Rostam J. Neuwirth (Macau): A Constitutional Tribute to Global Governance: Overcoming the Chimera of the Developing-Developed Country Dichotomy. How does today’s globalization transform our perceptions of urban inequality and how do we respond to it? Inequality is a powerful social divider but also, in some circumstances, a unifier. Michael Spence and Sandile Hlatshwayo on the evolving structure of global growth. Running the world, after the crash: Has the era of global cooperation ended before it began? Douglas W. Arner (Hong Kong) and Ross P. Buckley (UNSW): Redesigning the Architecture of the Global Financial System. Tor Krever (Cambridge): The Legal Turn in Late Development Theory: The Rule of Law and the World Bank’s Development Model. An excerpt from Reforming the International Financial System for Development. Andreas Follesdal (Oslo): Sustainable Development, State Sovereignty and International Justice. The poor are getting richer: It really is getting better — even for the bottom billion. What about people whose concern is their next meal, not Internet connectivity? Hungry for votes: How much do rich governments really worry about feeding the world? From The Economist, a special report on feeding the world: The 9 billion-people question. Is the world producing enough food? Food prices are zooming again for reasons besides bad weather, climate change and global growth. Is famine the new norm? Jim Harkness wants to know. Sit down at the ballgame: How trade barriers make the world less food secure.
Julian Davis Mortenson (Michigan): Executive Power and the Discipline of History. Sarah Tran (SMU): Expediting Innovation: The Quest for a New Sputnik Moment. Intersex adventure: An interview with Phoebe Hart. Harvard University will re-establish ROTC presence on campus. It’s time to face the fiscal illusion: Americans need to stop fooling themselves about the government’s huge debt burdens. LSE director Howard Davies resigns after fresh allegations over links to Libyan regime as PR firm admits errors over lobbying. From Libya with love: A look at how US consulting firm Monitor Group used American academics to rehab Muammar Qaddafi’s image (and more by Todd Gitlin). A review of Fixing the Sky: The Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control by James Rodger Fleming. Sociological grounds for teleology: Timothy Stacey on terror and liberalism. Dangerous ideas: Dorion Sagan on memes and the New Orwellianism. The force with no name: It’s not a website and it’s not an organization, even though it may have 10,000 members — but it may be changing the world. Not so Candid Camera: Why conservatives are having mixed luck getting video of angry, violent liberals.The Battle for Wisconsin: What is at stake may be the very survival of American unionism itself. Inside Labor's Epic Battle in Wisconsin: How big labor and progressive groups pulled off the biggest protests in 40 years. A French court finds in favor of editor accused of libel over book review. What makes luxury condoms so luxurious? Follow my leader: A group’s “intelligence” depends in part on its members’ ignorance. When did ignorance become a point of view? Edwin S. Fruehwald on postmodern legal thought and behavioral biology. An interview with Grzegorz W. Kolodko, author of Truth, Errors, and Lies: Politics and Economics in a Volatile World.
Colin McGinn reviews The Tell-Tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes Us Human by V.S. Ramachandran. Emily Anthes goes inside the bullied brain: The alarming neuroscience of taunting. You are still growing up at 40 and throwing tantrums because brain is learning to be adult. The brain may manage anger differently depending on whether we’re lying down or sitting up. An interview with Richard Watson, author of Future Minds: How the Digital Age is Changing our Minds, Why this Matters, and What We Can Do about It. A review of The Character of Consciousness by David J. Chalmers. Embedded memories and conspiring brain regions, scientists now believe, are the true source of ad-hoc creativity. Believe it or not, says psychologist Stephanie Ortigue, lust makes heavy intellectual demands involving complex thought. As neuroscientists discover the mechanisms of intelligence, they are identifying what really works. Where did the time go? Do not ask the brain. The study of brain abnormalities, whether they are caused by inheritance, illness or accident, is helping to explain neuroscientific phenomena. Our intuitions about consciousness in other beings and objects reveal a lot about how we think. A review of Our Own Minds: Sociocultural Grounds for Self-Consciousness by Radu J. Bogdan. A review of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humans, Machines, and the Internet by Michael Chorost. An interview with Michael Cole on the study of culture and mind. A review of Brain, Mind and Behaviour: A New Perspective on Human Nature by David L. Robinson. A review of Soul Dust: The Magic of Consciousness by Nicholas Humphrey (and more and more) and Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain by Antonio Damasi (and more). The brain engineer: An interview with Ed Boyden on shining a light on consciousness.