Q&A with Gerd Gigerenzer. "We humans are not as dim-witted as the heuristics-and-biases research  makes us appear." I couldn't agree more. There may be good reasons for  the cognitive biases reported in psychological experiments, which are  usually based on a few dozen participants (or less) who usually happen  to be university students at institutions in the US, the UK or some  other Western European country.

I never thought I'd ever say this, but this interview with the American art critic and historian Hal Foster is actually quite interesting.

The Nobel Lecture by Svetlana Alexievich.

Excerpt from Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell.

The books of the year according to The Economist. I've added several to my reading list.

The best books of 2015 (published in English) according to the Financial Times critics and guests.

The 100 greatest British novels, based on a poll of 82 critics from around the world (excl. the UK).