From New Statesman, predictions of the Rapture may have come to nothing but some still insist that the end is nigh — as 2012 approaches, Martin Rees and other leading scientists discuss the fate of the planet and its people; and Richard Dawkins called him a "compliant quisling" for accepting the Templeton Prize — Martin Rees explains his decision (and more: "I've got no religious beliefs at all"). An interview with Rolf-Dieter Heuer, director of CERN, on the search for the Higgs Boson, the limits of human knowledge and the distinction between science and religion. Many of the hottest topics in science challenge traditional Muslim beliefs about the world — how those conflicts are resolved could determine the future of science. From the New Atlantis, Hillel Ofek on why the Arabic world turned away from science. A review of On Being: A Scientist's Exploration of the Great Questions of Existence by Peter Atkins. A review of How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival by David Kaiser (and more). Who is the greatest biologist of all time? An interview with Armand Leroi. Richard York and Brett Clark on Stephen Jay Gould’s critique of progress. In the rush to prove bias in a scientist who erroneously used skull size measurements to demonstrate racial differences, the great historian Stephen Jay Gould may have succumbed to bias himself. It's science, but not necessarily right: Why science struggles to correct its mistakes. The science of right and wrong: Can data determine moral values? Can science provide the ultimate explanation of human nature? No, says Simon Blackburn, who tells us there's life in the philosophical armchair yet. Can science help us tell right from wrong? Sam Harris certainly thinks so (and more and more and more and more and more). From Philosophy Bites, do we have an innate predisposition to form certain sorts of moral judgements? John Mikhail thinks we do.
Michael Abramowicz (GWU): Train Wrecks, Budget Deficits, and the Entitlements Explosion: Exploring the Implications of the Fourteenth Amendment's Public Debt Clause (and more from TPM). From n+1, Elizabeth Gumport is against reviews. What Bin Laden Won: The final price tag for American military involvement in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan will cost taxpayers up to $4.4 trillion, according to a new study. A review of Star Wars vs. Star Trek: Could the Empire Kick the Federation's Ass? And Other Galaxy-Shaking Enigmas by Matt Forbeck. Paul Krugman on the inspiration for a liberal economist. Bradley Manning’s Army of One: Steve Fishman on how a lonely, five-foot-two, gender-questioning soldier became a WikiLeaks hero, a traitor to the U.S., and one of the most unusual revolutionaries in American history. From Wired, Thomas Goetz on harnessing the power of feedback loops. The insidious evils of "Like" Culture: In our age of online view counts and retweets, conformity is becoming the rule. Should therapists help God-fearing gay people stay in the closet?
From Alternative Right, where Calvin meets Mao: A look at the origins and nature of political correctness; Alex Kurtagic on women as a measure of credibility; and Andy Nowicki on '80s Synthpop and white culture. Steven Sailer on Republican sports fans and the affirmative action they cheer for. A review of White Identity: Racial Consciousness in the 21st Century by Jared Taylor (and more and more and more and more and more and more). The Nietzschean Prophecies, 200 years of nihilism: An excerpt from The Radical Tradition: Philosophy, Metapolitics and the Conservative Revolution. An interview with Louis Andrews, originator of the Stalking the Wild Taboo project. Mel Ayton on how hate groups influenced racist killer Joseph Paul Franklin. Jeff Hall’s young children were raised in a home where white supremacism was embraced; now one of them has been charged with his murder (and more). The only hope for freedom’s survival is stalwart, independent, courageous people defending liberty one State at a time — and Chuck Baldwin believes that the mountain states are the last best hope for freedom in North America. The Geography of Hate: America's racist groups concentrate in certain regions — and their presence correlates with religion, McCain votes, and poverty. Stetson Kennedy is perhaps the most tenacious and neglected champion of human rights currently roaming this godforsaken planet, and the first man to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Hanging up the white sheets: The Ku Klux Klan says it's giving up cross burnings in favor of the ballot box.