Weekly Top 5 Papers – November 8, 2013

1. A Brief Introduction to the Basics of Game Theory
by Matthew Jackson (Stanford University – Department of Economics)

2. Untimely Review of Friedrich Nietzsche’s, Twilight of the Idols
by Brian Leiter (University of Chicago)

3. Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government
by Dan Kahan (Yale University – Law School) and Ellen Peters (Ohio State University – Psychology Department) and Erica Dawson (Cornell University) and Paul Slovic (Decision Research)

4. Why We Engage: How Theories of Human Behavior Contribute to Our Understanding of Civic Engagement in a Digital Era
by Eric Gordon (Berkman Center for Internet and Society) and Jessica Baldwin-Philippi (Emerson College) and Martina Balestra (Cornell University)

For the last several years, the Engagement Game Lab has been doing research on the civic impacts of digital tools for democracy and community engagement. We have developed several games and tools and have taken a case study approach to understanding how they impact civic life. One of our game projects, Community PlanIt, has been played in over ten cities in North America and Europe, with each implementation providing unique insights into the intersections between civic technologies and community.

In 2010, a video game was used to inform the master planning process in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

But as we got deeper into this work, we felt increasingly without an academic home. There are individual scholars working in this area, including people like Marcus FothStephen ColemanEthan Zuckerman, and several academic centers such as the Center for Civic Media at MIT and the GovLab at NYU, but there is no coherent literature or connective tissue. So as we continued to explore the intersections of technology and civic engagement and sought to properly ground the work within academic literatures, it became difficult to achieve clarity on the desired outcomes of our investigations. Was our goal to understand the nuances of the media or the intricacies of democratic process? And what kind of questions, through what academic literatures, could produce the best answers? [READ MORE]

via Eric Gordon at http://placeofsocialmedia.com

5. A Quantitative Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation
by Mebane T. Faber (Cambria Investment Management)

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