Evan Litwin (UMass): The Climate Diaspora: Indo-Pacific Emigration from Small Island Developing States. A review of Measure of the Earth: The Enlightenment Expedition that Reshaped Our World by Larrie D Ferreiro. An interview with James P. Delgado, director of the Maritime Heritage Program at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Tim De Chant on the curious relationship between place names and population density. A sinking feeling: A cautionary tale about life in Nauru, a place with hard ecological limits. An interactive visualization of the Demic Atlas is now available on the website of the Stanford Spatial History Project. Why deep-sea rare-Earth metals will stay right where they are — for now. Against geopolitical and engineering odds, plans emerge to build a Red Sea bridge. Let's investigate some of the more suspicious-sounding islands out there and see whether they live up to their altogether uninviting toponyms. A review of Wild Coast: Travels on South America's Untamed Edge by John Gimlette (and more). The lost container cruise: Scientists set sail to study the impact of the tens of thousands of shipping containers that litter the ocean floor. Mauritius is the land where they don’t kill the geese that lay the golden eggs. That map's all wrong for you: Welcome to the world of cartographic errors, misjudgments and deceptions. A review of The Sea: A Cultural History by John Mack. Disputes over boundaries take place; territories switch hands; empires fall and names change — here are the stories behind a few of the curiosities you may find on your old maps. Stuart McMillen presents the story of St. Matthew Island. Geography Wonks for $2,500: Jeopardy! star Ken Jennings explores the world of map obsessives. A fragile island Eden: The Galapagos Islands will soon face tourism restrictions — go while you still can.
From the latest issue of continent, A. Staley Groves on the return of Walter Benjamin’s storyteller: Ronald Reagan as the incorruptible saint of political media; Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei on a critical analysis of Anders Breivik, the Norwegian mass murderer; Tim Morton on objects as Temporary Autonomous Zones; and Graham Harman on how object-oriented ontology (OOO) differentiates itself from other branches of speculative realism. Violent unrest has swept Europe and the Middle East — is America next? Permanent Record: Help Paul Lukas find more students who attended the Manhattan Trade School for Girls. Jobs and the GOP: Why obstruction won’t hurt the Republicans. Salvation for civilians: John Lingan on porn as a way of life. Can we afford anything less? Why only a single-payer system can solve America’s health-care mess. That’s Interesting: Curiosity drives discovery, but what, exactly, makes us curious? A review of Thinking About Leadership by Nannerl O. Keohane. A look at 17 figures of speech as understood by a five year old. Why the Antichrist matters in politics: Apocalyptic fears helped fuel the antigovernment movements of the 1930s and ’40s and could play a role in the 2012 elections, too. Teratocracy Rises: It's the business of the future to be dangerous; apparently, it's the business of the futurist to be depressed. From The Public Eye, Arun Gupta on the Tea Party and the New Populism. A review of Columbus: The Four Voyages by Laurence Bergreen. PoMo, everybody's doing it: The tag of postmodernism gets attached to buildings, art, food, even the way we communicate — Jay Merrick asks why we're in thrall to something so shallow (and more). From The Toronto Review of Books, a review essay on violence. The Education of Steve Jobs: Why do so many talented entrepreneurs drop out of school?
James W. Dow (Oakland): Machiavellian Genes, Social Selection, and the Evolution of Religious Behavior. Peter Manseau reviews Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age by Robert N. Bellah (and more and more). An interview with J. Anderson Thomson, author of Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith. A review of The God Instinct: The Psychology of Souls, Destiny and the Meaning of Life by Jesse Bering. How did the tribal god(s) of a few desert nomads manage to get the upper hand over all the other gods out there who, and let's be honest, have WAAAYYY better stories? Stephen Greenblatt finds the seeds of modern secularism in a book discovered in a medieval monastery (and more and more and more and more and more and more and more). Theology is dead: Mark Goldblatt on the paradox of rational theology. For what is a Mommy, after all, if not the person who intercedes for us with Daddy, and what is religion, if not our psychic needs writ large? In theory, religion could go on and on: It is not just the prayerful who can be religious; by scholarly definitions, they can include fans of football teams and celebrities. Robert Hoffmann (NUBS): The Experimental Economics of Religion. Well that settles it: Income inequality really does go hand in hand with religion. Why atheism will replace religion: With economic security, people abandon religion. Religion makes people happy, so why is church attendance declining? It might just be insurance for the unhappy. Hundreds of millions of people in Europe alone are “non-religious”, but non-religion remains an understudied field; Lois Lee discusses its significance and its role in defining the identities of the “silent majority” in Europe. Goodbye Religion: How godlessness is increasing with each new generation.