From Transhumanity, is the “technological singularity” plausible? Extropia DaSilva wonders. The world’s most eminent sociologist, Anthony Giddens, highlights the technological singularity. Could more than one singularity happen at the same time? Rick Searle wants to know. Selena Erkızan on science fiction and the future of human beings: Imagination, evolution and the anthropocentric myths. David Roden on Aristotelian posthumans. Gennady Stolyarov on common misconceptions about transhumanism: Is it a cult that seeks to destroy humanity? Adam Ford interviews IEET Executive Director James J. Hughes. The Age of Enhancement: Technology is starting to give us superpowers once reserved for comic-book heroes. A look at why it could be a war crime to use biologically enhanced soldiers. Homunculism: Colin McGinn reviews How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil.
Yuval Feldman (Bar-Ilan): Behavioral Ethics Meets Behavioral Law and Economics. From Aeon, when we peer into the fog of the deep future what do we see — human extinction or a future among the stars? From Contents magazine, chance is a good librarian: An interview with Alberto Manguel, author of The Library at Night (and more). From International Viewpoint, Terry Conway on socialist feminism: Hidden from history. Cyber Fail: The Obama administration's approach to cyber security has been a disaster. You could say that this has been the winter of David Barton's discontent. From Vice, Sarah Jaffe on the history of Scabby the Rat. James K. Glassman on how Dow 36,000 is attainable again. Mission unaccomplished: Peter Van Buren on why the invasion of Iraq was the single worst foreign policy decision in American history.
Alexander C. Krueger-Wyman (Virginia): Collective Bargaining and the Best Interests of Basketball. Howard M. Wasserman (FIU): The Economics of the Infield Fly Rule. Ross E. Davies (George Mason): Baseball Players, Owners, Unions, and Trusts: The Roots and Rise of the Major League Baseball Players Association. On February 7, 2013, the National Museum of the American Indian hosted a day-long symposium on Racist Stereotypes and Cultural Appropriation in American Sports. America could rule rugby, if only it tried; for proof, like no further than Carlin Isles, the sport's fastest man. Which sport is most immune to Moneyball? Even the experts at the MIT Sloan conference couldn't agree. Nicholas Burkhart and Dylan Welsh on the legalization of sports gambling: An irreparable harm or the beginning of unprecedented growth?
Richard Houessou (IREEP): How to Make Governments More Responsive in Africa? From Pambazuka News, a special issue on Western Sahara: Africa's last colony revisited. What is colonial science? Alice Conklin reviews Africa as a Living Laboratory by Helen Tilley and Professer l’Empire by Pierre Singaravelou. Africa’s circular politics: Following the deeply destructive experience of colonialism, Africans must rethink their approach to modernization. Is this the century of Africa's rise? The Sub-Saharan Scenario: Sub-Saharan Africa is on the rise, but don't celebrate yet. The inexorable end of the Africa story: Is all the excitement about the future of Africa's economy really justified or is it mostly just a commodities story? “The growth and GDP numbers are guesses”: Iain Marlow interviews Morten Jerven, author of Poor Numbers: How We Are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do About It.
A new issue of Sojourners is out. Adela Yarbro Collins and Marius Nel review Apocalypticism in the Bible and Its World: A Comprehensive Introduction by Frederick J. Murphy. A new prophet rises from the ashes of Waco: Alex Hannaford on the Branch Davidians today, 20 years after the deadly standoff. Robert A. Segal reviews The First Thousand Years: A Global History of Christianity by Robert Louis Wilken. Do I need to give away all my possessions to get to heaven? Mary Ann Donovan reviews The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom by Candida Moss (and more). Is Scripture-quoting a sign that you're nuts? Jerry Newcombe investigates. Not Hitler's Pope, but no saint either: Paul Johnson reviews Soldier of Christ: The Life of Pope Pius XII by Robert A. Ventresca. Derek Beres on the conservative Christian attack on yoga. What do we know about Mary’s actual labor and delivery of Jesus?
