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Is it Time to Rethink the Idea of the Amoral Economic Man?
04/25/2019
There is a widely held belief that when designing public policy or legal systems, it makes the most sense to assume that all citizens are entirely self-interested and amoral. It’s a theory known as “homo economicus” or “economic man.” But, economist Samuel Bowles argues against that belief in his book The Moral Economy: Why Good … Continue reading "Is it Time to Rethink the Idea of the Amoral Economic Man?"
Eavesdropping on Whales
04/23/2019
Since ancient seafarers first heard the strange calls of whales, humans have been fascinated by their meaning – from Flipper’s clicks and trills to the long serenades of Humpbacks. Inhabiting the dark ocean depths, whales use sound in many different ways – from feeding to navigating to finding friends and family. Join postdoctoral scholar Goldie … Continue reading "Eavesdropping on Whales"
Why School Integration Works
04/18/2019
They are some of the most ambitious education programs of the 20th century – school desegregation, school finance reform, and Head Start. Today, many view these initiatives as failures, but professor Rucker C. Johnson of UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy disagrees. He and a team of researchers combed through data from over four … Continue reading "Why School Integration Works"
The CRISPR Revolution
04/16/2019
Jennifer Doudna is a leader in the CRISPR revolution. This new technology is a gene editing tool that manipulates DNA within organisms. The editing process has a wide variety of applications including correcting genetic defects, treating and preventing the spread of diseases and improving crops. Doudna, Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology at UC … Continue reading "The CRISPR Revolution"
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