From Boston Review, pomp and exceptional circumstance: Malcolm Harris on how students are forced to prop up the education bubble. What's your preferred way of finding a paper in your field? Scott McLemee looks at a report on the available options. Siva Vaidhyanathan on how universities are vast copy machines — and that’s a good thing. Scholars say higher ed leftist bias helped Obama win. Are the liberal arts useful? Samuel Goldman wonders. Blaine Greteman reviews Speaking of Race and Class: The Student Experience at an Elite College by Elizabeth Aries with Richard Berman. Will state colleges become federal universities? Richard Vedder investigates. Students aren’t the only ones cheating — some professors are, too; Uri Simonsohn is out to bust them. Robert Dingwall on why open access is good news for neo-Nazis. Questioning Clay Shirky: It's time to start challenging the popular critique of higher education — and the way the views of many academics have been belittled or ignored, writes Aaron Bady. From PhD Comics, Jorge Cham on the fingerprint of stars. A look at 5 mind-blowing academic theories as taught by classic movies.
From Evolutionary Psychology, S. Craig Roberts (Stirling), Mark van Vugt (VU Amsterdam), and Robin I. M. Dunbar (Oxford): Evolutionary Psychology in the Modern World: Applications, Perspectives, and Strategies; Anthony C. Little and S. Craig Roberts (Stirling): Evolution, Appearance, and Occupational Success; Carey J. Fitzgerald and Kimberly M. Danner (Oakland): Evolution in the Office: How Evolutionary Psychology Can Increase Employee Health, Happiness, and Productivity; and Nathan Oesch (Oxford) and Igor Miklousic (Ivo Pilar): The Dating Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Emerging Science of Human Courtship. Newspapers have life cycles — and maybe it's time for the Washington Post to die. Steven Hill and Robert Richie on why America can't pass gun control: Hint — it's not the NRA or a gun-loving culture. Roy Gutman goes inside Turkey’s Kurdish insurgency: No sex, no swearing, no Quran. If only Marx had used emoticons: There is something about email that turns irony, wit and style into trouble, but could misunderstandings be avoided by using little winky faces? No, says Jonathan Wolff.
From Avant: The Journal of the Philosophical-Interdisciplinary Vanguard, immune system, immune self: A special issue on the philosophy of immunology. From Figure/Ground Communication, Andrew Iliadis interviews John Searle. The folly of scientism: Austin L. Hughes challenges the trespassing of scientists on philosophy’s domain. From 3:AM, Jessica Berry stays cool calm and collected as she pronounces Nietzsche a Pyrrhonian skeptic; Gary Gutting has his finger on the philosophical pulse, writing books and articles and writing regularly for The Stone philosophers’ blog at the New York Times to keep everyone in the know; and John Haldane is a Thomist analytic philosopher, the P Daddy of the philosophy of religion. From Arcade, William Egginton on the novel and the origins of modern philosophy. Anat Biletzki reviews Philosophical Delusion and its Therapy: Outline of a Philosophical Revolution by Eugen Fischer. Who’s lying, then? David Pitts on Epimenides of Crete and his infamous Liar Paradox. Between the Scylla of Russell nor the Charybdis of Wikipedia: Justin E. H. Smith on philosophometry. Train philosophers with Pearl and Kahneman, not Plato and Kant.
Jacob Copeman (Edinburgh) and Deepa S. Reddy (Houston): The Didactic Death: Publicity, Instruction and Body Donation (“What value does death acquire when body organs are pledged for transplantation?”) Don’t forget the atheists when tragedy strikes. Meet John Lott, the man who wants to arm America's teachers. The king of con-men: The biggest fraud in history is a warning to professional and amateur investors alike. Utopian for beginners: Amateur linguist John Quijada loses control of the language he invented. Why time is a social construct: Psychologists and anthropologists debate how different cultures answer the question, “What time is it?” Jim Sleeper on the parallel between today's gun enthusiasts and yesterday's racial segregationists. Tim Lacy reviews American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas by Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5 and part 6 and part 7). Noam Scheiber on why Obama must go over the cliff to save his second term. Jeff Madrick on how either way we’re going over the cliff. “I am not a contrarian. I find contrarians annoying”: Spiked.com editor Brendan O’Neill answers readers’ questions.
Armageddon 2.0: Although the threat of nuclear war seems more distant now, other threats have arisen from the very technologies responsible for human progress, such as computing and energy production. A new centre at Cambridge will address developments in human technologies that might pose “extinction-level” risks to our species, from biotechnology to artificial intelligence. Joseph L. Flatley goes on a journey through America’s Doomsday obsession (in 5 parts). Inside the future: A look at how Popular Mechanics predicted the next 110 years; here are 110 predictions for the next 110 years; 10 things that will disappear in the next 110 years; and 10 things that will never change. The NIC predicts a very transhuman future by 2030. The slow future is our best hope if we want to steer humanity toward a tomorrow where our species survives. Catastrophiliacs: For some, the end of the world can’t come too soon. Waiting for the end of the world: Preppers may be the last ones standing when the Man comes around. Here is the Government Guide to the End of the World. Nibiru, or Planet X is entering our orbit: OMG, The End is Nigh! NASA and the Vatican agree: the Mayan apocalypse isn’t going to happen. Jonathon Keats on 20 things you didn't know about The End.