Ecology, morality, academia, science and more

From the latest issue of The Trumpeter, Espen Gamlund (Oslo): Who Has Moral Status in the Environment? A Spinozistic Answer; an essay on Wrestling with Arne Naess: A Chronicle of Ecopsychology’s Origins; Ian Prattis ( Carleton): Failsafe in Consciousness: Gaia, Science, and the Buddha; and a review of Endgame: Volume I - The Problem of Civilization and Endgame: Volume II - Resistance by Derrick Jensen.

From Discover, is morality innate and universal? Harvard psychologist Marc Hauser's new theory says evolution hardwired us to know right from wrong. But here’s the confusing part: It also gave us a lot of wiggle room. A review of Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations after Wrongdoing. A review of Aristotle and the Rediscovery of Citizenship. A review of From Clement to Origen: The Social and Historical Context of the Church Fathers.

From New York, Learnin’ on a Prayer: Getting religion to get into pre-k. What could possibly go wrong? Ending abstinence-only education is smart policy because it is consistent with what we know about how the human brain grows up. Their Cheatin' Hearts: You call it copying; today's college students call it collaborating. More Americans spend some time in college, and American higher education is the most expensive in the world. What do we want from college, though? A small revolution is brewing that challenges the orthodoxy of college rankings. Rank this, U.S. News: Why Trinity College president Patricia McGuire opted out of the magazine's education rankings.

Dueling Windmills: How two small liberal arts colleges are tackling climate change, one gust at a time. Starving for Social Justice: A hunger strike at Harvard sparks debate over activists’ tactics. The always alert Discovery Institute has let us know that Guillermo Gonzales has been denied tenure at Iowa State University. The DI is shocked—shocked!—at such a decision. Quad Complex: Super Troopers made Paul Soter a big man on campus. Now he wants to graduate. Welcome to Hell: Here's a Real World Guide for Graduates.

Making sense of Einstein — both his science and his personal life: Three takes on Einstein's life, work and politics of the famous physicist. Astronomers have spied a granddaddy of the galaxy—a 13.2-billion-year-old star formed soon after the big bang 13.7 billion years ago. Here's Looking at You, Universe: We are in the golden age of telescopes. The secrets of the cosmos are coming at us. In a 17-mile circular tunnel curving beneath the Swiss-French border, CERN scientists are poised to recreate the universe's first trillionth of a second. A review of In Search of the Shape of the Universe by Donal O'Shea. A review of Flat Earth: The History of an Infamous Idea by Christine Garwood. A review of On an Artificial Earth: Philosophies of Nature after Schelling.

A look at how Alexander the Great laid waste to an island fortress: Shallow water may have given him a solid foundation to build a road, so one of famed military commander's most impressive feats owes a large debt to Mother Nature. Centuries before the George Washington Bridge, the Andes were crisscrossed with suspension bridges. Now students at MIT are learning to recreate them. Liza Dalby's East Wind Melts the Ice: A Memoir Through the Seasons is an anthropologist’s musings on the seasons, culture and other delights. And a review of Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations