From TAP, a special section on money and elections. Citizen Bopp: Meet the lawyer on a crusade to topple all limits on the role of money in politics. David Weigel on why Super PACs are good for democracy: They’ve made the race for the White House a lot more fair. From The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza on the Obama Memos and how Washington changed the President; and Joe and Debbie: Can Obama win Middle America? Why Obama will embrace the 99 Percent: Any Republican who cannot connect with the white working class is going to have trouble in the Electoral College. Obama, Explained: Longtime analyst of the presidency James Fallows takes the measure of our 44th president, with a view to history. Winning the Future: Obama’s reelection chances are looking good right now, but the next nine months are full of storm clouds. As toxic as this year’s Republican primary has been, it’ll look downright tame once the general election gets going; Joe Hagan goes inside the Democratic and Republican smear machines as they gear up for the most vicious campaign in history. The "other" political parties of the US: It's not just Democrat or Republican — dozens of third-party candidates are also running for president this fall.
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.