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NPR’s Radio Times reviewed the impact of history and the hidden brain on the recent midterm elections. Listen to the hour-long call-in show here. Religiosity appears to be linked to better outcomes for people who suffer from schizophrenia, a debilitating disorder that affects both the ability to think as well as the ability to form meaningful personal relationships. New research by Carl I. Cohen, Carolina Jimenez and Sukriti Mittal and others compared the religiosity of people suffering from [...]

I was saddened to hear that the venerable Kirkus Reviews is going to close after 76 years. There seem to be mixed feelings about the news in the publishing world. The New York Observer notes, “Kirkus reviewers were a famously grouchy lot who did not give compliments easily, but when they smiled upon something it [...]

The Club Model of Terrorism

December 13th, 2009

I wrote a column in the Washington Post some time ago exploring the work of Eli Berman and David Laitin, who argued that terrorist groups function much in the manner of exclusive country clubs. (OK, minus the wine and golf. Presumably.) Recent accounts about the five young men from Virginia who were apprehended in Pakistan [...]