From Evolutionary Psychology, a review of Maddalena Bearzi and Craig B. Stanford's Beautiful Minds: The Parallel Lives of Great Apes and Dolphins; a review of Agustin Fuentes' Evolution of Human Behavior; and a review of Daniel Lord Smail's On Deep History and the Brain. A review of Screening Sex by Linda Williams. The Netbook Effect: A look at how cheap little laptops hit the big time (and more from Good). Pigou you, too: Will the government get addicted to carbon taxes? Text Me: How electronic reminders can give consumers the right information at the right time. If you’re a defense lobbyist, it might be time to panic: It’s really, really, really difficult to be optimistic about cutting Pentagon waste. A review of On Criticism: Thinking in Action by Noel Carroll. From Eureka Street, an article on art and the Piss Christ umbrella. From New Scientist, a review of Science and Islam: A history by Ehsan Masood; and The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs transformed Western civilization by Jonathan Lyons. So Long, Alex P. Keaton: The millennial generation could pull American politics even further to the left, and for a longer time, than the Reagan generation pulled our politics to the right. A review of Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street by Michael Davis. Birth control for animals: A scientific approach to limiting the wildlife population explosion.
A new issue of Resurgence is out. From The American Interest, Francis Fukuyama thinks about the future of American capitalism. An interview of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Black Swans, on the financial crisis. The introduction to The Godfather Doctrine: A Foreign Policy Parable by John C. Hulsman and A. Wess Mitchell and an excerpt from The Myth of American Exceptionalism by Godfrey Hodgson (and a review at Bookforum). A review of Smile Southern California, You're the Center of the Universe: The Economy and People of a Global Region by James Flanigan. From Boston Review, texting toward utopia: Does the Internet spread democracy? Fifty years after it appeared, people are still citing C. P. Snow’s “Two Cultures”, but who really reads it today? A review of On Kindness by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor. From Carnegie Council, an interview with Ann Florini, author of The Coming Democracy: New Rules for Running a New World; and a panel on Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet by Jeffrey D. Sachs. Where did all the wealth go? To our kids. An excerpt from The Death of the Animal: A Dialogue. Real capitalists nationalize: Sorry, zombie banks — the laws of the market dictate that we should own your ass. A review of More than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City by William Julius Wilson.
From Tikkun, a special issue on Memos to Obama; and it's not going to be ok: Chris Hedges, in discussion with political theorist Sheldon Wolin, presents a pessimistic picture of what is likely to happen in the period ahead as the economic crisis opens up the possibility of fascist responses (and review of Wolin's Democracy Incorporated Managed Democracy and the Specter of Inverted Totalitarianism). From the top rope: WWE puts a kink into dominant political theories — Immanuel Kant never experienced a Kozlov headbutt. From Standpoint, George Weigel on the Pope versus the Vatican; a look at why Catholicism is compatible with capitalism, not the overmighty state; an article on why Adam Smith still matters; and Tim Congdon on the Adam Smith antidote. Life Support: Why Democrats aren't rushing to overturn Bush's abortion restrictions. From New Scientist, an essay on how to survive the coming century; an article on the selfless gene: Rethinking Dawkins's doctrine; and east meets west: How the brain unites us all. The Replacement: Jeffrey Toobin on the rise of Roland Burris. Needed, a fiscal framework not a stimulus: Rather than arguing about the value of taxes or spending, economic planners need to take a systematic long view. Kevin Canfield reviews Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned by Wells Tower. A review of Benjamin Disraeli by Adam Kirsch.
From the Journal of Education & Human Development, Larry Barnes (West Texas A&M): Influences and Challenges of Male Gender Construct; and Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen and Nitza Davidowitz (Ariel): Beauty in the Classroom: Are Female Students Influenced by the Physical Appearance of Their Male Professors? From WSWS, an article on Leon Trotsky's The Revolution Betrayed and the fate of the Soviet Union (and part 2). From Standpoint, a look at why Samantha Power is overrated: Obama's Dublin-born foreign policy adviser doesn't like Israel and may wreck Hillary Clinton's work; and why Charles Krauthammer is underrated: The liberal-turned-neocon has a knack of creating phrases which best describe the moment (and David Womersley on why Terry Eagleton is overrated and Gertrude Himmelfarb on why Lionel Trilling is underrated). Paul Collier reviews The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty by Peter Singer (and an interview, and another; and more and more and more and more). What next: Here are 10 ideas changing the world right now. From Utne, reeling on the Right: A liberal-bashing film festival puts this conservative critic to sleep; and conservative cyclists transcend cultural stereotypes: Can’t we all just go for a bike ride? A review of The Huffington Post Complete Guide to Blogging. Parlez vous Globish? Probably, even if you don't know it.