From Le monde diplomatique, why have the British become obsessed with the world of life in service, which they once preferred to forget? Willy Maley reviews On Glasgow and Edinburgh by Robert Crawford (and more). Peter Webster reviews Godly Ambition: John Stott and the Evangelical Movement by Alister Chapman. Thomas W. Hodgkinson reviews Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings (and more and more). John Nugee on British exceptionalism and the European Union. Andrew Crines reviews Whatever Happened to Tory Scotland? by David Torrance. Eona Bell reviews Our Racist Heart? An Exploration of Unconscious Prejudice in Everyday Life by Geoffrey Beattie. Anita Franklin on the Great Divide: The "Cool Britannia" of the noughties has now become Cruel Britannia. Lucy Mayblin reviews Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control by Alexandra Hall.
Travis Patten (Utah Valley): The Purification of Love: Heavenly Ascent from Plato to Dante. Why we have heads: Bundling brains, nerves has its tradeoffs. From First of the Month, Benj DeMott writes within the context of Obama; and Eugene Goodheart on the principle of political compromise. People take refuge in drama when the bombs rain down, and the arts aid rebuilding when the guns fall silent, says James Thompson, who has travelled to some of the world's most violent regions, only for the horrors of conflict to be felt closer to home. Bhaskar Sunkara on Hugo Chavez: Despot or saint? Subcultures are forming across the borders of time, and the notion of a temporalism is a subculture we are not nearly as prepared to recognize — but we might, very soon. Buying un-American: Aram Roston on how a bribery case spotlights DoD’s covert effort to obtain foreign weapons.
R. Brian Parrish (New Mexico): The Problem of a Terrorist by Any Other Name. Christopher Robert Cook (Pittsburgh): One Man's Freedom Fighter on Film is Another Man's Terrorist During the Classroom Discussion: The Advantages and Unintended Consequences of Using Film to Teach Terrorism. George Michael (Westfield State): The New Media and the Rise of Exhortatory Terrorism. Susan Currie Sivek (Linfield): Packaging Inspiration: Al Qaeda’s Digital Magazine in the Self-Radicalization Process. Is Inspire magazine inciting terrorism in Australia? Al-Qaida magazine tells militants how to torch cars and cause traffic accidents. Trevor Aaronson on how most terrorist plots in the US aren't invented by Al Qaeda — they're manufactured by the FBI. The double agent who infiltrated Al Qaeda: Even Obama knew the name of the Danish double agent who never got his due for helping lead U.S. drones to Anwar al-Awlaki — now he's telling his own story.
Steve H. Hanke and Nicholas E. Krus (Johns Hopkins): World Hyperinflations. From The New Inquiry, Kate Zambreno on melancholy and the infinite sadness. The Making of Pulp Fiction: How did Quentin Tarantino, a high-school dropout and former video-store clerk, change the face of modern cinema? Mark Seal takes the director, his producers, and his cast back in time, to 1993. What can the travels of pilgrims, soldiers and merchants in the Middle Ages teach students about the conflict-ridden and interconnected world in which they live today? Charles Wolf Jr. on taxing the nonprofits — a modest proposal. From Authors at Google, a talk by Peter Singer. Louis Kahn had more or less completed his designs for Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park when he died in 1974; it finally opened last fall to glowing reviews — but it could easily have been a disaster.
Francesco Sobbrio (EUI): The Political Economy of News Media: Theory, Evidence and Open Issues. From Toronto Review, can foreign reporting be crowdfunded? A conversation between Naheed Mustafa and Iain Marlow. Instead of lamenting the death of old legacy papers, journalists should confront the challenges ahead of them — it's time to reconsider a public funding scheme. Kevin C. Brown on journalists in the service of Pete Peterson. Paul Brighton reviews Al Jazeera English: Global News in a Changing World. It's 2013 — there is no paper of record: It’s possible, if not probable, that young New York Times employees realize this. Mistakes on breaking news stories: are they really a big deal? Felix Salmon on the problem with online freelance journalism. House of Cads: Marin Cogan on the psycho-sexual ordeal of reporting in Washington.