Thomas Clark Durant (McKinsey) and Michael Weintraub (Georgetown): Altruism, Righteousness, and Myopia. Thomas Klikauer (UWS): Ethics of the ILO: Kohlberg's Universal Moral Development Scale. What kind of test could assess how smart a machine or a non-human animal is? Soldiers find Alaska, Afghanistan similar: As it turns out, the rugged terrain surrounding Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is actually a pretty good double for Afghanistan. Revenge of the Nerd: It’s Ray Bradbury’s future — we’re just living in it. Sick people smell bad: Rob Dunn on why dogs sniff dogs, humans sniff humans, and dogs sometimes sniff humans. Are there hidden virtues to bowling alone? Once freed of the bonds of community, it’s possible some amateur bowlers took pains to improve their games. Here are 5 things you should know about the FBI's massive new biometric database. Do consumers prefer to pay $29 for 70 items or get 70 items for $29? Vatican uses Wikipedia for information on newly-appointed Cardinals. Against TED: When did TED stop trying to collect smart people and instead collect people trying to be smart?
A new issue of the Journal of Social Sciences is out. From the Journal of Social Science Education, a special issue on patriotism, nationalism, citizenship and beyond. Ruchi Agarwal (SFSU): Negotiating Visions of Teaching: Teaching Social Studies for Social Justice. Brian H. O'Beirne (TCD): The Empirical Social Sciences: Prudence for Jurisprudence? Elizabeth Mertz (Wisconsin): Undervaluing Indeterminacy: Translating Social Science into Law. Justin D. Levinson (Hawaii): SuperBias: The Collision of Behavioral Economics and Implicit Social Cognition. Clement Levallois (Erasmus): Economics Under My Skin: Introducing Physiological Observations in the Sciences of Decision-Making. In which sense can we see economics and physics as independent sciences? From Alternate Routes, a special issue on Uniting Struggles: Critical Social Research in Critical Times. Does political science research inform policy opinions of scholars? Behaviorism at 100: Behaviorologist Stephen Ledoux reviews what has happened since B. F. Skinner’s 1957 classic. James Choi on how to parent like a social scientist.
As part of the "Reinvention of Europe" project, the ECFR is running a series of responses from leading thinkers and academics to Mark Leonard's recent paper, "Four scenarios for the reinvention of Europe". Europe’s decline in global affairs is a process widely assumed to be already in motion — Tony Barber inquires what can be done to stop this descent. From NYRB, Timothy Snyder on how democracy can save Europe. Luca Zarrilli on Iceland and the crisis: Territory, Europe, identity. Georges Prevelakis on Greece and the history behind the collapse. Russell Short on the way Greeks live now. Meet Greece’s new transport minister: Just who are these people whom the EU has put in charge of Greece? James Heartfield on Europe’s soft coup d’etat (and part 2). From The International Economy, Hans-Werner Sinn on the striking similarity between today’s eurozone situation and the end of Bretton Woods; William H. Overholt on the price of German leadership: Having exploited the eurozone, it's fair that Berlin and Frankfurt now pay the price; and a symposium on eurozone austerity: Will the medicine kill the patient? More than twenty important global strategists weigh in. From Socialist Resistance, here is a short history of the euro zone.
From Perspectives on Evil and Human Wickedness, Rosa Slegers (Babson): Unsettling Banality: The Unheimlichkeit of Evil; Ralph Poole (Salzburg): Sex Shape-Shifting: Male Body Spectacles of Vampires and Other Monstrous Border Crossers; and Katja Kontturi (Jyvaskyla): Ancestor Haunts: Ghosts in Don Rosa’s Donald Duck Comics. Nowtopia — class, capital, and new communities: An interview with Chris Carlsson. From The New Yorker, an article on Tyler Clementi’s suicide and Dharun Ravi’s trial. Is the Maldives a moderate Islamic state or a Taliban state? From Philosophy Pathways, Tejasha Kalita on Kant and the problem of abortion. From Small Axe, “the narrative is not written in stone”: An interview with Caryl Phillips, author of Color Me English: Migration and Belonging Before and After 9/11 (and more). From The New York Times Magazine, a cover story on how companies learn your secrets. An interview with Michael Shermer on why people believe weird things. A look at how a Christ-centered girl scouts alternative group is gaining popularity.
A new issue of Synthesis/Regeneration is out. Holly Doremus (UC-Berkeley): Climate Change and the Evolution of Property Rights. Putting a price on the real value of nature: An interview with Pavan Sukhdev on why policymakers and businesses must rethink how they assess environmental costs and benefits. Thom Brooks (Newcastle): How Not to Save the Planet. From TMC Journal, Drita Kruja (Shkodra) and Marinella Sichi (Florence): Climate Change and Tourist Activity. Inside COP17: Why UN climate summits like the one in Durban are challenging, but worth covering. Killing environmentalism to save it: Two greens call for "postenvironmentalism". Life on the edge: Four visions for inhabiting a world transformed by climate change. Three challenges for environmental philosophy: Jim Moran explains why saving the planet will be an uphill struggle. The smart way to play God with Earth's limited land: An excerpt from Mark Lynas's The God Species: Saving the Planet in the Age of Humans. Why the planet doesn’t care about your eco-friendly lifestyle.
