Steve Cooke (Manchester): Animal Rights and Environmental Terrorism. Darcy Courteau reviews Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America by Jon Mooallem. Will elephants be extinct by 2025? Worldwide demand for ivory is fueling rampant poaching. Steve Donoghue reviews Trash Animals: How We Live With Nature’s Filthy, Feral, Invasive, and Unwanted Species. The living dead wouldn't stand a chance: David Mizejewski explains how nature would deal with a zombie outbreak. Lindsay Abrams on a new study that suggests that manmade changes to the environment are making some animals smarter. Philip Bethge on how dolphins may be dumber than we think. Are pigs as smart as dogs, and does it really matter? Julian Baggini on the vegan carnivore: It's made in a lab, no factory farms and no killing, but it's still meat — looks like we'll need a whole new food ethics. Saving animals from factory farms: Alissa Quart on fake meat’s increasingly real future. George Dvorsky on how to be an ethical carnivore. Pro-life, pro-animal: Matthew Scully on the conscience of a pro-life, vegan conservative. Why you look like your dog: Sarah Yager goes behind the phenomenon of pet/owner resemblance. Michael Kaiser on trial issues in a dog bite case. Damaris Colhoun on why we love cat memes: Grumpy Cat's ancestors hail from ancient Egypt and mid-20th century France, and show why cat art fascinates us. Sorry, you probably don't understand your cat's meows.
Mireille Hildebrandt (Radboud): Introduction to the Value of Personal Data; and Slaves to Big Data — Or Are We? From The Atlantic, why is software so slow? James Fallows interviews software executive Charles Simonyi on why computer applications lag behind hardware, and how new apps could end drudgery. History.exe: How can we preserve the software of today for historians of tomorrow? Harry McCracken on the myth of Steve Jobs’ constant breakthroughs. Tom Slee reviews Networked: The New Social Operating System by Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman; Black Code: Inside the Battle for Cyberspace by Ronald J. Deibert; and Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking by E. Gabriella Coleman. Leon Neyfakh on why you can’t stop checking your phone: To fight texting and driving means confronting a bigger problem, say experts — our technology is reprogramming us. Andrew Feenberg reviews Invasive Technification: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Technology by Gernot Bohme. Jo Confino on how technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world. Can the language barrier be breached? Google certainly thinks so: Under the leadership of a computer scientist from Germany, the company is making progress toward a universal translation tool. From Cracked.com, Chris Bucholz on 6 ways smart technology has made things dumber, and on 5 crazily primitive ways we use advanced technology.
Michael A. Olivas (Houston): 58,000 Minutes: An Essay on Law Majors and Emerging Proposals for the Third Year of Law Study. From Next New Deal, what kind of problem is the ACA rollout for liberalism? Mike Konczal investigates. The Democratic Obamacare freak-out begins. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on on a chart that will help dispel your Obamacare hysteria and on debunking the new Obamacare conspiracy theory; and the New Deal's debut wasn't smooth sailing, either — but historian Michael Hiltzik says Obama could've learned a few lessons from FDR. Corey Robin on the moderate and the McCarthyite. Actor-slash-comedian-slash-Messiah Russell Brand, in his capacity as guest editor of the New Statesman's just-published revolution-themed issue, was invited to explain to Jeremy Paxman why anyone should listen to a man who has never voted in his life. Joe Coscarelli interviews George Rush and Joanna Molloy, author of Scandal: A Manual. David Cay Johnston on Glenn Greenwald and the future of leaks. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on how Glenn Greenwald is taking on the world, and why he'll never stop. Gillian Tett interviews Jared Diamond on criticism, gall bladders and what the west can learn from other societies. Candida Moss reviews From Shame to Sin: The Christian Transformation of Sexual Morality in Late Antiquity by Kyle Harper. The federal government is going into uncharted waters, deep-sixing the giant paper nautical charts that it has been printing for mariners for more than 150 years.
