Benjamin C. Carpenter (St. Thomas): A Chip Off the Old Iceblock: How Cryopreservation Has Changed Estate Law, Why Attempts to Address the Issue Have Fallen Short, and How to Fix It. E. Paul Zehr on his book Inventing Iron Man: The Possibility of a Human Machine. Why you are not your brain: A brief guide to embodied cognition. Is transhumanism coercive? Forcing humanity to remain relatively stupid and sick doesn't make us freer. A review of The Brain is Wider Than the Sky by Bryan Appleyard. Why aren’t more wealthy people funding aging research? Aubrey de Grey wants to know. Your brain knows a lot more than you realize: Neuroscientist David Eagleman explores the processes and skills of the subconscious mind, which our conscious selves rarely consider. Will whole-genome sequencing create a new liability tsunami for physicians? Philosophy of mind: Laura Weed takes us on a tour of the mind/brain controversy. Kevin Drum on why artificial intelligence is closer than we realize. Massimo Pigliucci on the entanglement between biology and ideology. "Information is cheap, meaning is expensive": An interview with George Dyson on the definition of life, human progress and the importance of cognitive autarchy. Why aren't we smarter already? A look at the evolutionary limits on cognition. Will you live forever — or until your next software release — by uploading your brain into a computer? The future of moral machines: Many think the idea of ethically sensitive machines is a kind of techno-utopian joke, but we are already moving in that direction. A look at how brain-reading devices could kill off the keyboard. Different thinkers come to completely opposite conclusions about the effect that knowledge of the Singularity should have on our investment decisions; here are your options for treating the future seriously.
Edward Green (MSMNYC): The Mind of Adolf Hitler: A Study in the Unconscious Appeal of Contempt. Michelle Madden Dempsey (Villanova): How to Argue About Prostitution. From The Economist, a special section on video games. Night thoughts of a baffled humanist: An excerpt from When I Was a Child I Read Books by Marilynne Robinson. A review of The Puzzle of Left-handedness by Rik Smits. Who won Iraq? Answer: Anyone who stayed out. From Global Post, a special series on Rice 2.0. Can orgasms change the world? Sally Feldman revisits the politics of the climax. From nthposition, nothing to be done: Neil Fitzgerald on a philosophical look at tramps in Paris; and sancta simplicitas, a mouse and the Jesuits: Joe Palmer on deconstructing Krazy Kat. Cruel and unusual idiocy: Can the government get around the Constitution by outsourcing its functions to private contractors? Adam Gopnik on The Lord of the Rings, Twilight, and young-adult fantasy books. Three cheers for income inequality: Richard A. Epstein on how taxing the top one percent even more means less wealth and fewer jobs for the rest of us. Generation X members are “active, balanced and happy” — seriously? The US, the UK and many other countries have become far less equal over the past 30 years; MIT economics professor Daron Acemoglu says it's important we understand how and why this happened, and what it means for our societies. The introduction to Tobacco Capitalism: Growers, Migrant Workers, and the Changing Face of a Global Industry by Peter Benson. Hey, guess what? Debtors' prison is back. The "Great Leaders" were mass murderers: A review of Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal by Ralph Raico. A review of And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert by Lisa Rogak.
From Foreign Policy, a special issue on America: How special are we, and what ails America? Christopher Hitchens on how the conservative belief in American exceptionalism has become a matter of faith. A review of Pat Buchanan's Suicide of a Superpower. Is America over? George Packer on inequality and social decline in America. The “American Century” has ended: The Great Recession, the Arab Spring and the euro crisis show how global relations are fundamentally shifting. Immanuel Wallerstein on the United States versus Everybody. From The European, Rick Rowden on how America is losing its global hold onto power; and the hegemony of pop: America's political and military influence might decline, but its culture remains a global point of reference. Why China and Mexico matter: America's future depends on its relations with these two nations. Epitaph for an old bitch gone in the teeth, for a botched civilisation: Doug Dowd on the decline of Imperial America. From FDL, a book salon on Why America Failed: The Roots of Imperial Decline by Morris Berman. The Amerislump is upon us: Just how fast is the United States sinking? A cautionary tale of declinism — and the political bloviation it inspires. From The National Interest, Stephen M. Walt on The End of the American Era. From Reddit, do you think the United States will survive as an entity post collapse, and will Americans flock to Canada, or will they head south where its warmer? Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum's That Used to Be Us fights the latest upsurge of American declinism to a draw. From Standpoint, Daniel Johnson on the mythology of decline. Ambrose Evans-Pritchard on how world power is swinging back to America. Joseph S. Nye on the decline and fall of America’s decline and fall. Decline in style: If your best days are in the past, America, you have much to learn from Argentina. A review of After America: Get Ready for Armageddon by Mark Steyn.