Jonathan H. Marks (Harvard): A Neuroskeptic's Guide to Neuroethics and National Security. Douglas Walton (Windsor): The Sunk Costs Fallacy or Argument from Waster. Jamais Cascio on the ways in which evolutionary and ecological metaphors could inform our understanding of systemic change. Is Japan an egalitarian society? If Republicans seek a country with low taxes, little regulation and traditional family values, Nicholas Kristof has the perfect place for them — body armor suggested. Pundit protest: This is a particularly dispiriting time to be both citizen and pundit, particularly if you care about public policy and think it matters. One of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals. Karey Harwood, author of The Infertility Treadmill: Feminist Ethics, Personal Choice, and the Use of Reproductive Technologies, on the bioethical issues surrounding a couple who want to use frozen sperm from their deceased son and an egg donor to become grandparents. Herman Daly applies a biophysical lens to the economy and finds that bigger isn’t necessarily better. New York Times media reporter David Carr had a bad feeling during a photo shoot he was doing for Interview magazine early last month. From The Atlantic Monthly, here's the latest Ideas Report. Does anyone actually read Bob Woodward's books? Buffeted by controversy, the Peace Corps faces an even deeper question: why it exists at all.