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What Is Consciousness? Neuroscientist May Have Answer to the Big Question

Science has failed to pinpoint the actual brain processes behind our awareness. The following is an excerpt from the new bookConsciousness and the Social Brain by Michael S. A. Graziano (Oxford University Press, 2015):  I was in the audience watching a magic show. Show More Summary

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year…

last weekHumor / odd : Neatorama

The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year for 2015 isn’t even a word. It’s an emoji, specifically the crying emoji you see here. It’s a whole new language. This year Oxford University Press have partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of the most popular emoji across the world, and quarterly update: new words added today include hangry, Grexit, and wine o’clock

Topic: Books Today Oxford University Press announces the latest quarterly update to, its free online dictionary of current English. Words from a wide variety of topics are included in this update, so whatever your...Show More Summary

Oxford's 2015 Word Of The Year Isn't Even A Word — It's THIS Symbol!

We're speechless… The Oxford University Press — you know, the people who make the dictionaries and ask you to use an extra comma at the end of lists — have decided on their Word of the Year for 2015! Can you guess what it is?? Related: These Two Zebras Made West Philadelphia Their Playground! No, it's not "fleek," and [...]

WOTY 2015

According to a press release sent out earlier today, Today Oxford Dictionaries announces the emoji, commonly known as “Face with Tears of Joy,” as its “Word” of the Year for 2015. They explain that This year Oxford University Press partnered with leading mobile technology business SwiftKey to explore frequency and usage statistics for some of […]

Marion Nestle's Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning)

Marion Nestle's new book is Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning) (Oxford University Press, 2015). The book is thorough, balanced, hard-hitting, and motivating. It covers health effects, industry structure, marketing to adults, marketing to children, marketing overseas, policy responses, and advocacy movements. Show More Summary

How Technology Will Transform The Legal Profession

Richard Susskind (Oxford) & Daniel Susskind (Oxford), The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts (Oxford University Press Dec. 1, 2015), reviewed by Paul Lippe (ABA Journal), Will There Be a 'New Deal' for the Legal Profession?: [T]this is the best of Richard’s books,...

Prize: Cundill Prize in Historical Literature

They've announced that The Guardians: The League of Nations and the Crisis of Empire (by Susan Pedersen) has won the US$75,000 Cundill Prize in Historical Literature. See also the Oxford University Press publicity page, or get your copy at or

The Tears of Re review

The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Gene Kritsky's book on Beekeeping in Ancient Egypt, The Tears of Re, just out from Oxford University Press. This is the second bee-related title I've reviewed in little over a year -- and the previous one, Mark L. Show More Summary

Ed Kleinbard Discusses We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money

We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money (Oxford University Press, 2014) (Click on YouTube button on bottom right to view video directly on YouTube to avoid interruption caused by blog's refresh rate.)

Anger in Ukraine Over Geography Textbook That Shows Crimea as Part of Russia

The Ukrainian embassy has condemned Oxford University Press for publishing a book that shows Crimea no longer belonging to the country.

Kiev Protests Oxford University Press Atlas Naming Crimea as Part of Russia

Kiev is concerned with an Oxford University Press geography textbook that refers to Crimea as a part of Russia, the Ukraine Embassy to the United Kingdom said.

Oxford University Press 2016 Atlas Places Crimea in the Russian Federation

Oxford University Press has published its school geography textbook for 2016, which accurately shows Crimea as part of Russia.

Dean Presents Social Enterprise And The Law Today at McGill

Steven Dean (Brooklyn) presents Social Enterprise and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2016) (with Dana Brakman Reiser (Brooklyn)) at McGill today as part of its Spiegel Sohmer Tax Policy Colloquium Series: Social Enterprise and the Law explores how public and private law could be deployed to allow double bottom line...

Oxford U. Press, U. of Utah Library Collaborate on Study of Suicide Ethics

Oxford University Press (OUP) and the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library have joined forces on The Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources, a hybrid print book and interactive digital archive. Compiled over nearly four decades...Show More Summary

Charles Fountain’s colorful new take on the 1919 Black Sox

2 months agoIndustries / Media : Media Nation

By Bill Kirtz Print the legend? Charles Fountain doesn’t. Meticulously researched and colorfully written, his new book, “The Betrayal: The 1919 World Series and the Birth of Modern Baseball” (Oxford University Press, 290 pages, $27.95), offers a host of new information about the often-told 1919 Chicago Black Sox saga. He’s unearthed a ton of fresh material, […]

Professor of philosophy addresses complex emotion in new book

On Romantic Love Photo: Oxford University Press Love is an emotion and as such may be rational or irrational. It may be experienced in degrees; it may be conscious and unconscious; and it may be controlled so that we may fall in and out of love. Show More Summary

Study: Average Photojournalist Male, Self-Employed, Earning Less Than $30K

2 months agoArts / Photography : PDNPulse

A new study released by Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism in association with World Press Photo offers a conflicting view of the lives of today’s photojournalists. On the one hand, the majority of theShow More Summary

Shaviro Reviews Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This

Daniel Shaviro (NYU), Book Review (Edward D. Kleinbard (USC), We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money (Oxford University Press, 2014)): This short book review of Edward Kleinbard's We Are Better Than This: How Government Should Spend Our Money both discusses the book's many strengths, and addresses...

Zelinsky: John Oliver, Televangelists, And The IRS

Oxford University Press Blog: John Oliver, Televangelists, and the Internal Revenue Service, by Edward Zelinsky (Cardozo): John Oliver’s sardonic spoof of televangelists raises important issues that deserve more than comic treatment. Oliver’s satire was aimed both at the televangelists themselves and at the IRS. In Oliver’s narrative, the IRS acquiesces...

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