Kyla Stepp (Wayne State): Change in Attitudes: What Causes People to “Change Their Minds” about Same-Sex Marriage? Arnulf Kolstad (Nesna): The Nature-Nurture Problem Revisited: Some Epistemological Topics in Contemporary Psychology. Jennifer Radden reviews How Everyone Became Depressed: The Rise and Fall of the Nervous Breakdown by Edward Shorter. George Dvorsky on why Freud still matters, when he was wrong about almost everything. Melanie Tannenbaum on psychology’s brilliant, beautiful, scientific messiness (and more). Don’t panic but psychology isn’t always a science (and more). An article on the psychology of the “psychology isn’t a science” argument. Christopher Chabris on why Malcolm Gladwell matters (and why that's unfortunate). Caitlin Shure on insights into the personalities of conspiracy theorists: Psychologists find that distrust of authority and low agreeableness are among factors underlying the willingness to believe. Christopher Shea on Stanley Milgram and the uncertainty of evil: The psychologist’s famous findings about human nature have haunted us for 50 years — but can we trust them? Good intentions, bad people: Jiby Philip on how good intentions do not negate social evils or the power structures that perpetuate them. Scott Barry Kaufman on 23 signs you’re secretly a narcissist masquerading as a sensitive introvert. Chris Bucholz on 5 psychological flaws that warp the way you see the world.

Brendan S. Maher (UConn): The Affordable Care Act, Remedy, and Litigation Reform. Bryce Clayton Newell (Washington): The Massive Metadata Machine: Liberty, Power, and Secret Mass Surveillance in the U.S. and Europe. From The Public Domain Review, an animated film by French caricaturist, cartoonist and animator Emile Cohl, one of the earliest examples of hand-drawn animation, and considered by many film historians to be the very first animated cartoon (and more and more). An interview with Charles Miers on the Codex Seraphinianus, the strangest book in the world. Zach Dorfman on assholes as important subjects for moral inquiry. The book — its past, its future: Ivan Jablonka interviews Roger Chartier. Is the Onion’s film criticism better than its news satire? Laura Bennett investigates. Robin Marty read a bunch of anti-choice memoirs so you don't have to. Justin Fox on when it’s in your interest not to be self-interested. In 1992, Stella Liebeck spilled scalding McDonald’s coffee in her lap and later sued the company, attracting a flood of negative attention — it turns out there was more to the story. Donna J. Drucker reviews Gentlemen’s Disagreement: Alfred Kinsey, Lewis Terman, and the Sexual Politics of Smart Men by Peter Hegarty. Wall Street loves a cheater: As Ashley Madison, a site serving adulterers, booms, big financial firms start circling. S is for Satan and Scalia.

Alex Rogers on Utah Senator Mike Lee, the man behind the shutdown curtain. Roy Edroso on Rightbloggers' shutdown post-mortem: Hope, despair, conspiracy theories. Did race play a role in shutdown? Michael Tesler on how Republicans' votes on the shutdown deal were associated with racial attitudes in their districts. Jonathan Chait on how the shutdown was not a failed strategy — it wasn’t a strategy at all. Paul Krugman on the damage done. What was “essential” and what wasn’t: Mattea Kramer and Jo Comerford on the government shutdown in perspective. Robert Reich on what to expect during the cease-fire. George Packer on how the Republicans are still winning. Wait, Republicans now want Obamacare to function? Aside from any policy details, Republicans really want to stick it to Obama; keeping in place policies Obama hates makes them happy, irrespective of the content of those policies — that is a real form of leverage. Jon Lovett on how the GOP slowly went insane: The current moment in politics came about slowly, not suddenly, but it doesn't make it any less of a national emergency. Simon Johnson on the long march of the American Right. Heath Brown interviews Robert Horwitz, author of America’s Right: Anti-Establishment Conservatism from Goldwater to the Tea Party. Can Rand Paul learn to tell the truth? The Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has charisma, fundraising power, and new ideas — now if can only resolve his sticky habit for bending the facts.