Dudley A. Schreiber (South Africa): On the Epistemology of Postmodern Spirituality. From Anthropology of this Century, Chris Hann (Max Planck): Personhood, Christianity, Modernity; and facing religion, from anthropology: Michael Lambek on the making of distinctions between the religious and the secular. From Christianity Today, Jenell Williams Paris responds to Mark Noll: Why it's good that evangelicals have not, and likely will not, develop an "evangelical mind"; Carolyn Arends on defending Scripture — literally: Not everything the Bible has to say should be literally interpreted, but that doesn't make it less powerful; an interview with Eric J. Bargerhuff, author of The Most Misused Verses in the Bible: Surprising Ways God's Word Is Misunderstood; and an interview with Alvin Plantinga, author of Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism. From New Scientist, a special issue on God and the new science of religion. A review of Born Believers: The Science of Children’s Religious Belief by Justin Barrett. Analytical thinking erodes belief in God: Our intuitive thought processes, which underpin supernatural beliefs, can be overcome by thinking analytically.
A new issue of Business and Economic History On-Line is out. From Public Knowledge Journal, a special issue on Ecological Inequalities and Interventions. Pack it up, pack it in, it’s over — political polling has reached its end point: Public Policy Polling asks voters in Michigan if they agreed with Mitt Romney’s claim that the state has trees that are the right height. Living in the margins: In medieval marginalia, you might find complaining monks, a nun breastfeeding a monkey, and sexual wordplay — oh, and doodles, lots of doodles. In defense of George Zimmerman: How the gun lobby, conservatives, and right-wing media have rallied to defend the man who killed Trayvon Martin. Wishful mapping: A half-baked Alaska, and the passage that wasn't there. Blue Man Coup: Susan Zakin on how Gadhafi’s mercenaries broke Mali (and part 2). Democracy journal founder and wunderkind Democrat Andrei Cherny, “Clinton’s heir”, is focusing on the Jewish state in his race for Congress. From Design Observer, Rolf Potts on tourist snapshots. Mark Weisbrot on how Europeans' economic future has been hijacked by dangerous ideologues.
From New York, Xanax is to 2012 what Prozac was to the nineties: a much-used, much-craved pill that has come to define our national mood — but are we really in love with anti-anxiety drugs or with anxiety itself? The disconnect: Why are so many Americans living by themselves? Abraham Maslow and the all-American self: Algis Valiunas on why the prophet of self-actualization was more than just a New Age icon. How to make it in America: Thomas Dunne Books editor Peter Joseph dishes on what it takes to make a celebrity memoir memorable. Unhappy camper: Kurt Vonnegut and the dyspeptic tradition in American letters. From Democracy, a forum on Reclaiming Citizenship, including James T. Kloppenberg on restoring the language of obligation. From The Nation, can Americans trust government again? A special issue. A review of Warfare State: World War II Americans and the Age of Big Government by James T. Sparrow. A review of War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity by Stanley Hauerwas. A review of A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony and Satire Shaped Post 9/11 America.
Sylvie Maurer (Savoy): Former British Colony: Mauritians in the Face of Globalisation. From Island Studies Journal, Elaine Stratford (Tasmania), Godfrey Baldacchino (UPEI), Elizabeth McMahon (UNSW), Carol Farbotko (Wollongong), and Andrew Harwood (Tasmania): Envisioning the Archipelago; and Owe Ronstrom (Gotland): In or On? Island Words, Island Worlds. Martin W. Lewis on divided islands, large and small. Who bit my border? You probably don’t think much about the border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Sara Morrison's dream vacation spot is an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, but this island is not tropical and gorgeous — it's called Tristan da Cunha, and it's the most isolated inhabited place in the world. From World Island Information, here is a list of misinformation about islands; and an article on starting your own island country: “[It] requires an island, and citizens, and there difficulties begin”. Although many utopian societies seem doomed from the outset, the Republic of Minerva was up against a unique challenge: creating a libertarian micro-nation on reclaimed reefs in the Pacific Ocean, when the land already had an owner.
A new issue of GeoJournal of Tourism and Geosites is out. From Cultural Studies Review, a special issue on The Death Scene: Perspectives on Mortality. From Europe’s Voice, could the euro destroy the EU? Only “more Europe” can avoid a deeper crisis; and Rob de Wijk on the geopolitical consequences of crisis in Europe Summer 2012. The jury is out on the euro: Severe mismanagement by European politicians has caused damage that will last for decades. Save us from the saviours: Slavoj Zizek on Europe and the Greeks. In defense of Chris Hayes: The MSNBC host is getting beat up for remarks he made about the heroism of American soldiers — really, his critics are the ones who should be apologizing. Monsters are born, not made: the latest round in the debate about criminal responsibility questions the very existence of intuitive morality. Statistical extrapolation doesn’t really apply in my case, because I’m not a statistic: Special Snowflake Syndrome could be re-characterized as “Thinking Like a Properly Socialized American”. The art world is divided into people who either passionately love Balthus's paintings or else are offended by them.
