David Fedman (Stanford): Japanese Colonial Cartography: Maps, Mapmaking, and the Land Survey in Colonial Korea. Robert Brooks (UNSW): “Asia’s Missing Women” as a Problem in Applied Evolutionary Psychology? Dynasty: Why are so many Asian countries run by families? A place for Asia: Rebecca Liao reviews From the Ruins of Empire: The Intellectuals Who Remade Asia by Pankaj Mishra (and more). Experts warn that China's apparent claims to other territories could have a long-term impact on relations with its neighbours. Paula Cerni reviews Restless Empire: China and the World Since 1750 by Odd Arne Westad (and more). A look at how China sees a multicultural world. Island nations play China, India: China's new ties with the Maldives, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka sink India's influence over Indian Ocean. The Maoist revolution in India: The basic contradiction is this — in the very heartland of what is often referred to as the “world’s largest democracy” there is also occurring the “world’s largest revolution”. India's current outpouring of anger is unprecedented — can it bring change? Sam Clements on how Japan’s suicidal salarymen are dying for work. Charlie Jones on 5 things nobody tells you about living in Japan.
A new issue of the Cato Institute’s Regulation is out. Lance McMillian (John Marshall): Adultery as Tort. As fresh as a cliche: Paula McGrath reviews Exploding the Creativity Myth: the Computational Foundations of Linguistic Creativity by Tony Veale. How do Armenians feel about Kim Kardashian’s fame? Henry J. Aaron on progressives and the safety net: Conservative extremism has made any talk of entitlement reform verboten on the left — that will ultimately be self-defeating. Jo Taylor reviews The Culture and Politics of Street Gang Memoirs by Josephine Metcalf. From Geocurrents, new discovery or corroboration of old theories: When did Roma leave India? Len Gutkin reviews Hip Figures: A Literary History of the Democratic Party by Michael Szalay. Noor Tagouri, a 19-year-old college student, wants to become the first Muslim hijabi anchorwoman in America. Tea Party circles in East Tennessee might seem an unlikely environment for launching a Muslim organization — Will Coley, a 31-year-old Tennessee native, Muslim convert and Tea Party activist did just that. Alvin Plantinga reviews Free Will by Sam Harris.
A new issue of the eJournal of eDemocracy and Open Government is out. Rei S. Sayag and Otto H. Swank (EUR): What to Put on and What to Keep Off the Table? A Politician's Choice of Which Issues to Address. John C. Berg (Suffolk): Issue Suppression and the Crisis of the American Party System: The Cost of Two-Party Duopoly. Rousiley C. M. Maia (Minas Gerais): Deliberative Democracy and Public Sphere Typology. Marco Scalvini reviews Democracy and Public Space: The Physical Sites of Democratic Performance by John R. Parkinson. Leaked communications are revealing how power works like never before; revelations of political deal-making beyond the public view make assumptions about democratization look like wishful thinking, writes Ciril Oberstar. Brendan Greeley on the reluctant case for ending the ban on earmarks. The introduction to Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance Through Technology by John O. McGinnis. Nadia Schadlow on why the government needs think tanks and academics. From Government Executive, federal workers say Congress and public do not appreciate them — still, they’re happy with their workplaces, survey finds (and Paul R. Pillar on the abuse of civil servants). It’s time to let government workers sleep on the job.
Simon Glendinning (LSE): The End of the World Designed with Men in Mind. The special Ig Nobel issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now out. From NYRB blog, Peter Singer and Agata Sagan on the death of Aaron Swartz. John Sunyer reviews Say What You Mean: The n+1 Anthology, ed. Christian Lorentzen. With just 29 dominoes, you can take down the Empire State Building (and more). From New York, a special issue on self-help. From Democracy, everyone's fight: A symposium on the new plan to defeat Big Money. Vocal fry and valley girls: Why old men find young women's voices so annoying. If judges aren’t politicians, what are they? Cass R. Sunstein wants to know. From Edge, an interview with Daniel C. Dennett on the normal well-tempered mind. Recent weeks have birthed the strangest strain of commentary: The Republican Party's crazy opinions are President Obama's fault. From the Pennsylvania Gazette, Trey Popp on Home Depot Syndrome, the purple squirrel, and America’s job hunt rabbit hole. Jason Dorrier on forecasting the future: Ray Kurweil, Nate Silver and the market? From Public Eye, you can vote for the worst company of the year.
Dilek Arli Cil (Maltepe): The Relation between Technology and Truth in Heidegger’s The Question Concerning Technology. How science-fiction became posthuman: Ralph Pordzik on anthropocentrism and the other of technology in the works of Wells, Gibson and Atwood. Marcus Wohlsen on tech’s hot new market: The poor. Jane Friedman interviews David Houle, author of Entering the Shift Age: The End of the Information Age and the New Era of Transformation. Farhad Majoo on how the Korean firm Samsung got to be the biggest tech company in the world. Rage Against the Machinima: As the stakes get higher on YouTube, video stars are finding safety and power in numbers. Joel Kotkin on the new places where America's tech future is taking shape. David J. Hill interviews Ray Kurzweil on AI and his new position at Google. Festooned with digital accessories that track everything from his heart rate to his footsteps to his sleep patterns, James Wolcott has plugged into the Quantified Self movement. Made by hand, learned online: To master home-spun skills, tens of thousands of women are signing up for Craftsy's interactive classes. Cade Metz on why hackers are so much funnier than you are.
