Longreads

The Week’s Best Longreads for April 27, 2013

The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week. By David Sessions.

The Rise of Big DataKenneth Neil Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Shoenberger, Foreign Affairs

How it’s changing the way we think about the world.

Inside America’s Dirty WarsJeremy Scahill, The Nation

How three US citizens were killed by their own government in the space of one month in 2011.

Our Feel-Good War on Breast CancerPeggy Orenstein, The New York Times Magazine

The battle to raise awareness has been won. So why aren’t more lives being saved?

The Limits of Evolutionary PsychologyThomas de Zengotita, The Hedgehog Review

Can we really find ethical guidance in a natural world shaped by evolution?

Fertilized WorldDan Charles, National Geographic

If we don’t watch out, agriculture could destroy our planet. Here’s how to grow all the food we need with fewer chemicals.

Chael Sonnel Race-Baits His Way to the TopTim Marchman, Deadspin

Only involvement in a low-level religious scam could make the MMA star a truer embodiment of American decline.

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