The inaugural issue of Hydra: Interdisciplinary Journal of Social Studies is out. Herbert Gintis (SFI) and Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich): Homo Socialis: An Analytical Core for Sociological Theory. Phillip M. Carter (FIU): Poststructuralist Theory and Sociolinguistics: Mapping the Linguistic Turn in Theory. Bernd Reiter (USF): The Epistemology and Methodology of Exploratory Social Science Research: Crossing Popper with Marcuse. From Society, a symposium on Facts, Values, and Social Science. From Edge, what’s new in social science? A special event on the state of the art of what the social sciences have to tell us about human nature, HeadCon '13. Davide Vecchi reviews Arguing About Human Nature: Contemporary Debates, ed. Stephen M. Downes and Edouard Machery. John-Paul Smiley on the sociological imagination today: The need for biology. The Third Intellectual Project: Iddo Tavory on the social condition. David Banks on a social critique without social science. An excerpt from The Open Mind: Cold War Politics and the Sciences of Human Nature by Jamie Cohen-Cole. Beyond Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft: David Fields on the foundations for ethical political humanist social science. David Beer on an invitation to punk sociology. Oz Flanagan on the physicist and the social scientist. In economics, climate science and public health, computer models help us decide how to act — but can we trust them? Ben Williamson on the death of the theorist and the emergence of data and algorithms in digital social research. You can download The Post-Modern Significance of Max Weber's Legacy by Basit Bilal Koshul (2005).

Lawrence J. Trautman (American): Virtual Currencies: Bitcoin and What Now after Liberty Reserve and Silk Road? Carina Ray (Fordham): Interracial Sex and the Making of Empire. From World History Connected, a forum on architecture and world history. From The Baffler, what's the point if we can't have fun? David Graeber hopscotches over the robotic universe of contemporary science and winds up inventing a new law of reality; and Barbara Ehrenreich calls for a science that can explain why fun is fun. Will the White House’s big data privacy initiative distract from the NSA debate? Andrea Peterson wonders. Antonia Sohns on developing with the future in mind. Ten billion dollars for global public goods — where do we sign? David Weigel on the conservative man-crush on Putin. Daniel Strauss goes inside the GOP establishment's war to crush the Tea Party revolt. The first chapter from Three Views of Logic: Mathematics, Philosophy, and Computer Science by Donald W. Loveland, Richard E. Hodel and S. G. Sterrett. Now that Boehner has backed down, let's fix the debt ceiling for good. Claims by anonymous officials that Michael Sam will bring negative PR to the NFL are functionally and morally indistinguishable from simple bigotry. Is the concept expressed by the English word “know” universal? Michael Hannon on the universal core of knowledge. Kevin Drum on Job 1 for GOP: Pretending not to be crazy. Moon landing deniers have nothing on these people: Joshua A. Krisch on 9 utterly ridiculous conspiracy theories.

Pat Andriola (NYU): Equal Protection for Animals. Catia Faria (Pompeu Fabra): Equality, Priority and Nonhuman Animals. John Hadley (Western Sydney): Animal Rights Advocacy and Legitimate Public Deliberation. From Law, Ethics and Philosophy, Oscar Horta (Santiago de Compostela): Zoopolis, Intervention, and the State of Nature; Alasdair Cochrane (Sheffield): Cosmozoopolis: The Case against Group-Differentiated Animal Rights; and Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka (Queen’s): A Defense of Animal Citizens and Sovereigns. Sue Donaldson and Will Kymlicka (Queen’s): Unruly Beasts: Animal Citizens and the Threat of Tyranny; Animals and the Frontiers of Citizenship; and Animal Rights, Multiculturalism and the Left. Christopher O. Tollefsen reviews For Love of Animals: Christian Ethics, Consistent Action by Charles Camosy (and part 2). “No Animals Were Harmed” is a lie: Whistle-blowers say the American Humane Association can't be trusted to protect film industry animals. Photographer Jo-Anne McArthur reflects on a decade spent documenting the use and abuse of animals. Frank Bruni on according animals dignity. When beasts were people: Ben Schreckinger on the long, strange history of animals in court. Jessica Pierce reviews Can Animals Be Moral? by Mark Rowlands. Can bees have Proustian moments, too? Two centuries of progress in behaviorial science challenges our core beliefs in human exceptionalism. Wray Herbert reviews The Gap: The Science of What Separates Us from Other Animals by Thomas Suddendorf. Do insects feel pain, and are they conscious? A science kit for at-home cyborg cockroaches provokes the hard questions.