From Carnegie Council, a panel on The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman. The Soul Mate Myth: When looking for the one, are we aiming too high? From pi to the Fibonacci sequence, poets' imaginations have been fired by the elegance of numbers — and mathematicians have returned the compliment. A review of The Autonomy of Morality by Charles Larmore. American film studios — including Warner Bros., Disney, and Fox — are making massive investments in the growing Arab movie market, but don’t expect an influx of subtitled art-house fare from the Fertile Crescent. A review of Moveable Feasts: From Ancient Rome to the 21st Century, the Incredible Journeys of the Food We Eat by Sarah Murray. A review of Amazing Grace: The Nine Principles of Living in Natural Magic by David Wolfe and Nick Goode. With a new Democratic administration and Democratic majorities in Congress, Limbaugh is right back where he wants to be — on the outside. Free trade's hidden cost: An excerpt from Matt Miller's The Tyranny of Dead Ideas: Letting Go of the Old Ways of Thinking To Unleash a New Prosperity. Cash on delivery: An article on the movement to give every American a trust fund at birth. Brave New Art World: Despite cooling sales, more art was produced in the last decade than at any other time in history.
From LRB, where is my mind? Jerry Fodor reviews Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action and Cognitive Extension by Andy Clark. From TLS, why we really do need to know the amazing truth about evolution, and the equally amazing intellectual dishonesty of its enemies: Richard Dawkins reviews Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True (and more); and a review of Gabriel Garcia Marquez: A Life by Gerald Martin. From TED, Elizabeth Gilbert on a different way to think about creative genius. An episode highlights a great fear that the Internet, with its emphasis on minute-to-minute competition, is undermining the values of the print culture. Long live philosophers! As any good analyst would point out, that's not just a spirited apostrophe — it's a fact. From TPMtv, an interview with Joseph Stiglitz. From The Daily Beast, an interview with Dean Baker on the economic stimulus package; it doesn't matter what the GOP says about the stimulus package or how they vote on it — if the economy is better off in four years, they lose; and is there a stimulus package that can save our sex lives? From THES, a review of Passing the Plate: Why American Christians Don't Give Away More Money by Christian Smith, Michael O. Emerson and Patricia Snell; and a review of Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities by Bruce L.R. Smith, Jeremy D. Mayer and A. Lee Fritschler.
Sheri Berman (Barnard): Taming Extremist Parties: Lessons From Europe. An excerpt from The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism by Ami Pedahzur (and an interview). From The Big Money, an article on Michael Lewis as our money laureate. From Rome to Jerusalem: On the eve of a possible papal visit, Vatican-Israeli relations are challenged again. A review of Parallel Empires: The Vatican and The United States — Two Centuries of Alliance and Conflict by Massimo Franco. The Crowded Catholic Cafeteria: Pope Benedict XVI tries to heal the schism with Catholics who deny the Second Vatican Council. A look at how Google Earth is helping to save the real Earth. It's just garbage: What corporations throw away provides Darren Atkinson with profit and happiness. An interview with Sandra Hanson, author of Swimming Against the Tide: African American Girls and Science Education. People Movers: Seven factors that will change how we move around this year. An interview with Thomas G. Andrews, author of Killing for Coal: America's Deadliest Labor War. A review of A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir by Donald Worster. Everyone knows what a bubble is these days, but what about a think tank bubble? Daniel Gross on the GOP's nutso claim that government spending doesn't create jobs.
From PopMatters, a review of Dispatches from the Religious Left: The Future of Faith and Politics in America by Frederick Clarkson; and the personal life of 20th century America's Mother of Modern Social Work provides us with lessons during our 21st century debate on GLBT rights. A review of The Patron’s Payoff: Conspicuous Commissions in Italian Renaissance Art by Jonathan K. Nelson and Richard J. Zeckhauser. A review of Aristotelian Philosophy: Ethics and Politics from Aristotle to MacIntyre by Kelvin Knight. An interview with Tom Hodgkinson, author of How to Be Idle. A review of Best African American Essays: 2009 and Best African American Fiction: 2009. An interview with Steven Garber, director of The Washington Institute. What's the matter with teen sexting? Sex and predatory adults are not the biggest dangers teenagers face online — their main risk is garden-variety kid-on-kid meanness. Set to make millions with their YouTube-beating technology, the upstarts in Lifted Logic found a better market for their talents. The Origins of Good Taste: During the 17th century, Britain witnessed the birth of a consumer society; but, as the number of possessions grew, so did the concept of "taste", a subtle yardstick by which people advertised their social position and sensibilities. The myth of the "good" recession: A flat-lining economy doesn't make us better people.