Thomas Grund, Christian Waloszek, and Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich): How Natural Selection Can Create Both Self- and Other-Regarding Preferences, and Networked Minds. How could we engineer humans to have more empathy? Charlie Jane Anders wonders. A study says some species have become monogamous through evolution and, for primates, infanticide is at its root. The work is only beginning on understanding the human genome: Elizabeth Quill interviews Eric D. Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute. Marek Kohn on the Neanderthal mind: Troglodytes who couldn't compete, or humans with complex culture? This island life: Lewis Spurgin on the strange biology of island populations highlights the role of chance, not just selection, in evolutionary change. What is the fastest articulated motion a human can execute? On the mechanics and evolution of human throwing. Infections, institutions, and life history: Daniel Hruschka on searching for the origins of individualism and collectivism. Living people linked to 5,500 year-old DNA. What will become of humans as we evolve under the selective pressures of our modern lives and technology? If we adapt to some of the more bizarre elements of the present, humans could undergo some surreal changes. Nobody expects atoms and molecules to have purposes, so why do we still think of living things in this way?


Gary Erickson (Washington): Global Warming: An Econometric Analysis. Justin B. Biddle (Georgia Tech) and Anna Leuschner (KIT): Climate Skepticism and the Manufacture of Doubt: Can Dissent in Science Be Epistemically Detrimental? Richard Smith (IPRD): Capitalism and the Destruction of Life on Earth: Six Theses on Saving the Humans. Pay nations to keep carbon in the ground: If demand equals supply, it makes sense to regulate the quantity extracted from the earth rather than subsequent use. Stan Cox argues that rationing — whether for food, water, energy, or medical care — will be the only logical way to combine sustainability and fairness. From Dissent, Christian Parenti on a radical approach to the climate crisis; Mark Engler and Paul Engler on the climate of change: What does an inside-outside strategy mean?; and Andrew Ross on climate debt denial. Will Earth's ocean boil away? Yes, a billion years from now, as the sun gets brighter — but could we make it happen sooner through climate change? The energy of 400,000 Hiroshima atomic bombs per day is how much energy imbalance the earth is absorbing because of global warming. American business and industry is coming under closer scrutiny from shareholders concerned to see how prepared companies are to respond to the financial pressures of a warming world. Will global warming lead to more war? It’s not that simple.


A new issue of Colloquium is out. Avery Kolers (Louisville): Resilience as a Political Ideal. From Z Magazine, John Potash on the FBI's murderous targeting of the Shakurs. Science is not your enemy: Steven Pinker on an impassioned plea to neglected novelists, embattled professors, and tenure-less historians. Alyssa Rosenberg on three ways Amazon’s Jeff Bezos could improve the Washington Post now that he owns it. James Fallows on why NSA surveillance will be more damaging than you think. From Mosaic, Leon R. Kass on the Ten Commandments: Why the Decalogue matters; and Moshe Koppel on religion and state in Israel: A modest proposal. Google vs. Apple: Farhad Manjoo and Matthew Yglesias on a totally imaginary simulation of what would happen if the world’s two great powers went to (actual) war. Phil Dyess-Nugent on how National Lampoon became the lost paradise and missing link of modern comedy. All the pundits are wrong: Jonathan Bernstein on how conventional wisdom says the GOP has a grip on the House, but can't win the White House — here's why both are wrong. From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Cindy Cohn and Trevor Timm on what should, and should not, be in NSA surveillance reform legislation. Alan Pyke on everything you need to know about President Obama’s housing speech. University of Oslo rejects mass killer Anders Behring Breivik's application to study political science.


From European Journalism Observatory, Federico Guerrini on traditional and online fact-checking. Nicky Woolf on how The Guardian broke the Snowden story — and what it says about the British media company's emerging threat to the New York Times. The next edition: Katharine Weymouth has lived much of her life in the shadow of two formidable women — now, she has a chance to join their ranks. From Wonkblog, Amazon is a big, influential company with plenty of policy interests — and the company's CEO now also owns Washington's biggest newspaper (and more and more); the Post isn't being sold to Amazon — it's being sold to Bezos as an individual (and more); journalism needs a business model — can Jeff Bezos find one? Jim Tankersley investigates; and Lydia DePillis on why the Washington Post isn’t a charity case for Jeff Bezos. From TNR, Marc Tracy on Jeff Bezos' murky politics: A primer (and more and more and more); and Chris Hughes on Jeff Bezos's purchase of the Washington Post. Why didn't the Boston Globe sell to the highest bidder? Hamilton Nolan wants to know. Danny Hayes on why Obama is wrong: Traditional journalism isn’t dead. From Tom Paine to Glenn Greenwald, we need partisan journalism. Alec MacGillis on the media's shameful role in the phony IRS scandal. Dan Froomkin on the case for a secrecy beat: The press has a major role to play in fostering the debate on transparency that the nation needs.


