From Dollars and Sense, a look at thirty-five years of economic indicators. From AEI, Terry Miller discusses the role of Marx's philosophy in our current economic crisis. On Your Marx: The first intellectual consequence of the economic crisis was to undermine neoliberalism — or the belief in the sufficiency of markets to secure human welfare — as the age’s default ideology. City State: A new generation of thoughtful scholars and policy wonks should get into "agglomeration economics", a clunky expression for an increasingly important field. David Warsh on Nouriel Roubini as the economist as journalist. A review of Capitalism at Work by Robert Bradley. The dictatorship of the market: An interview with Colin Leys, author of Market-Driven Politics. The regulation crisis: We spend billions, but attitudes matter more. A review of "A Moral Solution to the Moral Hazard Problem" by Douglas Stevens and Alex Thevaranjan. A review of More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of the New Elite by Sebastian Mallaby (and more). Why the US and Europe can't cut their way to economic prosperity. The end of capitalism: The financial world and its would-be regulators struggle to understand the flash crash. An excerpt from Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky. A review of Capitalism Hits the Fan: The Global Economic Meltdown and What to Do About It by Richard Wolff. They may have seemed far from the action, but economics academics are very much to blame for the GFC, and for the other economic crises to come. The Econ Gangs of New York: The factions that are shaping the economic dialog these days are becoming every bit as colorful and distinct as the proto-gangs that once ruled New York’s notorious Five Points area.


Yue Yang (Guangzhou): Human Nature: The Foundation of Politics and Law. From Axess, a special issue on the longing for slowness, including Helena Granstrom on the paradox of slowness; and Thomas Nydahl on another world, another rhythm. Why slow matters: If we are on a slow, winding, and undependable road to tomorrow, as I assert, how does that change things? The neuroscience of distance and desire warning: What you want is not as close as it appears. We are all whores in one way or another, whether it’s for a company, to sell ads in a print publication or for blog post money. What might a glut of hydrocarbons in the Gulf of Mexico — and a dearth of them on Saturn's moon, Titan — imply about humanity's long-term prospects? Political Violence for Dummies: German authorities are concerned about Prisma, a far-Left terror manual. It's time for legislators to look more closely at familial searches of DNA databases. The end of the world as we know it: Forget man-made threats — the catalyst for the apocalypse will come from outer space. War correspondent Nir Rosen embeds where others won’t. I'm a traveler, you're a tourist: Please go away. From the Journal of World-Systems Research, a special issue on social forums, movements, and place. A review of Why We Lie by Dorothy Rowe. Victims of pain and blind justice: An article on fighting California’s Three Strike Law. When it comes to religious fundamentalisms women's rights activists say Shakespeare was wrong: the way we name things does affect the way we engage with them — to address the phenomenon more effectively, it's better to use the duck test. Necessary changes of mind: Michael Kazin on Leon Wieseltier (and a response). Butt of the joke: Why do kids laugh at poop?


A new issue of Electronic Green Journal is out. Leading thinkers of climate change describe what they see as the single most important step that can be taken right now. A review of books on geoengineering. Oh, the Humanity: Why our reaction to the oil spill should terrify us. More heat, less light: Good-bye, polar bears, hello, oil-drenched pelicans — the environmental movement learns the upside of anger. Daniel Bodansky on his book The Art and Craft of International Environmental Law. More on The Plundered Planet by Paul Collier. Slavoj Zizek on how we are mercilessly exposed to nature’s cruel whims — there is no Mother Earth watching over us. From The New Yorker, Evan Osnos on Beijing’s crash program for clean energy; and can nuclear power make a comeback? From TED, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson debate nuclear energy. A look at why America needs to embrace the Nuclear Age — again. John Horgan on why we should give nuclear power a closer look. Kai Ryssdal on why it's too easy being green. Environmental Jihad: Is a holy war against the five-planet lifestyles of the West justified? How the greens went red: Despite the leftward shift in the movement, there’s still plenty of room for a free-market environmentalism. Three experts discuss the Gordian knot of wealth, fertility, and environmental impact — and why making do with less stuff matters so much. The Reproductive Revolution: How women are changing the planet's future. As the world burns: How Big Oil and Big Coal mounted one of the most agressive lobbying campaigns in history to block progress on global warming. A review of A Vast Machine: Computer Models, Climate Data, and the Politics of Global Warming by Paul N. Edwards. A look at 6 global warming side effects that are sort of awesome.


