Gerry Nagtzaam (Monash): The International Whaling Commission and the Elusive Great White Whale of Preservationism. For advice about life after graduation, students at Worcester Polytechnic wanted to hear from peak oil scholar Richard Heinberg instead of Exxon’s CEO — here’s what he told them. A review of Immortality and the Law: The Rising Power of the American Dead by Ray Madoff. It’s the principles, stupid! Karsten Weber on why we shall try to find general principles in intercultural information ethics and not stop with cultural particularities. Look at the world through the eyes of a fool: An interview with Stewart Brand. What do CEOs get up to all day? A new study of how CEOs allocate their time yields some surprising results. Books about the Third Reich throng the British bestseller lists, but is it a matter of genuine historical interest or odd fetish? A review of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Junk Food, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity and Gambling Feel So Good by David J. Linden. Drones are ready for takeoff: Will unmanned aerial vehicles — drones — soon take civilian passengers on pilotless flights?


Sudha Setty (WNEU): What's in a Name? How Nations Define Terrorism Ten Years after 9/11. David N. Baker and Byron E. Price (Texas Southern): Counter-Terrorism Post 9/11: The Hidden Agenda of Exclusion. Can Oztas (Birkbeck): The March of the Mehteran: Rethinking the Human Rights Critiques of Counter-terrorism. In eliminating Osama bin Laden, the United States may have unwittingly set the stage for a wider terrorist offensive on Western targets. No end in sight: Joseph Margulies on Republicans’ dangerous effort to change the way we fight the war on terror. The first chapter from The No-Nonsense Guide to Global Terrorism by Jonathan Barker. The Leaderless Jihad’s Leader: Bruce Hoffman on why Osama Bin Laden mattered. Islam needs reformists, not "moderates": Bin Laden's followers represent a real interpretation of Islam — why don't more Muslims challenge it? The Hawk: How Obama escalated the war on terror — and why it might help him in 2012. The Antisocial Network: Osama bin Laden may be dead, but his legion of online jihadis is more determined than ever. Britain's spy agencies have a new message for terrorists: Make cupcakes, not war. Al Qaeda's Toughest Task: Slain jihadi leaders like Ilyas Kashmiri and Osama bin Laden aren't so easily replaced. 100% Scared: How the National Security Complex grows on terrorism fears. The faithless side of suicide bombing: New study argues that female suicide bombing is a political and military tactic, not a religious act. Discussions are underway in Pakistan on the future use of the late Osama Bin Laden's mansion hideout in Abbottabad, with academics suggesting it should be converted into a university dedicated to teaching tolerance and peace. A review of Talking to the Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What it Means to be Human by Scott Atran.


Robert E. Martin (Centre): The Humanities Dilemma, Postmodernism and Critical Thinking. Stanley Fish on the triumph of the humanities. Study of the best that has been thought and said is under attack — Fred Inglis turns to F.R. Leavis for the ordnance with which to defend the humanities. UNESCO debates the uses and misuses of academic rankings. An interview with Louis Menand, author of The Marketplace of Ideas. From The New Yorker, Louis Menand on why we have college: A review essay (and a response). College? There's an app for that — how USC built a 21st century classroom. Richard Vedder on why university presidents are clueless about the real world. An interview with Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of The Faculty Lounges and Other Reasons Why You Won't Get the College Education You Paid For. Quarantining the PC Pathology: Let’s face it, our noble efforts to detoxify today’s PC-infected university have largely failed and the future looks bleak. Are students a captive audience? The Tenured Radical on constructive disagreement and classroom politics. Opposition to affirmative action has drastically reduced minority enrollment at public universities; private institutions have the power and the responsibility to reverse the trend. Back in the mid 20th century, colleges and universities helped America beat down economic inequality — now they reinforce it. A plea for real-world research: A journalist who turns to academic papers finds more questions than answers. Marx, Pandora and the Tower of Porn: The truth is in here, but so too are countless myths — Colin Higgins on the strange world of the academic library, where cod-antique book curses jostle for shelf space with thieves, tourists and treasures.


From the Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, Chato Rasoal (Linkoping) and Jakob Eklund and Eric M. Hansen (Malardalen): Toward a Conceptualization of Ethnocultural Empathy; and Aurelio Jose Figueredo and Dok J. Andrzejczak (Arizona), Daniel Nelson (UBC), and Vanessa Smith-Castro and Eiliana Montero (Costa Rica): Reproductive Strategy and Ethnic Conflict: Slow Life History as a Protective Factor Against Negative Ethnocentrism in Two Contemporary Societies. Beyond Orientalism: A review of Nabil I. Matar's Islam in Britain, 1558-1685, Alastair Hamilton and Francis Richard's Andre du Ryer and Oriental Studies in Seventeenth-Century France, Paula Sutter Fichtner's Terror and Toleration: The Habsburg Empire Confronts Islam, 1526-1850, and Ziad Elmarsafy's The Enlightenment Qur'an: The Politics of Translation and the Construction of Islam. The decline of nudism either means we're all letting it all hang out now, or else we've really gotten more uptight than ever. Tono-Bungay: Michael Dirda on how H.G. Wells's most insightful visions concerned money, ambition, and the human heart.


Neil Siegel (Duke): Free Riding on Benevolence: Collective Action Federalism and the Individual Mandate. Akhil Amar (Yale): The Lawfulness of Health-Care Reform. As physicians change, will the AMA? And the winner is the public sector: In health, education and defense, government programs are more efficient than privatized ones. Stop smearing federalism: From consumer advocacy to gay marriage, liberals routinely embrace federalism, so why do they keep comparing it to slavery? Tom Slee on what is wrong with Government 2.0 (and part 2). Ryan Rafaty on the five smartest Congressional bills you've never heard of. Mea Culpa: From bad pizza to better performance, OMB takes the Domino's approach to accountability. Martin and Susan J. Tolchin on their book Pinstripe Patronage: Political Favors from the Clubhouse to the White House and Beyond. The FCC’s revolving door: Once outrageous, now just mundane. What we don't know can hurt us: Information is the life-blood of public policy, but there's a lot of it missing. Tim Harford’s worry isn’t that the government fails too much — it’s that it fails too little, and too unenthusiastically. Emily L. Chamlee-Wright (Beloit) and Virgil Henry Storr (GMU): Expectations of Government’s Response to Disaster. A review of Deadly Indifference: The Perfect (Political) Storm: Hurricane Katrina, The Bush White House, and Beyond by Michael Brown. Steven G. Morris (NYU): The President as a Lawmaker: The Misuse of Presidential Signing Statements Under the Administration of George W. Bush. As conservative deficit hawks go looking for new targets, expect to hear a lot about outsized federal paychecks. Bancroft, with three old Harvard buddies, has become Washington's go-to law firm for conservative causes. GovTwit hosts hosts the world's largest list of government agencies and elected officials on Twitter.


Jared A. Goldstein (Roger Williams): Can Popular Constitutionalism Survive the Tea Party Movement? From The American Spectator, is America in decline? A symposium; and a review of The Decline and Fall of the American Republic by Bruce Ackerman. New polling data shows strong American support for the UN. Don't shrug this atlas, the Real State of America Atlas, that is — yes, charts can be beach reading. Jefferson’s Mistake: A review of The Constitutional Origins of the American Revolution by Jack P. Greene. A review of The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture by David Mamet (and more and more). Gavis McInnes on the 12-step plan to restore American machismo. Invasion of the bodybuidlers: Macho men are back with a vengeance — and they’re making the USA feel good again. From TNR, Christine Stansell reviews Before Roe v. Wade: Voices that Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling, ed. by Linda Greenhouse and Reva B. Siegel; America and the Pill: A History of Promise, Peril and Liberation by Elaine Tyler May; and Ourselves Unborn: A History of the Fetus in Modern America by Sara Dubow. Ken Burns' "Civil War": How the documentary changed the way we think about the war. When did greed become the core engine of American greatness? A review of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America by Richard White. A review of The Rights of the People: How Our Search for Safety Invades Our Liberties by David K. Shipler. The American middle class, concludes a new study from the ad industry's top trade journal, has essentially become irrelevant — in a deeply unequal America, if you don't make $200,000, you don't matter. A review of America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation by Andrew Goldfield.


I. Bennett Capers (Hofstra): Real Rape Too. David F. Larcker and Brian Tayan (Stanford): Seven Myths of Corporate Governance. Martin Lewis on our maps of the 18th century — and theirs (and more). From Design Observer, Martin Hogue on a short history of the campsite. Is existence inevitable? We are self-aware stardust. How wise is the crowd, really? A study suggests that all it takes is a whiff of social influence (the knowledge of how others are acting) for the wisdom to evaporate — and for crowds to become even less wise than individual decision makers. Traveling to a distant land, and wondering where you’ll get the news in your new spot? Newspaper Map is a great place to start. In a world where jobs aren't certain, it's tempting to never call it a day — but at a certain point, it must pay to go home. John S. Wilkins on the evolution of common sense. The global financial crisis of 2007-2009 heralded the start of a sixth major wave of innovation — resource efficiency, according to Dr James Bradfield Moody, author of The Sixth Wave. Between cellphones, Google Earth, and jumbo jets, it seems there's nowhere in the world left to explore, but travel books still have something to tell us.


