Brian Leiter (Chicago): Moralities are a Sign-Language of the Affects. From Catapult, a special issue on Fast Food Nation. From Big Questions Online, which beliefs contribute to virtuous behavior? Bill McKibben reviews The End of Country by Seamus McGraw and Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale by Tom Wilber. Counterfactuals we can believe in: Brad DeLong on the economic stakes of November. Happyism: Deirdre N. McCloskey on the creepy new economics of pleasure. How crowdsourcing went mainstream: It was barely a word a few years ago; now, everything from cool gadgets to indie movies are using Kickstarter to turn dreams into reality — most of the time. It seems that Kickstarter is in some ways much like QVC was when it launched: a state-of-the-art sales and marketing platform.

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