From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, T. Joel Wade, Gretchen Auer, and Tanya M. Roth (Bucknell): What is Love: Further Investigation of Love Acts; Daniel Kruger (Michigan): When Men are Scarce, Good Men Are Even Harder to Find: Life History, the Sex Ratio, and the Proportion of Men Married; James F. Doyle on A Woman’s Walk: Attractiveness in Motion; Anthony Cox (CPC) and Sarah Shaw and Maryanne Fisher (St. Mary’s): The Texas Billionaire’s Pregnant Bride: An Evolutionary Interpretation of Romance Fiction Titles and Working Towards a Model of Normative Behavior for Long-term Committed Relationships; Anthony A. Volk (Brock): Human Breastfeeding is not Automatic: Why That Is So and What It Means for Human Evolution; and a review of Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller. Do you know, offhand, anyone who knows shorthand? As a skill fades, translators are in demand. High-profile suicides of public intellectuals have contributed to the stereotype of “tormented genius”, but are smarter people really more likely to take their own lives? From TED, Michael Shermer on the pattern behind self-deception. From Forward, an article on Israel’s Freedom Fries moment. Terrorists versus Soccer: Repressive governments and extremist insurgent groups have attempted to tamp down soccer obsession without success. Bruno Maddox on the allure of restaurant menus: Menus make us hungry, but they also have a deeper, existential power. Shadia Drury suggests that the lies on the state of the Gulf Oil Spill might be academically inspired by Straussianism. Paradoxes of Counterinsurgency Operations: An excerpt from The U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual. Do Americans really want to cut the deficit? John Sides investigates.


From EBR, countering the persistent popular notion that electronic literature is just reading the classics under glass, Daniel Punday advocates for greater innovation, and more authorial autonomy, at the level of book design; an international group of digital fiction scholars proposes a platform of critical principles, seeking to build the foundation for a truly "digital" approach to literary study; and Laura Dassow Walls explores how "deliberative" reading practices may allow us to weigh the words we hear against the world we cognize. A review of Writing: Theory and History of the Technology of Civilization by Barry Powell. Luddites moan the iPad, Kindle and other e-readers spell the death of books; the ongoing popularity of vinyl records proves otherwise. From NYRB, Sue Alpern on the iPad Revolution and on what the iPad can’t do. Jennifer Havenner on how ebooks have resurrected the printed book. Chris Kubica wants you to imagine the future of books not as physical objects, but as relational databases — and shows how you can rate a single book to the larger ecosystem of books and reading. A review of The Book in the Renaissance by Andrew Pettegree. Digital archives, like that of Salman Rushdie, promise to transform the study of cultural icons. E-reading has really taken off across the pond, but its impact on print seems largely positive (and more). Dennis Baron on the difference between scrolls and codexes. As the lives of books get more exciting, we might discover that our own intellectual lives get a little duller. The book is dead, long live the book: The age of the e-reader has done nothing to kill our thirst for bloated blockbusters. Bookshops closing and authors in penury — will the technological revolution destroy literature, or save it? Inventor Ray Kurzweil is entering the eBook market with software called Blio.

