From The Global Spiral, Michael E. Price (Brunel): How Christian Beliefs Harness Darwinian Cooperative Instincts; Celia Deane-Drummond (Chester): What is Human Wisdom?: An Interrogation of Posthuman Futures in Transhuman Evolutionary Discourse; Emanuel Paparella on Jurgen Habermas on the vision of a post-secular Europe (and part 2); a review of Antonio Calcagno's The Philosophy of Edith Stein; and doubting Dawkins: An excerpt from Why There Almost Certainly Is a God by Keith Ward. Job Opening — Creator of the Universe: Is modern science in the process of rendering belief in God logically unnecessary? A review of Living up to Death by Paul Ricoeur. A review of Searching for Cioran by Ilinca Zarifopol-Johnston. Can states secede? There are three levels on which this question can be answered. Now who's dividing America? Ethnic minorities have long been targeted as divisive, but it's white Americans who seem to be taking up the cause. Conservatives live in a different moral universe — and here's why it matters.The Daily Beast publishes a new DHS memo that throws dozens of groups — Mexican separatists, black nationalists, Nordic mystics — under the bus. Peter Gay reviews Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century by Jenny Davidson (and an excerpt).


A new issue of Sexual Intelligence is out. Sentimental Journey: An elegy for Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1950-2009. The politicians under fire in "Outrage" already have been written about in gay and mainstream media, so the film doesn't exactly "out" anyone. Goodbye to the suburban porn star: The era of films like "Deep Throat" seems as remote as that of Busby Berkeley musicals. A review of Men: Evolutionary and Life History by Richard G. Bribiescas. What is a man? Read this, print it, thumbtack it to your desk — thank Esquire later. Women's service magazines traditionally bring in top ad dollars, but as Barbara Jobber found out, old standby Homemakers was falling behind upstarts such as More. An article on Tyra Banks's unusual brand of feminism. From New Statesman, an article on Wired's Chris Anderson: "We were so keen to believe that Web 2.0 would make the world fairer that we rejected all evidence to the contrary"; whatever prophets of the net say, information for its own sake is not power — power is power; and far from liberating us, technology isolates us and makes us stupid; and a review of Inside Steve’s Brain: Business Lessons from Steve Jobs, the Man Who Saved Apple by Leander Kahney. A review of Grimoires: A History of Magic Books by Owen Davies (and more).


From The New Yorker, Steve Coll on Obama’s options in Pakistan; Jeffrey Toobin on the stealth activism of John Roberts; Lauren Collins on Ari Emanuel and learning-disorder awareness; and fish out of water: Todd Palin at Alaska House. New York is in defense of distraction: Twitter, Adderall, lifehacking, mindful jogging, power browsing, Obama's BlackBerry, and the benefits of overstimulation. From The New York Times, almost all his life Jack Kerouac played a fantasy baseball game of his own invention, a hobby that even close friends and fellow Beats never knew about (and from Bookforum, fifty years after the publication of On the Road, the question remains: where was Kerouac going?) Minding the Animals: An article on ethology and the obsolescence of Left Humanism. Beer is generally thought to be a man’s drink, but why don't women drink beer? It is right and true for Christians to drink beer — to paraphrase Hans Rookmaaker: beer needs no justification. Notre Dame embraces Obama, a priest makes out on the beach — time for a little soul-searching in Catholic America? From Seed, five experts debate engineering the climate, how it would be governed, and the ways we're doing it already. The politics of climate hacking: What happens if one country decides to start geoengineering on its own


From Esquire, former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld has always answered his detractors by claiming that history will one day judge him kindly, but what are the critics saying?; and Thomas PM Barnett on seven reasons why Obama's nuke-free utopia won't work. From Haaretz, a look at how think tank researchers, funded by US neocons, are now carving Israeli policy. From Lost, Simon Critchley on the death of Pythagoras — if he ever lived. A review of Deconstructing the Republic: Voting Rights, the Supreme Court, and the Founders’ Republicanism Reconsidered by Anthony A. Peacock (and more and more and more and more and more on the Voting Rights Act). From Newsweek, an interview with Portfolio's Joanne Lipman on her magazine's failure, the future of the industry and what's she plans on doing next; and can anything save magazines? Why higher cover and subscription prices might work. From New Matilda, an article on PJ O'Rourke and the gift of right wing humour. Kick Grant off the $50 bill: Let’s replace him with Frederick Douglass, an American who shows our best side. From Good, a special issue on transportation: Visionary ideas for the coming transportation revolution. Gun control without gun laws: How Obama can use government procurement regulations to limit gun violence.  

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