Ziya Onis (Koc): Turkey and the Arab Revolutions: Boundaries of Middle Power Influence in a Turbulent Region. Zahra Albarazi (Tilburg): The Stateless Syrians. Daniele J. Atzori (FEEM): The Political Economy of Oil and the Crisis of the Arab State System. Haider Ala Hamoudi (Pittsburgh): Repugnancy in the Arab World. Turkuler Isiksel (Columbia): Between Text and Context: Turkey's Tradition of Authoritarian Constitutionalism. From World Affairs Journal, a symposium on the lessons learned from the Iraq invasion. Aaron David Miller on what's really wrong with the Middle East: Explaining the persistence of violence, sectarianism, and incompetence. The US and Iran, decades of animosity: Patrick Aloysius McDade on an analysis of the path to the current conflict. They are Orthodox, hear them roar: Allison Kaplan Sommer and Dahlia Lithwick on the women who are helping to shape Israel’s future (and an update). Sam Thompson interviews Salah Al Haddad: The formerly blacklisted writer talks about censorship under the Gadhafi regime and why culture in Tripoli is now “as important as food and water”. The first chapter from The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement by Carrie Rosefsky Wickham. Rape in Syria: Janine Di Giovanni on stories of the atrocities that are “happening every day”. There's no Nate Silver in Middle Eastern politics: Good luck predicting how the new set of Israel-Palestine peace talks will unfold. Danny Postel reviews Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran by Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett.


Rebecca Tushnet (Georgetown): Make Me Walk, Make Me Talk, Do Whatever You Please: Barbie and Exceptions. Toby Rogers (GCC): Using Prisoner's Dilemma to Evaluate Corporate Tax Reform Proposals. Mark Thoma on 5 key issues facing the next Fed chief. Brad DeLong on how Paul Volcker will not quite say what he means. Is there any point to economic analysis? Paul Krugman wonders. From The New Yorker, Sarah Stillman on the shocking injustices of civil forfeiture. From New York, a cover story on Chris Christie, and an article on Cory Booker. Nate Silver has turned number-crunching into a glamour profession; Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson talks to him. Chait vs. Costa: Is McCain savvy or unhinged? Leslie Kaufman and Christine Haugney on the last temptation of Tina Brown. Ezra Klein on why hedge funds run by idiots can do well — for awhile. Socialize Big Pharma: Maintaining a private pharmaceutical sector represents a significant public health risk — one solution is complete nationalization. Bruce Sterling on the swirling vortex of cypherpunkian dystopia that is Edward Snowden Wikileaks NSA Bradley Manning (and more by Cory Doctorow). Since when was free-loading a conservative value? Andrew Sullivan wants to know. In an allegory of the print industry at large, military exchanges are dropping close to 900 magazine titles from their newsstands to make room for products like consumer electronics. Alec MacGillis on why the Washington Post sale to Jeff Bezos is bad news.


From The Humanist, Namit Arora on eating animals: Opposition to factory farming as an ethical starting point. Should chimpanzees have legal rights? The “animal personhood” movement believes dolphins, great apes, and elephants deserve to be able to sue — and now it has a plaintiff. On being an octopus: Peter Godfrey-Smith on diving deep in search of the human mind. James McWilliams on radical activism and the future of animal rights. Animals have thoughts, feelings and personality — why have we taken so long to catch up with animal consciousness? Tom McClelland reviews Can Animals Be Moral? by Mark Rowlands. If you know how a cow feels, will you eat less meat? Inside a lab on the Stanford University campus, students experience what it might feel like to be a cow. An excerpt from Should We Eat Meat? Evolution and Consequences of Modern Carnivory by Vaclav Smil. Researchers find more evidence that dolphins use names. David Pearce on the antispeciesist revolution. Andrew C. Revkin on a closer look at “nonhuman personhood” and animal welfare. The first chapter from Social Learning: An Introduction to Mechanisms, Methods, and Models by William Hoppitt and Kevin N. Laland. Julie Hecht on how to teach language to dogs. Peter Singer on the world's first cruelty-free hamburger: Today's tasting of in vitro meat could herald a future free from needless animal suffering and polluting factory farms.