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Joshua Seigal (UCL): Unhappy Humans and Happy Pigs. From Kritike, Tracy Ann P. Llanera (Santo Tomas): The Copernican Revolution in Pragmatism? Dewey on Philosophy and Science; and Vinod Lakshmipathy (Rice): Kant and the Turn to Romanticism. From Critique and Humanism, Pierre Wagner on the linguistic turn and other misconceptions about analytic philosophy. A review of Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography by Julian Young. From Philosophy for Business, Andrew Murray (CIS): Aristotle and Locke on the Moral Limits of Wealth and Aristotle on the Ethics of Workplace Relations; and Sean Jasso (Pepperdine): The Hippocratic Oath of the Manager: Good or Bad Idea? An interview with Martha Nussbaum on the capability of philosophy. A review of The Nature of Normativity by Ralph Wedgwood. A review of Conversations on Ethics by Alex Voorhoeve. Here are some of the papers from the Northwestern Society for Ethical Theory and Political Philosophy's Annual Conference. A review of The New Pragmatism by Alan Malachowski. A review of The Nature and Future of Philosophy by Michael Dummett. A review of Reflections On How We Live by Annette Baier. A review of Making the Social World: The Structure of Human Civilization by John Searle. The first chapter from Kant and Skepticism by Michael Forster. A review of Explaining the Normative by Stephen Turner. MacIntyre’s missing pages: A review of Christian Ethics: A Brief History by Michael Banner. A review of This is Ethical Theory by Jan Narveson. An interview with Rebecca Housel, author of Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians and the Pursuit of Immortality and True Blood and Philosophy: We Wanna Think Bad Things with You. Here is the first part of the diary of an unemployed Class of '10 philosophy major in NYC.


From The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, John McDowell (Newcastle): “Wars Not Make One Great”: Redeeming the Star Wars Mythos from Redemptive Violence Without Amusing Ourselves to Death; David Fillingim (Shorter): By the Gods—or Not: Religious Plurality in Xena: Warrior Princess; Danielle Soulliere (Windsor): Much Ado about Harry: Harry Potter and the Creation of a Moral Panic; Lena Roos (Lund): Religion, Sexuality and the Image of the Other in 300; and David Landry (St. Thomas): Faint Hope: A Theological Interpretation of Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. Picture Perfect: Phony wildlife photography in magazines, books, calendars, and posters is giving people a warped view of nature. Financial scandal: An article on the hidden wealth of the Catholic Church. The secret life of pimple poppers: It's a social taboo — but why is it all that different from blowing your nose? From Momentum, a review of The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World: A Biography of Major Taylor by Andrew Ritchie. Does your environment determine your behaviour? History in Play: The Richard III Society of Canada agitates for a maligned king. The shortest possible game of Monopoly requires only four turns, nine rolls of the dice, and twenty-one seconds. A review of Barbarians to Angels: The Dark Ages Reconsidered by Peter Wells. Collapsitarianism: The sky has already fallen — the best we can do is hope for nice weather while the sky is falling. A review of Reading Orientalism: Said and the Unsaid by Daniel Martin Varisco. A review of Myths of Renaissance Individualism by John Jeffries Martin. Are Lady Gaga and the women who identify with her confusing sexual power with self-objectification? Wikiwikiwikipedia: If collective intelligence enhances the chance of survival, then we need as much of it as possible.


Thomas E. Doyle (UC-Irvine): The Moral Implications of the Subversion of the Nonproliferation Treaty Regime. Charles Costanzo (ACSC): What's Wrong with Zero? From the Department of State's eJournal USA, a special issue on nuclear weapons. A New Start: Tara McKelvey on prospects for Obama’s “Global Zero”. From The Bulletin, Yousaf Butt on the myth of missile defense as a deterrent (and from NYRM, a profile of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists). From Conversations with History, an interview with Siegfried S.Hecker on science diplomacy and nuclear threats; and an interview with Gregory L. Schulte on nuclear proliferation. From NYRB, is nuclear deterrence obsolete? Jeremy Bernstein wants to know (and responses). China is about to break important international rules designed to prevent nuclear proliferation — can Beijing be stopped? A review of Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World by Tad Daley (and more). Can a dazzling long-term mission — the abolition of nuclear weapons — be achieved through a series of small victories, like those of the last 19 months? A review of The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and its Dangerous Legacy by David Hoffman. Russ Wellen on how money sets our nuclear weapons agenda. Robert Jensen on how the abolition of nuclear weapons requires the end of the US empire. A review of Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly by Michael Gordin. A review of Peddling Peril: How the Secret Nuclear Trade Arms America’s Enemies by David Albright. Two cheers for multilateralism: Why the nuclear review conference was a minor triumph for Obama. The Birth of a Bomb: A history of Iran's nuclear ambitions. Suppose a terrorist succeeds in setting off a nuclear attack — what then?


