A new issue of Judgment and Decision Making is out. Yong-yue Yu and Jian Li (Wuhan): The Ideological and Political Education Values of the Constructive Postmodernism. From NYRB, where is poetry going? Charles Simic wants to know; and can Congress force us to buy broccoli? David Cole investigates. From OK Cupid, what are the best questions for a first date? Inside the Secret Service: Granted exclusive access, Marc Ambinder follows the agency on one of its toughest assignments. Are Thailand and Cambodia about to go to war? Jonathan Cohn on the bad faith of mandate critics (and part 2). Farhad Manjoo on HuffPo's Achilles' Heel: Search engine optimization won't work forever (and more). Jason Linkins on how The Huffington Post works (in case you were wondering). Dana Milbank on Arianna Huffington's ideological transformation. Now what? No one, perhaps not even officers of the Egyptian armed forces, knows what the Egyptian armed forces will do next. David A. Bell on why we can't rule out an Egyptian Reign of Terror: A historian's look at revolution and its discontents. What is the Muslim Brotherhood, and will it take over Egypt? The basics on the group that has Glenn Beck going batshit. From The Examined Life, Amanda Ruud on Marilynne Robinson and the courage to see. Christian Jarrett examines the relevance of the idea of sin to modern life, and introduces a special "sin week". Taxes too high? Actually, as a share of the nation's economy, Uncle Sam's take this year will be the lowest since 1950. Now that Ron Paul actually has some power over the Fed, what is he going to do with it? The Art of Scouting Models: Jeff and Mary Clarke of Mother Model Management help transport young, beautiful people from obscurity to the fashion runways of New York and Paris.

Daniel McIntosh (Slippery Rock): The Transhuman Security Dilemma. How can we govern the garage biologists who are tinkering with life? A look at 5 ways science could make us immortal. Marios Kyriazis on the prospects of human biological immortality. 2045, the tear man becomes immortal: We're fast approaching the moment when humans and machines merge — welcome to the Singularity movement. A review of Genetic Twists of Fate by Stanley Fields and Mark Johnston. A review of Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People by Philip Ball (and more and more). Michael Anissimov on how the Singularity is the biggest threat to humanity (and a response and more). In his own quest to beat the machines, Brian Christian discovers that the march of technology isn’t just changing how we live, it’s raising new questions about what it means to be human (and more). An interview with Misha Angrist, publisher of his genome. Do not watch this video if you lay awake at night, kept from sleep by the terrifying knowledge that one day soon the human race will be thrown into slavery by The Machines. People have no anxiety about genetic tests. Do artificial beings deserve human rights? If the supercomputer bests the human Jeopardy champion this week, the news will be everywhere — but we shouldn't worry (and more and more). Lepht Anonym wants everyone to know the door to transcending normal human capabilities is no farther away than your own kitchen — it’s just going to hurt like a sonofabitch. The future of the human genome: What will the next 20 years of research bring? Minsoo Kang on his book Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination.

Carl Soderbergh (MRGI): Human Rights in a Warmer World: The Case of Climate Change Displacement. Time to ruggedize: We should talk more about preparing for climate change. The Carbon Tax Miracle Cure: The "bang for the buck" from a phased-in CO2 levy would be infinite at first — lots of jobs at zero cost to the federal budget. Could climate change kill liberalism? The best way to preserve the red, white, and blue is by going green now. A veteran of the climate wars reflects on U.S. failure to act. David Roberts on how to get the boob tube to tell the truth about climate change, and on climate science vs. climate economics. Confronting the climate cranks: An excerpt from Mark Hertsgaard's Hot: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth (and more). As the climate changes, glaciers and ice sheets will start to shift their enormous weight around the globe, causing chaos in nature's underlying geological processes. A review of Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth about Climate Change by Clive Hamilton. Bill McKibben on rewriting the “Tragedy of the Commons”: What cooperation and sharing have to do with saving the world. For the last time: no, clean energy is not a substitute for climate change. Toward a new global ethos: Paul J. Crutzen and Christian Schwagerl on living in the Anthropocene. Who's to Blame: 12 politicians and execs blocking progress on global warming. What’s one way to convert climate change skeptics? By making them sweat.

