Archive: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Decoding the mysteries of 'The Lost Symbol'

Digging into the secrets that lie behind the novels of Dan Brown is a passion for some -- particularly for Dan Burstein and Arne de Keijzer who have assembled a group of historians, theologians, scientists and others to crack the hidden mysteries. In their book, "Secrets of the Lost Symbol:...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 8, 2010; 5:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Assessing the justice of capital punishment cases

It's the severest penalty in the land: the death sentence. But often the rulings that put inmates on death row are riddled with questions. Did the defendant get adequate counsel? Was the witnesses' testimony reliable? Were the defendant's actions influenced by mental retardation or mental illness? In his book "The...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 7, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (3)

Refocusing U.S. policy on the war on terror

President Barack Obama walks away from the podium after speaking about security enhancements on Tuesday.(Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, worries that America is losing the war on terror and sees three central failings in U.S. policy. In his book, "Winning the...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 6, 2010; 1:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Paterson named ambassador to young readers

By Stephen Lowman Katherine Paterson, author of the children's classic "Bridge to Terabithia," has been named the 2010-2011 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. John Cole, director of the Center of the Book that helps sponsor the ambassador program, described the naming ceremony as "only slightly mysterious." The Library of...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 5, 2010; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dangerous art -- and what, if anything, to do about it

Is art a form of protected free speech under the First Amendment? And if so, what are the boundaries? When does a visual work of art -- film, painting, even nude dancing -- cross the line? Randall P. Bezanson, the David H. Vernon Professor of Law at the University of...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 5, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (4)

Psychiatry's failed paradigm

The solution to mental illness has seemed to lie in application of drugs. If a serious psychiatric disorder arises, the reasoning goes, it must be centered in the brain - and, the reasoning further assumes, the most successful treatment is a biological one. Or is it? In his book, "Doctoring...

By Steven E. Levingston | January 4, 2010; 5:30 AM ET | Comments (11)


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