From The New York Times Magazine, it is safe to resume ignoring the prophets of doom, right? Why lots of the smartest economists believe the worst is yet to come; and why do we still care about the Dow? Imagine you know someone with pointed opinions, and is often wrong — would you ask him for financial advice? Class warfare in the USA: Gordon Lafer on anti-unionism and the legislative agenda of the 1%. A review of The Civil Wars in U.S. Labor: Birth of a New Workers’ Movement or Death Throes of the Old? by Steve Early. Get your own damn coffee: Most unpaid internships are illegal — why don’t more interns protest? From FDL, a book salon on Corporations Are Not People: Why They Have More Rights Than You Do and What You Can Do About It by Jeff Clements. A review of The Escape Artists: How Obama's Team Fumbled the Recovery by Noam Scheiber (and more and more and more and more). If liberals want to help the poor, they should focus on the class. Welcome to the 1 percent recovery: That elite sliver reaped 93 percent of the post-recession income gains — is extreme inequality America's new normal?
A special body parts issue of the Annals of Improbable Research is now online. Brian A. Lee (Brooklyn): Making Sense of "Moral Rights" in Intellectual Property. Diss "Like": No word has less meaning or says as much about what has become of education. Why doesn't society just fall apart? A review of Bruce Schneier's Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive. Heaven can wait: Was I wrong about the afterlife? No, by Christopher Hitchens, as told to Art Levine. Mark Ames on Slovakia vs. the Cato Institute. By choice or by circumstance, some live on less all year round — what does simplicity look like in your life? Keeping time for 10,000 years isn’t tricky just because its hard to build a really durable clock — it also forces us to recognize and account for changes in things we normally think of as immutable, like the length of a day. Time zones are fluid — what are the implications for time itself? The Wickedest Man in the World: Few men have acquired so scandalous a reputation as did Basil Zaharoff, alias Count Zacharoff, alias Prince Zacharias Basileus Zacharoff, known to his intimates as “Zedzed”.
Cryonics magazine profiles Max More. Through a glass darkly: Mike Darwin on obstacles to envisioning the future of cryonics; and inheritance and disinheritance are not for us: More by Darwin on cryonics and the death of his parents. The cryonics dilemma: To freeze oneself or not to freeze oneself — that is the question. Bioconservatives vs. Bioprogressives: A review of The Body Politic: The Battle Over Science in America by Jonathan D. Moreno. Raymond L. Neubauer on his book Evolution and the Emergent Self. What if humans were twice as intelligent? Steve Fuller, Rachel Armstrong, China Mieville, Sarah Chan and Andy Miah debate how we will ascribe status to human life in a "post-human" world. Humanity 2.0: As homo sapiens develops more and more technologies for changing itself, what will, and should, the humans of the future look like? An interview with Allen Buchanan, author of Better than Human: The Promise and Perils of Enhancing Ourselves. Want to prepare your kids for the Singularity? Read Jonathan Mugan’s The Curiosity Cycle. The Big Robot Questions: Patrick Lin on the social, legal, and ethical problems posed by the coming robotics revolution.