Corey Lee Wrenn (Colorado State): Abolition Then and Now: Tactical Comparisons Between the Human Rights Movement and the Modern Nonhuman Animal Rights Movement in the United States; A Critique of Single-issue Campaigning and the Importance of Comprehensive Abolitionist Vegan Advocacy; and The Role of Professionalization Regarding Female Exploitation in the Nonhuman Animal Rights Movement. From Rolling Stone, Paul Solotaroff on animal cruelty: The price we pay for cheap meat. Nora Caplan-Bricker on how Hollywood's animal-cruelty problem must look familiar to the NFL and U.S. military. Activists accuse Walmart of condoning torture of pigs by pork suppliers. Can artificial meat save the world? Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste — meat-free meat might be the solution. Lawsuits could turn chimpanzees into legal persons (and more). Key states where the illegal ivory trade flourishes have pledged to take urgent measures to try to halt the illicit trade and secure elephant populations across Africa. While we mostly worry about animals going extinct, many are multiplying by dangerous proportions — here are 11 of the most invasive. Max Knoblauch on the Planet of the Octopuses: What animal species is most likely to rise up and overthrow humans? Animals have friends, enemies, allies and life-long companions — human relationships aren't so unique after all. Do animals have orgasms? Well, probably, but how can you tell? There you have it: Science doesn't know what it is cats do to make us love them.
Aurora Plomer (Sheffield): Human Dignity and Patents. Jake Linford (Florida State): Unilateral Reordering in the Reel World. Aziza Ahmed (Northeastern): “Rugged Vaginas” and “Vulnerable Rectums”: The Sexual Identity, Epidemiology, and Law of the Global HIV Epidemic. The first chapter from Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide by Rachel Glennerster and Kudzai Takavarasha. Jason Mark on Chevron’s revenge: Oil giant pursues a “scorched earth” campaign against its most dogged critic, Steven Donziger. Brad Plumer on how Republicans are winning the broader battle over discretionary spending. What happens when we define some people as more human than others? Jeremy Adam Smith interviews Susan Fiske about the new science of racism. Eve Fairbanks on the dark spot of Nelson Mandela's legacy: Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis? Leon Neyfakh on donor-advised funds — where charity goes to wait: $45 billion of American philanthropic money has been given — but not received. David Lowery says Silicon Valley must be stopped, or creativity will be destroyed. Obama’s shutdown critics look like morons after budget deal: Obama's successful leadership from October brought an end to GOP hostage-taking. Tea Party loses again: NYU grad students defy obstruction in precedent-setting 98% union vote. Evan V. Symon and Matthew Kohlmorgen on 5 lost documents that shatter your image of famous people.
Kelly Goldsmith and Caroline Roux (Northwestern) and Ravi Dhar (Yale): When Altruism Trumps Self-Interest: The Effect of Donation Incentives on Motivation. Kevin Patrick Tobia reviews Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them by Joshua Greene. Charles Montgomery on why we're sometimes kind without reason: Our brains are constantly, subtly being primed in fascinating ways by our physical surroundings. What makes humans capable of horrific violence? Tom Bartlett on a small group of psychologists say they are moving toward answers. From Public Seminar, Emanuele Castano on the attack on empathy; who’s afraid of Sigmund Freud? Jeremy Safran on the rise, fall, and possible resurrection of psychoanalysis in the United States; and what’s left after penis envy? Chiara Bottici wonders. How does lust affect the way we think about people? Paul Bloom investigates. When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory — those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago — are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories. Nick Brown smelled bull: A plucky amateur dared to question a celebrated psychological finding — he wound up blowing the whole theory wide open. Nadja Dwenger, Dorothea Kubler, and Georg Weizsacker investigate the possibility that a decision-maker prefers to avoid making a decision and instead delegates it to an external device, e.g., a coin flip. Jeffrey Marlow on why you aren’t as creative as you’d like to think.