William Grassie (Metanexus): Millennialism at the Singularity: Reflections on Metaphors, Meanings, and the Limits of Exponential Logic. From Good, the introduction to a series on the singularity. A school for changing the world: Students at Singularity University in Silicon Valley have just finished a course with the lofty aim of helping humanity deal with future technology challenges (and more). Will our robot overlords be friendly?: Ronald Bailey attends the Singularity Summit in New York City (and more at Wired). Can bots feel joy?: Will machines ever really feel, in the same sense that humans do? Rad Robots looks back to the future with a lavishly illustrated celebration of the robot, an alternately utopian and nightmarish image of man's technological future that has endured for nearly a century. Will emerging technologies destroy humankind? An interview with R.U. Sirius. With the true AI milestone, computers overtake humans — what happens after the singularity? An interview with Ray Kurzweil on the future of technology. An article on the future of evolution: What will we become? From h+, an article on psychedelic transhumanists; whatever transhumanists seek to transform, they would do well to respect the innate transformativity of play itself; and is there sex in the posthuman future? Wake from Cryonics: Wealthy from your own life insurance — you can too take it with you and enjoy it when you get back. From IEET, what is techno-immortality? The Methuselah Manifesto: Witness the launch of Immortality, Inc. Will we eventually upload our minds? An interview with Bruce Katz, author of Digital Design. A look at 6 insane laws we'll need in the future.
When hope meets reality: Obama inspired the country with his campaign, and now he must manage expectations of those swept up by his rhetoric. If progressives want to change the situation, Michael Tomasky submits that complaining about Obama's cojones won't do it (and a response by Katrina Vanden Heuvel). The Senate’s health care calculations: Lawmakers’ opposition to reform generally has less to do with the views of their constituents and more to do with the issue of presidential popularity. Republican senators do an about-face on filibusters. Sarah Palin = Dan Quayle: There's no way she will be president. Christopher Hitchens on Palin's base appeal. A celebrity so big that party politics can't hold her — Scott McLemee takes a look at Going Rouge (and more by Thomas Frank and more by Matthew Continetti and more). Sarah Palin's media enabler: Matthew Continetti has virtually signed on to a 2012 Palin presidential campaign (and more). Max Blumenthal on Lynn Vincent, Palin's gay-bashing ghostwriter, tied to white supremacist groups; and on how Sarah Palin made herself indispensable while destroying the GOP. It's tempting to cheer Sarah Barracuda on as she cannibalizes what remains of the Republican Party, but what of the poison's other effects? (and more) A look at the new wave of female firebrands striking fear into liberal America. Isaac Eiland-Hall, creator of GlennBeckRapedAndMurderedAYoungGirlIn1990.com, is the man who beat Glenn Beck. Roger Kimball on the excommunication of Lou Dobbs: Why do his critics think they're the middle ground? From ADL, a special report: "Rage Grows in America: Anti-Government Conspiracies".
From H-Net, fascism, totalitarianism, and beyond: A review essay on recent perspectives on the twentieth-century dictatorships. Here's the text of "Mozart Was a Red", a play by Murray Rothbard about Ayn Rand. Satan, the great motivator: Is the devil himself good for business? The curious economic effects of religion on a country's economy. Steven Pinker reviews What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell (and a response by Gladwell and more). The self-manufacture of Megan Fox: How America’s leading starlet made herself up for the multimedia age (and more at the New York Times Magazine's special "screens" issue). David Harsanyi on the case against Twitter: C'mon, admit it — Twitter is useless. What if Nidal Malik Hasan is sane? A web of lone wolves: Fort Hood shows us that Internet jihad is not a myth. From Christianity Today, an interview with Carrie Prejean on "the worst mistake of [her] life" (and more). Shakespeare and Company, the legendary English-language bookstore on Paris’s Left Bank, recently got a facelift — several faces, in fact. A review of Dear Andy Kaufman, I Hate Your Guts! by Lynne Margulies and Bob Zmuda. Patrick Chovanec on the Nine Nations of China. Freud in the slips: Both test cricket and psychoanalysis are out of tune with a world that demands quick results. Rich People Things: Chris Lehmann on the nation’s beleaguered private golf clubs; and okay, so this is pretty much the reason why we have a New York Times "Sunday Styles" section. You're invited to Bookforum at The New School: "Getting to Work: Labor Issues in the 21st Century" taking place today in New York City.
From an Eurozine focal point on the politics of global warming, Dipesh Chakrabarty (Chicago): The Climate of History: Four Theses; Jurgen Trittin (Die Grunen): Ecological Materialism: How Nature Becomes Political; Ingolfur Bluhdorn (Bath): Locked into the Politics of Unsustainability; Virginie Maris (Montreal): Ecofeminism: Towards a Dialogue Between Feminism and Ecology; Steffen Bauer and Dirk Messner (GDI): Climate Change: Threatening Security, Undermining Development; and Rick Piltz (CSW): Why is There No US Climate Policy? From Yale Environment 360, an interview with Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Elizabeth Kolbert reviews SuperFreakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner and Al Gore's Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis (and more and more on Gore). From Cassandra to Pollyanna: An interview with Worldwatch founder Lester Brown. An interview with Tim Flannery, author of Now or Never (and more). From Canadian Dimension, a special issue on End Times in Copenhagen. Here's the Good Guide to COP15, the most important meeting in history. Who killed Copenhagen? An FP whodunnit. The power of reputation should be harnessed to stop selfish people from wrecking the planet. Nuclear Option: Can there be an atomic bargain with the GOP? Philip Ball reviews The Real Global Warming Disaster by Christopher Booker. Why the sudden surge in climate change denial, could it be about something else altogether? Being green is no religion: A court ruling that environmentalism is akin to religious belief is bad news for science, and for efforts to tackle climate change.