Adam Bonica (Stanford): Mapping the Ideological Marketplace. Kimmo Eriksson and Alexander Funcke (Stockholm): American Political Ingroup Bias and the Above-Average Effect. Dan M. Kahan (Yale): Ideology, Motivated Reasoning, and Cognitive Reflection: An Experimental Study; and Cognitive Bias and the Constitution of the Liberal Republic of Science. Daniel Casasanto (New School): Different Bodies, Different Minds: The Body Specificity of Language and Thought. How to raise a little liberal (or conservative): New research confirms children raised by authoritarian parents are more likely to grow up into right-wingers. Why do people of different parties seem to have such a hard time understanding each other and reaching agreements? Liberals and conservatives who are polarized on certain politically charged subjects become more moderate when reading political arguments in a difficult-to-read font. Why are liberals twice as likely to cheat as conservatives? Manuel Garcia on left conservatives under right progressives: This political taxonomy allows for classification and comparison of all political orientations. Adam Staley Groves on a new ideology: The task today is to rethink the material basis of ideology and begin restructuring our practices.
Andra C. Ghent (ASU): The Historical Origins of America's Mortgage Laws. Atin Basuchoudhary (VMI), Raja Mazumder (GWU), and Vahan Simoyan (FDA): The Evolution of Cooperation: How Patience Matters. Hackett reviews Welfare States and Immigrant Rights: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion by Diane Sainsbury. An interview with the Economist’s Greg Ip on the inside story on business reporting. Pancratius C. Beentjes reviews Celibacy in the Ancient World: Its Ideal and Practice in Pre-Hellenistic Israel, Mesopotamia, and Greece by Dale Launderville. From jukeboxes to YouTube: Jason Diamond on how Billboard is catching up with the times. Rebecca Ariel Porte reviews Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting by Sianne Ngai. Charles Taylor delivers the second annual Alex Fountain Memorial Lecture, under the title “Is Democracy in Danger?” David Runciman reviews The Secret Race: Inside the Hidden World of the Tour de France: Doping, Cover-ups and Winning at All Costs by Tyler Hamilton and Daniel Coyle. Bruce Schneier on Lance Armstrong and the prisoners’ dilemma of doping in professional sports. Research suggests our sense of smell is “devolving”.
From Religions, David King (MTS): The New Internationalists: World Vision and the Revival of American Evangelical Humanitarianism, 1950–2010; and David R. Swartz (Asbury): Embodying the Global Soul: Internationalism and the American Evangelical Left. Frederick Mark Gedicks (BYU): With Religious Liberty for All: A Defense of the Affordable Care Act's Contraception Coverage Mandate. Poets, protesters, and proletarians — oddballs of the nineteenth century: Evan Kindley reviews The Stammering Century by Gilbert Seldes. From Christianity Today, it may not be as dead as it seems — maybe it even won: Gregory Metzger reviews Moral Minority: The Evangelical Left in an Age of Conservatism by David R. Swartz; does it matter that evangelicals became prolife recently? Mark Galli says no; and why Americans don't think God talk is weird: Peter Berger reviews The God Problem: Expressing Faith and Being Reasonable by Robert Wuthnow. Re-evangelizing New England: Ruth Graham on how church-planting and music festivals are bringing about a quiet revival. Mark Noll reviews Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill by Michael P. Winship.
Simon Springer (Victoria): Postneoliberalism? From Portal, a special issue on Imagined Transcultural Histories and Geographies. How to win at forecasting: A conversation with Philip Tetlock. The other shooter: Alex Pasternack on the saddest and most expensive 26 seconds of amateur film ever made. Does “statistical significance” imply “actually significant”? Steve Early reviews Raising Expectations (And Raising Hell): My Decade Fighting For the Labor Movement by Jane McAlevey. The heiress: Ken Auletta on the measured rise of Elisabeth Murdoch. Tracy Clark-Flory interviews Leigh Ann Wheeler, author of How Sex Became a Civil Liberty. What business can learn from Occupy Wall Street: Insubordination can be a managerial virtue, argues James C. Scott in Two Cheers for Anarchism. Maria Popova on a visual timeline of the future based on famous fiction. Tara Brabazon reviews Cultures of Mediatization by Andreas Hepp. Is the death of newspapers the end of good citizenship? The UFC turned a once-illegal blood sport into prime-time entertainment — but before it fully capitalizes, it has some battles left to fight.
Gabriella Conti and James J. Heckman (Chicago): The Economics of Child Well-Being. Sean Williams (Texas): Statistical Children. Meredith J. Peters on parental involvement: How much is enough and what can schools do to encourage it? From Vision, an interview with Christian Smith and Lisa Pearce, authors of Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood; Gina Stepp interviews Ruth Nemzoff, author of Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-Laws Into Family; and three recent books provide insight into why some family relationships seem to be more challenging than others. From TLS, a review essay by Emily Wilson on three millennia of motherhood. One of the most malignant features of modernity since the French Revolution has been the attempt by the State — left or right, fascist, nationalist, socialist, or communist — to take over control of children’s education from parents and local agencies — such as churches and municipalities — and direct that education in the interest of grandiose, intellectually neat, or more efficient plans and aims. Libby Copeland on the worst baby advice ever. John Cheese on 5 arguments parents have (never won) with their kids.
