Jurassic Park Tells You Everything You Need to Know About the Dangers of Global Capitalism

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Forget putting a bird on it. Put on a dinosaur on it for a surefire hit in our market-driven economy. Director Stephen Spielberg certainly didn’t skimp on the “terrible lizards” when adapting Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park for the screen, and things turned out pretty well for him.


Are the Rich Jerks? See the Science

≡ Category: Economics, Psychology, UC Berkeley |16 Comments

F. Scott Fitzgerald was right. The rich really are different from you or me. They’re more likely to behave unethically.
That’s the finding of a group of studies by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.


The Faces of Great Physicists on International Currency

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Americans sometimes complain that, unlike the currency of many other countries, which feature portraits of artists, scientists, and writers, U.S. dollar bills don’t tend to feature intellectuals.


An Introduction to Great Economists — Adam Smith, the Physiocrats & More — Presented in New MOOC

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Last fall, Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors from George Mason University, launched MRUniversity, a MOOC platform that brings economics courses to the larger world.


Bitcoin, the New Decentralized Digital Currency, Demystified in a Three Minute Video

≡ Category: Business, Economics, Web/Tech |1 Comment

They sound like something out of science fiction, but Bitcoins are getting just a little bit more real every day. They’re intangible and invisible, but bitcoins recently attracted some real investment capital from the Winklevoss twins, who first dreamed up the idea for Facebook — or so their lawsuit argued.


Dan Ariely’s MOOC, “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior,” Starts Monday

≡ Category: Economics, MOOCs, Psychology |5 Comments

Back in November we gave you a heads up on A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior, a MOOC being created by Dan Ariely.


In Under Three Minutes, Hans Rosling Visualizes the Incredible Progress of the “Developing World”

≡ Category: Economics, Math |5 Comments

Hans Rosling knows how to make a concise, powerful point. His mastery of statistics and visual aids doesn’t hurt. Behold, for instance, the Karolinska Institute Professor of International Health visualizing the health of 200 countries over 200 years with 120,000 data points.


Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Classic, The Foundation Trilogy, Dramatized for Radio (1973)

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Tireless New York Times columnist and Nobel-prize winning Princeton economist Paul Krugman has long played the role of Cassandra, warning of disasters while the architects of policy look on, shake their heads, and ignore him. I’ve sometimes wondered how he stands it.


Dan Ariely Presents “A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior” in Upcoming MOOC

≡ Category: Economics, Online Courses, Psychology |4 Comments

Here’s one thing you can look forward to early next year. Dan Ariely, a well-known professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, will present A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). If you’ve been with us for a while, you’re already familiar with Ariely’s work.


Marginal Revolution University Launches, Bringing Free Courses in Economics to the Web

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A great year for open education got even better with the launch of Marginal Revolution University. Founded by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok, two econ professors at George Mason University, MRUniversity promises to deliver free, interactive courses in the economics space.


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