A new issue of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture is out. Lucas Osborn (Campbell): Intellectual Property's Digital Future. Chris King (Auckland): Sex, Genes, Politics and Company Law: Can Capitalist Democracy Coexist with Human Survival? Ben Casselman on how the conventional wisdom on oil is always wrong. What industries will produce the first trillionaires? Dystopian fiction's popularity is a warning sign for the future. Mathematicians have now made the first major advance in 76 years in understanding how far apart primes can be. Sarah Kliff on how Vermont's single-payer health care dream fell apart. Natasha Vargas-Cooper on the acquisitive self, minus the self: Thanks to the exhibition-friendly canons of social media, the scions of excess are back and flaunting it, baby. Black poverty is state violence, too: Sarah Jaffe on why struggles for criminal justice and living wage are uniting. The recent high-profile deaths of black people at the hands of police officers have exposed sharp differences about race relations in unexpected and often uncomfortable ways. Blue lives matter: Talking about “police reform” obscures the task — today's policies are, at the very least, the product of democratic will. Eric Boehlert on Fox News' double standard for Right-wing cop killers. A lot of smart people think North Korea didn't hack Sony. US corporations claim billions in assets in Cuba and now they'll want it back. Ruby Cramer on the draft campaign Elizabeth Warren didn’t ask for but hasn’t killed. The magazine world’s oldest, richest and biggest audiences: Michael Rondon on what the data says about the readers of nearly 200 magazines.
Anthony Victor Alfieri (Miami): Objecting to Race. David Alexander Craig (Oregon): From Philosophy of Race to Antiracist Politics: On Rorty's Approach to Race and Racism. Andrea Tesei (Queen Mary): Trust, Racial Fragmentation and Income Inequality: New Evidence from the US. Jennifer Hochschild (Harvard) and Vesla Weaver (Yale): Is the Significance of Race Declining in the Political Arena? Yes, and No. Sawyer III C. Don (Quinnipiac) and Robert T. Palmer (SUNY-Binghamton): A Different Kind of Black, but the Same Issues: Black Males and Counterstories at a Predominantly White Institution. Adam Croom (Penn): Spanish Slurs and Stereotypes for Mexican-Americans in the USA: A Context-sensitive Account of Derogation and Appropriation. Dianne Dentice (Stephen Austin): Valley Girl Interrupted: Meth, Race, and the Ku Klux Klan. From Boston Review, what is political correctness? Simon Waxman wonders. Lost in Rawlsland: George Yancy interviews Charles Mills, author of The Racial Contract. From n+1, beyond what: Look around you, the exhibit seems to say, and you’ll find an Indian-American. Is it racist to ask people where they're from? Uri Friedman on the importance of context. William Black on how watermelons became a racist trope. Jenee Desmond-Harris on 11 ways race isn’t real. Modern racism can be so hilarious: Elaine Teng interviews Tanzina Vega. Domino Renee Perez on how characters in children’s books are almost always white, and it’s a big problem. Gwynn Guilford on how America is much more interracial than it thinks. Reihan Salam on what white privilege really means: It’s not about what whites get — it’s about what blacks don’t. Across America, whites are biased and they don’t even know it.
A new issue of the Electronic Green Journal is out. James Justus (FSU): Philosophical Issues in Ecology. Vito De Lucia (UiT): The Ecosystem Approach between Ecocentrism and Anthropocentrism. Bruce Matthews (Bard): Schelling in the Anthropocene: A New Mythology of Nature. Vincent Blok (Wageningen): Reconnecting with Nature in the Age of Technology: The Heidegger and Radical Environmentalism Debate Revisited. Guillermo Valverde (Edinburgh): Could the Foundations of the Land Ethic also Justify Moral Nihilism? From The Ethics Forum, a special issue on final values and the environment. What do the humanities have to do with the environment? Sverker Sorlin on the environmental turn in the human sciences. Stephen Muecke reviews Hyperobjects: Philosophy and Ecology after the End of the World by Timothy Morton. Daniel Mattox (Morehead State): Deep Sociology: Applying Deep Ecology to Environmental Sociology. Andy Lamey (UCSD): Ecosystems as Spontaneous Orders. Barbara J. King reviews How Forests Think: Toward an Anthropology Beyond the Human by Eduardo Kohn. Richard L. Revesz (NYU): Toward a More Rational Environmental Policy. Mark Kanazawa reviews Revealed Biodiversity: An Economic History of the Human Impact by Eric L. Jones. Unlocking James Lovelock: Is the inventor of the Gaia Hypothesis really such an outsider? “Sustainability” is older than you think, an environmental buzzword traced back to aristocrats and colonizers: Rebecca Tuhus-Dubrow interviews Jeremy L. Caradonna, author of Sustainability: A History. Stocking nature’s arsenal: James G. Lewis reviews Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism by Jacob Darwin Hamblin. Can the world really set aside half of the planet for wildlife? The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction event.
