Reading List for May 25, 2018

What is the Meaning Of the Phrase “Bob’s Your Uncle?” Thanks to The Phrase Finder, not only do I know the possible origins of the extremely British phrase, I finally know what it means too.

Roko’s Basilisk: The Most Terrifying Thought Experiment of All Time On Slate, David Auerbach writes about forbidden knowledge in the world of AI futurists.

Where to Begin with Folk Horror on the British Film Institute site, Adam Scoville writes about a specific subgenre of horror and how you can most efficiently begin to enjoy it.


Why Do We Say ‘The Butler Did It’? On Neatorama, Eddie Deezen writes about Mary Roberts Rinehart, the “American Agatha Christie,” who was the first crime writer to hang it on the butler and who also led a farther remarkable life.

A Brief History of Medieval Magic On History Extra, Hertz Howes writes about the use of techniques for dealing with illness and misfortune. We call it magic, the people who used it called it medicine.

Explaining the Unexplainable On Nautilus, Jim Davies writes about how and why superstition develops.

The Onion’s Brutal Israel Commentary Goes Beyond Satire On Vice, Eve Peyser writes about an emerging voice critical of Israel’s treatment of Palestine.

The ‘Intellectual Dark Web’ Is Just Rehashing Old PC Controversies In New Media On Reason, Elizabeth Nolan Brown writes about a group of ideologically diverse intellectuals united as shitheads and, importantly, points out a better way to actually get across the points they claim to be concerned with.

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