Neal Caren and Sarah Gaby (UNC): Occupy Online: Facebook and the Spread of Occupy Wall Street. From TNR, Franklin Foer on how Democrats are misreading the symbiotic relationship between liberals and the left; and Matt Yglesias on how Occupy Wall Street is a rational response to a system that's failed. On playing by the rules: David Graeber on the strange success of #OccupyWallStreet. From the Los Angeles Review of Books, more contributions on #OWS by Mike Davis, Sara Marcus, and more. Roger Berkowitz on the politics of anti-political protest: What to make of OWS. If #OWS needs a manifesto, they should look to John Rawls and his theory of "justice as fairness" (and a response). Mark Engler on the future of the #Occupy movement. Doug Henwood on how a major controversy of the moment is whether to make demands, and if so, of what kind (and more). Calling all liberals: Benjamin Barber on why it's time to fight. Andrew Sullivan on how he learned to love the "goddam hippies" and why their protests aren’t going to end. What the Occupy Wall Streeters are beginning to discover, and homeless people have known all along, is that most ordinary activities are illegal when performed in American streets. “Globalization” is coming home: With eyes focused on Wall Street, major protest plans grow in Europe. Why not occupy newsrooms? Media companies offer their own prime examples of the bonus excess that is driving the protests at Occupy Wall Street. From LARB, Todd Gitlin on the sense of the movement. n+1 announces that Occupy! An OWS-Inspired Gazette is now available for download. Anarchist organizer David Graeber draws condemnation and raves at Texas Book Festival panel. The Hipster Cop: The Ralph Lauren-obsessed plainclothes police officer spotted at the OWS protests has become an Internet sensation (and more: "It’s almost too good to be true. Gay hipster cop finds love at the anti-capitalist protest?")
Zachary D. Kaufman (GWU) and Phil Clark (Oxford): After Genocide. Kyle J. Hatton and Katharina Pistor (Columbia): Maximizing Autonomy in the Shadow of Great Powers: The Political Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds. A review of The Hellhound of Wall Street: How Ferdinand Pecora’s Investigation of the Great Crash Forever Changed American Finance by Michael Perino. Kim Solez and Nikki Olson on the evolving dynamic of evil and love. Rightbloggers denounce the end of the Iraq occupation and the "horrific murder" of Gaddafi. The New Norquist: Meet Colin Hanna, the GOP’s latest hardline power broker. A review of On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits by Wray Herbert. Is the number of basic colour terms a language has reflected in the number of colours on its country’s flag? A review of Modernist America: Art, Music, Movies, and the Globalisation of American Culture by Richard Pells. Gavin Polone on why TV shouldn’t be so afraid of the word "fuck". An interview with Charlotte Gill, author of Eating Dirt: Deep Forests, Big Timber, and Life with the Tree-Planting Tribe. From Boing Boing, an interview with David Eagleman, neuroscientist. A look at he 6 most mind-blowing ways your brain can malfunction. From GQ, two days after the Japanese tsunami, after the waves had left their destruction, as rescue workers searched the ruins, news came of an almost surreal survival: Miles out at sea, a man was found, alone, riding on nothing but the roof of his house. A review of The Unity of Consciousness by Tim Bayne. Used to be that live-action role-playing (LARP) was nothing more than a bunch of full-grown virgins with action-figure collections. Do we need a third-party presidential candidacy? Ezra Klein debates Matt Miller. A review of The Origins of AIDS by Jacques Pepin.
From Discover, when will we be transhuman? Seven conditions for attaining transhumanism; and “I would hope that saner minds would prevail”: An interview with Mary DeMarle on the ethics of transhumanism. A history of transhumanism: How old is the transhumanist desire in man? The key is to see “transhumanism” as a philosophy being just a temporary crutch, a tool for humanity to safely make the leap to transhumanity — transhumanism is really only simplified humanism. A review of The Hacking of Human 2.0 by Richard Yonck. Humanity 2.0: Steve Fuller says we are moving away from seeing ourselves as "normal" humans as we increasingly embrace technological and medical advances — if we can afford them (and more). The cyborg in us all: When will we be able to direct computers with our thoughts? Sooner than you think. Nicholas Agar, Brad Allenby, and Kyle Munkittrick debate extreme human enhancement. Too smart for our own good: Will cognitive enhancement destroy the human race? A review of Technological Nature: Adaptation and the Future of Human Life by Peter H. Kahn. Michael Anissimov on mitigating the risks of artificial superintelligence. Does humanity need an AI nanny? Ben Goertzel wonders. A review of Beyond Humanity? by Allen Buchanan. The early rumblings of the coming Singularity are becoming increasingly evident and obvious — make no mistake: It’s coming. The Singularity isn't near: Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen and Mark Greaves say the singularity itself is a long way off. From the 2011 Singularity Summit, Tyler Cowen and Michael Vasser debate the Singularity. George Musser on how life arose on Earth, and how a Singularity might bring it down.