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On 16 February this year, Bridgeman went to the theatre with his wife to see Martin Scorsese’s 3D family adventure. …Bridgeman, a 67-year-old neuroscientist at the University of California in Santa Cruz, grew up nearly stereoblind, that is, without true … Continue reading ?
Goggles that google, among other things. My first thought: Cool, but I expected more. Second thought: The streets of Manhattan are dangerous enough already. We’re going to give drivers and pedestrians more electronic things to look at while they walk/drive?
In honor of President’s Day, my somewhat unconventional choice for favorite presidential biography: Truman, by David McCullough. After my (Canadian) high school history classes, I could tell you the recipe for pemmican or arcana about Manitoban rebellions, but I would … Continue reading ?
A young GOP leader visits the left’s digital and grassroots organizing conference: The thing I was struck by at RootsCamp was that in many ways, the Democratic technology ecosystem has embraced the free market — whereas the Republican one sort of … Continue reading ?
Someone has designed a full scale 3D Lord of the Rings Middle Earth, Google Earth style, to explore in real time. How can/should universities influence development policy? Nominate the best aid bloggers in the ABBAs (Note: I believe I have … Continue reading ?
A man of his talents in 1700 would have been celebrated as the prodigy of his province or nation. In 2013 he is scraping by streetside. Even though globalization has brought more wealth and the ability to sell and consume … Continue reading ?
This week’s lecture, “Institutions“, where I try to get away from just the usual political economy fare (North, Acemoglu & Robinson, Engerman & Sokoloff) and bring in the comparative historians and political scientists — Barrington Moore, Jeffrey Paige, Charles Tilly, … Continue reading ?
Automatically generate left wing comments for the Guardian blog Netflix ranks speeds of ISPs: Google Fibre by a mile How to bicycle faster than the speed of light How 21st century children pass notes in school
I have pointed students to advice on how to start a thesis. I have also posted my thoughts on what to do (and not to do) in empirical research. For the past few weeks, though, I find myself giving the … Continue reading ?
In the largest false memory study to date, 5,269 participants were asked about their memories for three true and one of five fabricated political events. Each fabricated event was accompanied by a photographic image purportedly depicting that event. Approximately half … Continue reading ?
Before tomorrow’s lecture on state and institutional development, I naturally told the class to watch this Monty Python excerpt Effect of bicycle helmet laws on child injuries Tyler Cowen seldom recommends an author this strongly The most interesting surf video … Continue reading ?
Life lessons and a gripping plot when you ask a six-year old girl to narrate a film. Via Mashable via @AnnieFeighery. From Bianca Giaever on Vimeo.
Lecture slides for my SIPA class are here. Alas, there are no more PhD slides, and I do not feel confident enough in my notes to share them with the world just yet. Nine PhD students will remain the appropriate guinea pigs for … Continue reading ?
From a new paper by Jeffrey Clemens: In the mid-2000s, U.S. anti-opium policy intensified with a goal of reducing the resources available to Afghan insurgents. To achieve this objective, I show that opium suppression efforts must accurately distinguish between insurgent … Continue reading ?
One of the most usual ways in which centralized governments invade the social fields within their boundaries is by means of legislation. But innovative legislation or other at-tempts to direct change often fail to achieve their intended purposes; and even … Continue reading ?
The project description is here. The question is simple: “More sweatshops for Africa?” The project assesses the impact of low-skill, low-wage factory jobs on the worker’s wealth, health and politics (among other things). We also ask: what enriches and empowers … Continue reading ?
I am reading this superb biography of Andrew Jackson. It is more a page turner than some novels. Some interesting facts about the man on the $20 bill: He was a child soldier in the American Revolution Later in life … Continue readin...
This week offered lightning tours of simple growth and poverty trap models for the Master’s students, and for the PhD class a slightly more detailed look at poverty trap and constrained development models. This is probably the last week for PhD … Continue reading ?
Paul Staniland studies armed groups in Kashmir in a new paper: Being awash in cash and AK-47s has no single impact on how groups are built and behave. Material resources have fundamentally different effects depending on the social-institutional context into which they … Continue reading ?
After some struggle, my syllabi are now prepared. My master’s (SIPA) syllabus is here. This is a substantive class that traces the political underpinnings of development, and the political impacts of economic change. The slides from the first class are here. I’ll … Continue reading ?