Patrick R. Coad, Allan Gregory Auclair, Clint Cottam, and Clayton B. Davis (Indiana): Twitter as an Indicator of Bilateral Relations: National Boundaries and Online Behavior. From Daily Dot, Cole Stryker on the myth of the meritocratic Web. Wikipedia looks like it may soon become a victim of its own success: The free encyclopedia, with more than 4 million articles, is nearing completion. What would happen if Wikipedia died? Behind the predictive future of search: Dieter Bohn on how Google learned to un-fragment itself and create the next big thing. From Daily Dot, Kevin Morris on the Internet’s oldest and weirdest mystery. Own a piece of disgusting Internet history with your very own goatse email address. You can’t say that on the Internet: Hip Silicon Valley is actually imposing prudish strictures on billions of technology users worldwide. The real threat to Internet freedom isn't the United Nations: Governments are cooperating on surveillance in other, less obvious ways. Kill the password: Mat Honan on why a string of characters can’t protect us anymore (and more). Lydia DePillis on the end of .com hegemony and the coming URL gold rush.
Amikar Parwar (Chanakya): Laws Against Homosexuality and Suicide: Legal and Moral Aspects. Are “geek” and “nerd” now positive terms? Kathryn Westcott wonders. Jules Pretty reviews An Ecology of Happiness by Eric Lambin. Return trip: A new generation of researchers is heading into the weird world of psychedelic drugs — it could change their minds. I punched Danzig in the face: An interview with Danny Marianino, author of Don't Ever Punch a Rockstar: A Collection of Hate Mail and Other Crazy Rumors (and an apology). The culture war of national security: Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni on why civil libertarians can’t win in the fight against an expanded security state — and why we can blame Caesar. What's behind the Right's “Obama is gay” conspiracy? The noble and the base: A review essay on Poland and the Holocaust by John Connelly. Are Harvard Business School students taught anything of real world value? Claude R. Marx reviews Presidential Retreats: Where the Presidents Went and Why They Went There by Peter Hannaford. Vanessa Barford on Etsy, Folksy and the mania for making crafts. The shocking yawn: Raymond Tallis takes on the strange case of Damien H.
Richard L. Hasen (UC-Irvine): The 2012 Voting Wars, Judicial Backstops, and the Resurrection of Bush v. Gore. The mystery of the pro-Obama dark-money group: The 2012 campaign's most secretive nonprofit wasn't Crossroads GPS or Americans for Prosperity — it was the Democrats' Priorities USA. Did Citizens United help Democrats in 2012? Molly Ball investigates. How political campaign spending brought down the Roman Republic: If Cato, Cicero, or Julius Caesar were here today, they would recognize the danger posed by Citizens United. Off the rails: Joel Kotkin on how the Party of Lincoln became the Party of Plutocrats. Mark Thoma on why the GOP won't admit supply-side economics has failed. The crisis of American self-government: Harvey Mansfield, Harvard's “pet dissenter”, on the 2012 election, the real cost of entitlements, and why he sees reason for hope. Tom Engelhardt on the Barack Obama story: How a community organizer and constitutional law professor became a robot president. Have the Democrats opened up a real Electoral College advantage over the Republicans? Asya Pereltsvaig on U.S. electoral geography: An urban/rural divide? Anita Serwacki on 9 non-political issues that divide American voters.
Markha Valenta (Radboud): Pluralist Democracy or Scientistic Monocracy? Debating Ritual Slaughter. Nathan Heller reviews Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon (and more). Could pop culture be the most effective method of warning the public about existential dangers? John Mecklin reviews Atomic Comics: Cartoonists Confront the Nuclear World by Ferenc Morton Szasz. Doc Stull interviews Dave Gluck, co-author (with Bernie Williams) of Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance. Ideology masquerading as evidence: Jayne Lucke on pro-life opposition to contraception. Can the Federal Reserve help prevent a second recession? William Greider wants to know. From Crisis, Anthony Esolen on the sexual revolution and its victims (and part 2). An interview with Aaron James, author of Assholes: A Theory (and more). Ask an economist: Which Bond villain plan would have worked (and which not)? Trap Streets: James Bridle on the road not taken. Totalitarianism, famine and us: Have histories of famines caused by totalitarianism become a distraction to the new politics of hunger? Tristan Bekinschtein reviews Curious Behavior: Yawning, Laughing, Hiccuping, and Beyond by Robert R. Provine.
The inaugural issue of Social Sciences Directory is out. Peter John (UCL): Political Science, Impact and Evidence. Geoffrey M. Hodgson (Hertfordshire): On the Limits of Rational Choice Theory. John B. Davis (Marquette): Economics Imperialism Under the Impact of Psychology: The Case of Behavioral Development Economics. From Books and Ideas, Andre Orlean asks us to rethink the place of economics within the social sciences and its relationship to politics; and a review of The Explanation of Social Action by John Levi Martin. The first chapter from The Emergence of Organizations and Markets by John F. Padgett and Walter W. Powell. Sudhir Venkatesh is a rising star in sociology for his research on poverty and gang life, but his methods have led to questions from colleagues and a grueling inquiry by Columbia University (and a response). Political scientist James C. Scott reprises the themes of his earlier work in Two Cheers for Anarchism — he also loves to raise animals on his Connecticut farm. From The Monkey Cage, John Sides on why the 2012 election was good for political science; and is Nate Silver’s popularity good or bad for quantitative political science? Adam Berinsky, Neil Malhotra, and Erik Snowberg wonder.