Scott Altman (USC): Parental Control Rights. A Brooklyn at war with itself: In a borough where two conservative notions, competitiveness and traditionalist purity, flourish, the tension is made more apparent by parenting. Child care isn’t just a personal problem — it’s an economic one, too: Suzy Khimm on why the government should subsidize daycare for millions of American families. More hands to rock the cradle: Both parents should be paid to spend time at home with their babies. If we want to help working mothers, we could start with paid paternity leave. Matt Bruenig on how the best way to save money is to stop rich people from having kids (and more). The worst parents ever: Michael Mooney goes inside the story of Ethan Couch and the “affluenza” phenomenon. Parents are all useless for a prime twenty years of their lives; raising children with one or two parents is terrible and inefficient and rotten in dozens of ways, for all of us, and a huge waste of your own time and energy, which you could be expending on something meaningful.


From Constructivist Foundations (registration required), Edith K. Ackermann (MIT): Amusement, Delight, and Whimsy: Humor Has Its Reasons that Reason Cannot Ignore (and responses by Vincent Kenny, Theo Hug, and Anna Chronaki and Chronis Kynigos, and a reply by Ackermann). Roy Edroso on conservatives and the dark art of comedy. David Weigel on “cuckservative”, the conservative insult of the month. Carlos Lozada just binge-read eight books by Donald Trump — here’s what he learned. Interview with Trump supporters: his presidency would be “classy”. Rick Perlstein on the new holy grail of GOP primaries. Sahil Kapur on the great paradox of the Democratic presidential race. Are there “Clinton rules” that drive unfair media coverage? College Board caves to conservative pressure, changes AP U.S. History curriculum. Julia Belluz read more than 50 scientific studies about yoga — here’s what she learned. A study of Spain’s “Google Tax” on news shows how much damage it has done.


From Vice, are your pets contributing to global warming? Kiona Smith-Strickland on the one thing that people never understand about cats (and more and more). Want to raise empathetic kids? Get them a dog — Denise Daniels on the unexpected developmental benefits of having a pet. Hal Herzog on why people care more about pets than other humans. The introduction to Companion Animal Ethics by Clare Palmer and Peter Sandoe. Eric T. Olson reviews Persons, Animals, Ourselves by Paul F. Snowdon. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says humans will be robots’ pets. Rob O’Sullivan on the cruel cost of “cute”. Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. The introduction to The War Against Animals by Dinesh Wadiwel.

Manuel Worsdorfer (Frankfurt): “Animal Behavioural Economics”: Lessons Learnt From Primate Research. Maurizio Molinari and William Kremer on a woman on a mission to save Italy’s pigs. Dave Davies interviews John Hargrove, author of Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, Seaworld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. Like Jane Goodall, but with elephants: Scott McLemee reviews Elephant Don: The Politics of a Pachyderm Posse by Caitlin O’Connell. Susan Orlean on what makes the “Lion Whisperer” roar: He's famous for getting dangerously close to his fearsome charges, but what can Kevin Richardson teach us about ethical conservation — and ourselves? Dylann Roof is not a “terrorist”, but animal rights activists who free minks from slaughter are.

A study finds the world is in the midst of a mass extinction, and humans are to blame. A horribly bleak study sees “empty landscape” as large herbivores vanish at startling rate. Stewart Brand on how the idea that we are edging up to a mass extinction is not just wrong — it’s a recipe for panic and paralysis. Scientists just found soft tissue inside a dinosaur fossil — here’s why that’s so exciting. Scott McLemee reviews How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction by Beth Shapiro. Call of the Rewild: Jeremy Yoder on why some people want to bring giant dead things back to life. Can science go back to the future? Cathy Gere on how trying to bring extinct species back to life is the latest symptom of ecological anxiety. Call it the “grolar bear” dilemma: Are hybrids caused by climate change bad for species? Greg Breining on superwolves, new butterflies, and all the hybrid species evolving before our eyes. Can you spot the real animal hybrid? Take a quiz on nature’s mutant offspring.

From Relations: Beyond Anthropocentrism, a special issue on Wild Animal Suffering and Intervention in Nature, including Oscar Horta (Santiago de Compostela): The Problem of Evil in Nature: Evolutionary Bases of the Prevalence of Disvalue; Mikel Torres (EHU): The Case for Intervention in Nature on Behalf of Animals: A Critical Review of the Main Arguments against Intervention; Luciano Carlos Cunha (FUSC): If Natural Entities Have Intrinsic Value, Should We Then Abstain from Helping Animals Who Are Victims of Natural Processes?; Julia Mosquera (Reading): The Harm They Inflict When Values Conflict: Why Diversity Does not Matter; and Catia Faria interviews Jeff McMahan on making a difference on behalf of animals living in the wild. Dylan Matthews interviews Peter Singer, the world’s most famous utilitarian, on whether all carnivorous animals should be killed. Magnus Vinding on speciesism and The Effective Altruism Handbook.

