From Campus Progress, an interview with David Horowitz. A Princeton University student who is a member of a conservative campus group admitted to police that he fabricated an assault that he said had occurred Friday (and more and more). From Inside Higher Ed, how to cut PhD time to degree: The key may be changing faculty behavior, not just grad student behavior. A look at how scholars link up Facebook with data.  An article on how computer-free students find life hard without them. How to get into Harvard: A study finds that certain high schools have a remarkable record of sending their students to elite colleges. Brown University announces it will give a $10 million endowment to local public schools to atone for its involvement in the slave trade, but reparations alone will not address the ongoing segregation of the American education system. Pennsylvania and Illinois have made early childhood education a priority; can other states — and Washington — learn from their example? Teaching toughness: More on Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker and the Battles Over Schools, Unions, Race, and Democracy by Richard Kahlenberg.


Brad T. Gomez (Georgia), Thomas G. Hansford (UC-Merced), and George A. Krause (Pittsburgh): The Republicans Should Pray for Rain: Weather, Turnout, and Voting in U.S. Presidential Elections. Iowa’s undemocratic caucuses: The news media need to quit tolerating the practice of denying the public access to factual information about how much support each candidate actually has on caucus night. Whose nominee is it, anyway? Why Florida and Michigan don't mind being disenfranchised. The "hot or not" solution: A mathematical—but controversial—idea for fixing the flaws in voting. The 95% turnout for Australia's recent elections was a direct result of compulsory voting — other countries should consider its benefits. From Radar, Throw Papa From the Trail: Meet the presidential candidates' biggest liabilities. Reading the mind of the body politic: The subconscious is the new frontier in politics, but is it good for democracy? A lecture by Garrett Graff, author of The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House (and a review).


Handmade 2.0: What are so many crochet-hook-wielding, papermaking, silversmithing handicrafters doing online? Trying to prove that the future of shopping — and of work — is all about the past. Scholars are falling into line to maneuver through new territory: Online socializing as academic discipline. Erich Fromm, one of the 20th century's most prescient thinkers, predicted half a century ago that we need proper human warmth, not keyboard friends. When the bullies turned faceless: Cellphone cameras and text messages, social networking Web sites, e-mail and instant messaging, all give teenagers a wider range of ways to play tricks on one another. Email and the end of civilization: Com’on everbody, ligten up — wats so bad about email? Spam, spam, spam, spam, and poetry: Is there art in those bizarre, indecipherable come-ons in junk e-mails? And those "enlarge your manhood" e-mails — who is sending them?  Wikipedia doubled its number of articles in just 18 months, but who are the “Wikipediots” writing them? And why do they do it? After 10 years of blogs, the future's brighter than ever. Bloggers of the world, unite: The journalists' union has recruited its first blogger, and why not? Moving with the new media to represent working people is what they do.


From American Heritage, Jack Kelly on the last day of the great trains. High-speed trains and the meaning of time: Why should every waking moment be taken up with work? Spend time thinking in beautiful surroundings. Automobiles and immigration are both about freedom – and American society must get the best out of both, as it will not survive without either. Garage Mahals: Architects turn their attention to the problem of parking. On the bustling New York subway, prudence keeps people silent in the face of all sorts of irritating behaviour – including the ugliest misogynist rant. Here's a transit map of the world’s transit systems. Air travel is booming as the world gets richer, but one issue looms: who will pilot all those planes? Guilt tripping: Flying tops the list of eco-sins, but redemption is in sight. How much global warming results from air travel? The answer depends on whom you ask.


From Philosophy Bites, can I trust my senses? An interview with Barry Stroud on scepticism; and an interview with Tom Hurka on Bernard Suits's The Grasshopper. Roger Scruton reviews Forgiveness: A philosophical exploration by Charles Griswold.  A review of Issues in the Philosophy of Religion by Nicholas Rescher. A review of Second Philosophy: A Naturalistic Method by Penelope Maddy. A review of Persons: The Difference Between "Someone" and Something" by Robert Spaeman. A review of Epistemic Luck by Duncan Pritchard. Among professional logicians, guess how many think that you can’t prove a negative? That’s right, zero — but yes, Virginia, you can prove a negative, and it’s easy, too. When thinking is a dissident act: World Philosophy Day can look laughable — until it looks indispensable. God and the multiverse: Is philosophy just tinkering around the edges of science, or can a meeting of the disciplines give us deeper insights into the universe? Laws of nature, source unknown: Which came first: the order or the universe? And can science ever supply an answer?