From Kyoto Journal, a special issue on The Power of an Ideal: Japan’s Article 9 and the Imagination. From the Journal of Sustainable Development, Don Clifton (South Australia): Representing A Sustainable World — A Typology Approach and Security and a Sustainable World; and Nguyen Chi Nghia (Tohoku): Management Research about Solutions for the Eradication of Global Poverty: A Literature Review. A review of My Life with Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz. What an epistemologically conscious "scientific" history (of nation) would have needed: A review of Narrating the Nation: Representations in History, Media, and the Arts. A review of Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success by Matthew Syed. Smarter than you think: An I.B.M.'s supercomputer will challenge Jeopardy! champions. An excerpt from Outnumbered: Incredible Stories of History's Most Surprising Battlefield Upsets by Cormac O'Brien. Once a reliable Western ally, Turkey is now going its own way in the Middle East — and nobody in Washington or Brussels knows what to do about it. A look at 5 horrible diseases that changed the world (for the better). Beware of Deficit Hawks: Is it too soon for governments to cut spending? “Suddenly hot prefix” isn’t a phrase you utter in everyday conversation, but if you’ve noticed the rise of geo- lately, you might be tempted. A review of American Sovereigns: The People and America's Constitutional Tradition Before the Civil War by Christian G. Fritz. A look at how subtitles in movies scrape out their own fictitious space. An excerpt from Caribbean Middlebrow: Leisure Culture and the Middle Class by Belinda Edmondson. A review of Love, Friendship, and the Self: Intimacy, Identification, and the Social Nature of Persons by Bennett W. Helm.


Wade C. Mackey (JSU) and Ronald Immerman (Case): Cultural Evolution and the Nuclear Family: Whither Cleavage of the Father? The myth of the tyrannical dad: The cuddly, hands-on, sentimental dads we know today are by no means a modern-day creation. Why do dads lie on surveys about fatherhood? An interview with Kermyt Anderson, co-author of Fatherhood: Evolution and Human Paternal Behavior (and more and more and more). New studies show that fathers now struggle just as much — and sometimes even more — than mothers in trying to balance work and family life. Are fathers necessary? A paternal contribution may not be as essential as we think. Social science may suggest that kids drain their parents' happiness, but there's evidence that good parenting is less work and more fun than people think; the case for having more children. From Bitch, an interview Ada Calhoun, author of Instinctive Parenting: Trusting Ourselves to Raise Good Kids. An interview with Margaret Nelson, author of Parenting Out of Control: Anxious Parents in Uncertain Times (and more). Darren Allen on how to brainwash your children: Persuade the infant that the external world is more alluring than the inner world. Why teenagers can't concentrate: too much grey matter. Get off Facebook and do something: How to motivate an inert child. A review of The Evolution of Childhood by Melvin Konner. Laurence Steinberg’s research is changing the way we think about teenagers. From Evolutionary Psychology, an article on handgrip strength and socially dominant behavior in male adolescents. A review of The Secret Lives of Boys: Inside the Raw Emotional World of Male Teens by Malina Saval. How to raise men: One father's hilarious test of nine virtues that matter in young men, and which parenting tricks are overrated.

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