Matt Sienkiewicz (BC) and Nick Marx (Colorado State): Click Culture: The Perils and Possibilities of Family Guy and Convergence-Era Television. C'Zar David Bernstein (Oxford), Timothy Hsiao (Florida State), and Matt Palumbo (TCNJ): The Moral Right to Keep and Bear Firearms. Russia and the U.S. need to get along — the world's safety depends on it. Why is Putin so popular? Despite economic woes, propaganda and patriotism have protected Russia's President — so far. How do Americans look in North Korean films? David Marchese interviews Paul Fischer, author of A Kim Jong-Il Production: The Extraordinary True Story of a Kidnapped Filmmaker, His Star Actress, and a Young Dictator's Rise to Power. Matthew Wills on Cuban-American relations through the years. Cuba then next Cancun? It should be so lucky. Pakistan’s old curse: There is little doubt that the Peshawar massacre has galvanized Pakistani society; the question is whether it can become a real turning point for a society plagued by violent divisions, culture wars and the strategic prerogatives of a powerful military. A Turkish court has issued an arrest warrant for Fethullah Gulen, an influential cleric and former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and whose followers have been accused of participating in a plot to overthrow the government. Teaching Ferguson, Teaching Capital: Curry Malott and Derek R. Ford on slavery and the “terrorist energy” of Capital. Peter Bloom on why the message of the Hunger Games films is dangerous. You can rest assured that Stephen Colbert will mug onward, in his most challenging role yet: a flat, predictable act, pantomiming an edgy persona in a near-complete broadcast vacuum.
Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv): Post/Colonial Queer Globalisation and International Human Rights: Images of LGBT Rights. Rachel Bergenfield and Alice M Miller (Yale): Queering International Development? An Examination of New “LGBT Rights” Rhetoric, Policy, and Programming among International Development Agencies. Ryan Vanden Berg (UBC): A New Adversary: Neoliberalism, Lesbians, and Canadian Democracy. Gibson Ncube (Stellenbosch): Arab-Muslim Masculinity on Trial: Gay Muslim Writers Broaching Homosexuality. Serena Tolino (Zurich): Homosexuality in the Middle East: An Analysis of Dominant and Competitive Discourses. Lenore Bell (St. Andrews): Trigger Warnings: Sex, Lies and Social Justice Utopia on Tumblr. Pierce S. Docena (Visayas): Developing and Managing One’s Sexual Identity: Coming Out Stories of Waray Gay Adolescents. Paula Gerber (Monash): Living a Life of Crime: The Ongoing Criminalisation of Homosexuality in the Commonwealth. Jamie Cleland (Loughborough): Association Football and the Representation of Homosexuality by the Print Media: A Case Study of Anton Hysen. Vinodh Venkatesh (Virginia Tech): Queerying and Locating Pedro Almodovar's ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!. Alex Channon (Greenwich) and Christopher R. Matthews (Brighton): “It Is What It Is”: Masculinity, Homosexuality, and Inclusive Discourse in Mixed Martial Arts. The pink and the pulp: Good and bad news for gay rights in Singapore. Queer politics in China: A conversation with “Western” activists working in Beijing. Who’s behind Uganda’s step forward on same-sex rights? Melina Platas Izama investigates. Enze Han and Joseph O'Mahoney on the British colonial origins of anti-gay laws. “No to Homo Agenda”: Eliot Lenn on how American evangelicals spread anti-gay hate to Jamaica. The introduction to Straights: Heterosexuality in Post-Closeted Culture by James Joseph Dean. You can download Coming out for LGBT Psychology in the Current International Scenario, ed. Henrique Pereira and Pedro Costa (2014).
