From Skepsi, a special issue on (De)Parsing Bodies. Charles Eisenstein on why Occupy's plan to cancel consumer debts is money well spent. Maps tell us as much about the societies that produced them as the cities, continents and oceans they represent: Carl Wilkinson reviews A History of the World in Twelve Maps by Jerry Brotton and On the Map: Why the World Looks the Way it Does by Simon Garfield. A post-election honor roll: Ezra Klein on who to trust more now that the election is over. When Adam Kotsko decided to write a book on awkwardness, telling people about the project initially served as an all-purpose gimmick, redefining any awkward situation as “research”. George Scialabba on progress and prejudice. Andrew Potter reviews The Myth of the Muslim Tide: Do Immigrants Threaten the West? by Doug Saunders. Phil Bowermaster on human exceptionalism and why the questions matter. You wouldn't know it by watching the news or reading the paper, but America's banks are on the largest crime spree the country has ever known. Wiley partners with TED: New instructor materials help educators incorporate TEDTalks into curriculum.

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