Amy Berg (RIC): Effective Altruism: How Big Should the Tent Be? Atte Harjanne (Aalto BIZ) and Janne Korhonen (TSE): Abandoning the Concept of Renewable Energy. “Algeria is a republic”: The Algerian state is in crisis. Algeria’s president won’t run for a fifth term — it’s a huge win for protesters. Scott McLemee reviews some of the books now being published by university presses, many of which seem to predict our world in the upcoming decade. Will there be smoking guns in the Mueller report? Nora Caplan-Bricker on the challenge of preserving the historical record of #MeToo. All worldbuilding, without exception, is political. Dressing up for air travel: In defense of looking nice on a flight or train. How much immigration is too much?

Marcus Arvan (Tampa): The Simulation Hypothesis and Meta-Problem of Everything. Sergio Verdugo (UDD): How Can Judges Challenge Incumbent Dictators and Get Away With It? Defying US borders, Native Americans are asserting their territorial rights. The 500-year-long science experiment: In 2014, microbiologists began a study that they hope will continue long after they’re dead. The Western erasure of African tragedy: Media coverage of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 framed a horrifying accident in appallingly familiar ways. The existential status of The Simpsons: Dominic Pettman on pondering the Homeric dasein of Springfield. Nirupama Rao on how India and Pakistan can step back from the brink of war.

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