Nicholas A. Primrose (Barry): Has Society Become Tolerant of Further Infringement on First Amendment Rights? Tessa Hadley reviews Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece by Michael Gorra. What if Americans treated athletes the way our politicians treat business owners? Austin Hill wonders. Frank Schaeffer on America's white male problem: Our country is lurching from manufactured crisis to crisis and it isn't about politics — it's about pathology. Laura Vanderkam on America’s unique love affair with self-help books. The gospel of wealth: Jim Chaffee reviews Economics and Finance for the American Way of Life, a textbook for a mandatory full year Texas public school course at the end of middle school. Paul Davis reviews Mafia Prince: Inside America's Most Violent Crime Family and the Bloody Fall of La Cosa Nostra by Phil Leonetti, Scott Burnstein, and Christopher Graziano. Jeff Jordan on the death of the American shopping mall. Over the last decade, the nation’s capital has been the great American boomtown, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer — what happens when the government money dries up? Peter Messent reviews Alone in America: The Stories That Matter by Robert A. Ferguson. Who really built America? A look at the story the History Channel left out.
Alexander Somek (Iowa): On Cosmopolitan Self-Determination. Simon Springer (Victoria): Anarchism and Geography: A Brief Genealogy of Anarchist Geographies. It's not a fever: Noam Scheiber on how Obama can break the House Republicans. West vs Asia education rankings are misleading: Western schoolchildren are routinely outperformed by their Asian peers, but worrying about it is pointless, says MacGregor Campbell. Cliff Kincaid of Accuracy in Media has some words of advice for the defeated GOP: follow the English Defence League. "Islamophobia is bad for business": Massoud Hayoun examines how Islamophobia is costing America business opportunities, to China's advantage. Terra Bosart on why transhuman simultaneous hermaphroditism is a goal for some, and how it might eventually work. Michael Kazin on a short history of meaningless inauguration speeches. Researchers have found that engineering students are usually less empathetic than students in some caring professions. Brian K. Pinaire reviews An Introduction to Political Crime by Jeffrey Ian Ross.
Elaine Hatfield, Cherie Luckhurst, and Richard L. Rapson (Hawaii): A Brief History of Attempts to Measure Sexual Motives. From the latest issue of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, Maryanne L. Fisher (Saint Mary’s) and Cristina Candea (Max Planck): You Ain’t Woman Enough to Take My Man: Female Intrasexual Competition as Portrayed in Songs; Rosemarie Sokol Chang (SUNY-New Paltz) and Maryanne L. Fisher and Tami M. Meredith (St. Mary’s): Evolutionary Perspectives on What Women Want; and Grant T. Trouton, Amanda E. Guitar, Rachael A. Carmen, Glenn Geher, and Terry L. Grandis (SUNY-New Paltz): Olfactory Ability to Detect Ovulatory Cues: A Function of Biological Sex, Sexual Orientation, or Both? From Touchstone, Anthony Esolen on manly chastity, hedonism and the law of non-contradiction; and Russell D. Moore on Christian honesty about the harm of fornication. Tracy Clark-Flory interviews Alain de Botton, author of How to Think More About Sex (and more). Mara Hvistendahl reviews Behind the Red Door: Sex in China by Richard Burger. Carlin Romano reviews Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.
Linda Ross Meyer (Quinnipiac): Law's Suffering. Sylvie Maurer (Savoy): Mauritius: Interethnic Relations Through Rice and Rum. From Christianity Today, John J. Travis on why evangelicals should be thankful for Muslim insiders: Insider followers of Jesus may not have changed religions, but their lives have been changed by Christ; and Timothy C. Tennant on the hidden history of insider movements: For generations, Islam and Hinduism have had believers. Charles Fried and Frederick A.O. Schwarz on the filibuster myth: There are no legal or constitutional barriers to the Senate rewriting its filibuster rules with a simple majority vote. How Facebook can ruin study abroad: Cellphones and social media protect students from culture shock, and that's a loss. Lydia DePillis on how there's a war in cyberspace over icons vs. text. The long shadow of the founding: Aziz Rana reviews Liberty, State, and Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson by Luigi Bassani, To Secure the Liberty of the People: James Madison's Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court's Interpretation by Eric Kasper, and The Ideological Origins of American Federalism by Alison LaCroix.
From Cosmos, the vast majority of the universe is something we can't see, can't touch and is expanding the universe at ever-increasing speeds; Tamara Davis explains why dark energy poses more questions than answers. Can time just stop? Michael Byrne wonders. The God Particle: What explains the current wave of popular physics? Virginia Trimble reviews Gravity's Engines: The Other Side of Black Holes by Caleb Scharf. Dark matter mystery may soon be solved: Experiments to detect dark matter, which scientists believe makes up about a quarter of the universe, are underway and may yield direct evidence within a decade. What is string theory, and why should we bother finding out? Steven Gubser explains. Most fundamental clock ever could redefine kilogram: Physicists have created the first clock with a tick that depends on the hyper-regular frequency of matter itself. Rebecca J. Rosen on the largest structure ever observed in the universe: At 4 billion light years across, this quote-unquote "object" throws astronomical assumptions that go back to Einstein into doubt.