J. Britt Holbrook (NJIT): What is Science in the National Interest? Philip Cohen (Maryland): The Widening Political Divide over Science. Why Americans trust technology but not science. Mario Coccia (CNR): Motivations of Scientific Research in Society. Joel Katzav and Krist Vaesen on the National Science Foundation and the rise of value-free philosophies of science. Bruno Latour, the post-truth philosopher, mounts a defense of science: He spent decades deconstructing the ways that scientists claim their authority — can his ideas help them regain that authority today? In the post-truth world, we need to remember the philosophy of science. Lucie Laplane et al. on why science needs philosophy. Arran Gare (Swinburne): Natural Philosophy and the Sciences: Challenging Science’s Tunnel Vision. How blind reverence for science obscures real problems.

Roberto Fumagalli (KCL): Who is Afraid of Scientific Imperialism? Moti Mizrahi (FIT): Scientific Progress: Why Getting Closer to Truth is Not Enough. It’s tempting to think science gives a God’s-eye view of reality — but we forget the place of human experience at our peril. Science is getting less bang for its buck: Despite vast increases in the time and money spent on research, progress is barely keeping pace with the past — what went wrong? Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong. How big data has created a big crisis in science.

Bigger is not always better for team science: Small research groups tend to beat large collaborations when it comes to producing innovative projects and breakthrough discoveries. We might be better off funding scientific research by choosing projects at random — here’s why. The future of science is in your hands: Karl Schroeder interviews Michael Nielsen, author of Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science.


Sofya Aptekar (UMass): The Unbearable Lightness of the Cosmopolitan Canopy: Accomplishment of Diversity at an Urban Farmers Market. What’s next for New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer? America faces soul-searching over Michael Jackson. From CRS, Mark P. Sullivan on Venezuela: Overview of U.S. Sanctions. Why a coup is unlikely in Venezuela (and more). How the United States became a “can’t do” society. Grant’s first tomb: Ulysses S. Grant, inaugurated as president 150 years ago, missed a chance to reconstruct the South economically as well as politically. Elizabeth Warren proposes breaking up tech giants like Amazon and Facebook (and more and more). Of course successful people want everyone to be nice.

Francis Dupuis-Deri (UQAM): Who’s Afraid of the People? The Debate between Political Agoraphobia and Political Agoraphilia. Aris Trantidis (Lincoln) and Nick Cowen (NYU): Hayek Versus Trump: The Radical Right’s Road to Serfdom. Except for Paul Manafort, we put people in prison for too long (and more). A brief history of the books depicted in Western painting. The White House press briefing is dead — it was awful, but we should still mourn it. Deal, no deal, delay? Jenn Kirby on the week ahead in Brexit votes. When he shifted his attention from philosophy to politics, Richard Rorty revived liberalism’s potential for social reform. Why do people love to hate Steven Pinker? Obituary: Sidney Verba.


Robert C. Hockett (Cornell): Ten Years On: What Have We Learned? What Have We Done? What Must We Do? Ross P. Buckley (UNSW), Emilios Avgouleas (Edinburgh), and Douglas W. Arner (Hong Kong): Three Major Financial Crises: What Have We Learned. Was the Great Recession more damaging than the Great Depression? The big con: Laurence Kotlikoff on reassessing the “Great” Recession and its “fix”. Edward Balleisen (Duke) and Melissa B. Jacoby (UNC): Consumer Protection After the Global Financial Crisis. Saule Omarova (Cornell): The “Too Big To Fail” Problem. Onur Ozgode (Northwestern): The Emergence of Systemic Risk: Federal Reserve, Bailouts, and Monetary Government at the Limits. This simple tool could help prevent the next financial crisis, yet the Fed refuses to use it.

Matthias Kranke and David Yarrow (Warwick): The Global Governance of Systemic Risk: How Measurement Practices Tame Macroprudential Politics. Alex Bryan (King’s): The Dominating Effects of Economic Crises. The populist revolt is not against the crash, or even its immediate aftermath, but against the nature of the recovery: Jonathan Levy reviews Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World by Adam Tooze (and more).


Julia Moses (Sheffield): Social Citizenship and Social Rights in an Age of Extremes: T. H. Marshall’s Social Philosophy in the Longue Duree. The major scandal engulfing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, explained (and more and more). Democrats don’t need any more presidential candidates — they need senators. Death to minimalism: Take away the unnecessary, untidy, and intricate and you take away a place’s soul. Weighing the case for progress in an age of anxiety: George Scialabba reviews It’s Better Than It Looks: Reasons for Optimism in an Age of Fear by Gregg Easterbrook; 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari; and America: The Farewell Tour by Chris Hedges. The first chapter from The Secular Enlightenment by Margaret C. Jacob.

