in gene expression caused by “nurture,” or environmental factors – is fascinating. This article by David Dobbs is a good (if long) overview, and Radiolab’s Inheritance episode is an accessible entry point to the topic, too
  • What’s it like to break the Ramadan fast with Islamic fundamentalist rebels (linked with Al Qaeda) in Syria? My friend Anna Day finds out
  • Since the day Jon Krakauer published Into the Wild, there’s been heated debates about what exactly killed Christopher McCandless (besides hubris). It seems that now there’s a plausible explanation

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