Will Tunisians rue their revolution? Before the Revolution: For the past half-decade, Egyptian workers, journalists, and bloggers have increasingly, and bravely, been standing up to their government. Letter from Cairo: Were the Egyptian protesters right to trust the military? First draft of history: Al-Ahram finds a new voice for a new Egypt. Laugh, O Revolution: An article on humor in the Egyptian uprising. Here we go again: Rory Stewart on the Libyan intervention. World to Libya, "Yes, we can": Why can the global community not afford to allow Muammar al-Qaddafi to stay in power? Juan Cole writes an open letter to the Left on Libya. Stephanie Plasse on Gaddafi and his Mali-Chad Tuareg mercenaries. What lies beneath: An article on Libya’s great manmade river. Despite various parallels with Tunisia and Egypt, a close look at Syria reveals that the Assad regime is unlikely to fall. Yes, it could happen here: Why Saudi Arabia is ripe for revolution. An article on Oman, where even the hotbed of revolution is chill. As reform protests grow in the Sultanate of Oman, it's worth remembering that its ruler doesn't deserve to be mentioned among the worst of the Arabian autocrats (and more and more). What's next for Yemen? President Saleh is probably on his way out —his successor will inherit instability and conflict. The Arab powder keg: An animated map of protests in the Middle East as they spread from country to country. The events in Egypt and elsewhere also highlight the fact that although radical and dangerous Islamic factions exist, moderate, pragmatic, and influential Islamic groups and wings of groups also have their own power. Neda Semnani reviews Revolution in the Arab World: Tunisia, Egypt, and the Unmaking of an Era. Is this 1848? What history can teach us about the Arab revolutions. Every revolution is revolutionary in its own way: Do the popular uprisings of 1848, 1917 and 1979 tell us anything about 2011?
From Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies, Jonathan Ready (Indiana): Why Odysseus Strings His Bow; and Juan C. Iglesias-Zoido (Extremadura): The Pre-Battle Speeches of Alexander at Issus and Gaugamela. From The New Individualist, toward heroic capitalism: A review of The Science of Success by Charles Koch. From Wired, anthrax redux: Did the feds nab the wrong guy? From the Evolutionary Psychology blog, Robert Kurzban on how the blogosphere has been buzzing about that whole inclusive fitness thing. Elisabeth Young-Bruehl on the state as a corporation, a dangerous misunderstanding. A review of The Art of Asking Your Boss for a Raise by Georges Perec. Philip Tetlock and Dan Gardner on why most predictions are so bad — and what is actually being done about it. "Jersey Shore" jerk Brad Ferro, the man who punched pint-sized Snooki, has had so much trouble finding a job that he’s enlisted in the Army. Huffington's cultural revolution: Destroying the old world to forge a new one, for a while. El Chupacabra mystery solved: A case of mistaken identity. Are curse words becoming more common? John McWhorter on swearing, Cee-Lo Green, and language. Why do people like Ronald Reagan so much? Tiffany Stanley finds out. "I collect the world’s most peculiar maps": Frank Jacobs’ more unusual map categories include love, sex and happiness, truth and justice. Is the Onion News Network toothless satire? From PopMatters, a special series on Joss Whedon. Freaks, Geeks, and GDP: Why hasn't the Internet helped the American economy grow as much as economists thought it would? Princeton English Professor's Jeff Nunokawa has written 3,200 Facebook essays. "We are looting the past and future to feed the present": We consume as much oil in one year as was created in 5.3 million years. The Beginning of History: Francis Fukuyama is best known for his ideas on how political ideas play out, but his new work is an investigation of those ideas' earliest origins. Interviewer: "With the tsunami and the changes in the Middle East, it feels more like the end of days than the 'End of History'; Francis Fukuyama: "Actually, no".
From IEET, Sascha Vongehr on higher consciousness, simulation hypothesis, and other religious matters. From h+, is God an alien mathematician? An interview with Hugo de Garis on his transhumanist argument for the reality of a Creator; and an interview with Giulio Prisco on the intersection of transhumanism and spirituality. Is transhumanism a secular sandbox for exploring the afterlife? Transhumanism, human enhancement, and so on, have the potential to be as philosophically respectable as any other issue traditionally studied. Richard Loosemore and Ben Goertzel on why an intelligence explosion is probable. An interview with Eliezer Yudkowsky of the Singularity Institute of Artificial Intelligence (and part 2). Charlie Rose interviews Ray Kurzweil, "Transcendent Man" (and more and more). Paul Root Wolpe on why it's time to question bio-engineering. A look at how conservatives view human enhancement — will designer babies turn the USA into a culture of compulsory overachievement? More and more on Unnatural: The Heretical Idea of Making People by Philip Ball. A review of The Most Human Human: What Talking With Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive by Brian Christian (and more and more and more). Inside Google’s Age of Augmented Humanity: For its next act, the Silicon Valley giant wants to put a supercomputer in your pocket, the better to sense, search, and interpret your personal surroundings. With our tiny screens and cellphones, we have become prosthetic gods, the whole world in our handhelds — are we not also monsters? Michio Kaku on the technological singularity and merging with machines. The eroticism of technology: A review of World Wide Mind: The Coming Integration of Humanity, Machine, and the Internet by Michael Chorost (and more). An interview with Minsoo Kang, author of Sublime Dreams of Living Machines: The Automaton in the European Imagination. I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords: Should we fear the rise of intelligent computers? From Wired, is the Navy trying to start the robot apocalypse? Adam Rawnsley wants to know. Check out Forbes's Robot Overlords, a blog on the future of technology, culture, transhumanism, the Singularity, and all of the other cool things that lie in wait for us.