From The Huffington Post, a special section on The Empathic Civilization: The Race to Global Consciousness in a World in Crisis by Jeremy Rifkin (and more and more and more and more and more). The Phantom Menace: Republicans push voter ID bill to stamp out nonexistent threat. Psychologists have used an inventive combination of techniques to show that the left half of the brain has more self-esteem than the right half. A finishing school for Marxist ideologues?: Far-fetched as it may sound, it will soon be a reality in New Delhi. Open contempt for generally accepted norms: An interview with Slava Mogutin. The assassination of Hamas functionary Mahmoud al-Mabhouh is widely believed to have been the work of the Mossad — but why would Israel's legendary intelligence service allow the identity of its agents to be compromised? (and more and more and more) Joan Didion once called New York “a city only for the very young” — so why is Clay Risen moving to the city now, at age 33? DNA’s dirty little secret: A forensic tool renowned for exonerating the innocent may actually be putting them in prison. Was Andy Warhol actually a great philosopher — or Norman Rockwell's aesthetic heir? Scott McLemee goes Pop. The War Criminal Next Door: Virginia resident Mohamed Ali Samantar oversaw a reign of terror in Somalia — will the Supreme Court grant him immunity? Attack of the light drizzle!: Robert David Sullivan on how weather was taken over by the hype machine. A panel on Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security — From World War II to the War on Terrorism by Julian E. Zelizer. The Great Divider: A review of The Cambridge Companion to Jonathan Edwards. A review of Counter-revolution of the Word: The Conservative Attack on Modern Poetry, 1945-1960 by Alan Filreis.

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