A new issue of Five Dials is out. Patrick E. Murray (UCLA): Friends with Benefits: A Guide to Detecting Corruption in Politics After Citizen's United. When does plastic surgery become racial transformation? Leo Jiang grew up in an English industrial town, emotionally scarred by bullies who taunted him about being Chinese — a few years and tens of thousands of dollars later, he’s not really Chinese anymore. The Equator once marked the edge of the civilised world; if we put it at the centre, we might see our place in the heavens. Super sleuth: Colleen Fitzpatrick solves historical mysteries, deciphering centuries-old records and spelunking through the past, near and distant, like a time-traveling gumshoe. Where Thomas Nagel went wrong: The philosopher's critique of evolution wasn't shocking — so why have his colleagues raked him over the coals?

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