Fabian T. Pfeffer, Sheldon Danziger, and Robert F. Schoeni (Michigan): Wealth Disparities Before and After the Great Recession. From The Washington Monthly, a special section on opportunity in America. Joseph Stiglitz on how inequality is a choice. Richard Florida on what the shutdown revealed about the economic divides in U.S. politics. The millionaire panhandler: Joe Streckert on separating the facts from the myths surrounding panhandling. What can account for this persistent and unblinking hostility towards poor people? Paul Hiebert on how being poor makes you poor: New research shows how poverty can often be a self-perpetuating trap. Richard Reeves on the Glass-Floor Problem: Until we let affluent children fail, talented lower-income students will be unable to climb the ladder of social mobility. James Surowiecki on the drive for transparency in executive pay. While annual CEO compensation increased by 726.7% between 1978 and 2011, average worker compensation only went up 5.7% during the same time. Michael Kinsley on how Walmart can solve the inequality problem — and it’ll only cost you $12.50 a year. The US has low taxes — so why do people feel ripped off? Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%: The Reagan-Thatcher revolution changed society's beliefs about taxes — if we want economic growth shared fairly, we must rethink. Sam Pizzigati on how a tiny tax on global personal wealth over $1 million could ensure that no child anywhere on the planet has to live in extreme poverty. Glenn Brigaldino interviews John Weeks on the inner workings and traits of our economic system and how it might be saved, from itself and the 1%.
Matthijs Krul (Brunel): The Value of Value: Reflections on Theorizing Economic History. Ryan Bubb and Richard H. Pildes (NYU): How Behavioral Economics Trims Its Sails and Why. Marc Pilkington (Burgundy): Economics as a Polymorphic Discursive Construct: Heterodoxy and Pluralism. From Econ Journal Watch, a special issue on the ideological migration of the economics laureates. Robert Sugden reviews The World in the Model: How Economists Work and Think by Mary S. Morgan. An article on how the Economics Nobel highlights a big unanswered question. Raj Jetty on why economics is a science: Don’t let the skeptical response to this year’s Nobel Prize fool you (and more). Mark Thoma on how the Internet is changing what economists do. Economic models are rigorous analysis by name only: Daniel Baker on why economists should admit they know nothing about risk. Yichuan Wang on why economics is good for lots of things. Rules vs discretion revisited: Adam Gurri on the insularity of economists. Evolutionary foundations of Coasean economics: Masahiro Mikami on transforming new institutional economics into evolutionary economics. Felix Salmon reviews The Undercover Economist Strikes Back: How to Run-or Ruin-an Economy by Tim Harford. Tim Harford is the man who gives geeks a good name. Lights, camera, economics: Robert Reich brings his message to the big screen.
A new issue of Hoover Digest is out. Ashley Deeks (Virginia): The Observer Effect: National Security Litigation, Executive Policy Changes, and Judicial Deference. Martin Wolf on the reality of America’s fiscal future: The real debate is not about the debt — it is about whether citizens will fund the government. Nick Gillespie on why Ayn Rand would have loved Kickstarter. Lili Hornyai on male anxieties (re)created by men’s magazines; and on daughters of the darkness: Lesbian vampire before and after the Hays Code. Nate Cohn on why it's so hard for Democrats to retake the House. Steven Lubet and Kevin Chang on stupid juror questions. Witness to history: Zeke J Miller interviews Peggy Suntum on her 30 years as a White House stenographer. The secrets of Bezos: Brad Stone on how Amazon became the everything store. Nathaniel Peters reviews Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Our Age by Robert P. George. Cardiff Garcia on the downsides of quantitative easing. From TNR, Matthew Waxman on why we need to regulate surveillance in our cities before it's too late; Matthew Shaer is on the ground with Syria's news smugglers: They go where professional journalists won't; and Jerome Groopman on the dangers of alternative medicine: Think the government should allow people to medicate themselves and their children however people want to?
Corey Ciocchetti (Denver): Understanding the Second Amendment: A Five Page Synopsis. Armando Freitas Da Rocha and Fabio T. Rocha (RANI): Gun Control: What Goes on in Your Brain. David Kairys (Temple): Self-Defense and Gun Regulation for All. Daniel Luzer on how the history of citizen ownership of firearms isn’t just about protection against tyranny; it’s also about forcing subjects to defend tyranny. Children and guns, the hidden toll: Children shot accidentally — usually by other children — are collateral casualties of the accessibility of guns in America. John Whitehead on the growing phenomenon of police shooting unarmed citizens. More guns kill more people, a study finds. Mad about guns: Marc Pitzke on America's deadly weapons obsession. Lisa Hix on why Americans love guns. Yolian Cerquera on America’s hazardous gun culture. Adam Gopnik on a few simple ideas about gun control. A new survey finds a majority of gun dealers support both comprehensive background checks on gun buyers, and banning people with serious criminal records, mental illnesses, or a history of alcohol abuse from buying firearms. The gun rights crowd might be right about mental health: While their intentions aren't necessarily pure, the numbers suggest they're actually on to something. Gun owners are using Instagram to privately sell firearms, evade background checks. A television show funded by the NRA has been cancelled after the host of the programme shot an elephant in the face and then compared his critics to Adolf Hitler.
