Caroline Howarth (LSU) et al: “It’s only other people who make me feel black”: Acculturation, Identity and Agency in a Multicultural Community. What is the real legacy of colonialism? Atrocities committed as Britain's imperial rule ended have been revealed in newly published documents. Highland Games: Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the Scottish threat to Britain. On Britishness: Britain is a bewilderingly motley nation of phlegmatic grumblers — a seaside resort-going, class-conscious people haunted by loss of empire, and we can’t even agree on what the country is called. There is no “British” higher education system, argues Alan Trench: there are four. Britain should break free from its delusion and adjust to the realities of its global position. A review of Enoch at 100: a Re-evaluation of the Life, Politics and Philosophy of Enoch Powell. Robert Colls asks what British identity is — and what it is not. Breaking up is good to do: John McAllion makes the socialist case for an independent Scotland. A review of National Belonging and Everyday Life: The Significance of Nationhood in an Uncertain World by Michael Skey.
A new issue of Hippocampus is out. John William Draper (Penn): Extinction and Risk. From Human Life Review, a symposium on Truth-Telling in the Public Square. From Full Stop, an interview with Bookforum’s Chris Lehmann on the beleaguered status of social criticism, the ethics of covering the Republican primaries, and writing in the shadows of the 20th century’s leading public intellectuals. A review of Ernest Gellner: An Intellectual Biography by John A. Hall. An interview with former radical bookstore owner Sean Stewart, editor of In On the Ground: An Illustrated Anecdotal History of the Sixties Underground Press in the US. Dan Ariely on understanding the dangers of “ego-depletion”. Is it possible to predict what the world will look like in 2052? Jorgen Randers thinks so, and his global forecast may surprise you. A review of Philosophical Interventions: Reviews 1986-2011 by Martha C. Nussbaum.
“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).