A review of Darwin's Universe: Evolution from A to Z. The introduction to The Origin Then and Now: An Interpretive Guide to the Origin of Species by David Reznick. Free Origin of Species given away used as tools to fight evolution. Meet Harun Yahya, the leading creationist in the Muslim world. From The Global Spiral, a special issue on Darwinism, including an essay on Two Tribes: Mechanists, Mentalists and the Real Culture War. Teaching by doing: An article on turning a biology curriculum upside down. The first, and greatest, reality show: Carl Zimmer on sex, death, deception — it's all part of the dances between species. More and more on The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins. A review of The Genial Gene: Deconstructing Darwinian Selfishness by Joan Roughgarden. A review of Evolution: The First Four Billion Years. Evolution can't go backward: In a kind of evolutionary bridge-burning, once a gene has morphed into its current state, the road back gets blocked. Could the novel evolutionary adaptations of animals like the Galapagos tortoise and the Komodo dragon actually leave these species more vulnerable to extinction? Biologists have created a living computer from E. coli bacteria that can solve complex mathematical problems. Loren Coleman defines cryptozoology and says, once and for all, that it is science. Here are the top ten places where life shouldn't exist but does.
Robert Higgs (Independent Institute): The Political Economy of Crisis Opportunism. Marci Hamilton on why Oprah should be Obama's children's czar — and the priorities she should set. Sex, the body, the world: It’s R. Crumb’s Bible now (and more and more; and more at Bookforum). What makes a prison "state of the art"? League of nations: Bored with football stats — are you ready for some fantasy geopolitical ball? Underground Psychology: Researchers have been spying on us on the subway — here's what they've learned. Delayed childbearing and voting behavior: The correlation between religious and moral values and voting behavior did not operate a generation ago. One day, way back in the 20th century, Michel Foucault, Jacques Lacan, Claude Levi-Strauss, and Roland Barthes sat under an equatorial tree, living in their own imagined primitive past, discussing Global Studies. Phwoar: When everyday expletives aren’t good enough. Sleeping with cannibals: Paul Raffaele gets up close and personal with New Guinea natives who say they still eat their fellow tribesmen. From TPM, nice is overrated: Melanie Frappier on the necessity of conflict, as exemplified by House, M.D.; Bonnie Mann on how The Second Sex negotiates the 21st century in Twilight; Briony Addey examines what Lost has to say about coincidence; I’ll be back or not: Bad timing spoils the Terminator movies, argue Robert A. Delfino and Kenneth Sheahan; Colin Davis on the ethical devastation of Renoir’s Le Crime de Monsieur Lange; and what is it like to be a Batman? Ron Novy on why we can’t get under the skin of the caped crusader.
Building a better citizen: How the government can make us better at self-government. To a kid imbued with the idealism of "reform," Robert Dahl's Who Governs? was a bracingly sanguine view of machine politics. From The Monkey Cage, Lee Drutman on lobbyist money, influence and how business gets done in Washington (and part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, and part 6). Squaresville, USA: How to fix American politics, one right angle at a time. We need a bigger House: Expanding Congress to as many as 5,000 representatives would ensure new blood and new ideas. The most frustrating body: The Senate has changed, and not at all for the better (and more). America’s governance crisis is the worst in modern history; moreover, it is likely to worsen in the years ahead. A robust debate over health care reform takes place and Roll Call profiles Members of Congress who will make a difference as the endgame approaches. Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus on hyper-partisanship and the green politics battlefield. The Deadline Presidency: Does it matter that Obama is behind schedule on most of his major plans? Johann Hari on the real reason Obama is not making much progress. Leveraging the Obama Brand: The president may not have coattails, but when it comes to persuading Congress, he has something more important. Where’s the poetry, Mr. President? Obama’s oratorical magic is oddly missing. On the anniversary of Kennedy's death, extremism lives on: A visit to Texas and a lost letter remind one man that the ire aimed at President Obama is something history should have warned us against by now.
An essay is an act of imagination — it still takes quite as much art as fiction: Suffering from "novel nausea", Zadie Smith wonders if the essay lives up to its promise. From The American Scholar, Bob Thompson on covering the "book beat" and how to write about writers. From The Morning News, for a generation of young writers, Joan Didion is more than an icon — she tells them how the world was when their parents were young; and writer seeks pen name — something simple, nothing dippy, and preferably one that avoids implying a lawyer who savors puns. Dances with Werewolves: Kelley Armstrong celebrates the animal within. Evicted from his own head: A review of Memories of the Future by Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky. Censored gay sex scenes in From Here to Eternity revealed: Daughter of author James Jones discloses details of cuts insisted upon by the novel's original publisher. The kindness of witches: Stieg Larsson’s fiction replaces Sweden’s socialist dream with an individualist nightmare — is this what has made him the country’s biggest literary phenomenon? A look at why Martin Amis won't shut up about feminism. The problem with Nabokov: Martin Amis confronts the tortuous questions posed by a genius in decline. Controversy surrounds the publication of Nabokov's last, unfinished work: John Banville reviews The Original of Laura by Vladimir Nabokov (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). An interview with Maya Angelou: "I'm fine as wine in the summertime".