Monday, January 31, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Enlightened Economist, Video Games and Intelligence Analysis, Himalayan Glaciers)

In today's edition, the last for the month of January 2011:

* A round-up of new books from The Enlightened Economist, including the "first batch on the BP oil spill, and a number of books offering some much-needed skepticism about what Evgeny Morozov (the author of one of those books, The Net Delusion) has characterized as the cyber-utopianism of the widespread expectations that social networking technologies will generate meaningful social change.

* From the Wired Danger Room, a brief item discussing the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency's Sirius Program, which has as its goal the development of "Serious Games" that will (according to the solicitation on the web site of the Federal Business Opportunities web site) "train participants and measure their proficiency in recognizing and mitigating the cognitive biases that commonly affect all types of intelligence analysis."

* The response from Nicholas Berini at the web site Skeptical Science to the much talked-about revelation of the error in the International Panel on Climate Change's 2007 report regarding the rate at which the Himalayan glaciers are disappearing (and why the celebrations among greenhouse "skeptics" misrepresent the facts).

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