From the Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Jennifer Katz (Geneseo), Vanessa Tirone (Tennessee), and Erika van der Kloet (Geneseo): Moving In and Hooking Up: Women’s and Men’s Casual Sexual Experiences During the First Two Months of College. From Touchstone, man up, lady down: Perry L. Glanzer on the demise of ladies and gentlemen in higher education. From Christianity Today, the missing factor in higher education: A cover story on how Christian universities are unique, and how they can stay that way; and Jocelyn Green on how five small Christian schools are adapting to the new environment. From Academe, Matthew Woessner on rethinking the plight of conservatives in higher education: Findings that run against the grain of assumptions; and the essays in Military Culture and Education are a collective effort to “bridge the gap between the academy and the military”. From The New Yorker, there are no walls between Stanford and Silicon Valley — should there be?; and Nicholas Lemann on the cost of college: Is the higher-education bubble about to pop?
Henry Farrell (GWU) and Cosma Rohilla Shalizi (CMU): Cognitive Democracy. From Critical Approaches to Discourse Analysis Across Disciplines, Lisa Carlton (Iowa): Interplay of Mythic Conceptions of Democracy in Congressional Deliberations over the USA PATRIOT Act. Mark Blythe (Alberta): The Misrecognised as the Least the Advantaged Citizens in Plural Democracies. Marta Orviska (Matej Bel), Anetta Caplanova (UEB), and John Hudson (Bath): The Impact of Democracy on Well-being. Johannes Binswanger and Jens Prufer (Tilburg): Democracy, Populism, and (Un)bounded Rationality. Jean-Paul Gagnon (HKIEd): Democratic Theory and Theoretical Physics. Kurt Gerry (NYU): "We the People" and the Right to Rule: Democratic Authority and the Obligation to Obey the Law; and "We the People" and the Right to Rule, Part Two: Political Equality and the Obligation to Obey the Law. A new theory of democracy: A review of The Gardens of Democracy: A New American Story of Citizenship, the Economy, and the Role of Government by Eric Liu and Nick Hanauer. Jeremy Jennings on paths to democracy, Catholic and secular. Notre Dame sets up a virtual tribute to Guillermo O’Donnell (and more).
From Anthropoetics, Ian Dennis (Ottawa): The Sexual Market: Three Romantic Moments; Dawn Perlmutter on the semiotics of honor killing and ritual murder; and Raoul Eshelman on performatism, Dexter, and the ethics of perpetration. From The New Yorker, James Surowiecki on what’s really going on in the negotiations on Greece and the euro; and what can be done about Bashar al-Assad? Slavoj Zizek and David Horowitz are the guests for the second episode of Julian Assange's interview show, "The World Tomorrow". Kate Bornstein's Amazing Voyage: America's gender outlaw takes us on a wild tour of trans-formation. Multiculturalism works: The concept is increasingly being called a "failure" — but in many places, it's thriving. A review of Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values and What It Means to Be Human by Scott Atran. A review of Fug You: A History of the Counterculture by Ed Sanders. Somewhere along the line it became OK for politicians to ignore facts and present truth as the thing they want to be true — is it too late to restore sanity to political discourse? Joe Heath and Andrew Potter wonder.
Katherine M. Franke (Columbia): Dating the State: The Moral Hazards of Winning Gay Rights. Libby Adler (Northeastern): Just the Facts: The Perils of Expert Testimony and Findings of Fact in Gay Rights Litigation. Tobias Barrington Wolff (Penn): Civil Rights Reform and the Body. From Current Research in Social Psychology, an article on the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a measure of women's stereotypes about gay men. From In-Spire, Mareike Jenner (Aberystwyth): “I can’t even imagine what it’s gonna be like here without him”: Friendship and Queer Theory in American Teen Soap. From the Gay and Lesbian Review, Margaret Rubick on the women who took on the APA; an interview with Frank Kameny on how the militant movement began; and John D’Emilio on how Kameny always knew he was sane. From New York, twenty-five years ago, a group of young men and women started an organization called ACT UP to fight an enemy that, at the time, seemed almost unbeatable; and whitewashing gay history: Liberals applaud themselves for championing gay marriage — but there are ghosts at the weddings.
Emre Gokalp (Anadolu): Pride and Anger: Orhan Pamuk’s Nobel Prize and Discourses of Nationalism. Martina Warning and Tuncay Kardas (Sakarya): The Impact of Changing Islamic Identity in Turkey’s New Foreign Policy. From The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Asli Aydintasbas on how Turkey’s return to the Middle East may prove to be one of the most significant changes on the international scene; Hugh Pope on Erdogan's decade; an interview with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu; and an online symposium on Turkish foreign policy. Why Turkey is the biggest winner of 2011 — and will soon be a significant power. An article on Turkey’s reactions to the Arab Spring. Meliha Benli Altunisik on the not-quite-alliance between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Gregory J. Barber on Turkey’s flawed model of moderate Islamism. Does a shadowy mullah in Pennsylvania really hold the reins of power in Turkey? Tayyip Erdogan is threatening to withdraw state support from the country's theatres after his daughter said she was insulted by an actor during a play. Major archaeological finds in Asia Minor, but researchers say Turkish government is shutting them out.