Daron Acemoglu (MIT), James A. Robinson (Harvard) and Thierry Verdier (PSE): Can't We All Be More Like Scandinavians? Asymmetric Growth and Institutions in an Interdependent World (and more). From the forthcoming Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Alexander J. Field profiles John Kenneth Galbraith. From NYRB, Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson on what Krugman and Stiglitz can tell us — a review essay. Gillian Terzis on the rise of the celebrity economist: Markets are as unstable as during any point in American history — and a select few have found a way to capitalize. Romney’s go-to economist: R. Glenn Hubbard has been straddling the sometimes shaky line between academia and politics. Christopher Nealon reviews Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius by Sylvia Nasar. The introduction to Masters of the Universe: Hayek, Friedman, and the Birth of Neoliberal Politics by Daniel Stedman Jones. Bernanke vs. the Borg: Matthew O’Brien on a short history of the Fed's amazing transformation. Does economic growth make you happy?: Robert Skidelsky reviews Economics After the Crisis: Objectives and Means by Adair Turner. What have the economists ever done for us? Andrew G Haldane wants to know.
From the Journal of International and Global Studies, Ronald Lukens-Bull, Amanda Pandich and John P. Woods (UNF): Islamization as Part of Globalization: Some Southeast Asian Examples; and Yoko Baba and Claudio G. Vera Sanchez (SJSU): Returning to the Homeland: The Migratory Patterns Between Brazil and Japan for Japanese-Brazilians. Phyllis Schlafly on how the notion that foreigners are better and brighter than Americans is nonsense. An interview with Samuel Walker, author of Presidents and Civil Liberties from Wilson to Obama: A Story of Poor Custodians. From The National Interest, Frank Klotz on the trouble at the ends of the Earth. An excerpt from The Least of All Possible Evils by Eyal Weizman. Henry Farrell on how Pinocchios are likely to be a pretty unreliable measure of anything except for obvious lies or truths. An excerpt from The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting, and Why it Still Matters by Philip Hensher. Eric Gans on the confessions of a Bronx-French intellectual. Daniel Carl Ridge reviews Sodom on the Thames: Sex, Love and Scandal in Wilde Times by Morris B. Kaplan. Romney is attacked by his father's longtime aide Walter De Vries.
From The Nation, Brian Leiter and Michael Weisberg review Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False by Thomas Nagel (and more). Thomas Nagel reviews Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism by Alvin Plantinga. Dehaene versus Plantinga and Nagel: Larry Arnhart on the evolution of mind and mathematics. Steven Horst reviews Religion in Human Evolution: From the Paleolithic to the Axial Age by Robert N. Bellah. Robert N. McCauley on his book Why Religion is Natural and Science is Not. The last dinosaur died in 1927 — March 17, 1927, to be exact: The fossil record according to creationism. Thomas Conlon reviews Panentheism: The Other God of the Philosophers by John W Cooper. The ongoing decline of religion: Elie A. Shneour on how the inexorably growing impact of science is our most significant tool discrediting religion. Horia George Plugaru on the complete irrelevance of the fine-tuning argument. Encounters with the God Particle: The Higgs boson, the pope, and the curious interaction between organized religion and big science. Does the universe need God? Sean Carroll investigates. Will science someday rule out the possibility of God?
A new issue of Minding Nature is out. From Hypocrite Reader, Caroline Lemak Brickman on reading in good faith: What would it mean to shift the burdens of responsibility and rigor onto the reader? Timothy Noah on how Mother Jones got the 47% story. Tyler Cowen on that blurry line between makers and takers. Nowadays, many massively multiplayer online video games have become so complex that game companies are turning to economists for help. Once again, Dominique Strauss-Kahn is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. Wit attitude: Iain Ellis on political humor and its diss contents. Violentacrez, Reddit's most notorious troll, loses job after Gawker profile (and Andrew Beaujon on what you need to know about the Gawker-Reddit war). What are the downsides of winning a Nobel prize? From The Chronicle, Camille Paglia on why George Lucas is the greatest artist of our time; and Michael Berube on why he resigned the Paterno Family Professorship in Literature Chair — that's all you need to know, right? Michael Berube reviews The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall.
From Businessweek, a special issue on the 2012 election: Are you better off? From New York, a special issue on Nov. 6 (and Beyond): With three short weeks to go, a look at the election through the lens of politics past and politics future. Bill Berkowitz on how Sheldon Adelson obliterates democracy at home and abroad. Obama's political philosophy can be traced to the work of William James — but can a pragmatist really effect the change we need? From TNR, Nicholas Lemann reviews Barack Obama: The Story by David Maraniss; and the Backscratcher: Noam Scheiber reviews The Price of Politics by Bob Woodward; Alec MacGillis on Mitt Romney benefactor Robert Murray and his surprisingly generous employees (and a response); and Jonathan Chait reviews Rule and Ruin: The Downfall of Moderation and the Destruction of the Republican Party, from Eisenhower to the Tea Party by Geoffrey Kabaservice. Is there life after Mitt? You might expect soul-searching on the right if Romney loses — think again. United Swing States of America: Frank Jacobs on a presidential election battle map.