From Wired, here are the top 5 reasons to dislike pre-med students. From the latest issue of The Trumpeter, Michael E. Zimmerman (Colorado): Heidegger in the Mountains. Turn the other cheek, or pop him on the nose? Even if we are violent by nature, following "the law of love" can also win the day. A review of Atoms and Alchemy: Chymistry and the Experimental Origins of the Scientific Revolution by William R. Newman. A review of The Finger Book: Sex, Behaviour and Disease Revealed in the Fingers by John T. Manning. From Intelligent Life, an article on the rise and fall of The Beeb. If America declines, don't expect anyone to talk about it: An excerpt from Kevin Phillips' Bad Money (and more and more). From Taki's Top Drawer, a look at why nationalism is what we need now: The case for an “unpatriotic conservatism”; and is there conservatism beyond Christianity? (or how to book a mental vacation in Athens or Valhalla) From Law and Politics Book Review, a special issue of Legal Fiction. The Archipelago of Arrogance: Dude, if you're reading this, you're a carbuncle on the face of humanity and an obstacle to civilization — feel the shame. Rosie Blau reviews Liao Yiwu’s The Corpse Walker: Real-Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up and Floris-Jan van Luyn’s A Floating City of Peasants: The Great Migration in Contemporary China.
From Mute, the computer, it has been argued, inspired a wave of post-war "imaginary futures", yet, prior technological developments were similarly animated by fantasies and anxieties about the transformation of human capacities — here are three critical histories of modernity's futuramas firmly back down to earth. Minor tragedies, rejections in love, trouble at work: The Web site Vie de Merde is allowing the French to express their daily frustrations — and make each other laugh. The introduction to Pop Finance: Investment Clubs and the New Investor Populism by Brooke Harrington. A look at the 10 worst musicals of all time. The political psyche: What makes politicians behave the way they do? A look at how long memories may ensnare a dictator in Suriname. A review of The Philosophy of Derrida by Mark Dooley and Liam Kavanagh. Meet John "Dubya" McCain: If you like George Bush's foreign policy, you'll love the GOP's current candidate. Max Weber was wrong about disenchantment: A review of Re-enchanting the World: Maya Protestantism in the Guatemalan Highlands by C. Mathews Samson. Alan Keyes has deserted the GOP — will his new party take him? Save the Mount: Why Edith Wharton's house is an architectural treasure. Alan Gilbert reviews Peter Schjeldahl's Let’s See: Writings on Art from the New Yorker.
From The New Yorker, what can tribal societies tell us about our need to get even? Jared Diamond wants to know. From CQ Politics, a look at how top lawmakers try to turn blogs to their advantage. From Seed, putting the "invisible hand" to work for nature could reshape the values of capitalism; and a look at how governments reconsider the risk of Near-Earth asteroid and comet impacts. Here's a reconsideration of Richard Dawkins and his selfish meme. Is there moral progress? Peter Singer investigates. Can Obama really end the war? Is he really a Marxist? Or just the next McGovern? How Brazilian waxes make our era less like the freewheeling '60s and more like the Victorian years. Michael Roth reviews Leo Bersani and Adam Phillips's Intimacies. Sex, Nazis, and Videotape: An article on the inestimable entertainment of the Max Mosley scandal. The "Father of Negritude" Aime Cesaire dies at 94. Let's dump Earth Day: Affection for our planet is misdirected and unrequited. We need to focus on saving ourselves. A review of Analytic Philosophy: The History of an Illusion by Aaron Preston; and a review of Analytic Philosophy and the Return of Hegelian Thought by Paul Redding. A review of The Historical Figure of Jesus by E. P. Sanders. How blue is your collar? The bloviating white men of political television are obsessed with maintaining their blue-collar cred.