From the inaugural issue of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, D.N. Rodowick (Harvard): A Care for the Claims of Theory; Murray Smith (Kent): Film Theory Meets Analytic Philosophy; Or, Film Studies and L'Affair Sokal; and Raymond Bellour (Paris 3): Deleuze: The Thinking of the Brain. From Open Democracy, Maciej Bartkowski and Lester R. Kurtz on how to negotiate the transition in Egypt: Lessons from Poland and China. From NYRB, is health care reform unconstitutional? David Cole investigates. From New York, a special issue on The Greatest New York Ever. What we talk about when we talk about the deficit: How Washington avoids having an "adult conversation" about the federal budget (and more). Between Cairo and Davos: The new age of insurgencies of which Egypt is an emblem has its deeper source not in the anger of the marginalised but in the system operated by the world's financial elites. Does Egypt prove Bush right? No, his "freedom agenda" failed long before he left office. A review of The Immortalization Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death by John Gray. Did Twitter make them do it? The battle over social-media revolutions. Gabriel Arana on how the fight over DADT was always about the normalization of homosexuality. A tale of two ports: Gwadar and Chabahar display Chinese-Indian rivalry in the Arabian Sea. Interview with a Philosopher: A way to have deep conversations online — no, really.

From Miller-McCune, blacks and Latinos who apply to the most selective public universities in some "race-blind" states are being reshuffled downward to lower-quality schools, researchers say; and studies find a decline in Asian-American students’ success once they move away from home and go to college. A review of Diary of a Dean by Herbert I. London. A review of No University is an Island: Saving Academic Freedom by Cary Nelson. Does Google Scholar push the most popular content rather than act as a neutral tool? A review of Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age by Ann M. Blair (and more). Laurie Fendrich on the humanities and human temperaments (and part 2). Challenging the Left: An Objectivist case for intellectual diversity in academia. A review of Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa (and more and more). Cult Stud Mugged: Why we should stop worrying and learn to love a hip English professor. Stephen Brockmann wonders if a key cause of the crisis facing humanities programs can be traced to the culture wars of the '80s. Monty Python's Academic Circus: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition — or high modernism in the guise of British goofballery. What is academic work? In academic debate for academic debate's sake, the pleasures are as palpable as they are esoteric. Do rich, white Protestants have a big edge in admissions?

A new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America is out. Erin Daly (Widener): Dignity in the Service of Democracy. Gary A. Mauser and June Francis (Simon Fraser): Collateral Damage: The "War on Drugs", and the Latin America and Caribbean Region. From Re-public, a special issue on variations of democracy in Latin America. Robert Valencia on reclaiming the OAS’s future in the Americas. A review of A History of Modern Latin America: 1800 to the Present by Teresa A. Meade. From Canadian Dimension, a review of Dancing with Dynamite: Social Movements and States in Latin America by Benjamin Dangl; and an article on roads to 21st century capitalist development in Latin America. An interview with James Dunkerley on Latin American history. From Foreign Affairs, Oscar Arias on Culture Matters: Real obstacles to Latin American development. A review of Paulo Freire and the Cold War Politics of Literacy by Andrew J. Kirkendall. The left-right ideological divide has begun to narrow in Latin America as citizens and leaders increasingly choose a pragmatic approach to politics and embrace the rules of the democratic game. Latin America and Palestine: watershed or worthless? A review of The Last Colonial Massacre: Latin America in the Cold War by Greg Grandin. South America grows happily richer: Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru are at the forefront of an economic surge. Dakar 2011, the Most Dangerous Race: For the third year running, the grueling rally is taking place in South America — it is so lucrative that Peru, Bolivia and Brazil want in.

A new issue of Lobster is out. A review of Known and Unknown by Donald Rumsfeld (and more and more and more and more and more). Human Behaviour: Method acting, a once-radical invention, has lost touch with who we’ve become. Walter Block on his book The Case for Discrimination. Whistling past the graveyard: Can the lost art of whistling make a comeback? Becky Ferreira on humanity's endless quest to invent a death ray — a history. A senator in Belgium has proposed a sex strike as a way of ending the country's lengthy negotiations around forming a new government — do sex strikes ever work? A review of The Task of the Critic: Terry Eagleton in Dialogue. How is it possible that a person living in a water-rich region uses more water by flushing the toilet than a person in a water-scarce region has available for drinking, food-preparation, hygiene, and cleaning — for a whole day? CNN profiles Malcolm Gladwell, the man who can explain everything. The Unholy Pleasure: Mark Oppenheimer on his life-long recovery from snobbery. J.M. Bernstein, Lydia Goehr, Gregg Horowitz, and Chris Cutrone debate the relevance of critical theory to art today. Doodlong drooling macrophages: Drawing ludicrous cartoons to memorize scores of gory scientific details has always been an incredible pastime. Apocalyptic obsessions and public nudity: The world of the early Quakers. Do blind people see race? Osagie K. Obasogie on social, legal, and theoretical considerations.

