Julie A. Nelson (UMass): Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men? From Biology of Sex Differences, Christopher P Morgan and Tracy L Bale (UPenn): Sex Differences in microRNA Regulation of Gene Expression: No Smoke, Just MiRs; Israel Abramov, James Gordon, Olga Feldman, and Alla Chavarga (CUNY): Sex and Vision I: Spatio-temporal Resolution; and Sex and Vision II: Color Appearance of Monochromatic Lights. Neurohormonal wars: Mary Stewart van Leeuwen on old questions and dubious debates in the psychology of gender. New research finds men and women feel sympathy for fictional characters for different reasons. The eyes have it: Men do see things differently to women. Men, who needs them? Women are both necessary and sufficient for reproduction; men are neither. Sex matters: Guys recognize cars and women recognize birds best. Peter Blair on the end of men: The end of women too? From International Viewpoint, Josette Trat on the question of sexual difference and Jane Kelly on postmodernism and feminism. Nigel Warburton interviews Paul Seabright, author of The War of the Sexes: How Conflict and Cooperation Have Shaped Men and Women from Prehistory to the Present (and more).
Christopher Beauchamp (Brooklyn): Patenting Nature: A Problem of History. Paul Campos (Colorado): The Crisis of the American Law School. Steven J. Harper on law schools as profit centers. Abolish the law reviews: They're outdated, impractical, and slowly dying — it's time to put them to rest. The introduction to The Soldier and the Changing State: Building Democratic Armies in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas by Zoltan Barany. Jake Klau on the search for the origin of life. The measure of Romney’s mendacity is his allies’ new argument — not that Romney isn’t an outrageous liar; that ship has sailed — but that politicians should never, ever call each other on it when they’re being, well, liars; when they do so, they aren’t merely uncivil, they’re fascist. From Logos, Rich Meagher on founding principles; prudence or principle? Benjamin Barber on why he will vote for Obama and why he won’t blame you this year if you don’t; and Jeff Madrick on the reluctant vote. Michael Warner reviews Secularism in Antebellum Americaby John Lardas Modern. Christian Christensen on why opposing islamophobia is not a defense of extremism.
From New York, what does the Brooklyn of the new Barclays Center have to do with the Brooklyns that came before it? Native son Mark Jacobson walks among the ghosts. Can Vice get 20-somethings to watch the news? This Brooklyn-based hipster outlet has exploded over the last decade. From Vice, is Brooklyn the new bohemian paradise? Molly Fischer reviews The Last Bohemia: Scenes from the Life of Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Robert Anasi. Joel Kotkin on the hollow boom of Brooklyn: Behind veneer of gentrification, life gets worse for many. Women behind bars: Closing a gender gap in Brooklyn. A magazine called Catherine Chung a Brooklyn writer to look out for — trouble was, she didn't live in Brooklyn, and never had. “There are more beards in Brooklyn”: Andrew Sullivan moves to Manhattan. Ghost sign stories: Photographer Frank Jump is haunted by New York’s “fading ads”. From 0 to 12 million square feet: Hudson Yards, Manhattan’s largest remaining chunk of emptiness, is about to become the city’s most massive real-estate development. Occupy Literature: David Ensminger on New York from Melville to the Beats.
Federico Gobbo (Univaq): Alan Turing, Creator of Artificial Languages. The Education of Tony Marx: After a rough start, the president of the New York Public Library now faces the challenge of bringing the institution into the 21st century without losing the social cachet it gained in the 20th. From The Christian Post, a look at how Hookers for Jesus founder Annie Lobert turned away from sex trade to serving God; and can your pro-life bumper sticker actually get you in trouble? From digital sweatshop to perk palace: Jeff Bercovici on why Gawker's Nick Denton started spoiling his staff. Stories from Gawker Media have been banned in at least three major Reddit forums after the community discovered that the identity of one its most controversial users may be revealed in an upcoming Gawker profile. How to shut down Reddit's CreepShots once and for all: Name names. Time might just be the most restrained news organization in the world, having been, apparently for more than a year, in possession of a cache of photographs of vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan posing, clad in backwards baseball cap, with a set of weights.
The inaugural issue of Thought: A Journal of Philosophy is free online. From 3:AM, Ursula Renz does strenuous brooding on Spinoza’s ethics in Klagenfurt and Zurich — the results of this won a major prize; Frederick Beiser broods on the momentous German roots of philosophy so he never stops thinking about German rationalists, idealists, romantics and historicists; Valerie Tiberius is a switched on philosophy freak who gets high and hummin’ asking troublesome questions; and Michael Tye is the jumpin’ jack flashman of philosophy of mind, always updating his zap mind with rigorous brooding on the nature of phenomenal consciousness. From NDPR, Jeremy David Bendik-Keymer reviews of LoveKnowledge: The Life of Philosophy from Socrates to Derrida by Roy Brand; Dennis Whitcomb reviews of In Praise of Reason by Michael P. Lynch; and Stephen Darwall reviews Dignity: Its History and Meaning by Michael Rosen. From The Guardian, a series by Liz Williams on Karl Popper, the enemy of certainty. An interview with Nigel Warburton on introductions to philosophy. Philosophy and the two-sided brain: Carol Nicholson considers a possible source of two major differences in approach.