We may make snap judgments, or mull things carefully; why and when do we use the brain systems behind these decision-making styles? It makes sense for terrorists to associate themselves with a positive term such as “jihad”, but for the US to also call them by that name, however, is a strategic mistake; and intent on isolating its foes, the US has instead ended up marginalizing itself. Many Iranians think the Great Satan is just great — it's their own president they hate. If, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggests, the Web is still a drooling, id-driven baby that wallows in its own (proverbial) feces, it makes sense that we continue to be mired in its arrested development. The needle returns to the start of the song: The mysterious shifting tides of musical fashion have bewildered critics since the dawn of time. A review of Boxing: A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy. Has science made belief in God obsolete? Two scholars debate the Templeton Foundation's latest Big Question. High comedies: An article on great moments in the drug war Kulturkampf. Radar goes undercover to find out just how far a famous name will take you. A look at what heterosexuals can do on behalf of gays who want to marry. A review of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Utility: Happiness in Philosophical and Economic Thought by Anthony Kenny & Charles Kenny. A review of Pure Goldwater, ed. Barry  Goldwater Jr. and John Dean.

From Prospect, when historians matter: On Israel's 60th anniversary, Avi Shlaim, one of the country's revisionist "new historians", looks back on how their work changed the debate over 1948. Was Buckminster Fuller an important cultural figure because he produced inventions of practical value or because he didn’t? Ray Kurzweil is a futurist with a track record who makes his predictions using what he calls the Law of Accelerating Returns. Albert Mobilio reviews It’s Beautiful Here, Isn’t It...: Photographs by Luigi Ghirri. The White House's most successful disinformation campaign? That's not Iraq — it's the war on the estate tax. Esperanto language nerds to tackle globalization at G-8 Summit. Two scholars say most Americans get a healthy dose of political disagreement in their lives because, like moths to a flame, they can't help themselves. On swaps, derivatives and why the Bear Stearns bailout was one big pump-and-dump scheme. From the latest issue of Literary Review, a review of The Bolter: Idina Sackville: The Woman who Scandalised 1920s Society and Became White Mischief's Infamous Seductress by Frances Osborne. From Nerve, no end in sight: An article on aging and the male libido. Robert D. Kaplan comments on what it takes to earn the highest award the military can bestow—and why the public fails to appreciate its worth.

From Antiquity, a review of Prehistory: the Making of the Human Mind by Colin Renfrew; the ghosts of the Palaeolithic: a review of books on individual agency and behavioural change in perspective; and a review essay on climate change, culture history and the rebirth of circumpolar archaeology. From THES, does the Google generation, which has grown up with a deluge of data just clicks away, lack the independence of thought and critical rigour needed for higher study?  Bernard-Henri Levy on why it is time that we pay tribute to Simone de Beauvoir. Does the fairer sex need its own instructions on how to do everything? Jessica Crispin wants to know. Karin L. Kross reviews Daddy’s Girl by Debbie Drechsler.  Forget money, lobbyists' real power comes from information — here's three ideas that would reduce their influence on Congress and strengthen our democracy. Al Franken wants not just your laughter, but also your vote, but why is this man running? John Lukacs reviews Churchill, Hitler, and the Unnecessary War: How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World by Pat Buchanan. An interview with Jennifer Sey, author of Chalked Up: Inside Elite Gymnastics’ Merciless Coaching, Overzealous Parents, Eating Disorders, and Elusive Olympic Dreams. Why the U.S. is looking to build an aircraft that can stay aloft for five years at a time.