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  1. Franke, William. Dante’s Paradiso and the Theological Origins of Modern Thought: Toward a Speculative Philosophy of Self-Reflection. [REVIEW]Jacob Abell - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):175-177.
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  2. Fulkerson, Geoffrey H. & Joel Thomas Chopp, Eds. Science and the Doctrine of Creation: The Approaches of Ten Modern Theologians. [REVIEW]Jerry Bergman - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):177-179.
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    Who Are We? Identity in a Social Media Age.Taylor J. Bradman & David M. Gustafson - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):105-122.
    Social media have become a normative part of culture, with both positive and negative implications. More recently, studies demonstrate that social media may contribute to mental health issues. This essay seeks to understand this phenomenon through the lens of self-objectification and self-comparison theories concerning why some who use social media to gain the approval of others as the foundation for their identity still end up unhappy after receiving such approval. The essay proposes that people who engage in this behavior remain (...)
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  4. Turkle, Sherry. Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other. [REVIEW]Bradley Campbell - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):196-198.
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  5. Communication, Ethics and Relational Peace.Kenneth R. Chase - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):141-163.
    Although social media often is trumpeted as an answer to the divisions bedeviling humankind, social media users also lament the violence enacted on one another through digital interactions. Is digital interaction capable of fulfilling the hope of human community? How ought persons communicate through social media? A baseline understanding of ethical communication is crucial for answering these questions. Martin Buber and Emmanuel Levinas’ philosophical analysis of relational peace lays the groundwork for an ethic of dialogic communication that may guide everyday (...)
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  6. The Promise and Perils of Connectedness.William R. Clough - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):19-42.
    Social media facilitate and intensify communication to an unprecedented degree and humanity is adjusting to this new state of affairs. Internet connectivity enables the human desire for sociality, personal relationships, and social acceptance to a remarkable degree. But human communication evolved in a face-to-face world, where people experienced one another as well as hearing one another. Modern communication has removed the interpersonal experience factor, leaving people to interpret the messages, not of flesh-and-blood individuals but of stereotypes, beliefs about a general (...)
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    Gonzalez, Mike. The Plot to Change America: How Identity Politics is Dividing the Land of the Free. [REVIEW]Gerald De Maio - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):180-182.
  8. Social Media and the Costs of Distraction.Mark Ellingsen - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):43-58.
    There are well-known studies about how heavy use of social media is not conducive to happiness. Although poll data are mixed on this matter, one should be especially cautious in view of the apparent promise of internet connectedness. This essay examines recent research in neurobiology on what social media seems to be doing to human brains. It explores how regular social media use scatters concentration because the prefrontal cortex is not activated. This has negative implications for long-term and working memory. (...)
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  9. Ecklund, Elaine Howard. Why Science and Faith Need Each Other: Eight Shared Values That Move Us Beyond Fear. [REVIEW]Erwin F. Erhardt - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):173-175.
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  10. Crisis of the Secularism Paradigm.Stelian Gomboş - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):164-170.
    This essay seeks to understand the relationship between modernity, secularization, and religion. By engaging such thinkers as José Casanova, Peter Berger, Charles Taylor, and Jürgen Habermas, the essay proposes that the post-Enlightenment project of secularization which would replace religion by science and secular rationality has proven elusive. Instead, there has been a resurgence of religion in different parts of the world, in particular Islam. Secularization itself is a complex phenomenon that cannot be reduced to the absence of religion. Peter Berger (...)
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  11. Kurek, Michael. The Sound of Beauty: A Classical Composer on Music in the Spiritual Life. [REVIEW]David Grandy - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):184-186.
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  12. Phenomenology of Communications.Oskar Gruenwald - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):1-18.
    This essay explores the intersection of communication and culture. It proposes that a new interdisciplinary field of inquiry–a phenomenology of communications–implicates culture in that all communication helps shape and reflects a society’s cultural assumptions and aspirations. In an era of social media and electronic communication, the impact on culture has accelerated. Both positive and negative aspects of social media reverberate in American popular culture that Christopher Lasch described as a culture of narcissism and David Brooks calls a culture of the (...)
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  13. Berquist, Richard. From Human Dignity to Natural Law: An Introduction. [REVIEW]Nalani E. Hilderman - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):171-172.
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  14. Wolf, Maryanne. Reader, Come Home: The Reading Brain in a Digital World. [REVIEW]Mark T. Johnson - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):198-200.
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  15. Pilgrim Friending and the Place of Peace.Bruce N. Lundberg - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):59-82.
    William Clough and Mark Ellingsen both explore the goods, harms, and challenges brought by a new powerful digital social media. Clough uses perspectives from social sciences, ethics, and Biblical theology--self and society in reciprocal relation through language, art, institution, and God’s friending Word. He urges caution, applying universal ethics centered in love of God and neighbor, and respect for facts and science. Ellingsen applies brain sciences to explain social media downsides and encourage a balance of good habits and activities. This (...)
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  16. U.S. Presidential Leadership Styles and Media.Michael E. Meagher - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):123-140.
    U.S. presidential leadership styles speak to us today as we seek to understand the dynamics of the current political universe. The stances adopted by especially twentieth-century U.S. presidents point to certain norms being upheld by the nation’s chief executives. Some were more talented in exercising the rhetorical presidency, while others were more successful in achieving policy goals. These presidents operated under the technological mechanisms of their time. In the twenty-first century, new social media technologies are emerging that challenge previous orthodoxies. (...)
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  17. Snyder, Timothy. The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America. [REVIEW]Monica D. Merutiu - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):194-196.
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  18. Piper, Everett. Not a Day Care: The Devastating Consequences of Abandoning Truth. [REVIEW]Rod Miller - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):190-192.
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  19. Knasas, John F. X. Thomaistic Existentialism & Cosmological Reasoning. [REVIEW]Colin Chan Redemer - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):182-184.
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  20. Convivial Social Media Selves?Joshua D. Reichard - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):83-104.
    Computers were destined to be “connected” because their creators were created to be “connected.” While sociologists attempt to examine the self in relation to the phenomena of ever-connected social media platforms, theological insight can provide a transcendent teleology, a “directionality,” toward which such connectedness points. This essay draws on Ivan Illich’s vision for “convivial tools” for an interdisciplinary examination of the self in context of social media. Commercially designed, corporate-controlled social media platforms are not convivial tools by Illich’s definition, and (...)
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  21. Russell, Stuart. Human Compatible: Artificial Intelligence and the Problem of Control. [REVIEW]Daniel Topf - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):192-194.
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  22. Lake, Christina Bieber. Beyond the Story: American Literary Fiction and the Limits of Materialism. [REVIEW]Colleen Warren - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):186-188.
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  23. Lukianoff, Greg & Jonathan Haidt. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. [REVIEW]Samuel Welbaum - 2021 - Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 33 (1-2):188-190.
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