Vihren Bouzov (VT): Scientific Rationality as Normative System. Marcelo Gleiser on searching for the essence of physical reality. Philosophy Lives: Why Stephen Hawking’s attempt to banish natural theology only shows why we need it (and more and more). Are physicists wasting their time hunting for a theory that unites the forces of nature? Perhaps it’s just wishful thinking. Does the universe have a purpose? The "point" is beside the point. Charles Seife reviews The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos by Brian Greene (and more and more and more and more and more and more). From Quarks to Mind: Is our existence inevitable? Evidence emerges that laws of physics are not fine-tuned for life. A review of Science and Religion: A Very Short Introduction by Thomas Dixon. A review of Everywhere and Everywhen: Adventures in Physics and Philosophy by Nick Huggett. From a curriculum standpoint, is science religion? Physics as Metaphysics: Is there a quantum spirituality? There is now even more evidence that life on Earth may have been seeded by material from asteroids or comets. An excerpt from The Science and Humanism of Stephen Jay Gould by Richard York and Brett Clark. Adam Frank on how life is more meaningful than mere facts can convey. A review of The Four Percent Universe: Dark Matter, Dark Energy, and the Race to Discover the Rest of Reality by Richard Panek. Don't let "miracles" trump science: The Roman Catholic church has either a very good or a very bad sense of humor.

R. Taggart Murphy (Tsukuba): Japan As Number One in the Global Economic Crisis: Lessons for the World? The Japan Myth: Slow growth in Japan over the last decade was due not to insufficiently aggressive macroeconomic policies, but to an unfavorable demographic trend. Is Japan the next major world economy to tank? Japan may be the first nation to opt for a no growth, steady state economy — what’s wrong with being No. 2? Japan's Galapagosization: Technologically out of step with the rest of the economic powers, faltering politically, and hindered by an aging and isolated population, Japan has some changes to make if it is to regain its footing on the world stage. In Japan, the young face generational roadblocks. It may be now-or-never for Japan’s pop culture creators to rehabilitate their industries and reach out to their audiences. Why isn't Japan having sex? Waiting for the dam to break: David McNeill on WikiLeaks and Japan. Bob Gates now appears to understand that the US-Japan alliance is much bigger than one base in Okinawa — but both sides still have a long way to go. A review of Local Environmental Movements: A Comparative Study of the United States and Japan. The trade tensions with China sometimes seem like a rerun of the 1980s rivalry with Japan — but can Washington use its old strategies? Gavan McCormack (ANU): Small Islands, Big Problem: Senkaku/Diaoyu and the Weight of History and Geography in China-Japan Relations.

A new issue of World Picture is out. Heather Monasky (William Mitchell): On Comprehensive Prostitution Reform: Criminalizing the Trafficker and the Trick, But Not the Victim — Sweden’s Sexkopslagen in America. Mikhail Simkin on a scientific evaluation of Charles Dickens. A major literary prize has been won by a book of verse, and the genre has rarely been more popular — so why does it feel as if poetry is losing its way? Nonprofit social venture capital firm Acumen Fund’s model has garnered attention, but can it change international aid? From THES, a review of Plain Ugly: The Unattractive Body in Early Modern Culture by Naomi Baker; and a review of The Death Marches: The Final Phase of Nazi Genocide by Daniel Blatman. From The Economist, a special report on global leaders: In the information age, brainy people are rewarded with wealth and influence — what does this mean for everyone else? A review of Empires in World History: Power and the Politics of Difference Jane Burbank by Frederick Cooper. What does the book of Daniel have to say about empire today? An interview with Kathryn Lofton, author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon. These days it seems every controversial remark has been taken "out of context"; time to return the phrase to the literary critics. Teenage queen Marie Antoinette, now the subject of a new movie, was embraced by France in 1770 — twenty-three years later, she lost her head to the guillotine (but she never said, "Let them eat cake").