Don Adams (Missouri): Becoming American: Native American Influences on Revolutionary Political Thinking. From the International Journal of Intangible Heritage, Benjamin Gratham Aldred (Kendall): "Quaker Sweat" as Intangible Heritage. Go rest, young man: In the late 1800s, anxious and tired male intellectuals (including Theodore Roosevelt) were sent West to rough ride, rope steer and bond with other men. A review of The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Presidents: From Wilson to Obama by Steven F. Hayward. Charles Murray exposes the truth about conservatives — they hate poor people, white and black: More and more and more and more and more and more and more and more and more on Charles Murray's Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010. The blue-state trap: Coastal cities and college towns are more alluring than ever, but are they also why the country is so polarized? How the sexual revolution changed America forever: An excerpt from Delirium: How the Sexual Counterrevolution is Polarizing America by Nancy L. Cohen (and more).
A new issue of The Salisbury Review is out. Robert Keith Shaw (Open Polytechnic) and Stephen Dun-Hou Tsai, Ted Yu-Chung Liu, and Mansour Amjadi (Sun Yat-Sen): The Ontology of Entrepreneurship: A Heideggerian Perspective. Rafe Sagarin thinks national security should use the adaptive tactics of nature — can the behaviors that biologists see keep us safer from enemies and disasters? From Reconstruction, a special issue on “something to occupy the time:” Activism and anagnorisis. Lessons for life in 64 squares: Beloved in Armenia, chess becomes a mandatory part of the country’s curriculum. From Wonkbook, you know the deficit hawks — now meet the deficit owls. In Gold We Trust: When the economy goes to pot, we the people place our faith in one indisputably sexy commodity — it's the lone bright spot on Wall Street and a rallying cry for the riotous right. From Ralph, a review of The Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halstead, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine by Howard Markel; a review of Dog Days: A Year in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile by Dave Ihlenfeld; and a review of Lonely Planet's The World's Most Spectacular Routes.
Cedric Ryngaert (Utrecht): The Legal Status of the Holy See. From the Journal of Religion and Society, a special issue on the Catholic intellectual tradition. From Nexus, Philip Coppens on power struggles and murders in the Vatican. The Pope will die within a year: Vatican "assassination fears" revealed. One of the talking points in Rome in recent months has been the growing frailty of Pope Benedict; inevitably, speculation has turned to his likely successor. A review of The Pope's Soldiers: A Military History of the Modern Vatican by David Alvarez. From New Oxford Review, a review of Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity by Adam A.J. DeVille; and will the real Padre Pio please stand up? The introduction to Catholicism and Democracy: An Essay in the History of Political Thought by Emile Perreau-Saussine. From the Journal of Markets and Morality, is some form of secularism the best foundation for Christian engagement in public life? Our bodies are theological: An interview with Christopher West, author of Fill These Hearts: God, Sex, and the Universal Longing (and part 2).
Ilana M. Gershon (Indiana): Un-Friend My Heart: Facebook, Promiscuity, and Heartbreak in a Neoliberal Age. Jonathan Zittrain (Harvard): Will the Web Break? Every online scam begins more or less the same — a random e-mail, a sketchy attachment — but every so often, a new type of hacker comes along; is he following your every move? In search of serendipity: It means more than a happy coincidence, and it's under threat from the internet. Could the Internet ever be destroyed? The coming threats to the global Internet could take many forms. LiveJournal, one of the web's most popular early blogging sites, is launching a comeback in the US (and more). Kim Dotcom, Pirate King: Is Megaupload's founder a criminal mastermind, or the world's most entertaining scapegoat? The Great and Powerful Reddit: How the site went from a second-tier aggregator to the Web’s unstoppable force. Who sent that sex-toy e-mail? Robert McMillan on your friendly Chinese spamufacturer. Wolfram Alpha Pro’s creator wants his “computational knowledge engine” to appeal to more than math and science enthusiasts. Does it make sense to think of the Internet as a “place” that might be “policed” in some comprehensive way, as by a town sheriff?
A new issue of Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy is out. Martins Kaprans (Latvia): Did We Ignore the Social Commentary? Responding to Borat on YouTube. Aaron Maurice Saari (Xavier): Beck-Styled Liberation: Bulletpoints and Bromides. From Philosophy for Business, toward corporate preeminence: Sean Jasso on the greatness of corporate soul (and Geoffrey Klempner on the right to be greedy). Who is Peta Lindsay? Meet the black woman running for president on a platform of socialist revolution. From Geocurrents, while the alter-worlds of the sci-fi literature and film may not always be geographically accurate, if not “positively simple-minded”, they do a little bit better from the linguistic perspective; a look at how to create an “exotic” language: Na’vi and Dothraki; and an article on speculative fiction, imagined geographies, and social alternatives. As important as the commons may be, why study it in a business school rather than in humanities or social science departments? Worth all the sweat: Just why exercise is so good for people is, at last, being understood. A look at 5 creepy forms of mind control you're exposed to daily.