From National Review, Wesley Smith on why Cecil’s killer violated human exceptionalism. Brian Beutler on why Cecil the Lion has nothing to do with your politics. Leah Libresco on how the United States is the biggest importer of trophy lions like Cecil. Phil Edwards on all 512 animals Teddy Roosevelt and his son killed on safari. Gun advocate Ted Nugent: The whole Cecil the Lion story is a “lie” (and more). It’s worse than Walter Palmer and Cecil the Lion: Meg Brown goes inside the sick, bizarre world of trophy hunting (and more). Lochran W. Traill and Norman Owen-Smith on why the debate over Cecil the Lion should be about conservation, not hunting (and more and more and more). Derrick Clifton on what really killed Cecil the Lion (and more). Dylan Matthews on why eating chicken is morally worse than killing Cecil the Lion (and more). Judd Legum on the science of why you are so upset about Cecil the Lion (and more). Angry about Cecil the Lion’s death? Take it out on Republican Congress. Angry about Cecil? Get ready to be angrier. If you are upset about the killing of Cecil the Lion and you are not a vegan, then you are suffering from moral schizophrenia.

Dan Hooley (Toronto) and Nathan Nobis (Morehouse): A Moral Argument for Veganism. A look at the environmental case for eating vegetarian, in one sentence. Sophie Barnes on how veganism is often seen as a vain attempt to dismantle market demand for animal products, one block of tofu at a time — this debate overlooks the radically transformative potential of compassion. Timothy Hsiao (FSU): In Defense of Eating Meat. How people defend eating meat: Meat eaters who justify their eating habits feel less guilty and are more tolerant of social inequality say researchers (and more). From Grist, a special series on meat: What’s smart, what’s right, what’s next. Have we passed “peak vegetarianism”? Julian Baggini on how the vegetarian movement has ground to a halt.


Georgiana Banita (Bamberg) and Sascha Pohlmann (Munich): Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the Presidency: Elections and American Culture. Michael A. Livermore (Virginia): Political Parties and Presidential Oversight. From Presidential Studies Quarterly, Maryann E. Gallagher (DePauw) and Bethany Blackstone (UNT): Taking Matters into Their Own Hands: Presidents’ Personality Traits and the Use of Executive Orders; and Brandon Rottinghaus (Houston) and Adam Warber (Clemson): Unilateral Orders as Constituency Outreach: Executive Orders, Proclamations, and the Public Presidency. Stop fighting it — America is a monarchy, and that’s probably for the best. You can’t make the Congress do anything: Scott Lemieux on how the ability of presidents to move the legislative needle will always be severely limited. Elizabeth Drew on how many authors have been tempted into writing revisionist histories of Richard Nixon, but these counterintuitive takes often do not hold up under closer scrutiny. If the Obama presidency is winding down, why is his group Organizing for Action ramping up? (and more)


From the inaugural issue of International Advances in Heroism Science, Scott T. Allison (Richmond): The Initiation of Heroism Science. Frank Pasquale and Siva Vaidhyanathan on Uber and the lawlessness of “sharing economy” corporates: Companies including Airbnb and Google compare themselves to civil rights heroes, while using their popularity among consumers to nullify federal law. The Outlaw Ocean: In this series on lawlessness on the high seas, Ian Urbina reveals that crime and violence in international waters often goes unpunished (and more and more and more and more and more and more). Trump University: Libby Nelson on how Donald Trump persuaded students to pay $35,000 to become just like him (and more). Jeet Heer on National Review’s bad conscience: Why the magazine is quick to accuse liberals of fascism and Nazism. Emily Rose Lathrop on the GRE Literature subject test: What you need to know. Provocative new study finds bullies have highest self esteem, social status, lowest rates of depression.