The latest issue of IPSA’s Participation is out. Jurg Martin Gabriel (ETH-Zurich): Political Science Concept Formation (Part I): Definitions Matter; (Part II): David Easton's “Authoritative Value Allocation”; and (Part III): Different Approaches and Different Definitions. Simeon Mitropolitski (Montreal): How Much Eclectic and Opportunistic Is Modern Political Science? From Political Studies Review, a symposium on relevance and impact in political science. Robert Putnam on how political science research offers better democracy. Stephen Benedict Dyson on the political science of Battlestar Galactica. NSF cancels political-science grant cycle: US funding agency said to be dodging restrictions set by Congress. Brendan Nyhan on Craig Gilbert, the most political science-friendly reporter in America. John Sides on political science graduates as political reporters. An interview with John Sides and Lynn Vavreck on the challenges of real-time political science and the publication of The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election. The American Political Science Association is coming out with a new journal, the Journal of Experimental Political Science. Cambridge University Press is making the first issue of the European Political Science Association’s new journal Political Science Research and Methods available online ungated and for free.


Gary B. Gorton and Andrew Metrick (Yale): The Federal Reserve and Financial Regulation: The First Hundred Years. Sarah Kliff goes inside the Obamacare resistance: Some conservatives are banking on a campaign to undermine Obamacare — convince Americans to ignore it. Zack Beauchamp on the contradiction at the heart of the latest movement to save the GOP. Star philosopher Colin McGinn falls, and a debate over sexism is set off. From LRB, Ian Hacking reviews the new edition of DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. Emily J Hughes reviews Psychiatry as a Human Science: Phenomenological, Hermeneutical and Lacanian Perspectives by Antoine Mooij Rodopi. From Vanity Fair, David Kirkpatrick goes inside Sean Parker’s wedding. Branded to death: What if marketing-speak is not glib nonsense, but a poison at the heart of the university? From Social Policy, Wade Rathke on Saul Alinsky on hand-to-hand organizer training; and Wenonah Hauter on eating and acting your politics. Dalibor Rohac writes in defense of cynicism. The culture of the “as if”: Thorsten Botz-Bornstein reviews Wolfgang Kraushaar’s The Revolt of the Educated and Roland Gori’s The Impostor Factory. Marty Klein reviews Naked Truth: Strip Clubs, Democracy, and a Christian Rightby Judith Lynne Hanna. J. Wisniewski on 5 ridiculous lies you believe about ancient civilizations.


John M. Armstrong (Southern Virginia): The Family's Role in Society. Cassandra Chaney (LSU) and Colita Nichols Fairfax (Norfolk State): The Obamas and the Culture of Black Parenting in America. Guyonne R.J. Kalb (Melbourne) and Jan C. Van Ours (Tilburg): Reading to Young Children: A Head-Start in Life? Pamela Haag on how behavioral economics can solve alimony meltdowns and motherhood wars. Is forced fatherhood fair? If a man accidentally conceives a child with a woman, his choices are surprisingly few. Harold Pollack reviews Doing the Best I Can: Fatherhood in the Inner City by Edin and Timothy J. Nelson. The silver-haired safety net: More and more children are being raised by grandparents. Stacia Brown on how in the “mommy wars” black single moms are invisible. Working moms in France: Claire Lundberg on how the government benefits are great, job prospects not so much. Asya Pereltsvaig on the best country to be a mother: Finland. Donna Peach reviews The Origins of Active Social Policy: Labour Market and Childcare Policies in a Comparative Perspective by Giuliano Bonoli. Emily Shire on the problem with Time's cover story on the child-free life — and what it says about our attitudes toward the childless. Childfree adults are not “selfish”: In choosing not to have children, we have not abdicated obligations to friends and family.

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