From Popular Mechanics, a look at how brain scans could invade your private life. We're prejudiced, now what? Scientists now tell us bias toward others may be innate, but that doesn't mean we have to behave like Bill O'Reilly. A review of In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas by Theodore Dalrymple. Wendy Kaminer on the return of the thought police: "Hate crime" legislation is an assault on civil liberties. It was all my brain’s fault: An article on the dubious rise of neurolaw. From The New Yorker, dangerous minds: Malcolm Gladwell on criminal profiling made easy. The dog ate my evidence: What happens when the government can't re-create the case against you? 


Here is the inaugural issue of The International Literary Quarterly. From The Washington Post, around the world in 25 books: From China to Denmark, from Colombia to the Holland, more than two dozen new books span the globe. From Harper's, the gold and riches of the age of Phillip II and Phillip III passed through the treasury of the Spanish state like so much sand poured through open hands. But this period left Spain and the world with one unsurpassable treasure. And that is the story of Don Quixote. Garlanded in literary prizes, tipped as a future Nobel winner, the Spanish author Javier Marias is also hugely popular, having sold more than 5.5m copies of his work in 39 languages, yet he remains surprisingly little known in the English speaking world. Vive le punk! Andrew Hussey discovers the rebellious soul of the French literary establishment. From FT, an interview with Martin Amis: England’s one-time enfant terrible has not lost his appetite for a war of words. A look at how Tara's sister Santa Sebag Montefiore became the "Lit girl". A review of The New Kings of Nonfiction, edited and introduced by Ira Glass. Bio Engineering: Few major living authors have a biography in progress. And that’s just what most writers — and many biographers — prefer.


From PopMatters, a review of I Wouldn't Start From Here: A Misguided Tour of the Early 20th Century by Andrew Mueller. A review of Dynamic of Destruction: Culture and Mass Killing in the First World War by Alan Kramer. A review of Singled Out: How Two Million Women Survived Without Men After the First World War by Virginia Nicholson (and more and more). A review of Summits: Six Meetings that Shaped the 20th Century by David Reynolds (and more and more). A review of Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed the World, 1940-1941 by Ian Kershaw. A review of Kasztner's Train: The True Story of Rezso Kasztner, Unknown Hero of the Holocaust by Anna Porter. A review of Indian Summer: The Secret History of the End of an Empire by Alex von Tunzelmann. A review of Erez Manela’s The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism. A review of Seven Years that Changed the World: Perestroika in Perspective by Archie Brown.


From Al-Ahram, why the issuing of fatwas must be codified. The zero percent solution: A renaissance for "Islamic finance" offers innovative financial tools to Muslim and non-Muslim alike. Here is a map that purports to show a plan for Islamic world dominance, entitled "The Map of the United States of Islam". The battle at Islam's heart: In November 1979, armed militants took over Mecca's Sacred Mosque. Their actions still reverberate throughout the Muslim world. Why do the eight signatories bother to make this last call on Israel/Palestine? The international consensus on the two-state solution is fading away. A review of Elements of Ancient Jewish Nationalism by David Goodblatt. An interview with historian Saul Friedlander: "The Holocaust won't disappear". A review of Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz: An Essay in Historical Interpretation by Jan T. Gross. A review of Churchill and the Jews: A Lifelong Friendship by Martin Gilbert (and more). Melanie Phillips on Britain’s anti-Semitic turn: A new manifestation of the oldest hatred demonizes the Jewish state. A review of Outlawed Pigs: Law, Religion, and Culture in Israel by Daphne Barak-Erez. A review of Abraham's Children: Race, Identity, and the DNA of the Chosen People by Jon Entine. Two AEI scholars and a visiting bioethicist kibbitzed about a pressing cause: Why Jews are so doggone smart? Jewgenics: William Saletan on Jewish intelligence, Jewish genes, and Jewish values. From Jewcy, the Noah Feldman debate just won't die. Are American Jews too powerful? Not even close. God and Man on YouTube: Ideological polemics — not kittens and skateboard crashes — are what really engage the online faithful. Dinesh D'Souza on the twilight of atheism and the global triumph of Christianity: An excerpt from What's So Great About Christianity. The Turning of an Atheist: The British philosopher Antony Flew was one of the West’s most influential nonbelievers. Then came news that he had recanted, but his change of heart may not be what it seems. A review of The Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam by Michel Onfray. Plato’s Nephew: The humanist intellectual tradition was shaped by a healthy respect for epistemic limits.


From Cabinet, readymade remade: An article on Pierre Pinoncelli and the legacy of Duchamp's "fountains"; an interview with Robert Macfarlane on "peak aesthetics"; and here's a minor history of giant spheres. From Slate, say cheese! A history of the American snapshot. Anyone can take a photo, so why are some worth millions? A look at how photos became fine art. From The Believer, an interview with art critic Dave Hickey. From Harvard Magazine, ancients reborn in bright array: An article on "gods in color" and painted sculpture of classical antiquity. The last picture show: Five books attempt to make sense of the history of art from a 21st-century viewpoint. A review of Art After Conceptual Art. Apres-garde, not avant: Art that is behind its time is art that expresses something that is already in the air but has not yet been creatively articulated. Shock Tactics: Ivan Navarro’s neon sculptures may look like furniture, but his politically charged agenda is not to be taken lightly. A review of A Life of Picasso, Volume III: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson (and more). Nature imitating art: Tired of boring Picassos, Rothkos and Hirsts? How about a stone from space? From The New Yorker, Peter Schjeldahl on the Frida Kahlo cult. The colour of music: The dissonance and abstraction of 20th-century composers influenced a generation of visual artists. Hot wheels: Wole Soyinka on how the art of mammy-lorry painting offers keen insights into the politics of ordinary Africans.


