Could Multiple Personality Disorder Explain Life, the Universe and Everything? In Scientific American, Bernado Kastrup and friends write about an idea they have about universal consciousness, that conscious experience is one universal experience, and suggest that the separate identities displayed in cases of dissociative identity disorder (DID) might explain how we are capable of having personal experience out of shared universal consciousness. (Thanks to Shayla for sending this one.)
Who Killed the 20th Century’s Greatest Spy? In The Guardian, Simon Parkin writes about an amazingly prolific spy, an Egyptian-born friend to Israel who lived in London, who met his end on the pavement a few floors below a window of his apartment.
An Ode To the Feeble Corporate Apology On Rolling Stone, Matt Taibi covers three gross ad campaigns that ran around the same time from Uber, Wells Fargo, and Facebook.
The Nazi Underground In a fascinating article in the New Yorker, Jake Halpern writes about a subculture in a Polish town made up of people hunting for buried Nazi gold, based largely on folklore, the recollections of old timers and a maze of massive tunnels built into nearby mountains.
The Right to Kill In Foreign Policy, Cleuci De Oliveira writes about the unique no-win position that Brazil’s government finds itself in by dedicating itself both to protecting the lives of all citizens and respecting its indigenous cultures’ traditions, which includes infanticide.
5 ‘Boys’ Who Never Come Back In a heartbreaking 1978 article in the Washington Post, Cynthia Gorney writes about the Yuba City Five, a group of mentally challenged and mentally ill friends who went missing on a mountain after a basketball and whose bodies began to turn up the following Spring, leaving a mystery that remains unsolved.
The Lifespan of a Lie On Medium, Ben Blum methodically disassembles the adoring mythology that’s surrounded the Stanford Prison Experiment – one of the most poorly constructed psychological experiments of all time – for more than 40 years.
Occupy Wall Street’s Anarchist Roots On Al Jazeera, David Graeber writes about the reason people looking at OWS from the outside in were confounded by their lack of central leadership and unified goals.