“Shift Happens”: If you've seen that bumper sticker, you've seen what our culture has made of one of the central ideas in Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (and more and more and more). Marcelo Gleiser on how science is sometimes wrong, for all the right reasons. A review of The Tyranny of Science by Paul Feyerabend. Science needs philosophy: The fad for using science to explain everything is misguided and dangerous. Science needs more Moneyball: Baseball's data-mining methods are starting a similar revolution in research. How to succeed in science (without doing any): Envy those who succeed by making up their data? Here's how you can, too! Scientific papers get hyped first, reviewed later — is that a bad idea? The downside of open access: Why information philanthropy is bad for the South. In his latest book the great iconoclast Bruno Latour turns his gaze on religious belief, and unbelief, and argues that there is less difference between science and religion than atheists like to think — does he convince? The “sciart” movement is bridging the gulf between the “two cultures” that C.P. Snow lamented more than 50 years ago.
A new issue of the International Journal of Internet Science is out, including Linda K Kaye (Edge Hill) and Jo Bryce (Central Lancashire): Putting the "Fun Factor" Into Gaming: The Influence of Social Contexts on Experiences of Playing Videogames. Big Med: Should hospitals be more like chain restaurants? Atul Gawande investigates. Anything but human: Why I stubbornly continue to believe that I'm a human being — something more than other animals, and more than any computer. Stand-Up: Iain Ellis on America’s dissenting tradition: Trailblazers Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce; Transformers George Carlin and Richard Pryor; and the Bills of Rights, Hicks and Maher. What is privacy and are we even able to say: An excerpt from Privacy by Garret Keizer. Guns on the Internet: Sam Biddle on the secret online weapons store that’ll sell anyone anything.
Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick): Social Deprivation and Criminal Justice. Michael Rich (Elon): Should We Make Crime Impossible? Jonathan Rapping (John Marshall): Who's Guarding the Henhouse? How the American Prosecutor Came to Devour Those He is Sworn to Protect. Samuel R. Gross and Michael Shaffer (Michigna): Exonerations in the United States, 1989–2012. How many innocent people have we sent to prison? Yes, America, we have executed an innocent man: Carlos DeLuna was put to death in December 1989 for a murder in Corpus Christi, but he didn't commit the crime. From the American Civil Liberties Union, a special report: At America’s Expense: The Mass Incarceration of the Elderly. To see how mass incarceration has reworked our expectations about governance, we need to understand the relationship of policing to the two major political ideologies of the past thirty years and the governance project that came out of them. A review of The Roots of Rough Justice: Origins of American Lynching by Michael J. Pfeifer. Susan Greene on how eighty thousand Americans, including the non-violent, are in solitary.
A new issue of Film-Philosophy is out. David Konig (WUSTL): John Adams, Constitution Monger. Pamela Haag on 18 ways that social media and technology might change your love life. Juan Cole on the top ten differences between white terrorists and others. From Odbor, Slavoj Zizek on signs from the future. Capitalism, just as Rand envisioned: Duncan Black on the education and jobs of Paul Ryan. Dirk Helbing on how there's a new kind of socio-inspired technology coming up, now. During the past half-century, a curious creature known as the otaku has evolved, migrating from the electric whirl of Tokyo’s akihabara district to the corners of American comic book shops. A review of Lawyers and the Public Good: Democracy in Action? by Alan Paterson. Everyone knows that lawyers are bad at math — what, if anything, should be done about it?
Jack M. Balkin (Yale): The Distribution of Political Faith. Lucas Swaine (Dartmouth): Freedom of Thought, Religion, and Liberal Neutrality. Cecile Laborde on protecting freedom of religion in the secular age. A review of Secularism and Freedom of Conscience by Jocelyn Maclure and Charles Taylor. Find your way through the ethical thicket with Kenan Malik's step-by-step guide to the logic of tolerance. Can the religious beliefs of parents justify the nonconsensual cutting of their child’s genitals? A new federal court ruling represents an ominous legal trend — religious freedom is morphing into religious power. A. James Gregor on his book Totalitarianism and Political Religion: An Intellectual History. A look at why the management of religion is an inevitable part of modern government. A review of Democratic Authority and the Separation of Church and State by Robert Audi. We all think it's a good idea to keep religion away from politics, don't we? Peter Singer on the use and abuse of religious freedom (and a response). An interview with Martha Nussbaum, author of The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age (and more).