From Congressional Research Service, a report on African American Members of the United States Congress: 1870-2018. Pentagon may tap military pay, pensions for border wall. Aurelian Craiutu reviews In Search of Isaiah Berlin: A Literary Adventure by Henry Hardy. Why we need H.R. 1: If Democrats fail to act, we run the real risk of backsliding into voting restrictions that resemble the Jim Crow era. Why North Korea’s restored rocket site isn’t cause for worry — yet. This could be the beginning of the end for Facebook’s social network. Candidate pledges to reject corporate PAC money don’t mean much. What we owe a rabbit: Thomas Nagel reviews Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals by Christine M. Korsgaard.


Nikil Mukerji (LMU): What is Fake News? Marc Jonathan Blitz (Oklahoma City): Lies, Line Drawing and (Deep) Fake News. The imperfect truth about finding facts in a world of fakes: It used to make sense to believe something until it was debunked; now, it makes sense to assume certain claims are fake — unless they are verified. Roderick Howlett reviews A Political Theory of Post-Truth by Ignas Kalpokas. Forget fake news stories: False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook. Why do people fall for fake news? Why misinformation is about who you trust, not what you think. Vices of the mind: Richard Marshall interviews Quassim Cassam on fake news, conspiracy theories, and bullshit.

Keonyoung Park (Syracuse) and Hyejoon Rim (Minnesota): Social Media Hoaxes, Political Ideology, and the Role of Issue Confidence. Valeryia Mosinzova, Benjamin Fabian, and Annika Baumann (Berlin) and Tatiana Ermakova (Potsdam): Fake News, Conspiracies and Myth Debunking in Social Media: A Literature Survey Across Disciplines. Michal Bilewicz and Marta Witkowska (Warsaw), Myrto Pantazi (Oxford) Theofilos Gkinopoulos (Surrey), and Olivier Klein (ULB): Traumatic Rift: How Conspiracy Beliefs Undermine Cohesion After Societal Trauma? Matthew R. X. Dentith (Auckland): Secrecy and Conspiracy. YouTube unleashed a conspiracy theory boom — can it be contained? How a conspiracy theory about Democrats drinking children’s blood topped Amazon’s best-sellers list.


Margaret Thornton (ANU): Social Status: The Last Bastion of Discrimination. The Bloomberg bombshell the media missed: Billionaire will work to “retire every single coal plant” by 2030 and then to move America “as quickly as possible away from oil and gas”. Resisting oblivion: Kellylouise Delaney interviews Lena Herzog on documenting disappearing languages. The Mueller report no one’s talking about: Justice Department rules require an accounting of any time supervisors told the special counsel “no” during his work. The Ilhan Omar anti-Semitism controversy, explained: Why her comments about “allegiance” to Israel created such a firestorm — and why it all matters. Five reasons why Republicans won’t abandon Trump like they ditched Nixon.

From the Journal of Tourism, a symposium on the history of dark tourism. Henry Farrell on how Zuckerberg’s announcement changes everything for Facebook. Well played, Madam Speaker: The Democrats are getting the balance between investigatory zeal and caution just right so far. Why the myth of the “savage Indian” persists. Congress’s Trump investigation is going to hurt Trump, not Congress. Beset by a raging civil war and looming famine, the Central African Republic is in shambles. Every Sunday, these historians go to the movies — all in the name of digital community. Why American capital will vote R in 2020: Meet Donald Trump’s base. After decades of decline, Left parties are in the midst of a renaissance — but without a commitment to social roots in the working class, twenty-first century “digital parties” could decline just as their predecessors did.


Joshua B. Horton and David W. Keith (Harvard), Jesse L. Reynolds (Utrecht), Holly Jean Buck (UCLA), Daniel Callies (Frankfurt), Stefan Schafer (IASS), and Steve Rayner (Oxford): Solar Geoengineering and Democracy. Marion Hourdequin (Colorado College): Climate Change, Climate Engineering, and the “Global Poor”: What Does Justice Require? Kaitlin T. Raimi (Michigan), Alexander Maki and Michael P. Vandenbergh (Vanderbilt) and David Dana (Northwestern): Framing of Geoengineering Affects Support for Climate Change Mitigation. Sikina Jinnah (UC-Santa Cruz), Simon Nicholson (American), and Jane Flegal (Spitzer Trust): Toward Legitimate Governance of Solar Geoengineering Research: A Role for Sub-State Actors.

We could spray cheap chemicals in the air to slow climate change — should we? Geoengineering is a last-ditch option to stall global warming — and it’s getting a first test. Planet-hacking became more urgent and terrifying than ever this year. Dave Levitan on why geoengineering is inevitable.


