In China, ancient human sacrifice has given way to modern tomb-tending ceremonies, but the dead still make demands. A look at how China is using art (and artists) to sell itself to the world. From Asia Times, Henry C K Liu on China's Revolution, 90 years on (in 5 parts). Robert Fogel on $123,000,000,000,000, China’s estimated economy by the year 2040 — be warned (and a response). A brave new world: Is there a good response to China's "resilient capitalist authoritarianism"? Tom Scocca reviews When China Rules the World by Martin Jacques (and more). Peter Savodnik travels to Arunachal Pradesh, the Himalayan state whose contested border marks the front lines of the increasingly combative rivalry between India and China. Himalayan histrionics: Asia's two giants China and India still cannot agree where one stops and the other begins. A hostile diplomatic battle has erupted in recent months between China and India; do tensions over visas and the two countries' shared border pose a threat to one of Asia's most formidable partnerships? Barbara Crossette on how India gives global governance the biggest headache (and a response). Sandwich theory and Operation Green Hunt: It is the duty of middle India to "rescue" the hapless Adivasis and rural poor from armed Maoist "terrorists" and a militarised Indian state. Raped by the law: A controversial case shakes India's faith in the rule of law. One woman's hunger strike, in protest of India's Armed Forces Special Powers Act, proves that the spirit of Gandhi lives on. India could be an ancient "motherland" of Thailand and Asia in a more literal sense, according to a new study.


From Philosophical Transactions B, a special issue on rationality and emotions is free online, as is all Royal Society Publishing content until the end of February. From Hilobrow, Tom Nealon on the Parnassus of Titon du Tillet. Above all, God save our awful anthems. After 20 years The Simpsons is almost as established as Disney; Bee Wilson compares and contrasts two giants of pop culture. From The Atlantic, Derek Thompson on the 10 American ideas of the decade. The first chapter from Social Conventions: From Language to Law by Andrei Marmor. Here's the latest Edge Annual Question: How is the Internet changing the way you think? The Trials of Tony Judt: Even as ALS tightens its grip, the historian remains outspoken. The journal First of the Month has reinvented itself, both online and in print; Scott McLemee looks into its latest anthology. NYU Libraries acquire the Kathleen Hanna Papers for their new "Riot Grrrl Collection". From Vanity Fair, what has happened to Gore Vidal, the witty, tough-minded subversive of American letters, the 20th century’s only possible answer to Oscar Wilde? Christopher Hitchens wants to know. From NYRB, David Cole on getting away with torture. There’s an app for this: Joanne McNeil on how to follow the world of ideas on the go. From Standpoint, a look at why Philip Blond is overrated and Michael Oakeshott is underrated. Why skeptics should embrace the supernatural on television. From THES, a review of The Empire of Trauma: An Inquiry into the Condition of Victimhood by Didier Fassin and Richard Rechtman; and a review of Personal Responsibility: Why It Matters by Alexander Brown.


Alan Sears (Windsor): Queer Anti-Capitalism: What's Left of Lesbian and Gay Liberation? An article on how Larry Kramer's boundless outrage has changed the course of AIDS. Form Curve, Michele Fisher on how to build a better queer. Meet the fearsome gay gangsters of Bash Back: They're here, they're queer, and they're not going home until they kick some ass. Why does mixed-martial arts have such a following in the gay community? Kings of Queens: Gays on TV once helped promote tolerance — now they may be hurting it. The Secret Lives of Queer Leading Men: How Howard Bragman, Hollywood’s coming-out guru, helps gay actors tell the truth. Keanu Reeves and River Phoenix played hustlers in My Own Private Idaho, but Advocate.com heads inside Hustlaball and talks to real hookers about the life of a sex worker; and once an unfortunate but understandable option for a beaten-down sexual minority, public sex no longer has a place in modern gay culture — as so many closeted politicians and celebs have proven. A review of Out in the Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America by Mary L. Gray. Gay boys in oil city: The fight for GLBT rights in rural America is far from over. Coming out in middle school: How 13-year-old kids are dealing with their sexual identity — and how others are dealing with them. What’s good for the kids: A look at what gay parenting teaches us all. Gay-friendliness as Spain's latest export: Spain is paving the way for equality in other Latin American countries. More on When Gay People Get Married by MV Lee Badgett.


Todd L. Duncan (PU): Untangling the Hard Problem of Consciousness. From New Scientist, a look at how our brains build social worlds. It’s one of the more frustrating aspects of human nature: The harder we try not to say or do or think something, the more likely we are to slip — and often at the worst possible time. What is the speed of thought?: Faster than a bird and slower than sound, but that may be besides the point — efficiency and timing seem to be more important anyway. A look at how menus manipulate your mind. Illusions can tell us much about how our brains work, but first we need to know how each one works. A review of Reading in the Brain: The Science and Evolution of a Human Invention by by Stanislas Dehaene (and more and more and more on your brain on books). From Edge, Stanislas Dehaene on signatures of consciousness. My brain on my mind: Priscilla Long on the ABCs of the thrumming, plastic mystery that allows us to think, feel, and remember. Portrait of a Multitasking Mind: What happens when you try to do three things at once? Anatomy of a brain fart: When your brain gets bored, it unleashes the stupidest of all stupid mistakes. What can patterns in hallucinations tell us about the structure of our brains? How to train the aging brain: To keep a middle-aged mind sharp, shake up what you already know. Blame it on the brain: The latest neuroscience research suggests spreading resolutions out over time is the best approach. Ray Tallis on why you won't find consciousness in the brain. When smarter people's brains are scanned while "at rest", long-distance connections appear stronger.

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