John Quiggin (Queensland) The Risk Society: Social Democracy in an Uncertain World (and a response at Quadrant, and a reply by Quiggin). From Prospect, Michael Lind on how America still works; and A review of Describing Inner Experience? Proponent Meets Skeptic by Russell T. Hurlburt and Eric Schwitzgebel. An excerpt from How Round Is Your Circle? Where Engineering and Mathematics Meet by John Bryant and Chris Sangwin (and more). Just who is the real Martin Amis? Johann Hari finds out. As online matchmakers compete for customers using algorithms in the search for love, the battle has intrigued academic researchers who study the mating game. Was there a better time for a recession? David Warsh wants to know. Atheism is the new black: A review of God and the New Atheism: A Critical Response to Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens by John F. Haught. Labour leaders have always feared the Daily Mail, Britain's most successful newspaper: An excerpt from Flat Earth News: An Award-Winning Reporter Exposes Falsehood, Distortion and Propaganda in the Global Media by Nick Davies. From The Wilson Quarterly, Samia Altaf on Pakistan Picaresque. From Harp & Altar, Elise Harris travels to Pakistan and interviews Maryam Jameelah, a convert from Judaism who became a public intellectual affiliated with the Islamic party Jama’at-i Islami (and part 2).