Millions of readers can’t be wrong, so if you’re wondering what should be on your media diet, here’s a compilation of the most shared longform features that were published this week, from the web’s leading publishing outlets.
1. There Is No Language Instinct
     Published by Aeon on 2014-12-05 at 02:32:20

For decades, the idea of a language instinct has dominated linguistics. It is simple, powerful and completely wrong. #

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2. "Witness 40": Exposing A Fraud In Ferguson
     Published by www.thesmokinggun.com on 2014-12-16 at 23:01:00

“The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him ‘like a football player, head down,’ is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making rac...

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3. The Tumultuous Making Of ‘Gone With The Wind’
     Published by www.ew.com on 2014-12-15 at 19:48:18

It took three years, cost a princely sum and threatened to go off the rails more times than David O. Selznick cared to count. But against all odds, “Gone With The Wind” stayed the course — and turned out to be an epic for the ages. #

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4. ISIS: The Inside Story
     Published by The Guardian on 2014-12-13 at 19:36:32

One of the Islamic State’s senior commanders reveals exclusive details of the terror group’s origins inside an Iraqi prison — right under the noses of their American jailers. #

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5. The Unbreakable Laura Hillenbrand
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-21 at 01:02:08

How the author writes best-selling non-fiction books without the ability to leave her house.

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6. What Happened When Marissa Mayer Tried to Be Steve Jobs
     Published by The New York Times on 2014-12-18 at 03:30:04

The inside story of how Yahoo’s C.E.O. lost her way.

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7. The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health
     Published by PS Mag on 2014-12-18 at 23:30:20

The belief that hidden memories can be “recovered” in therapy has been discredited, but the mental health establishment does not always learn from its mistakes—and families are still paying the price.

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8. How Four Enthusiasts Helped Bring The Theory Of Electromagnetism To Light
     Published by spectrum.ieee.org on 2014-12-04 at 06:19:41

An extraordinary amount of information about the world — the basic rules by which light behaves, current flows, and magnetism functions — can be boiled down to four elegant equations. Today, these are known collectively as Maxwell’s equations, and t...

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9. The Birdcage
     Published by GrantLand on 2014-12-16 at 21:57:43

How franchises became the movie business.

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10. Your Christmas Tree Has Lived Through One Hell Of An Adventure
     Published by Mashable on 2014-12-15 at 09:49:58

Inside Oregon’s high-stakes Christmas tree industry, from fertilizer to ornaments. #

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