From Virginia Quarterly Review, a special series of Dispatches from Afghanistan. A review of Simon Critchley's Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance. What are we thinking when we (try to) solve problems? A review of The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World by Owen J. Flanagan. From Philament, Julian Pinder (Sydney): The Codex Unbound: The (Failed?) Promise of the Hypertext Novel. This Magazine goes behind the rise of investigative cartooning. From Zeek, against mourning: Jews are not the only people ravaged by memory; for African Americans, it is the long arm of slavery that holds back the living.  How will technology change the way we shop, learn and entertain ourselves? A look ahead 10 years, and imagine a whole different world. AC Grayling reviews Counterknowledge: How We Surrendered to Conspiracy Theories, Quack Medicine, Bogus Science and Fake History by Damian Thompson (and more and more and more). The Science Adviser: Chris Mooney on how the top science post in the White House needs to be pulled from the shadows of the Cold War and reestablished as a cornerstone of crucial, rational advice for the US presidency. A review of Democratic Faith by Patrick J. Deneen. A review of The Monopoly of Violence: Why Europeans Hate Going to War by James J. Sheehan (and more and more).