October 22, 2012
We’re posting this week’s Election Tuesday piece a bit early because it directly relates to the final presidential debate. David L. Phillips, author of Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U. S. Intervention, discusses the candidates’ stances on foreign policy and urges them to consider important lessons from America’s recent experiences.
It’s Open Access Week! We’ll feature guest posts from a few of our authors to celebrate Open Access throughout the week. Today’s post is by John Willinsky, author of The Access Principle:The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship.
This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MIT Press, a milestone that has us reflecting on the significance of our work. I hasten to add that “our work” refers to the efforts of a very large community of authors, book and journal editors, peer reviewers, researchers, freelancers, publishing partners, as well as current and former MIT Press staff.
October 16, 2012
What does social learning have to do with presidential elections? Mark Earls, coauthor of I’ll Have What She’s Having, explains.
October is LGBT History Month. We’ll be posting about a few of our related titles each Friday in October. Today’s post is an excerpt from The Invention of Heterosexual Culture by Louis-Georges Tin.
Happy 35th Birthday, Atari! Here’s a toast (in the form of an excerpt) from Nick Montfort and Ian Bogost’s Racing the Beam.
October 2, 2012
Pain is a biological enigma. It is protective, but not always. Its effects are not only sensory but also emotional. There is no way to measure it objectively, no test that comes back positive for pain; the only way a medical professional can gauge pain is by listening to the patient’s description of it. The idea of pain as a test of character or a punishment to be borne is changing; prevention and treatment of pain are increasingly important to researchers, clinicians, and patients. In honor of Pain Awareness Month, here’s an excerpt from Understanding Pain by Fernando Cervero. In Understanding Pain, Cervero explores the nature of pain: why it hurts and why some pain is good and some pain is bad.
This week’s Election Tuesday post is by Robert Pollin, author of “Back to Full Employment”.
September 13, 2012
September brings us another month closer to the 2012 election (where did summer go?). We’ll be posting election-related content each Tueday as we count down to Election Day. Today’s Election Tuesday post is by Steven M. Schneider and Kirsten A. Foot, authors of Web Campaigning, and explains how the use of the Web in political campaigns has changed (and also stayed the same) since the early 2000s.
July 20, 2012
Sunday, July 22nd is National Parents’ Day. In honor of parents, here is some economics-related parenting advice fromParentonomics, written by economist dad Joshua Gans, followed by a Twitter contest: