From The Bulletin, major global issues converge in the Arctic, which is why a comprehensive Arctic Treaty would serve the security of the entire world. Ian Frazier reviews Arctic Voices: Resistance at the Tipping Point by Subhankar Banerjee. From Popular Mechanics, Jerry Beilinson on one troubled rig and the future of Arctic oil drilling. Geographers compute Arctic shipping routes: Some ships could cut across the pole by midcentury. Scientists have discovered that global warming can affect the biodiversity of ecosystems in the Arctic and Antarctic in different ways despite the similarities between them. Jeffrey Marlow on how a robot is changing the game of Antarctic science. For the first time, scientists believe they have collected life-forms from deep under the Antarctic ice. Seth Robson on how China is boosting its presence in resource-rich Antarctica. Chris Turney reviews Antarctica: A Biography by David Day.
Neuroscientist and comic-book fan Ahmad Hariri wants to take pictures of the brains of 1,200 Duke undergraduates — can his ambitious idea help us understand how to defeat depression and mental illness? The psychiatric illnesses seem very different — schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, autism, major depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — yet they share several genetic glitches that can nudge the brain along a path to mental illness, researchers report. The genetic dawn of mental illness: A genetic event 550 million years ago appears to have set the stage for our mental illnesses today. Scott Kellogg and Andrew Tatarsk on how addiction is a mental illness — treat it that way. Owen Whooley on what the proliferation of recognized mental disorders means for American health care. Among the vulnerable populations Friday's automatic cuts affect, the mentally ill will be among the hardest hit.
Tiziana Cuccia, Calogero Guccio, and Ilde Rizzo (Catania): Does UNESCO Inscription Affect the Performance of Tourism Destinations? A Regional Perspective. Mira Burri (Bern): The UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity: An Appraisal Five Years after its Entry into Force. Should we fake it till we make it? The true insight at the heart of imposter syndrome is that we often cannot be sure we really are good at what we do. Patrick Clarkin on how the world gets under our skin. With more emerging adults having casual sex, researchers are exploring psychological consequences of such encounters. Jacob Ward on how TED has figured out a formula for getting good ideas going. Why are lists so popular? Here are 10 astonishing facts about lists that may help explain it.
Mouhanad Khorchide (Munster) and Ufuk Topkara (Paberborn): A Contribution to Comparative Theology: Probing the Depth of Islamic Thought. Mahdi Tourage (UWO): Performing Belief and Reviving Islam: Prominent (White Male) Converts in Muslim Revival Conventions. From Qantara, Hassan Hassan on the demise of Islamic centres of moderation; for Muslim societies, the way to democracy will inevitably involve religious politics, says Nader Hashemi; and an interview with American scholar Amina Wadud: ''Islam belongs to all its believers''. Facts and fictions about Islam in prison: SpearIt on assessing prisoner radicalization in post-9/11 America. The introduction to On the Muslim Question by Anne Norton. Maria Massi Dakake reviews In the Shadow of the Sword: The Birth of Islam and the Rise of the Global Arab Empire by Tom Holland. Muslims defend free speech of anti-Muslim extremist: Ian Reifowitz on what a difference seven years makes.
L. Rush Atkinson (NYU): The Fourth Amendment's National Security Exception: Its History and Limits. Is racism worse in the South? John Roberts' question frames the Voting Rights Act case — too bad there's no answer. The n+1 podcast shares a recording of “Foreclosures and Resistance”, the third of four panels at a daylong conference about the ongoing Occupy movement, Occupy Onwards. The message is the message: Laura Vanderkam reviews Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger. The biggest loser: Barry Strauss on why the failings of Demosthenes prove his historical importance. So long, Chavez: Where does this leave Venezuela? Anne Champion on class issues and beauty myths in Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. It’s Mr. Steal-Your Girl and He’s Black: After many cultural critiques for being misogynistic, are men the new “bitches” in rap lyrics?
John Linarelli (Swansea): Law, Rights and Development. Srirang Jha (Apeejay): A Critique of Right to Development. Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick): A Human Right Against Social Deprivation. Roland Burke (La Trobe): Some Rights Are More Equal than Others: The Third World and the Transformation of Economic and Social Rights. Carlos Portugal Gouvea (Sao Paulo): Social Rights against the Poor. Gillian MacNaughton and Mariah McGill (Northeastern): Economic and Social Rights in the United States: Implementation Without Ratification. Murray Wesson (UWS): Disagreement and the Constitutionalisation of Social Rights. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (New School): Should Global Goal Setting Continue, and How, in the Post-2015 Era? The first chapter from The Measure of Civilization: How Social Development Decides the Fate of Nations by Ian Morris (and more). From the UN’s DESA, an article on getting the data right for global development.
Martin Petrin (Leicester): Reconceptualizing the Theory of the Firm: From Nature to Function. From First Things, John-Clark Levin on how Nazi analogies have their place: To banish invocations of Nazi Germany entirely is to overlook the reason why it’s so important to preserve our cultural memory of its crimes in the first place. Just the facts: Jesse Elias Spafford on how conspiracy theorists and technocrat pundits seem like opposites, but they’re closer than they may appear. If Democrats want to solve the sequester, they should move left: Rather than destroy the Republicans, Democrats need to give Republicans a reason to move to the center. Yukpa indigenous leader Cacique Sabino Romero has been brutally assassinated in Zulia, Venezuela. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe has won a new Air Force Academy award that highlights character and leadership in public service.
Peter Csato (Debrecen): Pragmatism and Circumvention: Richard Rorty’s Rhetorical Appropriation of Jacques Derrida. Jeffrey Guhin and Jonathan Wyrtzen (Yale): The Violences of Knowledge: Edward Said, Sociology, and Post-Orientalist Reflexivity. Dominik Bartmanski (Yale): How to Become an Iconic Social Thinker: The Intellectual Pursuits of Malinowski and Foucault. Samuel Grove interviews John Marks on the critical theory of Michel Foucault. Ryan Singh Paul reviews Alain Badiou: Key Concepts. John Barker reviews Class War Games Presents: Guy Debord’s The Game of War by Richard Barbrook and Fabian Tompsett. The introduction to The Incident at Antioch: A Tragedy in Three Acts by Alain Badiou. An interview with Clayton Crockett, author of Deleuze Beyond Badiou: Ontology, Multiplicity, and Event. Which contemporary intellectual generates more words than any other?
From The Space Review, Larry Klaes on the last pictures: Contemporary pessimism and hope for the future (and part 2 and part 3); Louis Friedman on ten years back, ten years forward; and Jeff Foust on asking the big questions for the next ten years. George Michael reviews Civilizations Beyond Earth: Extraterrestrial Life and Society. From CJR, an American popular scientist in the Carl Sagan tradition, Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why he tweets, and why the US needs to rediscover its space mojo. William J. Sanders reviews The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People by Neil Shubin. In search of new Earths: Astronomers have discovered hundreds of bizarre planets in distant solar systems, but the search for somewhere just like home continues. An interview with Claude A. Piantadosi, author of Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration.