From Essays in Philosophy, a special issue on climate ethics, including Holly Wilson (ULS): Divine Sovereignty and the Global Climate Change Debate; Ruth Irwin (AUT): Climate Change and Heidegger's Philosophy of Science; Bellarmine Nneji (SWS): Eco-Responsibility: The Cogency for Environmental Ethics in Africa; Philip Cafaro (CSU): Economic Growth or the Flourishing of Life: The Ethical Choice Climate Change Puts to Humanity; and Casey Rentmeester (USF): A Kantian Look at Climate Change. 350 Degrees of Inseparability: The good news about the very bad news (about climate change). Should geoengineering tests be governed by the principles of medical ethics? From FDL, a book salon on Bill McKibben's Eaarth. Climate science's chinese whispers: The books that separate global warming fact from fiction. An interview with David Shukman on books on environmental change. Lance Newman suggests ecocriticism shares a problematic assumption with "green" capitalism: the idea "a livable future will result from billions of individual ethical decisions". Emerging technologies may be able to help, but understanding the full consequences of what we are doing — especially if large-scale efforts at geoengineering are undertaken — will be extraordinarily challenging. Skeptics cite 700 “scientists” who doubt global warming, except few are climatologists — they’re conducting the greatest disinformation campaign in history. Earth 2300, too hot for humans: Most climate models we hear about only predict temperature rise by 2100 — when you look further ahead things get very worrying. The crisis comes ashore: Al Gore on why the oil spill could change everything. Going back to our roots: The green movement needs to revisit its fundamental principles; including (and especially) "Small is beautiful".


From L'Espace Politique, Nancy Ettlinger (OSU): On the Spatiality of Segregation and the Governance of Change; and Ronan Paddison (Glasgow): Some reflections on the limitations to public participation in the post-political city. Whatever happened to N.W.A's Posse? The Eazy-E True Hollywood (or True Compton) Stories behind the legendary L.A. hip-hop cover. The world's top dissidents: Here's a small sample of the thousands of brave men and women leading the global fight for freedom and democracy. Gentleman thrillseeker: How Wilfred Thesiger blazed a trail across Africa and Arabia. From LRB, Jenny Diski reviews The World Turned Upside Down: The Global Battle over God, Truth, and Power by Melanie Phillips. An article on using laser to map ancient civilizations in a matter of days. Sara Eckel reviews The Privileges by Jonathan Dee. From On the Human, can computer models help us to understand human creativity? Margaret Boden investigates. The little pill that could cure alcoholism: When an alcoholic doctor began experimenting with Baclofen, he made what could be the medical breakthrough of the century. The magic cure: Startled by the power of placebos, doctors consider how to use them as real treatment. Monks with guns: Buddhists aren’t immune to anger, fear, or violence. From Moment, Howard Reich on the life and times of Skokie. Sex scandals, rows and mavericks: Is it time to regulate psychotherapy? D.C.'s New Groove: Maybe it's the shift of power from Manhattan, maybe it's a new optimism, but the city inside the Beltway has jettisoned its staid image for a wholesale revival of wide swaths of the cityscape. A review of On the Grid: A Plot of Land, An Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make Our World Work by Scott Huler.


Tea Minus Zero: John Judis on how the Tea Party menace will not go quietly (and more). The First Enabler: A review of Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush (and more). Chris Hedges on why the enlightened liberal class is complicit in the country's downward spiral. Who are the Jews behind Palin in 2012? From The New Yorker, Rebecca Mead on Andrew Breitbart’s empire of bluster. Donna Brazile on why we should get rid of pundits. William Galston and Thomas Mann on the GOP's grass-roots obstructionists. Rove rides again: Bush's former strategist is secretly seizing control of the GOP — and amassing $135 million to destroy the Democrats. Martin Jay on his book The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics. Spin at all costs: Jonathan Chait on the pernicious comedy of Frank Luntz. How the GOP gets away with it: It's pretty simple — they repeat the same thing over and over until everyone gets tired of correcting them. Bubble think: William Saletan on how to escape a partisan echo chamber. Jim Hightower on "populism", the most abused noun in the English language. Comeback Conservatism: Ben Stein reviews After the Hangover: The Conservatives' Road to Recovery by R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. Jon Stewart on how "the American people" is a meaningless phrase that should be struck from public utterance. John Graham on his book Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Setbacks. Anis Shivani on Obama the Visionless: Flogging the Four Horsemen of the Bureaucracy. Ricochet.com, a "fun" and "light-hearted" new website, is trying to repackage the Right for the age of Twitter — will it catch on? My Country, Tis of Me: Michael Kinsley on how there’s nothing patriotic about the Tea Party Patriots. A review of Jason Mattera's Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed my Generation.


