A new issue of the American Journal of Economics and Sociology is now online. Jeffrey M. Lipshaw (Suffolk): Capitalism Didn't Fail, But the Metaphors Got a "C". From National Review, Stephen Spruiell on Paul Krugman: Professor Ahab. John Quiggin on five zombie economic ideas that refuse to die (and the first chapter from Zombie Economics). John Paul Rollert on the problem with capitalism — capitalists. What would the world's economics Nobel Prize laureates make of Barack Obama's response to the financial crisis? Tunku Varadarajan identifies the most important writers on business and economics who are helping us navigate the turbulent times. An excerpt from All the Devils Are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis by Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera. A review of Why Some Things Should Not Be for Sale: The Moral Limits of Markets by Debra Satz. Reinventing the Bazaar: A Natural History of Markets by John McMillan is a book for you if you really want to know how economists think. Larry Summers and the subversion of economics: A compromised cadre lies at the nexus of academe, banking, and government. A review of Greed, Lust & Gender: A History of Economic Ideas by Nancy Folbre. Shorting economists: Steven Hill asks whether we should still be listening to the “experts” who keep getting it wrong. The Invisible Man and the Invisible Hand: Paul A. Cantor on H.G. Wells's critique of capitalism. Same output + fewer hours = economic crisis: Today’s economic crisis is less about the quantity of output than the distribution of income and leisure. A review of Tweetonomics: Everything You Need to Know About Economics in 140 Characters or Less by Nic Compton, Adam Fishwick, and Katie Huston. As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles. Virginia Postrel writes in praise of irrational exuberance: Does a flourishing economy depend on delusion? Of Guffaws and GDPs: An interview with Yoram Bauman, standup economist.
Sonal Pandya (Virginia) and Robert Urbatsch (Iowa State): French Roast: Nationalism and Consumer Preferences Prior to the 2003 Iraq Invasion ("That nationalism plays a role in economic choices is widely suggested but difficult to demonstrate. The 2003 dispute between the US and France over the proposed invasion of Iraq provides the backdrop for a novel test of this claim.") From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, Minna Lyons and Sue Aitken (Liverpool Hope): Machiavellian Friends? The Role of Machiavellianism in Friendship Formation and Maintenance; and a review of The Murderer Next Door: Why the Mind is Designed to Kill by David Buss. In defense of middle management: A new study demonstrates just how important bureaucracy and paperwork really are. Erik Klemetti catches up with the Kamchatka peninsula. Privacy Rights Inc.: Your right to personal privacy is shrinking even as Corporate America's is growing. From The Root, an interview with Antoine Dodson, concerned brother and YouTube sensation. Colonial presence felt 100 years on: Can Seoul and Tokyo finally put aside differences in the face of unpredictable North Korea? The Magical Battle of Britain: Fighting Hitler's Nazis with occult ritual. From Cato Unbound, Deirdre McCloskey on Bourgeois Dignity: A Revolution in Rhetoric. Atlas Obscura visits Bir Tawil, land that belongs to no nation. A review of Claude Levi-Strauss: The Poet in the Laboratory by Patrick Wilcken. The first chapter from Why People Cooperate: The Role of Social Motivations by Tom R. Tyler. Philip E. Tetlock reviews David H. Freedman's Wrong, Kathryn Schulz's Being Wrong and Charles Seife's Proofiness. Eric Banks reviews Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.
A review of God's Philosophers: How the Medieval World Laid the Foundations of Modern Science by James Hannam (and more). A review of Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think by Elaine Howard Ecklund. From Big Questions, Susan Jacoby on the myth of separate magisteria: Can and should science and religion avoid each other’s turf?; and Michael Shermer on the biggest Big Question of all: Why is there something rather than nothing? Is the search for a theory of everything fundamentally misguided?: A review of A Tear at the Edge of Creation: A Radical New Vision for Life in an Imperfect Universe by Marcelo Gleiser. Tim Maudlin on how philosophy can inform physics. An interview with David Goldberg on books on cosmology. An interview with Pedro Ferreira on the universe. A review of The Shape of Inner Space: String Theory and the Geometry of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions by Shing-Tung Yau and Steve Nadis. The me-sized universe: Some parts of the cosmos are right within our grasp. Sean Carroll on how the laws underlying the physics of everyday life are completely understood. A review of The End of Discovery: Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Knowable? by Russell Stannard (and more). 50 ideas to change science forever: There are still plenty of big problems left, from the nature of consciousness to the fate of the cosmos — here's where to start looking for answers. Mark Henderson on Carl Sagan's The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark. A look at lesser known laws of physics and mathematics. From Cracked, a look at 5 insane scientific charts you won't believe actually exist; and a look at 4 Nobel Prize winners who were clearly insane. From io9, mad scientists have haunted science fiction since Mary Shelley created Victor Frankenstein in the 1810s, but what kinds of research have fictional mad scientists done since?; and six scientists on the most accurate science fiction in their fields. Alexander David Perkins on news and the public (mis)understanding of science. David Rowan on how to save science journalism. This is a news website article about a scientific paper: is this an important scientific finding?