Kyla Stepp (Wayne State): Change in Attitudes: What Causes People to “Change Their Minds” about Same-Sex Marriage? Arnulf Kolstad (Nesna): The Nature-Nurture Problem Revisited: Some Epistemological Topics in Contemporary Psychology. Jennifer Radden reviews How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown by Edward Shorter. George Dvorsky on why Freud still matters, when he was wrong about almost everything. Melanie Tannenbaum on psychology’s brilliant, beautiful, scientific messiness (and more). Don’t panic but psychology isn’t always a science (and more). An article on the psychology of the “psychology isn’t a science” argument. Christopher Chabris on why Malcolm Gladwell matters (and why that's unfortunate). Caitlin Shure on insights into the personalities of conspiracy theorists: Psychologists find that distrust of authority and low agreeableness are among factors underlying the willingness to believe. Christopher Shea on Stanley Milgram and the uncertainty of evil: The psychologist’s famous findings about human nature have haunted us for 50 years — but can we trust them? Good intentions, bad people: Jiby Philip on how good intentions do not negate social evils or the power structures that perpetuate them. Scott Barry Kaufman on 23 signs you’re secretly a narcissist masquerading as a sensitive introvert. Chris Bucholz on 5 psychological flaws that warp the way you see the world.
Brendan S. Maher (UConn): The Affordable Care Act, Remedy, and Litigation Reform. Bryce Clayton Newell (Washington): The Massive Metadata Machine: Liberty, Power, and Secret Mass Surveillance in the U.S. and Europe. From The Public Domain Review, an animated film by French caricaturist, cartoonist and animator Emile Cohl, one of the earliest examples of hand-drawn animation, and considered by many film historians to be the very first animated cartoon (and more and more). An interview with Charles Miers on the Codex Seraphinianus, the strangest book in the world. Zach Dorfman on assholes as important subjects for moral inquiry. The book — its past, its future: Ivan Jablonka interviews Roger Chartier. Is the Onion’s film criticism better than its news satire? Laura Bennett investigates. Robin Marty read a bunch of anti-choice memoirs so you don't have to. Justin Fox on when it’s in your interest not to be self-interested. In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention — it turns out there was more to the story. Donna J. Drucker reviews Gentlemen’s Disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the Sexual Politics of Smart Men by Peter Hegarty. Wall Street loves a cheater: As Ashley Madison, a site serving adulterers, booms, big financial firms start circling. S is for Satan and Scalia.
Alex Rogers on Utah Senator Mike Lee, the man behind the shutdown curtain. Roy Edroso on Rightbloggers' shutdown post-mortem: Hope, despair, conspiracy theories. Did race play a role in shutdown? Michael Tesler on how Republicans' votes on the shutdown deal were associated with racial attitudes in their districts. Jonathan Chait on how the shutdown was not a failed strategy — it wasn’t a strategy at all. Paul Krugman on the damage done. What was “essential” and what wasn’t: Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford on the government shutdown in perspective. Robert Reich on what to expect during the cease-fire. George Packer on how the Republicans are still winning. Wait, Republicans now want Obamacare to function? Aside from any policy details, Republicans really want to stick it to Obama; keeping in place policies Obama hates makes them happy, irrespective of the content of those policies — that is a real form of leverage. Jon Lovett on how the GOP slowly went insane: The current moment in politics came about slowly, not suddenly, but it doesn't make it any less of a national emergency. Simon Johnson on the long march of the American Right. Heath Brown interviews Robert Horwitz, author of America’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party. Can Rand Paul learn to tell the truth? The Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has charisma, fundraising power, and new ideas — now if can only resolve his sticky habit for bending the facts.