Put your invisible hands up!

From The Nation, a look at ten national security myths. Sara Robinson on ten conservative myths about national security. An excerpt from The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich (and a review and more). Matthew Yglesias on Obama's foreign policy advantage. From TNR, put your invisible hands up! Irwin Stelzer on the surrender of free market capitalism; and Palin Comparison: Is the First Dude the new Hillary? From TED, Jonathan Haidt on the real difference between liberals and conservatives. A study finds more sensitive may mean more conservative. Do our political beliefs have a biological basis? What cognitive neuroscience is uncovering about the fascinating biology behind our most complex feelings — as it turns out, love really is blind. I like you because you're like me: A new theory of mating may explain the rise in disorders such as autism and Asperger's. From Scientific American, an article on the secrets of storytelling: Why we love a good yarn. Maya Jaggi reviews Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh. From New Humanist, America’s Religious Right has devised a seductive new recruitment strategy; and Doug Ireland welcomes a passionate and practical approach to secularism. A review of Quitting Church: Why the Faithful are Fleeing and What to Do about It by Julia Duin.