Singing about pricing (Is it, too, like dancing about architecture?)

Michael Giberson At Knowing and Making, Leigh Caldwell writes about “a charming pop song by the delightful young artist Jessie J” about “the important and neglected issue of pricing.” Initially he is pleased with the song, but ultimately “his faith in humanity is shaken. Shattered, in fact.” A great deal of drama for a short … More Singing about pricing (Is it, too, like dancing about architecture?)

New York Times article advances public view of environmental issues surrounding hydrofracking

Michael Giberson At first it seemed like just another newspaper article on the potential environmental dangers of fracking to produce natural gas from shale, but on second look there is something new in the New York Times article, “Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers.” Most such stories, and much of the public’s … More New York Times article advances public view of environmental issues surrounding hydrofracking

New working paper: Mirror neurons, Adam Smith, and sympathy

Lynne Kiesling Mirror neurons have captivated my attention for the past year. Think about the last time you were out walking around and smiling, and you noticed that others who saw you started smiling themselves (this happens to me all the time, is that strange?). Even that simple unconscious mimicry is triggered by our brain’s … More New working paper: Mirror neurons, Adam Smith, and sympathy