Adam Smith and Mirror Neurons Paper Published

Lynne Kiesling I mentioned a while ago my working paper on the neuroscience research on mirror neurons and its relevance for Adam Smith’s theory of sympathy developed in The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759). After revision and some extremely helpful referee guidance, the paper has been published in The Review of Austrian Economics: Mirror neuron … More Adam Smith and Mirror Neurons Paper Published

Jonah Lehrer on Voter Ignorance

Lynne Kiesling It shouldn’t surprise you to find, given my recent working paper on Adam Smith, sympathy, and mirror neurons that I am an avid reader of neuroscience writer Jonah Lehrer. His post today riffs off of President Obama’s birth certificate to muse on voter ignorance. In discussing some research on the subject, he observes … More Jonah Lehrer on Voter Ignorance

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

Technological Developments Useful in Eventually Producing the Equivalent of Neal Stephenson’s “Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer”

Michael Giberson As any reader of Neal Stephenson’s book The Diamond Age knows, a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer would be quite handy to have. Unfortunately, technology hasn’t quite advanced to the point necessary to actually produce such a thing. A recently published research report seems like one small step in the right direction. From a … More Technological Developments Useful in Eventually Producing the Equivalent of Neal Stephenson’s “Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer”

Jonah Lehrer Channels His Inner Economist

Lynne Kiesling I’ve recommended Jonah Lehrer’s The Frontal Cortex blog before, and if you haven’t checked it out, here are two more reasons to do so. His most recent post discusses Bill Belichick’s decision to go for the first down from 4th and 2 in Sunday night’s Patriots game, and ties it to David Gordon’s … More Jonah Lehrer Channels His Inner Economist

Jonah Lehrer, Autism, and Surfing

Lynne Kiesling I’ve been reading a lot of neuroscience-related books this summer (more on that later …), and I’ve really been enjoying Jonah Lehrer’s blog The Frontal Cortex. If you are interested in the connections between the brain and human action and human decision-making, you will get a lot out of it. I will have … More Jonah Lehrer, Autism, and Surfing

Emergent Orders Are All Around Us, Especially in Cities

Lynne Kiesling Ron Bailey’s Hit & Run post, Ant Hills=Brains=Cities, reminded me of some really important, fundamental ideas that tend to get lost as we natter about financial regulation, health care regulation, climate regulation … Emergent orders abound, and occur at all sorts of different scales — molecular, cellular, all the way to complex social … More Emergent Orders Are All Around Us, Especially in Cities