From TED, Sean Carroll on distant time and the hint of a multiverse. Are many worlds and the multiverse the same idea? (and more) Quantum Theory: What evidence do we have for the mysterious collapse of the wavefunction? The way of the abstract: An excerpt from Giovanni Vignale's The Beautiful Invisible: Creativity, imagination, and theoretical physics. A review of Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 by Michio Kaku (and more and more and more). Deep underground, giant experiments are detecting something very odd — could this be the first real hint of dark matter? Life at the Large Hadron Collider: The work of an international team of particle physicists is pushing back the frontiers of our knowledge, at the rate of 800 million gambles a second. A review of For the Love of Physics: From the End of the Rainbow to the Edge of Time — A Journey Through the Wonders of Physics by Walter H. G. Lewin and Cycles of Time: An Extraordinary New View of the Universe by Roger Penrose. David Weintraub on how old is the universe. Michio Kaku on the paradox of multiple Goldilocks zones or "did the universe know we were coming?" The Man Behind the Curtain: Physics is not always the seamless subject that it pretends to be. Could our universe be a fake? From The New Individualist, a review of The Logical Leap: Induction in Physics by David Harriman (and more and more). A look at four ways scientists are trying to figure out dark matter and dark energy. A pair of NASA spacecraft on a decades-long journey in deep space have found a "big surprise": Giant magnetic bubbles churning near the outer edges of our solar system. Does the universe contain a mysterious force pulling entities towards malevolence?


Neil Walker (Edinburgh): The EU's Unresolved Constitution. Basta Bunga Bunga: Have Italians had enough of Silvio Berlusconi — and the culture he embodies? Something is rotten in the state of Albania. The Nordics, the welfare state and the Eurozone crisis: How can these countries prosper with their high levels of taxation, wages and public expenditures? The myth of a lazy Southern Europe: Merkel's cliches debunked by statistics (and more on Merkel). Michael Kazin on the "Indignants": Can they save the European Left? Michael Harris on the politicization of Chernobyl in Belarus. Europe’s civilizing mission has always hesitated between a belief in its power of persuasion — who would not want to become like a European? — and the suspicion that it cannot win. Social media harnessed by the far right: Armed with internet platforms, xenophobic groups in Europe spread messages of intolerance against migrants. Atlas Obscura visits Entropa, a massive Czech installation of Europe's negative stereotypes. Europe’s highest courts can be annoying, but they do more good than harm. How the long-gone Habsburg Empire is still visible in Eastern European bureaucracies today. That is why the economic and social project of the French Socialist Party (PS) for the 2012 elections is so interesting. A review of In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe by Adam Michnik. How Europe lost faith in its own civilization: Beset by Christian guilt, the Continent won't defend Christians persecuted by Islamists. Accept Serbia: Why the European Union can’t afford to exclude the Balkan state indefinitely. Why are so few high-tech companies based in Europe? The outgoing president of the European Central Bank has floated the idea of a finance minister for Europe — what the academic literature has to say on the matter. Shoulda had a pre-nup: Bailouts and immigration strain European Union.


Jonathan H. Marks (Harvard): Toward a Unified Theory of Professional Ethics and Human Rights. The Nixon Library That Wasn't: Thirty years ago, a presidential library seemed destined for Duke; the ensuing debate said a lot about the character of the campus — and about emotions surrounding one of America’s most divisive leaders. My Journey, With Handsome Gold Edging: Craig Fehrman goes inside the world of the luxury presidential memoir. California class war history: Meet the oligarch family that’s been scamming taxpayers for 150 years, and counting. A book salon on State Power and Democracy: Before and During the Presidency of George W. Bush by Andrew Kolin. An anti-civilization mythology: A review of The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith. Is the information industry reviving economies? A review of What is Mental Illness? by Richard J. McNally. A review of Future Babble: Why Expert Predictions Fail and Why We Believe Them Anyway by Dan Gardner (and more). Michael Anissimov on how to incorporate transhumanism into your daily life.

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