Where were you when Europe fell apart? To prevent the EU from turning into a "post-democratic regime of bureaucrats", intellectuals need to stop mumbling and take the fear of Europe seriously. The most recent phase of the global recession has also sparked some interesting maps, including an Eurozone map in the anthropomorphic tradition of Fred Rose’s Serio-Comic Map of Europe (1877). A look at how the Basque people of northern Spain loom large in any attempt to understand the ethnogenesis of European populations. A monument to forgetting: Morgan Meis on how one disaster at Katyn helped us move past another. From Geocurrents, where is the Caucasus? National Subjects: Ethnic identity training in Bosnia and Herzegovina begins in the classroom. From New Left Project, a review of books on the myths of multiculturalism. Who's afraid of Germany's new neo-Nazi underground? An interview with Jonathan Laurence, author of The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims. Four decades of missed opportunities: Gadi Heimann on Israel and the European Union. From Sliceland to Baku: Frank Jacobs on the extreme geographics of Eurovision 2012.
David Kinley (Sydney): Where Hope Meets Expectation: Encounters on the Road between Idealism and Pragmatism. Craig H. Allen (Washington): The Captain's Duty on a Sinking Ship. Andrew Sullivan on how Obama's long game will outsmart his critics. Here are ten lessons Gavin McInnes has learned after watching kids in their early twenties acting hyper-entitled. How to bridge neighborhood gaps? Turn overpasses into main streets. The Year That Wasn’t: What was the least important event of 2011? Penn Jillette on an Atheist's Guide to the 2012 Election. A handful of young Muslims from the US are taking high-visibility propaganda and operational roles inside an al-Qaida-linked insurgent force in Somalia. The whole family under one roof: What's so bad about adult children moving back in with their parents? Jason Antrosio on anthropology, moral optimism, and capitalism: A four-field manifesto. How ready are we for bioterrorism? Ten years after anthrax attacks, biodefense is busted. An article on neoclassical economics as a predictive social science. An interview with Alain Badiou: Is communism the answer to the crisis?
A review of How to Think Like a Neandertal by Thomas Wynn (and more). Genes inherited from long-extinct human ancestors Denisovans may be more common than thought, suggesting a Homo sapiens origin story with more than a few evolutionary one-night stands. We know that our species is unique, but it can be surprisingly hard to pinpoint what exactly makes us so, but are we the teachable species? A review of A Cooperative Species: Human Reciprocity and Its Evolution by Samuel Bowles and Herbert Gintis (and more). Was Darwin wrong about emotions? Contrary to what many psychological scientists think, people do not all have the same set of biologically "basic" emotions. From Discover, are most people “behaviorally modern”? Culture may trigger rapid evolution of various human features, suggests new research into the marital practices of a tribe from the Brazilian rainforest (and more). Evolution is still happening: Adam Lee on beneficial mutations in humans. Triumph of human evolution: The Web is more than just a powerful tool, it's our greatest adaptation. Sic transit hominum: Jared Daniel on the transcent of man (and part 2 and part 3 and part 4 and part 5).