From the inaugural issue of the Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, Mark Carver (Cumbria): Edgy Humour in the Classroom: A Case Study of Risks and Rewards. Earle F. Zeigler (Western): Poor, Old “Physical Education”. Brian Culp (IUPUI): The Ever-Changing Nature of Physical Education in the United States. Should we teach Plato in gym class? Mark Edmundson wonders. Feminists killed Home Ec. — now they should bring it back for boys and girls. The idea of high-school home-economics courses seems outdated to some, but experts, including the first lady, are emphasizing the need for students to learn the skills taught in home ec. Jonathan Wai on the case for starting statistics education in kindergarten kindergarten class. Alexandra Ossola on the challenge of teaching science in rural America. Save the humanities in our public schools: Helen Vendler on how we're depriving students of their national heritage — here's how to fix that. The inaugural issue of the Journal of Philosophy in Schools is out. Don’t know much revisionist history: Conservatives are appalled by changes to the AP U.S. history exam — which is funny, because the changes are hardly revolutionary. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction encourages high school teachers to use Founding Principles, a history curriculum drafted by the Bill of Rights Institute, a group funded by the conservative billionaire Koch brothers. When the religious right co-opts the push to reinvigorate civics education, dubious legislation reveals the most powerful people in public schools. So Bill Gates has this idea for a history class: Should one of the world’s richest men get to dictate the future of how we learn about our past? Lyndsey Layton on how Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution. Buyer's remorse on Common Core for policymakers? High school students are all about computers but get little instruction in computer science.
Jessica Bulman-Pozen and David Pozen (Columbia): Uncivil Obedience. Patrick Vonderau (Stockholm): How Global Is Hollywood? Division of Labor from a Prop-Making Perspective. Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Nudging: A Very Short Guide; and The Ethics of Nudging. Teppo Felin (Oxford): Nudge: Manager as Choice Architect. Philippe Mongin (HEC Paris) and Mikael Cozic (Paris): Rethinking Nudges. Forthcoming from Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, Cass Sunstein (Harvard): Behaviorally Informed Health Policy? Patient Autonomy, Active Choosing, and Paternalism. Uwe Steinhoff (Hong Kong): What Is Self-Defense? Heike Bauer (Birkbeck): Burning Sexual Subjects: Books, Homophobia and the Nazi Destruction of the Institute of Sexual Sciences in Berlin. Russia’s banks need to be bailed out now: Russia's economic crisis has turned into a currency crisis that's morphed into a financial crisis. People who worry the U.S. will “spoil” Cuba are fetishizing poverty: Find somewhere else to practice your amateur photography. Can Cuba escape poverty but stay healthy? Max Fisher on how North Korea, one of the world's poorest countries, got so good at hacking. Stop making fun of North Korea: Claire Groden and Elaine Teng on how our laughter is drowning out their horrific human rights record. Sahil Kapur on how the “nuclear option” helped Obama reshape the courts for a generation. Obama is unpopular — he's also accomplished an incredible amount. Where did the notion of teaching people how to spend their free time come from, and why did it disappear? Livia Gershon on the rise and fall of “education for leisure”. Emily J.H. Contois reviews Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century by Kyla Wazana Tompkins.
