James H. Fowler (UCSD): The Colbert Bump in Campaign Donations: More Truthful than Truthy. Secrets of married men: Men, especially married men, are at a disadvantage in relationships, both verbally and emotionally. What do Beavis and Butthead have in common with Nietzsche? Susan Neiman wants to know. The Tao of Chuck: The far-right Constitution Party redirects the Ron Paul rEVOLution. The uses of hyperbole: Exaggerated doomsday forecasts are false, regrettable, inevitable, and possibly necessary. Is it safe now to admit Jimmy Carter was right? If it bleeds, it shouldn't lead: Years of sensational coverage haven't rescued TV news from ratings freefalls, and a new study suggests a quick application of quality might help patch things up. Is it time to mess with Mother Nature? Global warming could force preservationists to become zookeepers and gardeners. A review of The Social Atom: Why the Rich Get Richer, Cheaters Get Caught, and Your Neighbor Usually Looks Like You by Mark Buchanan. A review of The Flight from Reality in the Human Sciences by Ian Shapiro. Courage of the flip-flop: It's easy to be a conviction politician; real bravery consists of changing tack according to the evidence (and more). From Open Source, an interview with Dan Ariely on confronting irrationality; and an interview with Russell Banks on what novelists are for.

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