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A Conversation with Steve Forbes
On November 5, 2010, Steve Forbes, the chairman and CEO of Forbes Media, came to Carnegie Mellon University to provide an analysis of the recent midterm elections. Forbes, who was a Republican presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000, shared his perspective on the elections, the economy, and healthcare with the Carnegie Mellon community. The speech and subsequent Q & A were moderated by Carnegie Mellon president Jared L. Cohon.
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24 - Asymmetric information: auctions and the winner's curse
We discuss auctions. We first distinguish two extremes: common values and private values. We hold a common value auction in class and discover the winner's curse, the winner tends to overpay. We discuss why this occurs and how to avoid it: you should bid as if you knew that your bid would win; that is, as if you knew your initial estimate of the common value was the highest. This leads you to bid much below your initial estimate. Then we discuss four forms of auction: first-price sealed-bid, sec
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21 - Repeated games: cooperation vs. the end game
We discuss repeated games, aiming to unpack the intuition that the promise of rewards and the threat of punishment in the future of a relationship can provide incentives for good behavior today. In class, we play prisoners' dilemma twice and three times, but this fails to sustain cooperation. The problem is that, in the last stage, since there is then is future, there is no incentive to cooperate, and hence the incentives unravel from the back. We related this to the real-world problems of a lam
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07 - Nash equilibrium: shopping, standing and voting on a line
We first consider the alternative "Bertrand" model of imperfect competition between two firms in which the firms set prices rather than setting quantities. Then we consider a richer model in which firms still set prices but in which the goods they produce are not identical. We model the firms as stores that are on either end of a long road or line. Customers live along this line. Then we return to models of strategic politics in which it is voters that are spread along a line. This time, however
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02 - Putting yourselves into other people's shoes
At the start of the lecture, we introduce the "formal ingredients" of a game: the players, their strategies and their payoffs. Then we return to the main lessons from last time: not playing a dominated strategy; and putting ourselves into others' shoes. We apply these first to defending the Roman Empire against Hannibal; and then to picking a number in the game from last time. We learn that, when you put yourself in someone else's shoes, you should consider not only their goals, but also how sop
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24 - General Review
The last class of the semester consists of a brief recapitulation of topics in the Divine Comedy addressed throughout the course, followed by an extensive question and answer session with the students. The questions posed allow Professor Mazzotta to elaborate on issues raised over the course of the semester, from Dante's place within the medieval love tradition to the relationship between his roles as poet and theologian.
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03 - Inferno I, II, III, IV
Professor Mazzotta introduces students to the Divine Comedy, focusing on the first four cantos of Inferno. Stylistic, thematic and formal features of the poem are discussed in the context of its original title, Comedy. The first canto is read to establish the double voice of the poet-pilgrim and to contrast the immanent journey with those described by Dante’s literary precursors. Among these is the pilgrim’s guide, Virgil. The following cantos are read with special attention to the ways
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15.391 Early Stage Capital (MIT)
15.391 examines the elements of raising early stage capital, focusing on start-up ventures and the early stages of company development. This course also prepares entrepreneurs to make the best use of outside advisors, and to negotiate effective long-term relationships with funding sources. Working in teams, students interact with venture capitalists and other professionals throughout the semester. Disclaimer: The web sites for this course and the materials they offer are provided for educational
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What is an Inclined Plane? - Simple Machines | Mocomi Kids
What is an inclined plane? Learn about the inclined plane with the help of this animated learning module and as an exercise look for a few household items where we use this practice to good use.(01:30)


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Réduction de la mortalité maternelle - Dakar 2010 : Introduction au colloque. (audio)

Le président de séance rappelle que ce colloque est un moment de réflexion pour confronter les approches et harmoniser le langage. La sexualité humaine est un objet social complexe qui, dans toutes les sociétés du monde, articule le langage, les affects et la physiologie.

La sexualité humaine, à la différence de la sexualité animale, dépasse la fonction de reproduction. Nous sommes des êtres de langage et de société. Le terme même de "reproduction" est trop
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Austenitised and isothermally transformed steel.
Steel, austenitised at 1200 centigrade for 120 s and then transformed isothermally at 350 centigrade for 2000 s before cooling to room temperature. The specimen was polished prior to transformation. This atomic force microscope image shows the displacements caused by the formation of bainite.
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Discover Psychology - Dr. David Feinberg (2010-2011)
October 22nd 2010 - Dr. David Feinberg - The look of love: facial appearance and sexual attraction.
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1.6.1 Introduction

The process of keeping up-to-date in your chosen subject area is useful for your studies and afterwards, for your own personal satisfaction, or perhaps in your career as part of your continuing professional development.

There are a great many tools available that make it quite easy to keep yourself up to date. You can set them up so that the information comes to you, rather than you having to go out on the web looking for it. Over the next few pages, you will be experimenting with some
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Graham on Start-ups, Innovation, and Creativity
Paul Graham, essayist, programmer and partner in the y-combinator talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about start-ups, innovation, and creativity. Graham draws on his experience as entrepreneur and investor to discuss the current state of the start-up world and how that world has changed due to improved technology that makes it easier to start a software company. Graham talks about his unusual venture firm, the y-combinator, and how he and his partners work with start-ups to get them ready for
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Munger on Love, Money, Profits, and Non-profits
Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the world of profit, money, love, gifts, and incentives. What motivates people, self-interest or altruism? Both obviously. But how do these forces interact with each other? Does relying on one always provide a stronger incentive than the other? Do charities, for-profit businesses or government agencies do a better job providing a good or service? Munger and Roberts have a wide-ranging discussion across these issues includ
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A Common Word: Panel Three: The Role of International NGOs in a Pluralistic World
In the third Panel of day 2 of a Common Word, panelists talk about the role of faith in informing the work and missions of international NGO's. How are traditional theological foundations for love of neighbor interpreted and applied in response to neighbors in today?s global community? In what ways has this understanding informed Muslim-Christian relations in the work of major international NGOs?
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Producing Reality TV - Peter Ogden, Big Brother
Peter Ogden – The producer of reality tv shows such as Big Brother 8, I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here! and Love Island speaks about his experiences as a producer on Big Brother 8 and how reality TV works behind the scenes. Peter Ogden started his media career studying at Coventry University and was one of the pioneers responsible for setting up Source Radio, the Coventry University Student Radio Station.
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Is there a Crisis in World Journalism? Dr Suzanne Franks
Suzanne Franks is Director of Research at Kent University’s Centre for Journalism. At the start of her journalism career she worked with the BBC as a researcher on documentaries and then joined the Television Current Affairs department, producing programmes such as Newsnight, Watchdog, The Money Programme and Panorama. In the 1990s she started an independent production company, Sevenday Productions, which was awarded the first outside contract for the televising of Parliament. She was based in
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Learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • define and use, or recognize definitions and applications of, each of the terms in bold in the text

  • understand the complexity of the interdependence between organisms and their environment

  • describe some of the consequences for health of pollution

  • explain why it is difficult to gain international agreements to secure biodiversity and reduce pollution.


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Week 01 Lecture: Introduction
The first lecture introduces students to the course, the teaching staff, and the course themes. Richard and Alastair will share their views on teaching and learning, providing students with an opportunity to think about the ways they have learnt through primary and secondary school, into tertiary education. This lecture will also cover the assessment scheme, assessment tasks, and if time permits start on defining the central themes of the course: "environment", "society", and "resources".
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