From Dissent, Zimbabwe's slow suicide: A review of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun: A Memoir of Africa by Peter Godwin; Mukiwa: A White Boy in Africa by Peter Godwin; Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood by Alexandra Fuller; African Laughter: Four Visits to Zimbabwe by Doris Lessing; The Stone Virgins by Yvonne Vera. A review of Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa by Martin Meredith. The rise of the buppies: An article on the economic and political consequences of the black middle class in South Africa. Oasis of defiance: Nomads in Niger defy a government ban. A Tuareg revolt, coveted uranium resources, geopolitical rivalries, endemic poverty: Is Niger becoming the latest patient in Africa's emergency-ward? An article on consolidating democracy in Sierra Leone. From TomDispatch, young refugees return home, traveling through the southern part of a Sudan poised at the edge of the abyss (and part 2). Breaking into even smaller bits? Even the parts of Somalia that were steady are looking shaky again. The fight to save Congo's forests: A history of colonial neglect and endemic corruption has unleashed a lawless logging binge in the heart of Congo's massive woodlands.


From National Journal, a cover story on judging the 2008 health plans, including the plans' effects on the uninsured, the economy, quality of care, the consumer and employers. Do Americans want universal coverage enough to put up with significant additional cost and added government interference? If so, the Democrats' health care plans could work. Who's afraid of socialized medicine? Two dangerous words that kill health-care reform. More on Sick: The Untold Story of America's Health Care Crisis by Jonathan Cohn. From Science, a look at how HIV took the world by storm. A review of The Secret History of the War on Cancer by Devra Davis and Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream: A Day in the Life of Your Body by Jennifer Ackerman. Science that the government doesn't want to exist: Stem-cell research lurches along through roadblocks and red tape. A review of The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia by Neil M Gorsuch. The Invincible Man: Aubrey de Grey, 44 going on 1,000, wants out of old age. From Literary Review, a review of  A Life Decoded by J. Craig Venter (and more).


From Technology Review, the Semantic Web goes mainstream: Radar Networks is unveiling a new tool that provides a smarter way to find information and increase productivity. Images uploaded to photo-sharing websites like Flickr could find a surprising new application – they could help build accurate 3D models of the real world. What’s Russian for "hacker"? A formula for Web schemes: a lot of mathematicians, a lax legal system and Western targets. Can Google kill PowerPoint? A look at how mighty Google is ringing changes by aiming to break open the closed world of social networking (and more). From Carnegie Council, a talk with Cass Sunstein on Republic 2.0. Where's my free Wi-Fi? Why municipal wireless networks have been such a flop. Even though online advertising is growing fast, that growth is being stunted, industry executives say, because nobody can get the basic visitor counts straight. The Internet gets its first full census for 25 years.


From PS: Political Science and Politics, a symposium on the future of election reform in the states, including an introduction, and Lonna Rae Atkeson (UNM) and Kyle L. Saunders (CSU): The Effect of Election Administration on Voter Confidence: A Local Matter?; Bruce E. Cain (UC- Berkeley): Reform Studies: Political Science on the Firing Line; Paul Gronke, Eva Galanes-Rosenbaum and Peter A. Miller (Reed): Early Voting and Turnout; Thad Hall ( Utah), J. Quin Monson and Kelly D. Patterson (BYU): Poll Workers and the Vitality of Democracy: An Early Assessment; Timothy Werner and Kenneth R. Mayer (Wisconsin): Public Election Funding, Competition, and Candidate Gender; Barry C. Burden (Wisconsin): Ballot Regulations and Multiparty Politics in the States; Michael P. McDonald (GMU): Regulating Redistricting; and Todd Donovan (WWU): A Goal for Reform: Make Elections Worth Stealing.


From The Telegraph, a list of the 100 most influential conservatives and liberals in America. From The Washington Monthly, an interview with Tom Tancredo. Will illegal immigration destroy the Democrats? E.J. Dionne investigates. From The New York Observer, a look at why the next Democratic era might be different. Take the FDR: Eric Rauchway on why Democrats should embrace Roosevelt's legacy. The Sisyphus from Searchlight: Harry Reid has united Senate Democrats on shutting down the war, but the Republican votes just aren't there. Chuck Schumer says Iran war would destroy the GOP. Free the running mates: Anne Applebaum on what Americans can learn from Cecilia Sarkozy. Vote early, count often: There is a simple way to establish a national primary and yet still allow retail politicking to meaningfully affect the course of the campaign over several months. Evan Thomas on the politics of arrogance: Why candidates don't tout humility on the stump. A look at why Tim Russert is a terrible moderator for our presidential debates. John Dickerson on Obama's challenge to Clinton's candor. Doing the Math: The races look like Hillary's and Rudy's to lose, but numbers can deceive. From The Village Voice, no skeletons in my closet: How Michael Mukasey and Bernie Kerik are haunting Rudy's run; and Rudy's pants on fire: Secret testimony shows that Rudy's stump speech is inflated, at best. A look at the Christian phenomenon of a Giuliani presidency. Dirtier! Nastier! Slimier! South Carolina '08 is already muddier than ever before, and it'll only get worse. Fred Thompson vs. the moonshiners: Ex-moonshiner Dwayne Kent served as a witness in a Thompson prosecution.

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