Sunday, August 03, 2008

Sunday Readings

And a beautiful Sunday it is here in DC....
  • The new Rand report on terrorism, notable for its suggestions that "The United States cannot conduct an effective long-term counterterrorism campaign against al Qaida or other terrorist groups without understanding how terrorist groups end."
  • Scientific American reports on the mix of cognitive science and moral philosophy in experiments in which, it appears, utilitarians are more careful deliberators than deontologists. As always with such things, however, the way the terms and rules of the game are designed from the outset is crucial.
  • Will Kymlicka interviewed at Eurozine on multiculturalism and liberal rights.
  • Nancy Fraser interviewed at Eurozine on recognition and "parity of participation."
  • A fascinating essay in the NY Times Magazine on the "vicious group hunt" of trolling. NYT: "“Lulz” is how trolls keep score. A corruption of “LOL” or “laugh out loud,” “lulz” means the joy of disrupting another’s emotional equilibrium. “Lulz is watching someone lose their mind at their computer 2,000 miles away while you chat with friends and laugh,” said one ex-troll who, like many people I contacted, refused to disclose his legal identity."
  • Americans leaving America at a more rapid clip.
  • MudCain. John Heilemann, in New York Magazine, on what I think we all know - McCain can only win the election by embracing the Rovian mudslinger, which he has.
  • A nice piece on Jimmy Carter, also in New York Mag.


troutsky said...

Natures Way!( from past post) A Spirit fan? So few and far between.

helmut said...

Troutsky! I'm glad you picked that up. Yep, The Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus....