Brian Leiter (Chicago): Foundations of Religious Liberty: Toleration or Respect? Jeff Ritchey (IUP): “One nation under God”: Identity and Resistance in a Rural Atheist Organization. James Alexander (Kentucky Wesleyan): Do Fundamentalism and Other Religious Variables Predict Domestic Violence? From the Journal of Religion and Society, Jonathan Harrington (Troy): Evangelicalism, Environmental Activism, and Climate Change in the United States; R. Khari Brown, Angela Kaiser, and Anthony Daniels (Wayne State): Religion and the Interracial/Ethnic Common Good; R. Georges Delamontagne on Religiosity and Hate Groups: An Exploratory and Descriptive Correlational Study; and James Daryn Henry on inspiration, individualism and adherence in American evangelicalism. From the International Journal of Mormon Studies, Heikki Raisanen (Helsinki): Joseph Smith as a Creative Interpreter of the Bible; Douglas Davies (Durham): The Holy Spirit in Mormonism; and Johnnie Glad (Stavanger): Proclaiming the Message: A Comparison of Mormon Missionary Strategy with other Mainstream Christian Missions. From the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, William Robert (Syracuse): Human, Life, and Other Sacred Stuff; and a review of Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction: Christianity and the Battle for the Soul of a Nation by Rodney Clapp. From Liberty, Mary Zeiss-Stange on clean-shaven Christian identity: Racism, national identity, and the perversion of religion; and Jesus Plus Nothing: A religious group's ties to the political establishment show why a motto is easier said than done. Barry Lynn on why a liberal defense of Church-State separation is really conservative. A review of Faith in the Fight: Religion and the American Soldier in the Great War by Jonathan Ebel.

From Judgment and Decision Making, Jonathon Schuldt and Norbert Schwarz (Michigan): The “organic” path to obesity? Organic claims influence calorie judgments and exercise recommendations; and Claudia Gonzalez-Vallejo and Nathaniel Phillips (Ohio): Predicting soccer matches: A reassessment of the benefit of unconscious thinking. A look at the truth behind the World Cup's post-racial image. From Vanity Fair, a colossal fracking mess: The dirty truth behind the new natural gas; and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” remains the most popular music video of all time: a 14-minute horror spoof that changed the business. The narcissism of the small difference: In ethno-national conflicts, it really is the little things that tick people off. Bruce Boehrer on his book Animal Characters: Nonhuman Beings in Early Modern Literature. Perhaps New York really is everything to everyone with an idea, some determination and a few bucks (if that). Does industrial policy — policies to encourage exports, attract foreign direct investment, promote innovation, and pick winners — work? Vice interviews Uwe Boll, the worst director in the world. From THES, zombies are all the rage: They are the perfect postmodern symbol, a bloody canvas on to which any fear may be inscribed — but it's not all gloom and doom; a review of In Praise of Science: Curiosity, Understanding and Progress by Sander Bais; and a review of Living in the End Times by Slavoj Zizek. From Taki's Magazine, Charles Glass on Saddam’s most dangerous legacy; and capitalism is not even remotely cool but it works — and it’s fun. Ron Rosenbaum on the rise of the new agnostics. MarijuanAmerica: From California to downtown Detroit, there's a green revolution sweeping across the nation — and it's changing the weed business forever.

Jonathan Tucker (MIIS): Double-Edged DNA: Preventing the Misuse of Gene Synthesis. Eric Kraemer (Wisconsin): Towards a Philosophical Account of Explanation in Behavioral Genetics. From The Journal of Evolution and Technology, a special issue on Nietzsche and European Posthumanisms; and an essay on Deconstruction and Excision in Philosophical Posthumanism. Neanderthal genome decoded: Paleogenetics shows our ancient cousins aren't so extinct. A look at the Human Genome at 10: What it did and didn’t deliver (and more). Emotions such as empathy and disgust might be at the root of morality, but psychologists should also study the roles of deliberation and debate in how our opinions shift over time. A review of Self and Society: Studies in the Evolution of Culture by William Irwin Thompson. Neuroscientists have shown they can influence people's moral judgments by disrupting a specific brain region. A review of The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness by Oren Harman. A review of The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard (and more). A review of Beyond Blood Identities: Posthumanity in the Twenty-First Century by Jason Hill. Gillian Beer on late Darwin and the problem of the human. One reason why humans are special and unique: We masturbate — a lot. A massive genetic study of people who lived for more than 100 years has found dozens of new clues to the biology of aging. Tibetans may be the fastest-evolving humans we’ve ever seen. It's not just our country of ancestral origin that our DNA can show; the villages our ancestors lived in may also be determined. Humans, like all other primates, are obsessed by their peer group of colleagues and acquaintances — and and that's for good reason because, for primates, being excluded from the group can be lethal.

