Berenice Boutin and Christophe Paulussen (T.M.C. Asser Instituut): From the Bataclan to Nice: A Critique of France’s State of Emergency Regime. France on the brink: In responding to attacks on France, Francois Hollande has failed to provide voters with a credible alternative to the Right. Why does France keep getting attacked? France is historically seen as standard bearer of western secular liberalism and has been singled out by Isis as a key target. Andrew Daily reviews The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism by Mayanthi L. Fernando. Adam Taylor on what France thinks of multiculturalism and Islam. The French Republic is more than bare breasts: France’s prime minister has defended burqini bans by citing Marianne — but who is Marianne?

French kissing to lesbian orgies: Una McIlvenna on the origins of the myth of the debauched French court. Does French culture have a future? An interview with Pierre Manent, former director of studies at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. Jeremy Harding reviews The Other Paris: An Illustrated Journey through a City’s Poor and Bohemian Past by Luc Sante and How the French Think: An Affectionate Portrait of an Intellectual People by Sudhir Hazareesingh.


From Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural Studies, Liam Grealy (Sydney): Cliche, Gossip, and Anecdote as Supervision Training. 9 days, 11 positions: Dara Lind on Donald Trump’s spectacular immigration flameout. What could a future Trump TV venture look like? Trump’s media ambitions may look more like TheBlaze than Fox News. You can’t explain Trump’s conservative media appeal without talking about race. Facebook’s fake news problem and its conservative news problem are the same thing. Zuckerberg says Facebook will never be a media company — despite controlling the world’s media. Your manliness could be hurting the planet: “Male traits tend to conflict with this idea of maintaining a nice environment for other people”. Will McGrew on gender segregation at work: “separate but equal” or “inefficient and unfair”.


From Anthrozoos, Sandra B. Barker, Randolph T. Barker, and Nancy L. McCain (VCU) and Christine M. Schubert (AFIT): A Randomized Cross-over Exploratory Study of the Effect of Visiting Therapy Dogs on College Student Stress Before Final Exams; Christina M. Brown and Selena M. Hengy (Arcadia) and Allen R. McConnell (Miami): Thinking about Cats or Dogs Provides Relief from Social Rejection; and Karen Thodberg, Lisbeth U. Sorensen, Poul B. Videbech, Pia H. Poulsen, Birthe Houbak, Vibeke Damgaard, Ingrid Keseler, David Edwards and Janne W. Christensen (Aarhus): Behavioral Responses of Nursing Home Residents to Visits From a Person with a Dog, a Robot Seal or a Toy Cat. A new origin story for dogs: The first domesticated animals may have been tamed twice. Dogs of character: Bronwen Dickey on pride, prejudice, and the American pit bull terrier. Kim Kavin on how the high-priced puppy industry is unregulated, sometimes illegal, and currently enjoying a booming market.

From Between the Species, Chelsea Haramia (Spring Hill): Why We Should Stop Creating Pets with Lives Worth Living; and Katherine Allen reviews Slaves of Our Affection: the Myth of the Happy Pet by Charles Danten. William Brennan on the future of pets: Micropigs, dinosaur chickens, tweeting dogs.


Adam D. Moore (Washington): Intellectual Property and the Prisoner’s Dilemma: A Game Theory Justification of Copyrights, Patents, and Trade Secrets. International corporations that want to intimidate countries have access to a private legal system designed just for them — and to unlock its power, sometimes all it takes is a threat. Former models for Donald Trump’s agency say they violated immigration rules and worked illegally. Teaching Trump to college students: The mogul's presidential candidacy is forcing professors to incorporate fascism into their lessons on American political thought. In NYT’s Hillary Clinton coverage, an obsession with “clouds” and “shadows”. The media is falling into a sexist trap by focusing on Hillary Clinton’s likability. Anthony Weiner and the rise of dick pics, explained. Fascinating maps reveal what our cities sound like.


From PUP, the first chapter from In Praise of Simple Physics: The Science and Mathematics behind Everyday Questions by Paul J. Nahin. Can science crack the “hardest” question? There may have been more than one Big Bang, the Astronomer Royal has said and claims the world could be on the brink of a revolution as profound as Copernicus discovering the Earth revolved around the Sun. From past to present, into the future, the flow of time is central to human experience — why isn’t it central to physics? A debate over the physics of time: According to our best theories of physics, the universe is a fixed block where time only appears to pass — yet a number of physicists hope to replace this “block universe” with a physical theory of time. Ethan Siegel on how grand unification may be a dead end for physics.

Has physics gotten something really important really wrong? Adam Frank reviews The Singular Universe and the Reality of Time: A Proposal in Natural Philosophy by Roberto Mangabeira Unger and Lee Smolin. What no new particles means for physics: Physicists are confronting their “nightmare scenario” — what does the absence of new particles suggest about how nature works? Hints of an exotic new particle has physicists geeking out about a mysterious fifth force in the universe. Seven ways to skin Schrodinger’s cat: Quantum physicists just can’t agree on how to handle the fundamental uncertainty that apparently underpins reality. Sabine Hossenfelder: “What I learned as a hired consultant to autodidact physicists”.

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