From The Texas Observer, police admired Barry Cooper when he lied to put drug dealers in prison; then he flipped the game on them. From Vice, an interview with Glenn Danzig. A look at 5 pop culture classics created out of laziness. Hopeless with numbers: Lots of people are bad at maths, and some even wear their innumeracy as a badge of pride — William Leith believes we can improve our attitude. As their infinite variety of meaning and effect suggests, epigraphs are about more than just literary adornment. In Britain, they're traditionally about as artistically inspiring as Mo Mowlam's forehead; in Japan, hundreds of manhole covers serve as works of art, despite their benign function. An interview with Jason Vuic, author of Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History (and more and more and more and more and more). From World Hum, a look at the 10 worst national cuisines. "She does a better job than Map Quest!": Wonderful hand-drawn maps from firefighters, club-hoppers, Boy Scout dads, grandmothers, and Alexander Calder. On Wheels: James Guida on the art of skateboarding. The Luckiest Photographer on Earth: For 38 years, Walter Iooss has photographed the world’s most beautiful women — from Cheryl Tiegs to Kathy Ireland, to Petra Nemcova — in exotic waterside locales for Sports Illustrated’s annual Swimsuit Issue. Michael Miller reviews The Ticking Is the Bomb by Nick Flynn. From TED, Nicholas Christakis on the hidden influence of social networks. An interview with Tara Parker-Pope, author of For Better: The Science of a Good Marriage. Wired UK goes behind the scenes with the men who deploy airstrikes. An interview with David Harvey on gentrification in Baltimore and Barcelona. Stanley Fish reviews The Living Constitution by David A. Strauss.


From EnlightenNext, a special issue on the evolving faces of God, including Andrew Cohen and Ken Wilber on why having a relationship to a transcendent God is the only way to bring the postmodern ego to its knees; and Andrew Cohen and Genpo Merzel on the dynamics of spiritual transformation. Trailer Trash Truths: Jason A. Zwiker on the problem with the prosperity gospel. An interview with Fred M. Donner, author of Muhammad and the Believers: At the Origins of Islam. A review of The Biology of Religious Behavior: The Evolutionary Origins of Faith and Religion by Jay R. Feierman. A review essay on books by Christian scholars on the “new atheism”. From Crosswalk, an interview with Jonathan Acuff, author of Stuff Christians Like; and choosing a Bible translation: How did the King James Version get dethroned, and which translation is best today? The first chapter from Mythology for Dummies. Did you hear about the scandal in the Catholic Church? The one from 904, and 955, and 1032? Kenan Malik on how to become a real Muslim: The fear of causing offence has helped undermine progressive trends in Islam and strengthened the hand of religious bigots. A review of The Rage Against God by Peter Hitchens. From Forward, Jay Michaelson on what religious arguments are really about. A review of Eccentric Existence: A Theological Anthropology by David H. Kelsey. Bigotry and homelessness: How can a secular utilitarian deal with Christians who are socially conservative but socially activist? A review of The Church of Facebook: How the Hyperconnected Are Redefining Community by Jesse Rice. Paul Sims speaks to Marc Headley, the Scientology escapee now revealing what life is really like on the inside. Reading and unreading the Gospels: More and more on Christianity by Diarmaid MacCulloch.

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