From Wired, Betsy Mason and Greg Miller introduce the Map Lab: A quest to find, explore, and make maps; meet Anthony Robinson, the man who wants to teach the world to make maps; and why do so many people love making maps? Here is a map of places actually discovered by Europeans — the tiny islands that European explorers really did discover. Kohr Principles: Frank Jacobs on how borders can have a profound effect on how you think about your country and its place in the world. Stefany Anne Golberg on a World without Borders: What if boundaries as we know them disappeared? Martin W. Lewis on mapping the terms used for first-order administrative divisions. Here's what Pangea looks like mapped with modern political borders (and more). Paleo by comparison: On the million-year-old map. Josephine Livingstone on mapping the newest old map of the world. Here be blank spaces: Jonathan Crowe on vaguely medieval fantasy maps. From WSJ, what lurks beyond the boundaries: A look at maps through time and what they did, and didn't, show us. Max Fisher on 40 maps that explain the world. Adrian Dudek on putting maths on the map with the four colour theorem. A look at how DigitalGlobe maps can predict the future. Ariel Schwartz on how to turn your data into beautiful 3-D maps. See Google Maps hacked into gorgeous abstract art. David Pescovitz on a simple map design tool from Stamen. Andy Woodruff on six map links that every cartographer has seen a million times.
From the inaugural issue of R/evolutions, far away from solid modernity: An interview with Zygmunt Bauman; exercising freedom: An interview with Judith Butler; join together, demand change and risk: An interview with Guy Standing; and Toby Miller on the children of Reagan’s hippies. From the Center for the Study of the Drone, Dan Gettinger interviews Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin, author of Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. Nuke the cat: Damon Lindelof, blockbuster wizard par excellence, explains the inexorable logic of the ever-metastasizing apocalyptic flick. Meet Kim Dvorak, the journalist spreading Michael Hastings conspiracy theories. Gary Day reviews The Problem with Pleasure: Modernism and its Discontents by Laura Frost. Can progressives do big things? Ethan Rome on how Obamacare is the test. Rob Goodman on the comforts of the Apocalypse: Our hunger for crisis is breeding dystopian narcissism. Confessions of an editor: Carlos Lozada reviews How to Write Short by Roy Peter Clark. Who will fight the beauty bias? It’s deep, unconscious, and surprisingly universal and means beautiful people get a much better deal — but righting injustice isn’t easy when no one wants to call themselves plain. Secrets: Heather Smith on Chelsea Manning and the prices of disclosure. Did a hedge fund billionaire just call for mass civil disobedience over climate change? In order to have underdogs, you need to have regular dogs; extroverts, get out there and run. Fetal pain is a lie: Katie McDonough on how phony science took over the abortion debate.
John Morss (Deakin): The International Legal Status of the Vatican/Holy See Complex: A Cyborg Speaks. From Christianity Today, are birth defects really part of God's plan? A history of the Jesus People: An interview with Larry Eskridge. A religious legacy: After decades of focusing on evangelicals, historians are reassessing the legacy of liberal Protestantism. Bre Woligroski reviews See Me Naked: Stories of Sexual Exile in American Christianity by Amy Frykholm. Sexuality is religion’s worst nightmare, because it offers the possibility of personal autonomy. This insane Christian anti-porn movie will make you so grateful you’re a sinner. Is Christianity philosophical? David Lyle Jeffrey reviews Philosophy: A Student's Guide by David K. Naugle. The Francis Revolution is under way — not everyone is pleased. Howard Kainz on the Christian vestiges of post-Christianity. Kenyan lawyer Dola Indidis is on a mission: to get the International Court of Justice at the Hague to overturn the conviction and death sentence of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago. There's life in those bones: Jason Byassee on why Christians venerate relics. From TNR, Damon on the Pope's Pipe Dream: Francis may want reform, but guess who doesn't. Recovering the Christian tradition: Val J. Peter on self-denial and self-fulfillment. Is non-violence a Christian requirement? Jeff Eagan wonders. Joseph Bottum reviews Saint Augustine of Hippo: An Intellectual Biography by Miles Hollingworth.