From Wired, a look at one father's attempt to hack his daughter's genetic code; and Clive Thompson on how more info leads to less knowledge. From The Science Creative Quarterly, the science/arts divide stands between us: A love story. From Seed, an article on science diplomacy for the 21st century: On being a citizen of a world without borders or boundaries. Can a person be scared to death? A 79-year-old North Carolina woman dies after a heart attack brought on by terror. When dreams come true: People interpret dreams in ways that affect their waking lives, especially when those dreams support pre-existing beliefs. A review of The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science That Could Save Your Life by Ben Sherwood. By switching to a weekly (and weekend) format, the big dailies can get their print version in the hands of readers who aren't online all day. Victorian values and the censoring presence of his prudish daughter blinded Charles Darwin to female promiscuity and delayed the study of sperm competition for 100 years. When groups don’t think: Collaboration, done right, produces dazzling results — so why is it often disastrous? From Vanity Fair, in many ways, the men who made "The Godfather" were as ruthless as the gangsters in Mario Puzo’s blockbuster. An article on Paul Krugman's winning of the Nobel Prize in economics — contributions to international trade theory.
A new issue of Ephemera is out. From The Wilson Quarterly, Americans have developed an admirable fondness for books, food, and music that preprocess other cultures — but for all our enthusiasm, have we lost our taste for the truly foreign? Which ex-president is Obama most like? A review of Taking Aim at the President The Remarkable Story of the Woman Who Shot at Gerald Ford by Geri Spieler. Face value: Does profiling actually help to catch terrorists? A look at how a self-fulfilling stereotype can drag down performance. From Secular Web, an article on answering theists' questions. Alms for the press? Jack Shafer on the case against foundation ownership of the New York Times; and who should replace William Kristol as a Times op-ed columnist? Yes, he wrote pure partisan propaganda — that's what made Bill Kristol's column valuable. Know your right-wing speakers: Irving Kristol, the godfather of the modern neoconservative movement began as a Trotskyite radical leftist. Here are history's 6 greatest examples of financial fail. Power to "The People's Court": The daytime-TV institution remains relevant by giving viewers what they want — sloppy, sad humanity. An interview with Helen Fisher, author of Why Him, Why Her. A checkup of Canada's major cities reveals some surprises (it's okay, Montreal, you're still cool). The Arbesman Limit: How to be famous in a few easy steps.
A new issue of Open Letters Monthly is out. From FT, a review of Slow-Tech: Manifesto for an Overwound World by Andrew Price; and how can you tell if your life is getting better? Here's a more humane way to measure progress. From New Scientist, born believers: How your brain creates God; and an article on super clocks: More accurate than time itself. The book that changed my life: John Gray chooses The Pursuit of the Millennium by Norman Cohn. A review of The Numbers Game: The Commonsense Guide to Understanding Numbers in the News, in Politics, and in Life by Michael Blastland and Andrew Dilnot. Christina Young explains how physics can help to preserve our cultural heritage. An interview with Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost, authors of Racing the Beam: The Atari Video Computer System. Will desperate climates call for desperate geoengineering measures? (and a response) The vagaries of paternity have led men to sharply categorize women — even in a hookup culture — but women can get savvy about this male propensity. If you think evangelicals are anti-sex, you’d be wrong — today’s evangelicals push a hyper-sexualised message. From NPR, an interview with David Duke on the Obama Presidency. A review of Vanity Fair's Tales of Hollywood Rebels, Reds, and Graduates and the Wild Stories Behind the Making of 13 Iconic Films.
From Monthly Review, John Bellamy Foster and Robert W. McChesney on a new New Deal under Obama; and Michael Yates on why unions still matter. Inside Iraq's confessional politics: A review of The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace by Ali A. Allawi. A review of Christian Marazzi's Capital and Language: From the New Economy to the War Economy. An interview with Jon Wertheim, author of Blood in the Cage: Mixed Martial Arts, Pat Miletich, and the Furious Rise of the UFC (and a review). Can we ever learn to love our bodies? A review of Bodies by Susie Orbach (and more). Female writers are getting more graphic than ever about the messy realities of their bodies; is it too much information, or enlightened honesty? From TNR, a review of Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality: A Sourcebook. All of us live by the logic of finance: Margaret Thatcher promised wealth for all in her new society — first, though, we all had to become capitalists. Link by link: In a Google Library, millions of books, but no card catalog. Does legalizing prostitution work? Heleen Mees investigates. From Policy Innovations, a look at how Japan became an efficiency superpower. The 8½ Laws of Rumor Spread: Some rumors grind to a halt, while others circle the world — why some ideas spread and others die. A review of Spinoza by Michael Della Rocca.