The first chapter from Experimental Economics: Rethinking the Rules by Nicholas Bardsley, Robin Cubitt, Graham Loomes, Peter Moffatt, Chris Starmer and Robert Sugden. Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner are to blame for the global financial crisis. The Big Freak Out: Clay Risen on the downfall of the brains behind the Freakonomics phenomenon. The first chapter from Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for the Holidays by Joel Waldfogel (and more). Jessie Kunhardt on 7 great books by economists. Coase vs. the Neo-Progressives: Fifty years ago this month a seminal paper challenged the prevailing intellectual orthodoxy on markets, technology, and regulation — we would be wise to revisit it today. The idea that economics is all about the markets has been challenged by this year's award of the Nobel Prize in Economics. Between euphoria and fear: Has traditional microeconomics ignored the mood swings that drive financial crises? Bernanke’s philosopher: The Fed chairman is portrayed as a follower of John Maynard Keynes, but his real inspiration is Milton Friedman. From The Economist, a review essay on John Maynard Keynes (and more and more). A review of The Provocative Joan Robinson: The Making of a Cambridge Economist by Nahid Aslanbeigui and Guy Oakes. Does economics violate the laws of physics?: The new school of thought known as "biophysical economics" is bringing energy to the dismal science. Converting the Preachers: George Soros launches a $50 million effort to purge economics of its free-market zeal.

A new issue of Cultural Survival is out. Red Skin Cheer: While the Washington Redskins debate is fairly straightforward, the North Dakota Fighting Sioux case is characterized by paradoxes and ironies. A review of Sound Targets: American Soldiers and Music in the Iraq War by Jonathan Pieslak. Is the Internet a tool of tyranny? Nick Cohen investigates. Research suggests Homo floresiensis is a genuine ancient human species and not a descendant of healthy humans dwarfed by disease. What makes good history television? Andrew Marr considers the best examples. A review of The Cartoons That Shook the World by Jytte Klausen. Deep below New York City’s bustling streets lies a dangerous world inhabited by “sandhogs”. A review of Athanasius Kirchers Theatre of the World: The Life and Work of the Last Man to Search for Universal Knowledge by Joscelyn Godwin. A review of Herge: The Man Who Created Tintin by Pierre Assouline. Heard the one about the Mormon stand-up comic? Elna Baker is funny, she's had a boob job and she's just written a book that could see her thrown out of her church. The new Friedrich Schiller revival may be a short-lived and bittersweet affair, in the best Romantic tradition. An amnesiac action hero who battles a mystifying web of enemies, Jason Bourne has outlived his author. In the heavens, as it is on Earth: Proof of the existence of extraterrestrial life may be closer than we think, thanks to a surge of research in astrobiology. A review of The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws by Margaret Drabble. Breast Practices: Why taxing cosmetic surgery is a bad idea.

The first chapter from Violence: A Micro-sociological Theory by Randall Collins. Doctors Without Ethics: American physicians were complicit in the Bush administration’s torture policy. A review of The Ethics of Torture by J. Jeremy Wisnewski and R.D. Emerick. From Harper's, an interview with Derek S. Jeffreys, author of Spirituality and the Ethics of Torture. Spencer Ackerman reviews Stripping Bare the Body: Politics, Violence, War by Mark Danner (and more and more). Terrorist for Sale: Jeremy Harding reviews The Guantanamo Effect: Exposing the Consequences of US Detention and Interrogation Practices by Laurel Fletcher and Eric Stover. An interview with Caleb Smith, author of The Prison and the American Imagination. When sadism goes systematic: An article on prison rape as policy. Prison boom, economic bust: As punitive as Americans can afford to be. Behind Bars: Jay Parini on memoirs that testify to prisoners' humanity. Old reports suggesting one-third to one-half of all men are apprehended had flaws, but new studies confirm a high rate (and more). Let them vote: Even society’s worst offenders should not lose the vote when they lose their liberty. Perhaps the greatest obstacle to the American justice system is American culture itself; the problem comes long after legislation, and often long after laws have been enforced as prescribed by the statutes. A review of No Winners Here Tonight: Race, Politics, and Geography in One of the Country's Busiest Death Penalty States by Andrew Welsh-Huggins. A death in Texas: Tom Barry on profits, poverty, and immigration converge.

From New Geography, it's an interesting puzzle: The “cool cities”, the ones that are supposedly doing the best, the ones with the hottest downtowns, the biggest buzz, leading-edge new companies, smart shops, swank restaurants and hip hotels are often among those with the highest levels of net domestic outmigration; and from Mahwah to Rahway: New Jersey embodies the American Dream. In New Orleans, a new kind of house is rising from the ruins of Katrina; cheap, green, and radically hip, it may change architecture for a generation. From Triple Canopy, a special issue on urbanisms, in Salt Lake City’s suburbs, the newest great dead American economy lies in wake atop the rumblings of the last one; and from Thomas Aquinas and John the Baptist to cellular automata and intelligent design: How God taught us planning, and where we went wrong. Five ways to change the world: Here's a guide, idiosyncratic and partial, on how architecture can contribute to social reform. The architect as totalitarian: Theodore Dalrymple on Le Corbusier’s baleful influence. From Mute, as the urban grid of modernity gives way to the web, and architecture cedes to the virtual dynamics of tethered electronics, Daniel Miller cracks open the password protected "post-city". A review of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability by David Owen (and more and more and more). Green giants: How urban planners are turning industrial eyesores into popular public spaces. A review of Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities are Changing the World by Jeb Brugmann.