From IEET, with mindcloning we will have our first experience with the technological possibility of substrate-independent identity. A look at the 5 most likely ways humans will become obsolete. Should we worry that there seems to be no way to relate to animals without exploiting them? A review of Elizabeth Royte's Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It. Andrea Walker reviews Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing by Lydia Peelle. The science of diplomacy: Obama has won over the scientific community — now, he should adopt their resources and influence for a novel use, bolstering America's foreign policy. Teaching in the twenty-first century: What does a college education really amount to in our day and age? An interview with Daryl Collins, author of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 A Day. Longtime General Motors reporter David Welch looks back on how America's premier auto company, got trapped in groupthink. How the UAW's new ownership stake in GM and Chrysler will defang the union. The individual aspects of motor racing can be intellectually appreciated, but the sum of the total adds up to a pure, gut-stirring experience that's all about feeling. Can judicial confirmation hearings really be transformed into "teachable moments"?
From Esprit, an interview with Laurent Mauriac and Pascal Riche of Rue89 on the gap between print and the Internet. A review of What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America by Peggy Pascoe. Why is our culture so obsessed with girls' chastity? Author Jessica Valenti talks about how purity balls and "barely legal" porn both feed the same idea: That a woman's worth is between her legs. The new romantics: Should we get the doctor out of the bedroom? From Slate, a special issue on food. What if people are biological unsuited for the American dream? How we may reinterpret Socrates’ ethical intellectualism: We do evil because we do not know better, in the sense that the better the information management is the less moral evil is caused. Legions of minorities and generations of stand-up comedians have all embraced labels that were hurled in spite — and so it is with Geek Monthly. A look at how the Geeks have inherited the Earth — and they rule it. A review of Genomes and What to Make of Them by Barry Barnes and John Dupre. Why Paul Krugman and Niall Ferguson are hammering each other about T-Bill interest rates. Dani Rodrik on a de-globalized world? A look at how expertise is alive and well on Wikipedia — as long as you know where to look.
From The Nation, a review of Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North by Thomas J. Sugrue. The first chapter from Island of Shame: The Secret History of the U.S. Military Base on Diego Garcia by David Vine (and more; and more at Bookforum). Alison Gopnik describes new experiments in developmental psychology that show everything we think we know about babies is wrong. A profile of Gabrielle Suchon, the 17th century French philosopher who denounced the female condition as being deprived of the essential right to freedom, knowledge and authority. Christopher Hitchens on Amos Elon, the historian who explained Israel to itself. An interview with Markos "Kos" Moulitsas on netroots activism. From Nerve, an article on jealousy, the green-eyed monster in the mirror. The Self-Employed Depression: What happened to all those liberated, self-reliant, self-branded free agents? Free Money Online: States scrounge in the couch cushions for more revenue, and find the Internet. A spider does what with his genitals? The job of a financial adviser used to be simple — make money for the clients; now, it's about playing psychologist, reassuring depressed and skittish investors, and, oh yes, saving them from financial ruin.
From Al-Ahram, the subversion of liberation: When leaders in struggle confuse themselves with recognition of the rights of the people they claim to defend, everyone suffers. Eric The Enlightened: How a guru from Beaverton raked in millions as a New Age psychic. A review of Robert Wright's The Evolution of God (and more and more). Crazy right-wing myths about Obama 2.0: The post-inauguration edition of odd things conservatives believe about Obama. Is Arne Duncan, Barack Obama's education secretary, too good to be true? From Samar, an article on the myth of the burdensome immigrants. Five writers explore how the Bushes will affect lives in Dallas — from why China might be our new BFF to how to survive an encounter with the Secret Service. Can we reverse global climate change? Jim Hansen and Chandran Nair investigate. The Curse of the Class of 2009: For college grads lucky enough to get work this year, low wages are likely to haunt them for a decade. A review of Mothers and Others: The Evolutionary Origins of Mutual Understanding by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. An interview with Jeff Jarvis on the death of papers: "This year will bring a true sea change". Paper makes the man: Whither the luxurious resume sheets on which we told the tales of our professional lives?