John Grummel (Upper Iowa): Race, Ethnicity, and Direct Democracy: What Can Be Learned About the Policy Positions of Different Racial/Ethnic Groups from How They Voted on Various Initiatives and Referendums? Pat K. Chew (Pittsburgh): Seeing Subtle Racism. Tamari Kitossa and Katerina Deliovsky (Brock): Interracial Unions with White Partners and Racial Profiling. Camille Nelson (Suffolk): Lovin’ the Man: Examining the Legal Nexus of Irony, Hypocrisy, and Curiosity. Sick over jungle fever: A new interracial-dating guide leaves one reader ill. From OK Trends, what if there weren’t so many white people? Data from the most recent census suggests that in the deep South, historically hostile to mixed-race couples, a shift in attitude is well under way. White Americans must embrace racial justice as their own cause if we hope to achieve widespread equity. Dorian Warren on the long racial history of the Tea Party’s deficit Trojan horse. Polling Prejudice: Public opinion on race is often inconsistent — does political science have the tools to capture all forms of racism? Lack of uniformity in how Americans are counted by race and ethnicity make analysis difficult. Herbert Gintis reviews Race, Wrongs, and Remedies: Group Justice in the 21st Century by Amy Wax. A review of The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life by Elijah Anderson (and more). From GeoCurrents, an article on racial classification, H. J. Fleure, and the decline of geography; and maps ridiculous as the one of “race” in the Atlas of World Affairs no longer circulate widely — the internet, however, facilitates other forms of cartographic mischief. A review of Concepts of “Race” in the History of the Humanities. A review of Mixing Races: From Scientific Racism to Modern Evolutionary Ideas by Paul Lawrence Farber. Razib Khan on why race will matter after we all get our full sequences.
A new issue of Social Policy is out. Mary Josephine O'Grady (Witwatersrand): The Right to Know and the Right Not to Tell: The Ethics of Disclosure of HIV Status. From the inaugural issue of the Los Angeles Review of Books, Ben Ehrenreich on the Death of the Book; and Geoff Nicholson on Buster Keaton and the World of Objects. From Harvard Magazine, a profile of Andrew Sullivan, blogger supreme (and more). Welcome to the Ayn Rand Congress. TPM goes to the movies with the Tea Party's Atlas Shrugged. An interview with Harmon Kaslow, producer of Atlas Shrugged. From New English Review, Norman Berdichevsky on Dali and Gaudi, two eccentric Catalan geniuses and the Renaixenca; and Thomas J. Scheff on shame as the master emotion, with examples from pop songs. Why don't conservatives like AmeriCorps? Steve Thorngate wants to know. Value vs. Values: Timothy Devinney, Pat Auger, Giana M. Eckhardt on the myth of the ethical consumer. Patrick Lee, Robert P. George and Gerard V. Bradley on marriage and procreation: There is an intrinsic link between marriage and procreation, but this does not mean that infertile couples cannot really be married (and part 2). German psycho: Felix Baum replies to the Initiative Sozialistisches Forum's essay “Communism and Israel”. What is it about being "green" that inclines so significant a proportion of those who are that towards, ummm, a special focus on the Jewish state? Almost all executives want more and faster information, and almost all companies are racing to provide it — what many of them overlook, though, is that the real aim should be not faster information but faster decision making, and those aren’t the same things. What on Earth was a “Bourbon Democrat”? Heather Cox Richardson investigates.
The first chapter from Strange New Worlds: The Search for Alien Planets and Life beyond Our Solar System by Ray Jayawardhana (and more). If people on Earth want to talk to aliens, we may have to change our tune or at least the way we broadcast it — and we may need a crowd to help figure out what to do. NASA has identified dozens of planets that may be hospitable to earthlings — could intelligent life be living on one of them? David Berreby on why alien life is very, very likely. To find extraterrestrial life, follow the asteroid mines. Kyle Munkittrick on discovering alien life: How would we really react? On Richard Hoover’s claim to have found fossilized extraterrestrial bacteria: Who is Hoover and what is the Journal of Cosmology and why has NASA been moved to officially distance itself from the affair? (and more) Humanity's Gold(en) Record: What would a sentient race of beings from another world think of us humans and our myriad faults, foibles, and idiosyncrasies? If aliens attack: Visitors to Earth will likely be robots. Would finding ET change our view of God? Within the next few years, astronomers expect to find dozens of alien earths that are roughly the size of our planet; detecting life on them would change our view of ourselves. Our four-limbed, one-headed body is just right for living on Earth, but what changes might the low-gravity, radiation saturated environment of space bring to our species? Aliens who hide, survive: If evolution is driving aliens to be inconspicuous, it would solve the nagging Fermi paradox — and suggest Earthlings should be more careful. The discovery of a fleet of uninvited alien craft heading towards Earth seems like the kind of thing the mainstream media would jump on — so why didn't we hear about it? A look at 6 giant blind spots in every movie alien's invasion strategy.