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Neurology

When Neurology Becomes Theology by Robert A. Burton.

A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness.

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Challenges

Peter Berkowitz reviews Past and Present: The Challenges of Modernity, from the Pre-Victorians to the Postmodernists by Gertrude Himmelfarb.

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Destruction

PD reviews Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil.

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Moderation

The Utopian Aspirations of the Fight Against Climate Change: A Call for Moderation by Carson Holloway.

The effort to combat climate change aspires to feats of social control, coordination, and foresight that are unprecedented in the history of politics. Our expectations for the movement ought to be tempered by our knowledge of human limitations.

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Bipartisanship

To New York Times, Bipartisanship Means Blaming GOP When Both Democrats And Republicans Are Shot by Mollie Hemingway.

A New York Times editorial blames Republicans for violence against Democrats despite no relationship, and blames Republicans for violence against Republicans when the perpetrator is a progressive activist.

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Disaster

Britain’s Election Disaster by Theodore Dalrymple.

Theresa May’s political incompetence carries a high price.

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Dilemma

Defending Muslims, Critiquing Islam by Phil Zuckerman.

The dilemma of a contemporary secular humanist.

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Founders

Making Sense of the Founders: Politics, Natural Rights, and the Laws of Nature by Justin Dyer.

It is often alleged that the American founders lacked a unified and coherent political theory. To the contrary, a recent book by Thomas West shows that the founders broadly agreed on a philosophy of natural rights, calling for both the protection of liberty and the promotion of virtue.

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Ready?

Is Gotham Ready for Bioterror? by Tevi Troy.

Maybe—but distributing remedies would be daunting.

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Fusionism

Fountainheads of Fusionism by Jordan J. Ballor.

The relationship between Edmund Burke and Adam Smith underscores a fundamental connection between virtue and liberty.

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Chance

This Island Life by Lewis Spurgin.

The strange biology of island populations highlights the role of chance, not just selection, in evolutionary change.

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Going Fishing

Blog posts will be slow to non-existent over the next couple of weeks.

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Authoritarianism

There Is No Political Tribe That Deserves Your Loyalty by David Harsanyi.

Not if you’re truly apprehensive about creeping authoritarianism.

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Incompetence

Suppose You Were an Idiot: On the Importance of Acknowledging Incompetence by Dylan Pahman.

Political theory typically attributes political action to one of two main motivations: idealism or self-interest. But incompetence plays a much larger role than many assume.

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Gift

Terrorism Is Not Random by Kevin D. Williamson.

Tim McVeigh was God’s gift to the Left, and the Left will forever keep his memory alive, tending it like a kind of sacred flame.

Al-Qaeda attacks the United States on September 11, 2001? Yes, but don’t forget about McVeigh. Omar Mateen lets loose an “Allahu akbar!” before massacring 49 people at a gay bar in Orlando? Yes, but remember McVeigh. Salman Abedi and his pack of “lone” wolves get a jump on Ramadan by nail-bombing a bunch of little girls and their grandmothers at a concert in Manchester? Terrible, of course, but let us not forget about the real threat: right-wing terrorism on the McVeigh model.

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Related: No, You’re Not More Likely to Be Killed by a Right-Wing Extremist than an Islamic Terrorist by Damion Daniels.

It is simply a fact that Islamic terrorism is currently the deadliest form of terrorism on the global stage.

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Wounds

Vietnam’s Unhealed Wounds by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

On April 23, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford delivered an address at Tulane University in New Orleans. As the president spoke, more than 100,000 North Vietnamese troops were approaching Saigon, having overrun almost all of South Vietnam in just three months. Thirty years after the United States first became involved in Southeast Asia and 10 years after the Marines landed at Danang, the ill-fated country for which more than 58,000 Americans had died was on the verge of defeat.

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Miracles

A Drop in the Sea by Lawrence Shapiro.

What are the odds that Jesus rose or Moses parted the waves? Even with the best witnesses, vanishingly small.

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Revolution

A Religious Revolution Is Taking Place in Ireland by Nick Park.

More secularisation provides an environment where newer churches can thrive.

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Deradicalized

Can Terrorists be Deradicalized? by Michael Price.

Deradicalization programs that might help prevent events like the Manchester concert bombing have been largely untested.

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Be

How We Can Be by Tim Crane.

In 2006, Science published a remarkable piece of research by neuroscientists from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. By scanning the brain of a patient in a vegetative state, Adrian Owen and his colleagues found evidence of conscious awareness. Unlike a coma, the vegetative state is usually defined as one in which patients are awake – they can open their eyes and exhibit sleep-wake cycles – but lack any consciousness or awareness. To discover consciousness in the vegetative state would challenge, therefore, the basic understanding of the phenomenon.

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