From Amsterdam Law Forum, a special issue on Drugs & the Law. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard) and Christian List (LSE): Independence and Interdependence: Lessons from the Hive. The first chapter from Honeybee Democracy by Thomas D. Seeley (and more). You think your job sucks? Trade with Robert Gibbs — GQ goes inside the woeful world of the White House press secretary. From Jesus Radicals, there is the myth of America and the myth of God and one cannot live out both — one has to decide. The first chapter from Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular Mind by Robert Kurzban. On Hannibal's Trail: The clues are in the geology. As we digest the WikiLeaks revelations, a new book offers the soldiers' perspective. Joe Conason on why the right really hates NPR, with or without Juan Williams. People of intensity, people of power: Diedrich Diederichsen on the Nietzsche economy. Though snobbery was once quite popular and even socially acceptable in Europe, it was never popular in America, but one form of it still is, in both continents: chronological snobbery. From TPM, an idea of the century: “9/11″ as “event”. Microgravity's mysterious side effect: Stuff disappears. It’s a paranoid thought that crosses the mind of every subway rider: What if someone shoved me in front of an oncoming train? In Chile, the lessons of isolation: The performance of the miners shows that humans are not wolves, set to descend upon each other. Serving two masters: Stanley Fish on Shariah law and the secular state. Banking Porn: Pam Martens on the “Flash Crash” cover-up. The Numbers Guy on why construction projects often run over budget. Stewart and Colbert rally in DC this weekend; Scott McLemee opposes their extremist moderation. The trauma of long term unemployment: Here in the Land of Limbaugh, what's a laid-off boomer to do?
Mitchell N. Berman (Texas): "Let ‘em Play": A Study in the Jurisprudence of Sports. Keith Harrison (Central Florida): Themes that Thread Through Society: Racism and Athletic Manifestation in the African-American Community. A review of Soccer and Philosophy: Beautiful Thoughts on the Beautiful Game by Ted Richards. The run of Ricky Dobbs: Navy's quarterback in Annapolis has come to represent something larger than football. Moneygolf: Will new statistics unlock the secrets of golf? A senior writer for Sports Illustrated who has had a good look at big-time sports returns for The Game — and finds a lot to like in Ivy League football. A review of The Manly Art: Bare-Knuckle Prize Fighting in America by Elliott J. Gorn. How a Southie tough made mixed martial arts the sport of the decade, and the UFC a moneymaking empire. A review of The Gipper: George Gipp, Knute Rockne, and the Dramatic Rise of Notre Dame Football by Jack Cavanaugh. Why is it that soccer goalkeepers sometimes have more trouble stopping long-range shots than shots from up close? Sports rivalries: When hating another human being is standard behaviour. A look at how baseball explains the nature of language. Can men and women ever compete fairly in a sport like running? Yes, but it requires a little bit of maths know-how. How fast will humans ever run? Josh Sanburn on the limits of sporting feats. America at the Bat: Diana Schaub on meritocracy and the national pastime. The corrupt culture of big-time college athletics: A review of Scoreboard, Baby: A Story of College Football, Crime, and Complicity by Ken Armstrong. Experts say ex-football players with head injuries often end up in the criminal justice system — former USC lineman Chris Brymer is exhibit A. Baseball’s Bat Man: When stars like Derek Jeter ask to customize their baseball bat, Chuck Schupp makes sure they get what they want.