From Popular Science, a special report on the future of the environment, including 10 audacious ideas to save the planet; and here's how scientists are bracing themselves for the moment aliens make contact and what form it might take (and Christian theologians also prepare for extraterrestrial life). It doesn't take an Einstein: The problem with using scientists' words to support religious beliefs. Sexual reorientation: Get ready for a world where you can choose your kid's sexual orientation. Study shows male homosexuality can be explained through a specific model of Darwinian evolution. Get ready for Darwin hats, t-shirts, action figures, naturally selected fireworks and evolving chocolates, but does he deserve all this? From The Washington Post, a three-part series on the U.S. housing bust. Bailing-out the banks while leaving defaulters to rot is just the latest in a 30 year campaign of ripping off the American working class. Why is crime rising in so many American cities? The answer implicates one of the most celebrated antipoverty programs of recent decades. A review of When You are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris. Imagine what would need to happen for university presses to return to what was once, long ago, their virtually exclusive mission. The Battle for Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg launched an online empire from his dorm room at Harvard; now four fellow students say he stole their idea.
From Foreign Affairs, Condoleezza Rice on Rethinking the National Interest: American Realism for a New World; David G. Victor (Stanford) and Sarah Eskreis-Winkler (CFR): In the Tank: Making the Most of Strategic Oil Reserves; Walter Russell Mead (CFR): The New Israel and the Old: Why Gentile Americans Back the Jewish State; a review of A Choice of Enemies: America Confronts the Middle East by Lawrence Freedman (and more); a review of Freedom's Unsteady March: America's Role in Building Arab Democracy by Tamara Cofman Wittes; and a review of Law and the Long War: The Future of Justice in the Age of Terror by Benjamin Wittes. From the Journal of Political Philosophy, David Estlund (Brown): On Following Orders in an Unjust War. James Risen on the return of the neocons: Bush hawks aggressively working to rewrite accepted Iraq war history. From Rolling Stone, haunted by the ghosts of Vietnam, the one-time maverick has transformed himself into just another liberal-bashing fearmonger. General Wesley Clark drew fire recently for saying the obvious about McCain’s tortured logic (and more from NPQ). It was top down, stupid: The Bush administration's "bad apples" theory goes sour. The US won't prosecute the torture policymakers for war crimes, but other countries probably will. Here are medieval torture's 10 biggest myths.
From Sign & Sight, Jurgen Habermas on why both religious and secular mentalities must be open to a complementary learning process if we are to balance shared citizenship and cultural difference. From Kritika & Kontext, a look at how Nietzsche's deconstruction of authoritarian subjectivity shares much with Jacques Derrida's post-modern critique of the subject as a privileged centre of discourse. A review of Philosophical Knowledge: Its Possibility and Scope. From The Root, what black people call white people, and it ain't "whitey". Can Lil Wayne save hip-hop? He insists he's "the best rapper alive", but can his smash-hit new album really redeem a flagging genre? A review of All About the Beat: Why Hip-Hop Can't Save Black America by John McWhorter. An interview with John Hope Franklin on an Obama presidency. The Hugh Hefner of Politics: From porno to the primaries, the long, strange life of pro-Hillary blogger Taylor Marsh. An interview with Jhumpa Lahiri: "Writing makes me so vulnerable" (and more from Bookforum). Loving chick-lit: People sneer at these books, but wittily told romantic fiction is as hard to write as it is fun to read. How to pick up girls with the new Roth: Carrying Bolano’s 2666 is like driving an open-top Porsche (and an excerpt from Nazi Literature in the Americas). Nice guys knew it, now studies have confirmed it: bad boys get the most girls.