From Prospect, Cliff North on why we need the Daily Mirror: The original paper of the left-wing working class has its back to the wall — we shouldn't let it go without a fight. Naughty by nature: Why has Britain become so rude? The Homeric Christian: Melvin Schut on Gladstone’s politics of prudence. The leading historians Professors Norman Stone and Jeremy Black discuss how Great Britain might recover its once unique contribution to Western civilisation. Who are the English Defence League and are they fascist? A review of The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain, 1700-1850 by Joel Mokyr. A review of The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family that Shaped Britain by Allan Massie. David Cameron is the apotheosis of the postmodern politician: A cloud of unreality and inauthenticity shrouds his every move. Felipe Fernandez-Armesto is unimpressed by some of the Windsor clan. We are outraged by mass murderers such as Derrick Bird, but it is inevitable that occasionally a pathetic loner will be gripped by uncontrollable primitive urges. A review of Understanding the British Empire by Ronald Hyam. Did fornicating farm girls boost the rise of atheism in Britain? Peter Kirwan on the death and rebirth of British tabloids. As politics becomes less tribal, ideas become more important; for the left, think tanks may provide crucial new direction. A look at how Britain said farewell to its Empire. Saying Britons "don't do" languages is a fallacy.
Lauren K. Hal (RIT): A Classical-Liberal Response to the Crisis of Bioethics. Ronald Krebs (Minnesota): The False Promise of the Nobel Peace Prize. From The Pomegranate, a review of A History of Witchcraft: Sorcerers, Heretics and Pagans by Jeffrey B. Russell and Brooks Alexander; a review of Western Esotericism and Rituals of Initiation by Henrik Bogdan; and a review of Goddess As Nature: Towards a Philosophical Thealogy by Paul Reid-Bowen. Lauren Elkin reviews Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb. The Agent Who Disappeared: One of the top literary agents in New York who represented Saul Bellow and others disappeared amid allegations of missing royalties — now her former client Ted Mooney has a new book out and is going it alone. The Better Business Bureau is worse than useless as a source of honest information for consumers. From h+, an interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky on simplified humanism, positive futurism and how to prevent the universe from being turned into paper clips. Board games have withstood the onslaught of PC consoles, still selling millions worldwide — and one country holds the key to their survival: Germany. The United States' defense-spending habit has been out of control for years — will it ever change? A review of Sweetness and Blood: How Surfing Spread from Hawaii and California to the Rest of the World, With Some Unexpected Results by Michael Scott Moore.
From Peer Review, a special issue on study abroad and global learning and a special issue on undergraduate research. From HNN, John Willingham on James R. Stoner, Jr., the real intellectual at Beck University. What is a Grand Ph.D? Not many people have one, not many people have even heard of it. A review of Higher Learning, Greater Good: The Private and Social Benefits of Higher Education by Walter McMahon. Measured, and found wanting more: International comparisons of universities still have their detractors, but the appetite for them continues to grow. For all the buzz about wikis in higher education, the collaborative tools have gained only modest traction in academe — why? A review of Selling Out: Academic Freedom and the Corporate Market by Howard Woodhouse. A review of For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom by Matthew W. Finkin and Robert C. Post. From The Huffington Post, here are the ten best (some might say strangest) college slang words from around the country, and the weirdest university research. Few scholarly works can communicate with non-specialists, if they even attempt to — but academics in all fields may need to make their writing more accessible to satisfy demands for impact and interdisciplinarity. There are a number of questions about what academia really values from its (theoretically) most important employees, the professors. What if college tenure dies?
The latest issue of Church and State is out. From The Potomac, a look at what the Dutch masters can tell us about capitalism. The new edition of van Gogh's letters, one of the greatest autobiographies of an artist, provides fresh insight into how his paintings grew out of his writings, and vice versa. Mock Trial: Stephen Morris on how America is helping to whitewash the Cambodian genocide. Advertising is fucked: Why Conde Nast should buy Gawker. How does the CIA know if its intel is any good? Common sense, mostly. Zizek Strikes Again: The most despicable philosopher in the West finds a new reason to put down Gandhi. From Plus!, a series on the role of maths and stats in the biomedical sciences; Shane Latchman on modelling catastrophes; and infinite monkey business: David Spiegelhalter and Owen Smith on understanding uncertainty. From Geocurrents, a look at Somaliland’s quest for recognition (and the Pandora thesis); Somaliland Vs. Puntland (not in the Land of Punt); and an aticle on tourism in Somalia. A couple of guys in a garage changed computer technology — will someone in a basement one day transform biology just as radically? A review of Exhibiting Slavery: The Caribbean Postmodern Novel as Museum by Vivian Nun Halloran. Who killed James Bond? The group's catalogue is not selling, its funding problems have frozen plans for the 007 series — what lies next for the studio that dominated Hollywood's golden age?
From Seed, insects that survive on plant sap alone offer insights into the likely origin and evolution of all multicellular life; and the deep symbiosis between bacteria and their human hosts is forcing scientists to ask: Are we organisms or living ecosystems? From HUP, Victor Fet and Lynn Margulis tell the story of Symbiogenesis: A New Principle of Evolution by Boris Kozo-Polyansky. Paleoanthropologist Pat Shipman proposes that the interdependency of ancestral humans with other animal species — "the animal connection" — played a crucial and beneficial role in human evolution over the last 2.6 million years. Evolutionary archaeologist Timothy Taylor on the outrageous fortune that made us the dominant ape. A new study finds men are like apes when competing for status. Adventures in very recent evolution: In the last few years, biologists peering into the human genome have found evidence of recent natural selection — in fact, we've evolved in response to agriculture. A four-part series of essays for Scientific American by primatologist Frans de Waal on human nature. David Brooks on the moral naturalists: Scientific research is showing that we are born with an innate moral sense. Are better brains better? Martha Farah and Anjan Chatterjee believe the answer is more complicated than you think. From Killing the Buddha, Robert Jensen on the struggle for the (possible) soul of David Eagleman: A neuroscientist imagines life beyond the brain.