From the World Bank, here is the latest Global Financial Development Report 2014: Financial Inclusion. Enrico C. Perotti (Amsterdam): The Political Economy of Finance. Tamara Lothian (Columbia): Democracy, Law and Global Finance: A Legal and Institutional Perspective; and Democracy, Law and Global Finance: An Example of Research Agenda for a New Practice of Law and Economics. Shelley D. Marshall (Monash): Shifting Responsibility: How the Burden of the European Financial Crisis Shifted Away from the Financial Sector and Onto Labor. Bojidar V. Bojinov (Tsenov): Causes of Banking Crises in Modern World. Augusto Lopez-Claros (World Bank): Fiscal Challenges after the Global Financial Crisis: A Survey of Key Issues. Gary Bedford (Denver): Beyond the 2008 Financial "Crisis": Global Capital after Marx and Modernism. Giovanni Giusti (Pompeu Fabra), Charles N. Noussair (Tilburg), and Hans-Joachim Voth (Zurich): Recreating the South Sea Bubble: Lessons from an Experiment in Financial History. From The Historical Review, a special issue on Responding to Economic Crises in Historical Perspective, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. From The Economist, a look at the slumps that shaped modern finance: Finance is not merely prone to crises, it is shaped by them — five historical crises show how aspects of today’s financial system originated and offer lessons for today’s regulators. Shadow and substance: As banks retreat in the wake of the financial crisis, “shadow banks” are taking on a growing share of their business — will that make finance safer? Stop blaming the IMF for everything: Matt O'Brien on how the IMF has actually become the "good guys" since the financial crisis hit.


Carlo Cellucci (Rome): How Should We Think about the “Meaning of Life”? Zaidan Jassem (Qassim): The Arabic Origins of “Proper Names” in English and European Languages: A Lexical Root Theory Approach. Paul Finkelman (Albany): Francis Lieber and the Modern Law of War. Why did AIDS ravage the U.S. more than any other developed country? Michael Hobbes on solving an epidemiological mystery. Maria Khwaja on the privilege of being “invisible”: As a brown Muslim woman, my visibility comes with my Otherness. Michael Sherry reviews American Arsenal: A Century of Waging War by Patrick Coffey. WaPo editorial page goes neanderthal, again: The Washington Post publishes a piece by two academics arguing that women would be safer from sexual assaults if they themselves were married or had married fathers. Tara Culp-Ressler on all of the things women are supposed to do to prevent rape. On climate change, Obama is finally leading from the front. Steve Watson on five excellent videos of magazines being made. That computer actually got an F on the Turing Test: No, a computer did not just pass the Turing Test. What comes after the Turing Test? Pure Language 2.0: A look at Walter Benjamin’s theory of language and translation technology. Wine is an elixir, a miracle-worker and shapeshifter — no wonder even the most secular of us hold it sacred still. Jesse Singal on why kids shoot up high schools, why they only do so outside of big cities, and how to stop them. Politicians and pundits demanded an armed revolution, so the Millers attempted to deliver one. Does Fox News cause ignorance, or do ignorant viewers prefer Fox News?


Huub Dijstelbloem (Amsterdam): Science in a Not So Well-Ordered Society: A Pragmatic Critique of Procedural Political Theories of Science and Democracy. Caroline S. Wagner (Ohio State) and Dae Joong Kim (Dongguk): The Price of Big Science: Saturation or Abundance in Scientific Publishing? Carlo Caduff (King’s): Pandemic Prophecy, Or, How to Have Faith in Reason. Michele Marsonet (Genoa): Pragmatism and Science. Paul Hoyningen-Huene (Hanover): Scientific Progress from Popper to Today. Einstein the failure — how history’s greatest physicist flirted with disaster: An excerpt from The Perfect Theory: A Century of Geniuses and the Battle Over General Relativity by Pedro G. Ferreira. The case for blunders: Freeman Dyson reviews Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists that Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe by Mario Livio. Peter Godfrey-Smith is the go-to guy in the philosophy of biology. Philip Ball on why physicists make up stories in the dark: In unseen worlds, science invariably crosses paths with fantasy. Damien Walter on rebuilding the world: Science shows us how the world is built — can science fiction help us build a better world? It's science, Jim, but not as we knew it. Which scientific stories are most shared on social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook, and do articles attracting social media attention also get the attention of scholars and the mass media? Cosmos, Christians, and the battle for American science: The real reason conservatives are freaking out about Neil deGrasse Tyson — he's laying bare their worst hypocrisies. “I’m not a scientist” allows Republicans to avoid conceding the legitimacy of climate science while also avoiding the political downside of openly branding themselves as haters of science. What can we do about junk science? Sarah Fecht investigates.

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