Stine H. Bang Svendsen (NTNU): Elusive Sex Acts: Pleasure and Politics in Norwegian Sex Education. From A for Abendbrot (supper) to Z for Zerrissenheit (inner conflict) — this spectrum makes up the German identity; in their new book, Thea Dorn and Richard Wagner explain what unites Germany. A review of The Age of Social Democracy: Norway and Sweden in the Twentieth Century by Francis Sejersted. The most humane prison in the world: Amelia Gentleman visits Halden, the high-security jail in Norway where every cell has a flatscreen TV, an en-suite shower and fluffy, white towels. Dagmar Herzog on her book Sexuality in Europe: A Twentieth-Century History. The politics of justice: Valur Ingimundarson on the aftermath of the financial collapse in Iceland. Is Denmark the world's perfect country? The answer, increasingly, is yes. A review of Medicine, Morality and Political Culture: Legislation on Venereal Disease in Five Northern European Countries, c.1870-1995 by Ida Blom. A study finds Germans incapable of enjoying life.
Oliver H. Gerstenberg (Leeds): (The Failure of) Public Law and the Deliberative Turn. Kevin Lee Brady (Chicago): Are Readable Judicial Opinions Cited More Often? Staring death in the face on a regular basis has long been reason enough for soldiers to turn to the devil drink. From TNR, can someone put a stop to the insanity of political redistricting? (and more) David Roberts on why climate change doesn't spark moral outrage, and how it could. If public schools have lousy test scores, they're failures and their students all get vouchers — but if the private schools have lousy test scores, then nothing. From 3:AM, Darran Anderson on impossible cities. How about the Commission subsidizing bloggers to create a European blogosphere? Protesilaos Stavrou wonders. Oil change: What if we could make all the oil we need out of algae?
From M/C Journal, a special issue on ecology, including Ben Glasson (Melbourne): Gentrifying Climate Change: Ecological Modernisation and the Cultural Politics of Definition; Katherine Wright (Macquarie): Bunnies, Bilbies, and the Ethic of Ecological Remembrance; Timothy Scott Barker (Glasgow): Information and Atmospheres: Exploring the Relationship between the Natural Environment and Information Aesthetics. From Expositions, a symposium on A New Environmental Ethics: The Next Millennium for Life on Earth by Holmes Rolston. An excerpt from Imperiled Life: Revolution Against Climate Catastrophe by Javier Sethness-Castro. Bill McKibben on global warming's terrifying new math: Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe — and that make clear who the real enemy is. What is the rational response? A review of A Perfect Moral Storm: The Ethical Tragedy of Climate Change by Stephen Gardiner. End of an era: So now what do we do to defend life on Earth?
Derek Alderman (Tennessee), Stefanie Benjamin (South Carolina) and Paige Schneider (Est Carolina): Transforming Mount Airy into Mayberry: Film-Induced Tourism as Place-Making. Randy E. Barnett (Georgetown): Does the Constitution Protect Economic Liberty? Citizens United thus raises a broader issue about the place of corporations in the U.S. constitutional system: Do, or should, corporations have constitutional rights at all? A review of The Goldilocks Planet: The Four Billion Year Story of Earth's Climate by Jan Zalasiewicz and Mark Williams. The Good European: A review of The Crisis of the European Union: A Response by Jurgen Habermas. Reddit in the Flesh: An afternoon in the park with the true believers of the web’s most influential community. Practice makes citizens: An interview with Meira Levinson, author of No Citizen Left Behind.
A new issue of The New School Psychology Bulletin is out. The paradox of popular psychology: Samuel McNerney on the irrationality of irrationality. From Arena, John Cash on obedience to authority and its discontents. Psychology and its discontents: We see an area in the brain “light up” when we think about a topic, and assume we know something about thought — but what, exactly? Decisions, decisions: Why humans can’t seem to make the “right” choices. Are people probabilistically challenged? Alex Stein reviews Daniel Kahneman's Thinking, Fast and Slow. Are we systematically biases against changing the status quo? Nick Bostrom discusses this tendency and its implications when it comes to making decisions about cognitive enhancement. Is crazy the new normal? We are at risk of turning everyday struggles into illnesses, according to prominent U.S. psychiatrist, Allen Frances. George Miller, who wrote the almost-magical essay “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two”, dies.
Toby Craig Jones (Rutgers): America, Oil, and War in the Middle East. Jeremy Waldron (NYU): What is Natural Law Like? Travis Reitsma on Major League Baseball and the glorification of American foreign policy. The first chapter from The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard. The oldest chunk of rock in the world: The 3.8 billion-year-old rock proves that tectonic plates may have been shifting longer than we thought. When a bride-to-be is overwhelmed, she may need a magazine-of-honor. A look at how presidential elections are impacted by a 100 million year old coastline. A review of Rational Empires: Institutional Incentives and Imperial Expansion by Leo Blanken. Scientists have sequenced the full genomes of 91 sperm from one man, the first complete sequencing of a human gamete cell; it demonstrates the vast genetic variation in one person.
David Hunter (Birminghma): How to Object to New Technologies on the Basis of Justice, the Impact of Uncertainty and Time. Fernando Flores Morador (Lund): From Husserl to Ihde and Beyond: Some Evolutionary Lines in Contemporary Philosophy of Technology. How Google and Microsoft taught search to "understand" the Web: Inside the architecture of Google's Knowledge Graph and Microsoft's Satori. A review of Interop: The Promise and Perils of Highly Interconnected Systems by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser. An article on Jacques Ellul, the Unabomber’s favorite philosopher. Google was one of the pioneers in Big Data and it is developed into an industry worth billions of dollars — its uses also raise ethical concerns (and more). George Dvorsky on 10 futuristic technologies that will never exist. On this five-year anniversary of the iPhone's launch, let's take a look back at how the iPhone has evolved. A review of The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives Are Altering the World Around Us by Nora Young. The deep infiltration of digital information into our lives has created a fervor around the supposed corresponding loss of logged-off real life.