Simplice A. Asongu and Nicholas Biekpe (Cape Town), Joseph Nnanna (DBN), and Paul N. Acha-Anyi (Johannesburg): Contemporary Drivers of Global Tourism: Evidence from Terrorism and Peace Factors. Elderly Trump critics await Mueller’s report — sometimes until death. The next several months will be nonstop — brace yourself. Can anti-Semitism split Democrats like it split Labour? H.I.V. is reported cured in a second patient, a milestone in the global AIDS epidemic. Some key ideas behind MMT, the theory everyone’s talking about. Why did it take 10 years for America to leave Michael Jackson’s Neverland? (and more and more) What is common, what is rare: Why extraordinary events cannot eclipse everyday racism.

From the Congressional Research Service, a report on Global Trends in Democracy: Background, U.S. Policy, and Issues for Congress. How a flare-up at Harvard Law could undermine legal rights for everybody else. “Remain in Mexico”: Trump’s quietly expanding crackdown on asylum seekers, explained. An extremely comprehensive guide to House Judiciary’s investigation. The House’s sweeping new probe may be the biggest threat to Trump yet. Obituary: David Held. Thousands of Algerians are protesting to force their ailing dictator to step aside. Dear Michael Bloomberg: Thank you for not running for president. Yuval Feldman on his book The Law of Good People: Challenging States’ Ability to Regulate Human Behavior.


Joshua Lewis Thomas (Sheffield): Can Only Human Lives Be Meaningful? Jose Luis Bermudez (Texas A&M): Can Non-linguistic Animals Think about Thinking? A journey into the animal mind: What science can tell us about how other creatures experience the world. The mirror test peers into the workings of animal minds. Sy Montgomery reviews Mama’s Last Hug: Animal Emotions and What They Teach Us about Ourselves by Frans de Waal. WWF funds guards who have tortured and killed people: The World Wide Fund for Nature funds vicious paramilitary forces to fight poaching. Sarah Zhang on killing sea lions to save salmon.

From Les ateliers de l’ethique, a special issue on Climate Change, Autonomy of Nature, and Animal Suffering, including Clare Palmer (Texas A&M): Conservation Strategies in a Changing Climate: Moving Beyond an “Animal Liberation/Environmental Ethics” Divide; and Angie Pepper (Birmingham): Delimiting Justice: Animal, Vegetable, Ecosystem? From Politics and Animals, a symposium on Sentientist Politics: A Theory of Global Inter-Species Justice by Alasdair Cochrane. Suffering, empathy, and ecstasy: Jeremy D. Yunt on animal liberation as the furthest reaches of our moral evolution. Persis Eskander, Abraham Rowe, Kieran Grieg and Ozy Brennan on building support for wild animal suffering.

Markus Lundstrom (Stockholm): The Political Economy of Meat. Julia Shaw on what the “meat paradox” reveals about moral decision making. The future of meat is vegan: Rachel Riederer reviews The End of Animal Farming: How Scientists, Entrepreneurs, and Activists Are Building an Animal-Free Food System by Jacy Reese. From Vox, ending the age of animal cruelty: Billions of animals die each year for our plates — what if they didn’t have to?; “ag-gag laws” hide the cruelty of factory farms from the public — courts are striking them down; and “wild-caught,” “organic,” “grass-fed”: What do all these animal welfare labels actually mean?


Joshua M. Bentley and Taylor Voges (TCU): Representations of Reliability: The Rhetoric of Political Flip-flopping. House Democrats launch massive obstruction of justice and corruption probe aimed at Trump (and more and more and more and more). Amazon’s hard bargain extends far beyond New York. The Amazon deal implosion will make it hard to do the next deal — good. Imran Khan’s failing revolution: The Pakistani populist is yet to deliver. The young suicide bomber who brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Recovering the profound divisions that led to the Civil War: Gordon Wood reviews No Property in Man: Slavery and Antislavery at the Nation’s Founding by Sean Wilentz and The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War by Andrew Delbanco.

From Martial Arts Studies, Maya Maor (Haifa): Fighting Gender Stereotypes: Women’s Participation in the Martial Arts, Physical Feminism and Social Change. Sencerhan Avc and Mustafa Emre Civelek (ITO): Legal Aspects of Aircraft Hijacking. From the New Yorker, Jane Meyer on the making of the Fox News White House (and more). Oakland teachers return to class after 7-day strike — here’s what they won and lost. Why Trump’s national emergency is Congress-proof — at least for now. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is coming for your hamburgers (and more). A hinge in history: We live in perilous times — a domestic constitutional crisis that looks ever-more likely would unfold in a global context of profound turbulence and instability.

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