From the Journal of Intercultural Communication, Iris Rittenhofer (ASB): Interview without a subject: The Russian doll question and cultural encounters; Mark Ward (Clemson): Avatars and Sojourners: Explaining the Acculturation of Newcomers to Multiplayer Online Games as Cross-Cultural Adaptations; Arve Gunnestad and Anne-Mari Larsen (Queen Maud) and Stella Nguluka (Bokamoso): Resilience in Minorities; Sabrina Fusari (Trento) and Ilaria Montagni (Bologna): Between English Humour and National Stereotypes: Translating Stephen Clarke’s Novel Merde Happens into Italian; and Harald Martin Olk (Putra): Translation, Cultural Knowledge and Intercultural Competence. Tea Party Jesus: A mischievous blog that puts seemingly un-Christian quotes from conservatives into the mouth of Jesus catches fire and triggers debate. With the rest of would-be mass culture riding the greased slide of Web 2.0’s “long tail” into relative obscurity, Lady Gaga’s massive popularity suggests that the disappearance of the mainstream has been a deeply felt loss for culture at large. A review of The Map as Art: Contemporary Artists Explore Cartography by Katherine Harmon. A review of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the New American Politics by Ronald M. Peters Jr. and Cindy Simon Rosenthal (and more). Dirty Medicine: How medical supply behemoths stick it to the little guy, making America’s health care system more dangerous and expensive. A review of The Grand Jihad: How Islam and the Left Sabotage America by Andy McCarthy. Does it make sense to make generalizations about behavior using only the sample of backpack-bearing humanity that can be found roaming free on our nation's campuses? Meet John Stossel, the brand new nutty Fox News host, who thinks unregulated capitalism can solve America's racial problems.

From FT, a review of Beauty by Roger Scruton, Beauty Imagined: A History of the Global Beauty Industry by Geoffrey Jones, and Glamour: Women, History, Feminism by Carol Dyhouse. What's beautiful in the 21st century? Basing hiring decisions on a person’s looks is unfair — but should it be illegal? Too sexy for my bosses: Why lawsuits based on looks discrimination are a bad idea. More and more on The Beauty Bias: The Injustice of Appearance in Law and Life by Deborah Rhode. Why Elena Kagan's looks matter: The continuing bigotry of beauty in American society. A look at 5 damaging myths about beauty. How HDTV scrambles beauty standards: Maybe human skin wasn’t made to be represented in the points, dots and samples that make up a high-definition image. Off runway, Brazilian beauty goes beyond blond. From symmetry to smell to the dance floor groove, how evolution carves our ideas of sexy. From Psychology Today, an article on the plight of the pretty girl: Pretty people don't know what ugly is; and men are barraged with images of extraordinarily beautiful and unobtainable women in the media, making it difficult for them to desire the ordinarily beautiful. A review of Beauty and the Male Body in Byzantium: Perceptions and Representations in Art and Text by Myrto Hatzaki. When it's late in the evening, people get prettier; but it's not just beer goggles. How fast you can judge whether a person of the opposite sex is looking at you depends on how masculine or feminine they look. Can a Victoria's Secret shopping bag make you feel glamorous? Jenna Sauers on how Prada's austere individualism is powerfully attractive — that's why it sells. Naomi Wolf on the high cost of cheap fashion. "Plus sized" clothes: An article on translating the baffling euphemisms.