From NYRB, how you consist of trillions of tiny machines: Tim Flannery reviews Life’s Engines: How Microbes Made Earth Habitable by Paul G. Falkowski and A New History of Life: The Radical New Discoveries About the Origins and Evolution of Life on Earth by Peter Ward and Joe Kirschvink. If the world began again, would life as we know it exist?: Experiments in evolution are exploring what would happen if we rewound the tape of life. Richard Dawkins: “This is my vision of ‘life’”. Meghan Walsh on Jeremy England, the man who may one-up Darwin. Herbert Gintis (SFI), Carel van Schaik (Zurich), and Christopher Boehm (USC): Zoon Politikon: The Evolutionary Origins of Human Political Systems. The evolutionary roots of altruism: Melvin Konner reviews Does Altruism Exist? Culture, Genes, and the Welfare of Others by David Sloan Wilson.

Julian Savulescu, Jonathan Pugh, Thomas Douglas and Christopher Gyngell (Oxford): The Moral Imperative to Continue Gene Editing Research on Human Embryos. Industry’s growth leads to leftover embryos, and painful choices. Akshat Rathi on why China won’t listen to Western scientists about genetically modifying the human embryo. If it becomes possible to safely genetically increase babies’ IQ, it will become inevitable. Yordanis Enriquez-Canto (UCSS) and Barbara Osimani (Camerino): Is Genetic Information Family Property? Expanding on the Argument of Confidentiality Breach and Duty to Inform Persons at Risk. These superhumans are real and their DNA could be worth billions. Kevin Loria on how the age of genetically engineered animals has arrived. Easy DNA editing will remake the world — buckle up.

Jesse I. Bailey (Sacred Heart): Enframing the Flesh: Heidegger, Transhumanism, and the Body as “Standing Reserve”. Rose Eveleth on a blueprint for a better human body: People who wear and design prosthetics are rethinking the form of our species. The first chapter from How Do You Feel? An Interoceptive Moment with Your Neurobiological Self by A. D. (Bud) Craig. Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness? Oliver Burkeman wonders. Can we ever be in charge of our own lives? A review essay by Rowan Williams (and more and more). Andrew Vierra (Georgia State): Psychopathy, Moral Responsibility, and Mental Time Travel. Andrea Lavazza (CUI): Erasing Traumatic Memories: When Context and Social Interests Can Outweigh Personal Autonomy. New research puts us on the cusp of brain-to-brain communication — could the next step spell the end of individual minds? Face it, your brain is a computer. Massimo Pigliucci (CUNY): Mind Uploading: A Philosophical Counter-analysis (and more). Science fiction has long been influenced by philosophy — sadly, the inverse doesn’t seem to happen nearly enough: An interview with Pete Mandik of William Paterson University.

Stefan cel Mare (Suceava): The Anthropology of Immortality and the Crisis of Posthuman Conscience. Dan Hassler-Forest (Amsterdam): Of Iron Men and Green Monsters: Superheroes and Posthumanism. Stefan Herbrechter (Coventry): Posthumanism “Without” Technology, or How the Media Made Us Post/Human. Daniel Groll (Carleton) and Micah Lott (BC): Is There a Role for “Human Nature” in Debates About Human Enhancement? Nils-Frederic Wagner and Jeffrey Robinson (Ottawa) and Christine Wiebking (Potsdam): The Ethics of Neuroenhancement: Smart Drugs, Competition and Society. Alberto Giubilini (Charles Sturt): Normality, Therapy, and Enhancement: What Should Bioconservatives Say About the Medicalization of Love? John Danaher (NUI Galway): Human Enhancement, Social Solidarity and the Distribution of Responsibility.

Michele Loi (Minho): Technological Unemployment and Human Disenhancement. When robots come for grandma: Zeynep Tufekci on why “caregiver robots” are both inhuman and economically destructive. Matthew Yglesias on the automation myth: Robots aren’t taking your jobs — and that’s the problem. Quentin Hardy on the real threat posed by powerful computers. From the Journal of Evolution and Technology, a special issue on nonhuman personhood. Christoph Lutz (St. Gallen) and Aurelia Tamo (ETH Zurich): RoboCode-Ethicists: Privacy-friendly Robots, an Ethical Responsibility of Engineers? A robot in New York has passed the classic King’s Wise Men puzzle which serves as a test of the awareness of the self. Cheer up, the post-human era is dawning: Artificial minds will not be confined to the planet on which we have evolved, writes Martin Rees. Yuval Noah Harari on how the age of the cyborg has begun — and the consequences cannot be known.