Jan Halak and Ivo Jirasek (Palacky) and Mark Stephen Nesti (LJMU): Phenomenology is Not Phenomenalism: Is There Such a Thing as Phenomenology of Sport? Gottfried Schweiger (Salzburg): What Does a Professional Athlete Deserve? Benjamin Burroughs (USC) and Adam Rugg (USF): Extending the Broadcast: Streaming Culture and the Problems of Digital Geographies. Thomas F. Carter (Brighton): Game Changer: The Role of Sport in Revolution. Amanda Danielle Watson (Ottawa) and Heather Hillsburg and Lori Chambers (Lakehead): Identity Politics and Global Citizenship in Elite Athletics: Comparing Caster Semenya and Oscar Pistorius. Ryan M. Rodenberg and John T. Holden (FSU) and Anastasios Kaburakis (SLU): “Whose” Game Is It? Sports-Wagering and Intellectual Property. Jaimie K. McFarlin and Joshua Lee (Harvard): A European Solution to America’s Basketball Problem: Reforming Amateur Basketball in the United States. With the NBA’s new broadcasting deal, the players now have all the power. Theodore Turocy (East Anglia): An Inspection Game Model of the Stolen Base in Baseball: A Theory of Theft. Will Leitch on what Bud Selig hath wrought — and not just in baseball. Mark Varga on how Chris Christie's quest to legalize sports gambling could destroy professional athletics. Derek Thompson on how TV's sports addiction could destroy its business. Dayna Evans on the real secret to talking sports with any woman. From The Critique, is it morally irresponsible to be consumed with the FIFA World Cup? Stephen Mumford wonders; and does God care about football? Graham Oppy investigates (and part 2). Why rugby players are turning to Aristotle for inspiration: Jules Evans explains how one rugby club is beefing up its back row with Buddha, Aristotle and Epictetus the Stoic. Cricketing dynasties seem to imply that talent is genetic — yet the evidence from other sports queers the pitch.
Catherine Rowett (East Anglia): Philosophy's Numerical Turn: Why the Pythagoreans' Interest in Numbers Is Truly Awesome. From PUP, the introduction to Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics by David Reimer; the introduction to Taming the Unknown: A History of Algebra from Antiquity to the Early Twentieth Century by Victor J. Katz and Karen Hunger Parshall; the introduction to Enlightening Symbols: A Short History of Mathematical Notation and Its Hidden Powers by Joseph Mazur (and more and more); the first chapter from Three Views of Logic: Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science by Donald W. Loveland, Richard E. Hodel and S. G. Sterrett; the first chapter from Math Bytes: Google Bombs, Chocolate-Covered Pi, and Other Cool Bits in Computing by Tim Chartier; and the introduction to The Best Writing on Mathematics 2014, ed. Mircea Pitici. Sean Walsh, Eleanor Knox, and Adam Caulton review Mathematics and Scientific Representation by Christopher Pincock. Seeker, doer, giver, ponderer: William J. Broad on James A. Simons: A billionaire mathematician’s life of ferocious curiosity. Amir Alexander on why the glory of math is to matter. A tenacious explorer of abstract surfaces: Erica Klarreich on how Maryam Mirzakhani’s monumental work draws deep connections between topology, geometry and dynamical systems. Watch Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win mathematics' top prize, explain her work. Michael J. Barany on how math got its “Nobel”. From the Oughtred Society, dedicated to the preservation and history of slide rules and other calculating instruments, Robert A. James on the deaths of the slide rule. You can download The History of Mathematics: An Introduction by David M. Burton (2011).
Mary Ziegler (Florida State): The (Non-)Right to Sex. Gerald J. Russello reviews Insurrections of the Mind: 100 Years of Politics and Culture in America by The New Republic. In Israel, mocking hipsters is now a political statement. Mark A. Rothstein on the moral challenge of Ebola. What happened in the United States is that the remaining voices of the Cold War — the defenders of U.S. sanctions — have been overtaken by the voices of those who want a foreign policy toward Cuba that is appropriate for this century. Joy-Ann Reid interviews Eric Holder on anti-police protests, Obama's legacy, and his final battle as Attorney General. Land of the free and home of the enhanced interrogators: Chris Lehmann on why we need a truth and reconciliation commission to deal with our torture problem. The familiar philosophy of the dictator, at home within a major American political party: Jonathan Chait on torture, Russia, and conservative dictator-envy. Christopher Hartwell on how the next victim of the ruble's decline could be the Eurasian Union. Is Obama destroying the Russian economy? Michael Crowley on how sanctions helped sink the ruble, officials say privately. Obama's had a helluva good month since the midterms. Good politics, bad policy: Glen Olives on our disastrous war on drugs. #History: From the Romans to Twitter, the hash sign — or octothorpe — has had a rich history, and now this innocuous little character has found a mighty resurgence as the hashtag. The linguistics of LOL: What Internet vernacular reveals about the evolution of language. Smile, you’re speaking emoji: Adam Sternbergh on the rapid evolution of a wordless tongue. Maria Konnikova on how headlines change the way we think.