Ravi Kashyap (CityUHK): The Uncertainty Principle of the Social Sciences. Joel J. Van der Weele (Amsterdam): In Defense of Formal Modeling in the Social Sciences. Taddese Mezgebo (Mekelle): Twilight of Rationality: Rational Analysis of Social Reengineering and Methods Used in Social Sciences. David R Cole (Western Sydney): Lost in Data Space: Using Nomadic Analysis to Perform Social Science. Guido De Blasio, Diego Scalise, and Paolo Sestito (Bank of Italy): Universalism vs. Particularism: A Round Trip from Sociology to Economics. Rasmus Gronfeldt Winther (UC-Santa Cruz): Determinism and Total Explanation in the Biological and Behavioral Sciences. From the International Social Science Council’s World Social Science Blog, Nazli Choucri on new challenges for the social sciences in the 21st century: the salience of cyberspace; and Laura Pereira and Timos Karpouzoglou on how #SocialScienceIsAwesome. John Bellamy Foster on how the World Social Science Report 2013 makes it abundantly clear both through its explicit statements and its all-too complicit silences that a revolutionary reawakening in social science is desperately needed today. Arguments connecting social sciences and philosophy: Francisco Osorio interviews Ian Jarvie, founding editor of the journal Philosophy of the Social Sciences. The Qualitative Data Repository aims to increase the transparency and reproducibility of qualitative research. The introduction to Agent Zero: Toward Neurocognitive Foundations for Generative Social Science by Joshua M. Epstein. Justin Wolfers on how Gary Becker transformed the social sciences. Is the domain of "all social phenomena" a valid subject for scientific study?
Dennis Schep (FUB): Aura, Artifact and Apparatus: Towards a Theory of Tourist Photography. The existentialist of hard choices: Ruth Chang interviewed by Richard Marshall. Catherine Rampel on the self-assurance imbalance in the workplace: “It’s easier to teach women to increase their swagger than to tell grown men to temper theirs. So maybe the solution involves trying to change Americans’ perceptions of bluster rather than their skillfulness at wielding it”. Writing about a life of ideas: Richard Reeves on the challenges of writing about intellectuals. Dinesh D'Souza, who's been a laughingstock for longer than he's been a rising star, pleads guilty, becomes part of Obama's conspiracy against him. Mary Beard reviews Essays and Reviews: 1959-2002 by Bernard Williams. Hayes Brown on how the world stopped caring about the kidnapped Nigerian girls last week. Why are game show hosts all conservatives? Pat Sajak is part of an elite club. Prakash Kashwan on India’s elections and the politics of development. Before the brothers went to war against Obama, they almost destroyed each other: An excerpt from Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America's Most Powerful and Private Dynasty by Daniel Schulman. A big bank just pleaded guilty to a major crime, and nobody cares. The introduction to Mirror, Mirror: The Uses and Abuses of Self-Love by Simon Blackburn. Massimo Pigliucci on Neil deGrasse Tyson and the value of philosophy. What does philosophy actually do? Peter Hacker explains. Are crowdsourcing platforms like Amazon’s Mechanical Turk as bleak as the company’s shipping warehouses? Jason Huff investigates.
A new issue of Human Technology is out. Jason M. Tenenbaum (Edinburgh): 503 Error, Service Unavailable: Access to the Internet as a Protected Right. Duncan B. Hollis (Temple): Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Law in Cyberspace: A Duty to Hack? From Dissent, a special section on Our Technology and Theirs. If NETmundial has made it plain that most of the world thinks the internet is too important to be left to governments, it made little headway in how to run it. Google, once disdainful of lobbying, now a master of Washington influence. Laura Bennett on riding an Uber with Sam Biddle, the tech world’s least beloved watchdog. For some, “bro” culture offers one explanation for why there are so few women in tech. Noam Scheiber on the brutal ageism of tech: Years of experience, plenty of talent, completely obsolete. Ignore age: Kelsey McKinney on defining generations by the tech they use. Kevin Roose on the secret shame of an unacquired techie; and on the problem with profitless start-ups. Noam Scheiber on how Silicon Valley insiders have created a tech bubble — don't blame your cab driver this time. If a bubble bursts in Palo Alto, does it make a sound? Annie Lowrey on how Silicon Valley’s isolation from the rest of the economy guarantees it can’t hurt us (or help us) much. Andrew Leonard on the Internet’s inequality bomb: The crash is coming — but the 1 percent won’t feel a thing. Is the Internet making us more unequal? Michelle Dean interviews Astra Taylor, author of The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (and more and more and more). Jason Q. Ng and Benjamin Nathans and Anita Casavantes Bradford review Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices from the Internet Underground by Emily Parker.