Andrew Ward, Matthew Wallaert, and Barry Schwartz (Swarthmore): Who Likes Evolution? Dissociation of Human Evolution versus Evolutionary Psychology. Franco Henwood on why evolution is not faith. Isabel Behncke on evolution's gift of play, from bonobo apes to humans. In evolution, last really can be first: Bacteria experiments show how underdogs can end up on top. A lesson in genealogy: Very dissimilar forms can evolve from a given type of ancestor, and similar appearing forms can evolve entirely independently from unrelated ancestors. From Cracked, a look at the 7 most baffling things ever discovered in a human body and the 6 creepiest things hiding in your DNA. National Geographic unveils world's most typical person. Variations in skin color provide one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body and should be used to teach evolution in schools. Whether and how humans understand the workings and significance of both culture and race will significantly affect the trajectory of our human story (and a response). A review of The Mirage of a Space Between Nature and Nurture by Evelyn Fox Keller. Julian Baggini on how nature is not evil, simply amoral. From American Scientist, nature in violent action can be spectacle, tragedy and object of scientific wonder all at once; and is it only natural selection that guides the shapes seen in nature? Biology is undergoing a renaissance as scientists apply mathematical ideas to old theory — welcome to the discipline of biomathematics. Mountain dwarfs and earthquakes: Before there were materialist explanations of nature’s unpredictable fury, there were stories. Why clever people believe in silly things: Yes Virginia, clever people do believe in stupid things — and you can blame it all on evolution.


Ellen S. Podgor (Stetson): 100 Years of White Collar Crime in "Twitter". Jeremy Edwards and Sheilagh Ogilvie (Cambridge): What Lessons for Economic Development Can We Draw from the Champagne Fairs? From Vice, a special Psychedelic Booby Trap issue is out. By the broadest measure of the tax rate, the current level is unusually low and has been for some time. In 1965, Horseshit magazine launched a full-frontal assault on everyone — so why has no one heard of it? Exit Gates with a warning: Robert Gates begs Americans to have an honest debate about defense spending. From the University Bookman, an interview with John J. Miller on conservatism, journalism, and pop culture; and Mark Anthony Signorelli on poetry and the common language. Licensing parents: For the sake of the children, let’s control human breeding — no one should be permitted to reproduce until they pass a battery of tests. Noreen Malone on em dashes — why writers should use them more sparingly. Dean Baker on the beatification of Senator Simpson. Karl Smith on the structure of a recession (and part 2). No worse than expected: Sure, the economy is bad — but at least it's meeting expectations. An article on the thriving (online) shelter magazine industry. Every time something happens in the world these days, somebody makes a map about it. So what if romance novels are porn? An article conflating the two genres inspires backlash — but the truth is, both deserve defending. An interview with John L. Esposito on the challenges facing Islam today. Why is the vampire Edward Cullen from Twilight desirable despite being an extreme psychopath? From Next American City, Angie Schmitt writes in defense of the corner market; and a look at the real reason why bicycles are the key to better cities.


Nicholas Vrousalis (Louvain): Lamentation in the Face of Historical Necessity. Tearing Away the Veils: Marshall Berman on the Communist Manifesto. Terry Eagleton writes in praise of Marx (and more and more and more and more and more). Etienne Balibar on how Marx is considered now. The Un-Shock Doctrine: Despite everything, Slavoj Zizek still believes the idea of communism is the most appropriate for our end times of crises and monsters. Christopher Hitchens reviews The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg (and more by Scott McLemee at Bookforum). Marxism in the marketplace of ideas: How left wing forces can counter the influence of the dominant ideology in discourse, when engaged in action among others and in their publications. The emergence of a fresh current on Europe's political right is being widely discussed, but historically informed scrutiny suggests a different view. Europe and the end of politics: This is today the responsibility of the Left — to save democracy from its gradual decay into the neo-imperialism of terminally boring experts and the neo-evangelism of neo-liberal dystopia. From Social Europe Journal, an article on re-inventing social democracy and the threat of xenophobic attitudes; 10 definitions of the populist crisis in Western politics; forget redistribution: Why direct income distribution is key for equality and justice; and Martin Albers on taking social democratic history seriously. James David Bowen (SLU): The Right in “New Left” Latin America. What does it mean to be a leftist in Latin America? It's hard to identify common policies or even a common ideology among many Latin American leftists. The rebranding of the South American left: Can a Chavista become a Lulaista? (and more) Sandra Borda on grading Latin America’s Left. Left of centre governments have demonstrated that social democracy is possible in Latin America — their European cousins would do well to study and learn from their example.

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