Lucas J. Mix (Harvard): Proper Activity, Preference, and the Meaning of Life. Google’s artificial-intelligence bot says the purpose of living is “to live forever”. Molly Gardner reviews The Non-Identity Problem and the Ethics of Future People by David Boonin. “We are creatures that should not exist”: David Benatar on the theory of anti-natalism. “Catastrophist” Gordon Woo says longevity poses huge risks we aren’t dealing with. Your right to die isn’t enough: Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig on the ethics and morality of assisted suicide. Who owns the dead? For decades, Americans have been increasingly distanced from the dead — a small group of women is working to change that.

Dave Smith tried HTC’s insane virtual reality headset, and he’s convinced the world is about to change forever.


Eric Anderson (Winchester): Assessing the Sociology of Sport on Changing Masculinities and Homophobia (and more). One year after Michael Sam was drafted, has anything changed? Shea Balish (Dalhousie) and Robert Deaner and Michael Lombardo (GVSU): Sex Differences in Sports Interest and Motivation: An Evolutionary Perspective. Keysha Whitaker on how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s essay on female athletes. Does race matter in NFL rosters? Michael Tester investigates. Which athletes are expected to behave? Amma Marfo investigates. Do NCAA athletes deserve harsh punishments for minor drug infractions? Joe DeLessio on why superstitions help athletes perform better. Good riddance to Little League: Organized youth sports have become stressful, oversized monstrosities. Sacha Feinman and Josh Israel on how the hot new form of fantasy sports is probably addictive, potentially illegal and completely unregulated. Vassilis Dalakas, Joanna Phillips Melancon, and Tarah Sreboth on a qualitative inquiry on schadenfreude by sport fans. Josh Katzowitz on why Boston said “no” to hosting the 2024 Olympics — and every other city should, too (and more and more).


A new issue of Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal is out. Marc Champagne (Helsinki): Don’t Be an Ass: Rational Choice and Its Limits. A court in Libya has sentenced Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi, to death over war crimes. Josephine Livingstone reviews Worrying: a Literary and Cultural History by Francis O’Gorman. Andrew Rice on how Laurence Tribe, the president’s longtime confidant, became his greatest adversary on climate change. Paul Krugman on The Donald and the Delusional (and more). Trump thinks immigrants are rapists — what about married American men? Amanda Marcotte on how the public has come a long way on perceptions of rape. Rich American tourists kill hundreds of lions each year, and it’s all legal (and more). Parul Sehgal on how “privilege” became a provocation. Alex Isenstadt goes inside Rand Paul’s downward spiral: He was once a serious contender for the White House — now, his campaign is fighting over what went wrong.


From the inaugural issue of Kyiv-Mohyla Humanities Journal, Olga Bertelsen (Columbia): Rethinking Psychiatric Terror against Nationalists in Ukraine: Spatial Dimensions of Post-Stalinist State Violence. Greta Uehling (Michigan): Genocide’s Aftermath: Neostalinism in Contemporary Crimea. Grzegorz Rossolinski-Liebe (FU Berlin): The Fascist Kernel of Ukrainian Genocidal Nationalism. Matthew Rojansky and Mykhailo Minakov on the new Ukrainian exceptionalism. Martin Horton-Eddison (Hull): Does Neorealism or Neoliberalism Provide a More Convincing Explanation of Russia's Invasion of Ukraine? Andras Racz (FIIA): Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine: Breaking the Enemy’s Ability to Resist. Boris N. Mamlyuk (Memphis): The Ukraine Crisis, Cold War II, and International Law. A look at how Russian groups crowdfund the war in Ukraine. Nikolas K. Gvosdev on Russia’s Ukraine game: Will Putin go all in? Yes, Ukraine is still in crisis — would becoming a “buffer state” help? Daniel Abebe reviews Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order by Rajan Menon and Eugene B. Rumer.


David Giles (Winchester): Field Migration, Cultural Mobility and Celebrity: The Case of Paul McCartney. How an unhip trio became superstars: It’s 2015, and yet the “terminally unhip” Rush is one of the world’s biggest touring bands. Rand Paul’s favorite band Rush thinks he’s racist. Leave U2 alone: Why did one of our best rock bands become so loathed? Soraya Roberts on Alanis in Chains: The pressured pop career that led to “Jagged Little Pill”, which turns 20 years old. Dalia Malek on why Vanilla Ice’s former DJ Deshay is the most interesting man in the world. Matt Diehl on the endless fall of Suge Knight: He sold America on a West Coast gangster fantasy and embodied it — then the bills came due. Alex French on how hip-hop is becoming the oldies. Don’t feel guilty about not keeping up with new music: Annie Zaleski on how the bands you loved as a kid can still be your favorites. Your love of the Sex Pistols or Norah Jones says more about your personality than you think.

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