A new issue of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation is out. Christopher Bale (Huddersfield) and John Archer (Central Lancashire): Self-perceived Attractiveness, Romantic Desirability and Self-esteem: A Mating Sociometer Perspective. Oppressive regimes, and in some cases, even so-called enlightened modern democracies, have used book-banning as a weapon to suppress new ideas and inconvenient truths. An interview with Kevin Smokler, author of Practical Classics 50 Reasons to Reread Fifty Books You Haven't Touched Since High School. Angry Papuan leaders demand Jared Diamond apologizes — definitely some headline flair from Survival International. Nine centuries of chivalry: From February 9-15, 2013 the Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Rhodes and Malta will be celebrating its 900th anniversary. Search is on for a national song for Montserrat.

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