Joseph Carroll (Missouri), John A. Johnson (Penn State), Catherine Salmon (Redlands), Jens Kjeldgaard-Christiansen and Mathias Clasen (Aarhus), and Emelie Jonsson (Gothenburg): A Cross-Disciplinary Survey of Beliefs about Human Nature, Culture, and Science. Is violence embedded in our DNA? Some research suggests that throughout our evolution an innate tendency toward fighting shaped human anatomy — but anthropologists are sharply divided on the matter. The first chapter from The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future by Dalton Conley and Jason Fletcher.


Where is Trump’s cabinet? It’s anybody’s guess — agency heads are carrying out the Trump administration’s agenda largely in secret, in many cases shielding their schedules from public view. Too lazy to kill regulations, Trump is ignoring them instead. How a gay friendly and “very pro-choice” Trump created the most anti-choice, anti-LGBT administration in generations. How a low-level decision on baggage fees spotlights the worst of Trump. “He’s not weak, is he?”: Inside Trump’s quest to alter the judiciary. Long after Trump is gone, we’ll still be fighting him. Tough times for liberals mean it’s time to toughen up: Treasured institutions are reeling — fixing them will require more than a pledge drive.

Trump’s first year was even worse than feared — but voters can change things up at the ballot box in 2018. America is not yet lost: So far, the nation hasn’t retreated into cynicism.


Johann Frick (Princeton): Conditional Reasons and the Procreation Asymmetry. Morgan Ricks (Vanderbilt): Money as Infrastructure (“Bank regulation is therefore properly understood as a subfield of infrastructure regulation”). How the world changed around Sergio Aragones and Mad magazine: Examining the role of satire in an era of absurdity. The first chapter from Reputation: What It Is and Why It Matters by Gloria Origgi. “The world’s biggest terrorist has a Pikachu bedspread”: Not every leaker is an ideological combatant like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning — Reality Winner may be the unlikeliest of all. Obamacare will survive: It won’t be pretty — but the law might really, finally be in the clear.


Frank Pasquale (Maryland): Professional Judgment in an Era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. John Danaher (NUI Galway): Building a Postwork Utopia: Technological Unemployment, Life Extension and the Future of Human Flourishing. David Gunkel (Northern Illinois): Rage Against the Machine: Rethinking Education in the Face of Technological Unemployment. It’s puppets vs. robots: Tom Whyman on the god in the machine. Out of road: Leslie Hook on driverless vehicles and the end of the trucker. The end of work, individualism, and the human species: Derek Thompson interviews Yuval Harari, author of Homo Deus.

A.I. will transform the economy — but how much, and how soon? Brad DeLong on automation, labor and the future of work. Welcoming our new robot overlords: Once, robots assisted human workers — now it’s the other way around. Are we about to witness the most unequal societies in history? You will lose your job to a robot — and sooner than you think (and more and more). We’re so unprepared for the robot apocalypse. Kai-Fu Lee on the real threat of artificial intelligence. Chill: Robots won’t take all our jobs. Why I’m skeptical that robots will take all our jobs. History and economic theory suggest that fears about technological unemployment are misplaced.


Leslie Kendrick (Virginia): Free Speech as a Special Right. Flip-flopping on free speech: Jill Lepore on the fight for the First Amendment, on campuses and football fields, from the sixties to today. Michelle Goldberg on the worst time for the Left to give up on free speech. Michael H. Schill on the misguided student crusade against “fascism” on campus. Stop telling students free speech is traumatizing them. Joseph Heath on freedom of speech on campus (and more). Could everyone please stop freaking out about college students, please? Some thoughts on that survey claiming college students are hostile to free speech. The campus free speech wars are dramatically changing what it means to be a college Republican.

Kashana Cauley on when conservatives suppress campus speech. There is no 1st Amendment right to speak on a college campus. Erwin Chemerinsky on how hate speech is protected free speech, even on college campuses. Universities can’t have it both ways on free speech. Do Americans support free speech on college campuses? Absolutely — except sometimes. There have been so many bad lefty free-speech takes lately. Williams College president: Don’t ignore the real threats in the debate over free speech. Professors are losing their freedom of expression. Death threats are forcing professors off campus. Free speech isn’t under attack on campuses: It’s just being extended to more groups.

The two clashing meanings of “free speech”: Today’s campus controversies reflect a battle between two distinct conceptions of the term — what the Greeks called isegoria and parrhesia.

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