Tal’s latest longreads

Professors Without Borders
How Udacity, Coursera and other online universities are changing the way we learn—and changing who has access to higher education.
http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/magazine/online-universities-udacity-grand-challenge-david-stavens-dave-evans/

I Used to Love Her, But I Had to Flee Her
The psychic benefits of leaving New York city.
http://gawker.com/5922392/i-used-to-love-her-but-i-had-to-flee-her-on-leaving-new-york

Hearing the Voice of God
A look at anthropologist Tanya Lurhmann, and on how it is possible for people to experience the voice of a higher being.
http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/magazine/article/?article_id=54818

The Audition
On a percussionist’s nerve-wracking audition for the Boston Symphony Orchestra
http://www.bostonmagazine.com/articles/2012/06/boston-symphony-orchestra-audition/print/

Into the light
After losing his sight at age 3, Michael May went on to become the first blind CIA agent, set a world record for downhill skiing, and start a successful Silicon Valley company. Then he got the chance to see again.
http://www.esquire.com/features/ESQ0605BLIND_114

Our Billionaire Philanthropists
Bill Gates and George Soros are handing out billions, but there are downsides to foundation giving.
http://www.theawl.com/2012/06/our-billionaire-philanthropists

On Seeing a Sex Surrogate
The story of a man with polio dealing with his sexual desire and his perceieved physical and romantic inadequacy.
http://noteasybeingred.tumblr.com/post/16646893808/on-seeing-a-sex-surrogate-mark-obrian

Vanishing Voices
There are roughly 7,000 languages in the world, but 78 percent of the world’s population only speaks the 85 largest languages. Thousands of languages are on the edge of disappearing.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/07/vanishing-languages/rymer-text

The Busy Trap
Almost everyone I know is busy. It’s not as if any of us wants to live like this; it’s something we collectively force one another to do.
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/30/the-busy-trap/#

Girls Love Me
On the next Justin Bieber, 16-year-old Austin Mahone, and how pop stars are made.
http://www.texasmonthly.com/cms/printthis.php?file=feature3.php&issue=2012-06-01

The Battle Over Climate Science
Inside the increasingly hostile global warming debate. (MUST READ)
http://m.popsci.com/science/article/2012-06/battle-over-climate-change?single-page-view=true

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