From The Global Spiral, Adam Cohen and Kathryn Johnson (ASU): Religion, Culture, and the Personification of Non-Human Entities; Nicola Hoggard Creegan (Laidlaw): God, Strings, Emergence, and the Future of the World. From The New Yorker, Elizabeth Kolbert reviews The Evolution of Obesity by Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin and The Fattening of America by Eric Finkelstein and Laurie Zuckerman; John Colapinto on Senator Franken’s long journey; and back in 1776, the signers of the Philadelphia declaration pledged, among other things, their fortunes — the Wasilla rebel stands to make one (and more from New York). The next conservative thinkers: Many Republicans fret that the party of ideas has gotten stuck; here are four who might help unstick it. Steve Pearlstein on how the productivity revolution has trickled into government. Evolution, the Bible, and the Book of Nature: An interview with Francis Collins. Are Democrats ready to fight for consumer protection? Blame it on the boogie: When disco fever hit academia. With the "Forbes Fictional 15", fiction's caricatures are elevated to the status of real people. Can men really make a living selling sex? Newspapers have declared free content the enemy — but who are the allies? Cass Sunstein: "To become an extremist, hang around with people you agree with".