From Slate, a three-part series on radical skepticism and the rise of conspiratorial thinking about science. From Kulturos barai, an article on global museums in the twenty-first century. A review of Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict the XVI by Tracey Rowland. A review of Sexual Fluidity: Understanding Women's Love and Desire by Lisa M. Diamond and America Unzipped: In Search of Sex and Satisfaction by Brian Alexander (and more). History professor and food specialist Panikos Panayi says dishes don't have a specific nationality. From The Root, Bill Cosby is not being merely nostalgic; today's problem is partly cultural. From FAIR, an article on The Incredible Shrinking Think Tank. Dick Cheney was never a "grown-up": An excerpt from The Rise of the Counter-Establishment: The Conservative Ascent to Political Power by Sidney Blumenthal. Do strong campaigns make good presidencies? Economical with the truthiness: In our Wiki-world, first-hand knowledge seems unnecessary and the story more important. An interview with Richard Posner, author of How Judges Think (and a review). From Rigas Laiks, an interview with Christopher Ricks, author of Dylan's Visions of Sin. The Internet is for scorn: Meet the Web's 10 most hated people. From New Scientist, a guide to some of the most common myths and misconceptions about evolution.
From Popular Mechanics, here are 10 genius inventions we're still waiting for. Imagine you're a huge fan of an author for his writing, only to discover something deeply unpleasant about the man himself — what do you do? A Jesus for real men: What the new masculinity movement gets right and wrong. From Nerve, an interview with Lily Koppel, author of The Red Leather Diary: Reclaiming a Life through the Pages of a Lost Journal. A review of The Hitler Salute: On the Meaning of a Gesture by Tilman Allert (and more from Bookforum). From America, a legal shift could alter the so-called separation between church and state — and a Roman Catholic majority on the United States Supreme Court may be the driving force behind it. Athletic Bilbao is Europe's most exotic football club, managing to keep itself in Spain's top division, while fielding players recruited exclusively from the Basque region — can it continue to resist globalization? If we ever make contact with intelligent aliens, we should be able to build a universal translator to communicate with them. Jonathan Raymond reviews Colin Harrison’s The Finder. A review of Questions of Taste: The Philosophy of Wine and Wine and Philosophy: A Symposium on Thinking and Drinking. What happens to lost airport luggage? Bedtime stories: When it comes to erotica, you can judge a book between the covers.
Here's the inaugural issue of the Journal of Language Contact. Talker in the City: Though preparation for Titlepage is taking up much of his time these days, Daniel Menaker is still editing books. From Print, an interview with Matthew Diffee, editor of The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker and The Rejection Collection Vol. 2: The Cream of the Crap; and drawing fire: Contemporary comics take a hard look at the conflict in Iraq, and metaphors abound. A review of The Culture of Vengeance and the Fate of American Justice by Terry Kenneth Aladjem. A review of Moral Value and Human Diversity by Robert Audi. A review of Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century by Philip Bobbitt (and more). From Monthly Review, Istvan Meszaros on the communal system and the principle of self-critique. Manufactured scarcity and the profits of deindustrialisation: Is "green capitalism" a new paradigm of sustainable production or a license to shut down plants and print money? A review of Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform since Sputnik by Chester E. Finn, Jr. Readers of the 2002 nonfiction bestseller Bringing Down the House might wonder why any embellishment was necessary for the film "21". From Logos, more on Mearsheimer and Walt's The Israel Lobby.