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10. Nov/Dec 2013

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The Prophet

Meet Dave Ramsey, the most important personal finance guru in America. Millions of people follow his biblically inspired advice. It goes like this: 1. Purge yourself of debt; 2. Live on cash; 3. Pretend economic trends don’t affect you; 4. Blame yourself when they do.

Death at the Summit

As CEO of Intrade, John Delaney harnessed the wisdom of the crowds, with often freakishly prescient results. Technocratic dreamers were ecstatic about the company’s ability to predict the future, and maybe even reshape society. Today Delaney’s company has collapsed and his body is entombed atop Mount Everest. A tale of bravado, bluster, and efficient markets.

The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago 180,000 whales disappeared from the oceans without a trace, and researchers are still trying to make sense of why. Inside the most irrational environmental crime of the century.

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Shelf Help

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Shelf Help: Book Reviews in 100 Words or Less

What you need to know about The Naked Society, Thank You for Your Service, and Do Muslim Women Need Saving?

Book Reviews

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Fan Fiction: The Next Great Literature?

At its best, fan fiction blurs the lines between reading and writing and consuming and creating, and makes pop culture speak to a greater range of experiences.

Quick Studies

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Quick Study: Shop. Feel Bad. Shop More. Feel Better!

Embarrassed consumers tend to spend more money on “appearance-enhancing items,” according to new research.

 

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The Big One

Tiny numbers, big impacts.

In the Picture

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In the Picture

In every issue, we fix our gaze on an everyday photograph and chase down facts about details in the frame.

Prospector

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A Ghost Town’s Second Life as a Climate Refuge for Rodents

Why are ground squirrels thriving in the former gold mining town of Bodie, California?

Culture Essays

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Rise of the Robot Artist

Everyone knows computers are good at processing information and humans are good at creativity. What if it’s the other way around?

Quick Studies

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Quick Study: Nike Was Smart to Continue Endorsing Tiger Woods

Keeping an eye on the (very profitable) ball.

Prospector

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To Protect Battered Women, You Have to Protect Their Pets

Only three percent of shelters nationwide can accommodate domestic animals, and many people refuse to leave them behind.

Features

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The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century

Fifty years ago 180,000 whales disappeared from the oceans without a trace, and researchers are still trying to make sense of why. Inside the most irrational environmental crime of the century.

Quick Studies

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Quick Study: More Psychiatrists = More Suicides?

Does having a better mental-health system lead to higher suicide rates?

Subculture

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My Life as a Toastmaster

Meet Nadine Nofziger, a 63-year-old operations manager.

Prospector

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Call Me i$Hm@eL

For cybercriminals, everything hangs on a nickname.

Book Reviews

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Bike Lanes in Gomorrah

Armed with happiness studies, a new book makes a hedonistic case for virtuous urbanism.

Features

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Death at the Summit

As CEO of Intrade, John Delaney harnessed the wisdom of the crowds, with often freakishly prescient results. Technocratic dreamers were ecstatic about the company’s ability to predict the future, and maybe even reshape society. Today Delaney’s company has collapsed and his body is entombed atop Mount Everest. A tale of bravado, bluster, and efficient markets.

Life in the Data

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The Odds on My Baby

How much is enough certainty to make a decision about life or death, sickness or health?

Five Studies

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Your Privacy Settings Make No Sense

Recent and ongoing research on our privacy paradoxes.

Prospector

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The Affordable Calorie Act

Will an Obamacare anti-obesity tactic make things worse?

Economics Essays

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How a Frustrated Blogger Made Expanding Social Security a Respectable Idea

Thanks to decades of stagnant wages and the Great Recession, more than half of American working-class households are at risk of being unable to sustain their standard of living past retirement. Duncan Black is trying to change that.

Features

Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover LIVE

The Prophet

Meet Dave Ramsey, the most important personal finance guru in America. Millions of people follow his biblically inspired advice. It goes like this: 1. Purge yourself of debt; 2. Live on cash; 3. Pretend economic trends don’t affect you; 4. Blame yourself when they do.

Conference Call

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Conference Call: What’s Happening in November and December—and Why It Matters

From Perspectives on Progress to 3-D Printing: Destiny, Doom, or Dream?, academic gatherings you should be aware of.

Datebook

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Datebook: What’s Happening in November and December—and Why It Matters

From the Supreme Court-mandated date for California to relieve prison overcrowding to the New York City Marathon, events you should be aware of.

Who Funded That?

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Who Funded That?

The names and numbers behind the research in the November/December 2013 issue of Pacific Standard.

Since We Last Spoke

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Since We Last Spoke

Updates to past Pacific Standard print stories.

A weekly roundup of the best of Pacific Standard and PSmag.com, delivered straight to your inbox.

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My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

How to Water a Farm in Sandy Ground

Physicists investigate how to grow food more efficiently in fine-grained soil.

Unlocking Consciousness

A study of vegetative patients closes in on the nature of consciousness.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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