Igor Mandel (Telmar): Introduction to Sociosystemics: Science About the Utilizing of Social Sciences. Mathew D. McCubbins (USC) and Mark Turner (CWRU): Going Cognitive: Tools for Rebuilding the Social Sciences. From the inaugural issue of Qualitative Studies, Emily Abbey (Ramapo) and Tania Zittoun (Neuchatel): The Social Dynamics of Social Science Research: Between Poetry and the Conveyer Belt; and Niels Norgaard Kristensen (Aalborg): Perceptions of Power and Democracy: Analytical and Methodological Dilemmas of the Construction of Images. House Republicans invite scrutiny of federal funding for social and behavioral sciences — is anyone biting? Here is a series of "Grand Challenge" white papers for future research in the social, behavioral and economic sciences requested by the National Science Foundation. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt has argued that there is a hostile climate for non-liberals among his colleagues (and two responses, and more and more). The social sciences deal with humanity’s most pressing problems, but there are barriers between practitioners and the public — we must restructure these disciplines from the ground up. From Public Sphere Forum, Herbert Gans on a public social science. Few debates in the social sciences are ostensibly more boring and pointless than those involving the definitions of words — but the definition of probability matters. The end is not nigh: Those in the humanities and social sciences must be less paranoid and more precise in identifying threats.
Sigrid Fry-Revere, Thomas Andrew Reher and Matthew Ray (CES): Death: A New Legal Perspective. Inequality and political power: An interview with Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson, authors of Winner-Take-All Politics — and a look at how the Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits but about labor's influence. From InsideCatholic.com, an article on Martin Sheen and other dinosaurs of Catholic liberalism. Dan Savage, the brilliant and foul-mouthed sex columnist, has become one of the most important ethicists in America — are we screwed? A simple map to the land of wholesome: The government has offered new recommendations that clearly favor the health and well-being of consumers over hard-lobbying farm interests. If you want to understand the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, you have to start where he started. A review of Outrageous Invasions: Celebrities' Private Lives, Media, and the Law by Robin D. Barnes. From Platypus, which way forward for sexual liberation? From Logos, Lawrence Davidson on Islamophobia as a form of paranoid politics. Pascal Bruckner on how Islamophobia was invented to silence those Muslims who question the Koran and who demand equality of the sexes (and a response). The Lords of Rikers: The juvenile unit of the New York City jail is a survival-of-the-fittest finishing school for the roughest kids in New York — and an upcoming case alleges the guards run the show. A romp through time: Key moments in our sexual development. A review of Up from the Projects: An Autobiography by Walter Williams. A review of Living with Complexity by Donald Norman. A review of The Return of the Public by Dan Hind. Leonardo da Vinci wanted to "seem alive" after his death and 500 years on he is more renowned than ever, but is this kind of "immortal glory" still possible?
Are the mass protests toppling regimes across the Middle East closer in spirit to 1979 Iran or 1989 Eastern Europe? Paul Berman, Elliott Abrams, Bruce Riedel, Andrew Tabler, and Brian Katulis consider the region’s future. 1789, 2011: The question has come to haunt every article and broadcast from Egypt, Tunisia and other countries in the region whose people have revolted — what constitutes a revolution? (and more and more). Revolution without guarantee: We welcome the Arab revolution and will continue to watch with our eyes open to the potential dangers. Toward Arab Social Democracy: As dictatorships teeter and some crumble, the question now is how new leaders will refashion the socioeconomic contract between ruler and ruled. Even as uprisings spread day by day across the region, the view from Beirut is a mixed one. Redefining Arab moderation: An interview with Marwan Muasher. From Geocurrents, an article on Libya’s tribal divisions and the nation-state. Reading Qaddafi: What to make of The Green Book? Elizabeth Suzanne Kassab, author of Contemporary Arab Thought: Cultural Critique in Comparative Perspective, on revolution and enlightenment in the Arab world. Ronald Bailey on the political economy of the end of tyranny: Will the recent uprisings succeed? How to Lose a Country Gracefully: Today’s imperiled dictators could learn quite a bit from Mikhail Gorbachev and F.W. de Klerk. What does the Clash of Civilizations thesis teach us about the changes sweeping the Arab world? The Arab Spring: Suddenly, people all over the Arab world are feeling a sense of pride — and the West is paying attention.