Jennifer S. Hendricks (Colorado): Not of Woman Born: A Scientific Fantasy. Ezio Di Nucci (DUE): Fathers and Abortion. Michael Hauskeller (Exeter): Believing in the Dignity of Human Embryos. Aaron Simmons (GVSU): Do Embryos Have Interests? Why Embryos Are Identical to Future Persons But Not Harmed by Death. Something that is right must not always be good; the debate about the rights of unborn babies and infants tells us why. A review of The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers — How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death by Dick Teresi. Brian Leiter (Chicago): The Truth is Terrible. From an ethical perspective the existential conditions of humankind are non-negotiable; fundamental law cannot therefore be created by will or consent — it is rather the existential necessity of life itself that forms the ethos of law, so fundamental law therefore logically differs from willed law. Urvertrauen: “It is the greatest taboo to imply in any way that existence itself is not good, but evil” (and more). When confronting death do atheists think of God, or maybe Ray Kurzweil?
Bernard E. Harcourt (Chicago): The Politics of Incivility. Gabriella Blum and Natalie J. Lockwood (Harvard): Earthquakes and Wars: The Logic of International Reparations. Tariq Modood (Bristol): Is There a Crisis of Secularism in Western Europe? The Vatican’s cult of perverts: In its bank crisis as well as its sex abuse scandals, the Catholic Church is defined by an astonishing lack of accountability — is this why a parish per week closes in the United States? From Popular Science, climate change is already happening, and it's time to get ready; here's how we could adjust our most basic needs — food, water, shelter — to survive. Should the U.S. govern Lagos, Dhaka, Kinshasa? From New Geography, a series on the Evolving Urban Form. How history's greatest inventions really happened: The myth of the solitary inventor — in 8 short stories.
From The Washington Monthly, a special section on the future of success — jobs are not enough. Millions of Americans need to change careers — why are we making it so hard? The triumph of the family farm: Farming is in the midst of a startling renaissance — one that holds lessons for America’s economic future. Peter Diamond and Emmanuel Saez on why high tax rates won't slow growth. Is the American public's distaste for taxation irrational? Now is not the time to hate the state: Many Americans are in denial about their dependence on social spending. Dead hand of the living wage: Richard A. Epstein on how mandating a minimum income would only distort costs and gum up the labor market. Without unions we are screwed, so change is needed: Glenn Reed on a reminder of the benefits of union. A review of America’s Economic Way of War: War and the U.S. Economy from the Spanish-American War to the Persian Gulf War by Hugh Rockoff. The Leisure Gap: Why don’t Americans take vacations? (and more at Dissent) From Solidarity, Dan La Botz on the (im)balance of forces in American society.
William Davies (Oxford): The Emerging Neo-communitarianism. Adrian Vermeule (Harvard): Contra Nemo Iudex in Sua Causa. From Migration Policy Institute, Joseph Russell and Jeanne Batalova on European immigrants in the United States. We were wrong about peak oil: there’s enough in the ground to deep-fry the planet. From FDL, a book salon on Framed: America’s 51 Constitutions and the Crisis of Governance by Sanford Levinson. A review of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet by Aric McBay, Lierre Keith and Derrick Jensen. A closer look at letters to the editor and comment threads reveals that reader feedback has always come from many different sorts, and readers’ ideas can be more valuable than many journalists would care to admit. A review of The Great Divide: History and Human Nature in the Old World and the New by Peter Watson.
A new issue of Prism is out. Stephen M. Griffin (Tulane): Deciding for War. Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers): Proportionality (in War). Adil Ahmad Haque (Rutgers): Law and Morality at War. Geoffrey F. Weiss (USAF): The Efficiency Paradox: How Hyperefficiency Can Become the Enemy of Victory in War. From Infinity Journal, Joseph Guerra on an introduction to Clausewitzian Strategic Theory. Science vs. the art of war: Seeking to make war simple, predictable, and thus controllable will collapse under the larger weight of such intangibles as the human factor and the psychological elements, which will always ensure there is a fog of war. A review of War Time: An Idea, Its History, Its Consequences by Mary Dudziak (and more) and The End of War by John Horgan. A review of Useful Enemies: When Waging Wars Is More Important than Winning Them by David Keen. Is war inevitable? Human evolution has been defined by conflict, says E. O. Wilson. War is betrayal: Chris Hedges on persistent myths of combat.