From TED, Freeman Dyson on looking for life in the outer solar system. Great minds think (too much) alike: Is the web narrowing scientists’ expertise? Using the internet to search for scientific articles is bad for researchers, says sociologist James Evans. The general who investigated Abu Ghraib now says the Bush administration is guilty of war crimes — but will anyone take notice? Has the "surge" in Iraq worked? Immanuel Wallerstein investigates. More and more and more and more on Soldiers of Reason: The RAND Corporation and the Rise of the American Empire by Alex Abella. What the past term reveals about the Roberts Court: Evidence that the Court is disturbingly elitist and anti-democratic. From Esquire, an article on the Battle of Newark, starring Cory Booker (and a response by Booker). Prominent women are one-third less likely to be encouraged to run for office than prominent men. An article on Edward O. Wilson on ants and human social evolution. A review of A Nation of Wimps: The High Cost of Invasive Parenting by Hara Estroff Marano (and more and more and more). From Minding The Campus, Charlotte Allen on mandatory summer reading. Why do Asian students generally get higher marks than Latinos? More on The Dumbest Generation by Mark Bauerlein. An anthropologist studies the “recursive public” of programmers; Scott McLemee gets his nerd on.
The dark side of paradise: A special New Statesman focus on South East Asia. From The Economist, more religions, more trouble: Radical Muslim and Christian groups stoke the embers of Papua’s conflict; in the Indian Ocean you'll find the most dangerous seas in the world; and a special report on Al-Qaeda: Winning or losing? Saying farewell to the sort of horrible social engineering projects that dominated the 20th century is a major example of human progress. A review of Against Schooling: For an Education that Matters by Stanley Aronowitz. Graphene, praised for its electrical properties, has been proven the strongest known material. Wait, who is this? Shining the dim light of cultural obscurity on the prank phone call. For centuries, Oxford remained a bastion of Western Civilization — then came American marketing. From The Believer, an interview with Matt Bai. From Portfolio, Joel Osteen preaches the virtues of prosperity—for himself as well as his congregation; the man may well be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the slumping economy. The Ten Commandments of race and genetics are issued. Seneca may have disapproved of them, but roof gardens are part of the poetry of urban life. Here are five questions Israel should ask before bombing Iran. Before it was bought by Belgium's InBev, Budweiser trampled local breweries across this land; who's crying in their (piss) beer now?
From Reason, Ronald Bailey on TEOTWAWKI! Or, the end of the world as we know it at the Global Catastrophic Risks conference. Self-interest is bad? Andrew Ferguson on CGTYOSI, or the "cause greater than your own self-interest". A review of The Wisdom to Doubt: A Justification of Religious Skepticism by J. L. Schellenberg. From Infidels.org, Amanda Avellone on confessions of an evangelical atheist. From ARPA, the idea of the "bad girl": A review of Princesses and Pornstars: Sex, Power, Identity by Emily Maguire and Beyond Bad Girls: Gender, Violence and Hype by Meda Chesney-Lind and Katherine Irwin. From Big Think, Harvey Mansfield defines the concept of "manliness". How good was the Good War? TAC contributors debate the lessons of World War II and their relevance to American foreign policy today. D-Day with bikinis: Alasdair Soussi re-examines the history of an odd invasion. Why doesn't the world understand us? A review of God and Gold by Walter Russell Mead. A review of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan (and more and an interview; and more from Bookforum). Would Small is Beautiful's E. F. Schumacher have a MySpace page? An Egyptian quip could reasonably be considered the world's first recorded joke. Facebook phobia: Thought high school was bad? Social-networking sites jack up Web-era insecurities.