From Taki's Top Drawer, Mandolyna Theodoracopulos on patriotism, an anarchic imperative. New research has found that subliminal exposure to a country's flag does indeed strengthen nationalist tendencies. From ZNet, note to liberals: The Right does not hate "government". The New Left was great (before it collapsed): An excerpt from Murray Rothbard's The Betrayal of the American Right. The Myths of McGovern: A review of Why the Democrats Are Blue: How Secular Liberals Hijacked the People's Party by Mark Stricherz; and The Liberals' Moment: The McGovern Insurgency and the Identity Crisis of the Democratic Party by Bruce Miroff. Damn dirty hippies! Just because Tom Brokaw's dad says hippies are responsible for the U.S. going Republican doesn't make it so. An interview with Kenneth R. Timmerman, author of Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender. The so-called War on Christmas is but one battlefront on the overall war on America itself. For the Love of Christ: Justin Fatica yells, threatens and humiliates teens into finding Jesus — you got a problem with that? Alive and kicking: Reports of the demise of social conservatism are greatly exaggerated. Michael Gerson on the heart of conservatism. "Juno" and the Culture Wars: How the movie disarms the family values debate. From The Weekly Standard, an article on twenty-five years of John McLaughlin, the man who started it all.


From The Chronicle, beyond the anthology: Norton's famous guide to British literature has new competition in a genre with an uncertain future; academic fashion and unenlightened copyright guardianship have contributed to the neglect of the New Critics, writes Mark Bauerlein; ambivalent son Michael Kazin wrestles with the stardom of his critic father; and a look at how literary biography learns a thing or two from the gossip columns. Is criticism dying, or is that just your view? Ronan McDonald's The Death of the Critic calls for support to save a threatened species: the academic literary critic. More on Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1920s and 1930s and Literary Essays and Reviews of the 1930s and 1940s by Edmund Wilson.


From The New Yorker, a buyer’s Christmas: James Surowiecki on why retailing has gotten so hard. Choosy beggars: In today's economy, Americans can't afford to be such snobs. The short film "The Story of Stuff" takes viewers on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture — from resource extraction to computer incineration — exposing the real costs of this use-it and lose-it approach to stuff. Born to shop: A look at how marketers brainwash babies. Leading Reverend Billy into sin: Lord, he is consumed — forgive him those great sweaters and pants he hath bought. When we need help with self-control, we tend to know it – and economists’ recent behavioural experiments could help achieve it. Fair giving is hardwired: New research suggests that spite is uniquely human — and necessary for a successful society. Putting the humanity in philanthropy: What's the best way to decide how — and how much — to give to charity? Spending the future: A review of The Legitimacy of Philanthropic Foundations: United States and European Perspectives; and The Foundation: A Great American Secret by Joel L. Fleishman. Social networking for the socially minded: An article on Web Site builders trying to reinvent how people give money to charity. How do the charities that deal with the unphotogenic, the controversial and the downright unpopular raise money?


From American Scientist, a review of Mind as Machine: A History of Cognitive Science by Margaret A. Boden; the functionalist's dilemma: A review of Language, Consciousness, Culture: Essays on Mental Structure by Ray Jackendoff; and a review of Young Minds in Social Worlds: Experience, Meaning, and Memory by Katherine Nelson. A review of Social Neuroscience: Integrating Biological and Psychological Explanations of Social Behavior. What your brain looks like on faith: Sam Harris ventures into brain science, with a study that he contends is the first to show how the brain processes belief. A review of The Head Trip: Adventures on the Wheel of Consciousness by Jeff Warren. How to excuse yourself from your body: Once you see—and feel—a virtual self, your mind can move into a mannequin. Students snap together a new science: An undergraduate genetic-engineering competition helps build a discipline from scratch. Researchers are poised to cross a dramatic barrier: the creation of life forms driven by completely artificial DNA. What's in a (Latin) name? The special genius behind the species and genus.


Deborah Boucoyannis (Harvard): The International Wanderings of a Liberal Idea, or Why Liberals Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Balance of Power. Roger B. Myerson (Chicago): Force and Restraint in Strategic Deterrence: A Game-Theorist's Perspective. Weighing the global league: A new study ranks world powers. The fearful superpower: It's not just Bush's fault — America is scared of the new world, and that's no way to run a hyperpower. From The Nation, what GWOT has wrought: George W. Bush's "global war against terror" unleashed a wave of repression felt around the globe. Reports from Egypt, El Salvador, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan. Look who talks to the enemy: Seven years of George W. Bush’s Don’t-Talk-to-Evil policy are over, even under the helm of the administration that crafted it. Axis of Evil: Here's the yearly status report for the world’s most evil—and well organized—leaders.

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