Jason Wright (Penn State) and Michael Oman-Reagan (MUN): Visions of Human Futures in Space and SETI. What happens if China makes first contact? METI (Messaging Extra Terrestrial Intelligence) is irrational and should be abandoned: No one will answer our METI calls — all METI does is create (existential) risk for humankind. Michael Oman-Reagan (MUN): Radical First Contact: Bridging Astrobiology and SETI. Linnda R. Caporael (Indiana): Astrobiology as Hybrid Science. Samuel Ruhmkorff (Simon’s Rock): The Copernican Principle, Intelligent Extraterrestrials, and Arguments from Evil. From New York, heer are 13 reasons to believe aliens are real; Stephen Wolfram thinks he can talk to aliens; Katie Heaney interviews Joseph O. Baker, author of Paranormal America, on our fixation with aliens; and Harry Reid on what the government knows about UFOs.

Ian Stoner (Saint Paul): Humans Should Not Colonize Mars. Taylor Genovese (Northern Arizona): The New Right Stuff: Social Imaginaries of Outer Space and the Capitalist Accumulation of the Cosmos. Putting civilization in a box for space means choosing our legacy. What humanity’s history in space tells us about our future in the stars.


My brother, the white nationalist: When Josh Damigo finds out his brother is the new face of the white nationalist movement, finding the roots of radicalization becomes personal. Dave Davies interviews Christian Picciolini, author of White American Youth: My Descent into America’s Most Violent Hate Movement — And How I Got Out. How masculinity, not ideology, drives violent extremism: Dina Temple-Raston reviews Healing from Hate: How Young Men Get Into and Out of Violent Extremism by Michael Kimmel (and more). The fall of Milo Yiannopoulos: Tanya Gold on exhausting adventures with a fading right-wing phenomenon. Anti-abortion leader Kristen Hatten emerges as white nationalist.


Amelia Carolina Sparavigna (PoliTO): Exercises in Archaeoastronomy. Claudio E. Benzecry (Northwestern) and Fernando Dominguez Rubio (UCSD): The Emotional Life of Cultural Objects. Tim Rogan on why Amartya Sen remains the century’s great critic of capitalism (and a response). A little-known hallucinogenic drug called DMT takes people to a place that feels “more real than real” — here’s what researchers know about it. This isn’t “election rigging”, it’s Politics 101. Is Kanye West “the Ezra Pound of Rap”? Does Trump deserve credit for the Korea negotiations? Donald Trump does deserve some credit for what is happening in Korea, but not for the reasons that you think. Kelly thinks he’s saving U.S. from disaster, calls Trump “idiot”, say White House staffers.

Maggie Hennefeld on Michelle Wolf’s stellar feminist killjoy roast at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Trump was outrageous in Michigan — so where’s the outrage? The president is seeking to destroy journalism — now let’s debate dinner entertainment! Shut up about Michelle Wolf if you’ve been silent on Trump’s offenses. The White House Correspondents capitulation: Conservatives trick journalists into corrupting themselves — here’s how the scam works. The news media just handed Trump a big win: Michelle Wolf got it right, and the media got it wrong. Liberal feminist politics are not incompatible with “offensive” humor — it just depends on who you’re offending: Nathan Robinson on what being “politically incorrect” actually looks like.


Has Michael Cohen already flipped on Donald Trump? Trump pays the legal fees of witnesses against him. Donald Trump will do anything to avoid prosecution — and John Bolton will help. Mueller has dozens of inquiries for Trump in broad quest on Russia ties and obstruction. Why were Mueller’s questions for Trump leaked? Darren Samuelson on why Mueller’s Trump interview may not matter. What’s Robert Mueller’s next big move? Here are 9 possibilities. How Mueller can protect the investigation — even if he is fired. Robert Mueller’s last resort: There are legal ways to disclose classified information — if we face a constitutional crisis, Mueller and his staff should take advantage of them.


Israel raises prospect of Trump opting for deal with Europe over Iran. Iran has no interest in a “new deal”. The Iran regime-change crew is back — that probably spells doom for the nuclear deal. Ariane Tabatabai on the Bolton threat to the Iran nuclear deal. Can anyone stop Trump from blowing up the Iran nuclear deal? Trump may already be violating the Iran deal: The deal’s opponents keep saying Tehran has failed to live up to its commitments to the U.S. — but what if it’s the other way around? Heather Souvaine Horn on making sense of Netanyahu’s strange slideshow. Netanyahu is playing to Trump’s abject ignorance — and it might work.

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