The end of time: We used to think the universe was never-ending in both age and extent, but recent research is challenging this idea — can the universe die? The first chapter from Split Decisions: How and Why to Take a Break from Feminism by Janet Halley. A look at how Herodotus' use of oracles clashes with our modern sense of divinity and rationality. Hey kid, why are you such a moron? Professor Ted Gup says his students are ignoramuses, and he has evidence to prove it. A review of All the Sad Young Literary Men by Keith Gessen (and an interview, and more and more and more and more and more and more). Endangered stuntmen: Computer graphics imagery has supplanted stunt work in many movies, and that's destroying one of the oldest pleasures of the silver screen. The introduction to What is Analytic Philosophy? by Hans-Johann Glock. The introduction to Extinction: How Life on Earth Nearly Ended 250 Million Years Ago by Douglas H. Erwin. More on Founding Faith by Steven Waldman. A review of Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation. Intellectual sneering is no joke: The low opinion academics have of the public will not change until scholars open themselves up to debate. The introduction to International Law on the Left: Re-examining Marxist Legacies. A look at how Karl Marx predicted Hannah Montana would go nude.
From City Journal, is the criminal-justice system racist? No: the high percentage of blacks behind bars reflects crime rates, not bigotry; and a look at how Jeremiah Wright draws on a long line of Afrocentric charlatans. From Taki's Top Drawer, an article on what’s going right in Europe: How localism might save the continent. Teaching Imperialism 101: Without RAND, our military-industrial complex, as well as our democracy, would look quite different. The Canadian pop star who shocked a billion people: How a 27-year-old rapper from Richmond, B.C., sparked the biggest celebrity sex scandal in China's history. From Left Business Observer, a review of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine (and more); and with Obama, never did the possibility of disappointment offer so much hope. From The Progressive, yes ("can bring ground-breaking change") and no (a "vacuous opportunist") on Obama. A review of Badiou and Derrida: Politics, Events and their Time by Antonio Calcagno. More on Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely. A review of Fatal Misconception: the Struggle to Control World Population by Matthew Connelly. A review of Education's End: Why Our Colleges and Universities Have Given Up on the Meaning of Life by Anthony T. Kronman. Josef Joffe on how America looks to the world.
From CQ Politics, which is better: the No. 2 spot... or going back to the Hill? Francisco Ayala is a roving defender of evolution, and of room for God. From Seed, counting down to the election, America's science community is asking itself some deep questions about the interplay between science and politics. From Secular Web, an essay on Charles Darwin and the evolution of the human mind. From CUP, the introduction to Darwinism and its Discontents by Michael Ruse; and the first chapter from Evidence and Evolution: The Logic Behind the Science by Elliott Sober. Do white right-wing preachers have it easier than black left-wing preachers? EJ Dionne wants to know. Niall Ferguson reviews Reappraisals: Reflections on the Forgotten Twentieth Century by Tony Judt (and more and more). Why does going to a Rush show still feel almost like sneaking into a NAMBLA convention? The Southerner as historian (and vice versa): A review of Clyde N. Wilson's Defending Dixie: Essays in Southern History and Culture. From Good, at Somalia’s largest privately run refugee camp, they don’t wait for peacekeepers and aid workers; and invest in international news: There’s money to be made for commercial media in the business of global news. From abattoir to disco: Gregor Dotzauer travels through Croatia, a small land of great poets, all writing their way of the wreckage.