A new issue of European Countryside is out. The first chapter from How Ancient Europeans Saw the World: Vision, Patterns, and the Shaping of the Mind in Prehistoric Times by Peter S. Wells. From Ireland’s Look Left, whose decade is it anyway? Donal Fallon looks ahead to the upcoming decade of centenaries and wonders how and who they will be celebrated by. Is socialism taking over France, again? Alice L. Conklin wonders. A shocking pamphlet: Robert Zaretsky wonders if French intellectuals have failed to make a stand in the affaire Millet. Were Vikings really dirty who wore horned helmets, or did they look like we do today? Glocal democracy in embryo: Thierry Baudouin, Michele Collin, Arnaud Le Marchand on the pioneering role of European harbour cities. Learning from Liechtenstein: Why should a tiny alpine nation nestled between the Swiss and Austrian Alps with a population of only 35,000 spread over 62 square miles, no airport, one hospital, 155 miles of paved roadway, and only irregular local train service be taken seriously by anyone? Jane Everson highlights the social networks of the Italian academies, the first of their kind in Renaissance Europe. How Eurocentric is your day? M. Shahid Alam investigates.
Stephanie Vieille (UWO): Transitional Justice: A Colonizing Field? From Liminalities, a special issue on “Blasphemies on Forever: Remembering Queer Futures” by Dustin Bradley Goltz. Paul Starr reviews The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy by Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady, Oligarchy by Jeffrey A. Winters, and The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy by David Karpf. Jason Brennan on why we’re dumb at politics. We are now one year away from global riots, complex systems theorists say. A review of I Am the Change: Barack Obama and the Crisis of Liberalism by Charles R. Kesler. Aristotle Got It: Daniel Baird on the necessity of funding contemporary art, even if you don’t like it. From Newtopia, what’s with your paradise myth? New York’s last romantic gets his own magazine: Nathan Heller on the cranky wisdom of Peter Kaplan. Mark Jacobson on the land that time and money forgot: New York City’s housing projects are the last of their kind in the country — and they may be on their way to extinction.
The inaugural issue of Secularism and Nonreligion is out. Noel D. Johnson and Mark Koyama (George Mason): Legal Centralization and the Birth of the Secular State. Living without an afterlife: Doug Muder on a humanist approach to death. Brian Vroman on a problem for apologists: Is the proposition "From Nothing, Nothing Comes" analytic or synthetic? Dear atheists: Francis Spufford issues a challenge to non-believers. Paula Findlen reviews The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society by Brad S. Gregory (and more). Can political theology save secularism? David Sessions reviews Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton and The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology by Simon Critchley. Razib Khan on conservatism for seculars. Jose can say so: Jose Canseco on how religions are cults. Modern secularists often paint a naive view of the medieval church — the reality was far more complex. Robert N. McCauley on his book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not. Atheist philosopher Maarten Boudry pulls Sokal-style hoax on theology conference. Jacques Berlinerblau on how secularism is about separating church and state, not disbelief — mixing it up with atheism serves only the right.
Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo (WSU): “Ricky Martin Ain’t No Dixie Chick”: Or, How We Can Learn a Few Things About Citizenship and Invisibility from Popular Culture. From Newsweek, Andrew Sullivan on a cover story on President Obama: The Democrats' Ronald Reagan. Jonathan Mahler on Oakland, the last refuge of Radical America. The greatest hits of weird science: Marc Abrahams on what the Oscars could learn from the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony. An interview with Marc Abrahams, author of This is Improbable: Cheese String Theory, Magnetic Chickens, and Other WTF Research. Spin city: Anders Sandberg on why improving collective epistemology matters. Advanced Placement: Micah Uetricht on how the Chicago Teachers Union is poised to lead in the next school-reform fights. Thomas E. Woods, Jr., author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History, on how he was fooled by the war-makers. From Popular Science, Clay Dillow on how the first autonomous strike plane will land on aircraft carriers, navigate hostile airspace and change the future of flight. Does the Non-Aligned Movement still matter? Rene Wadlow wants to know. Jeffrey Richelson reviews The CIA's Greatest Covert Operation: Inside the Daring Mission to Recover a Nuclear-Armed Soviet Sub by David H. Sharp.
From Edge, an interview with Joseph Henrich on how culture drove human evolution; and Ryan Phelan is on a mission to provide deep ecological enrichment through extinct species revival. Across the sea of grass: how Northern Europeans got to be 10% Northeast Asian. A review of Moral Origins: The Evolution of Virtue, Altruism, and Shame by Christopher Boehm. Tracing the world's ancestor: How many generations does it take before someone alive today is the ancestor of everyone on the planet? The largest genomic study finds the Khoe-San peoples are unique, special. What explains the extraordinarily fast rate of evolution in the human lineage over the past two million years? Paul Rincon investigates. Why selfishness still doesn’t pay: A recent finding that undermines conventional thinking on the evolution of cooperation doesn’t, after all, prevent altruistic behaviour from emerging. Here are ten educational facts about the Palaeolithic. Sedeer El-Showk on debating our ancestor’s sex life. Will humans eventually all look like Brazilians? The evolution of fairness: Can examining how inequality began in a hunter-gatherer society teach us how to fairly share the costs and consequences of how we use diminishing natural resources?