“American higher education is increasingly defined by an aimless mishmash of courses on trivial topics that present no clear view of what a human being must know in order to be considered liberally educated. The result: the liberal arts have been gutted and repackaged to serve various ideological and political interests. With the exception of a few “Great Books” colleges, the overarching vision of higher education that once sustained the West for centuries seems all but dead.”
“Earlier this month, the United Nations urged the world to celebrate the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, advertising it on social media using the hashtag #EndPoverty.”
“In 1994, 13 weeks in Rwanda saw the massacre of between 800,000 and one million people. Ethnic resentment toward the Tutsi population among the Hutu majority, gradually stoked since Rwanda’s colonial period, exploded into massacres across the country. These campaigns were dependent on widespread citizen participation, with Hutu paramilitaries and civilian patrols carrying out most of the killing.”
“As much as we may love to complain about being inundated with superhero movies, we should just get over it and enjoy them for the humor, visuals, action, and positive themes. “Thor: Ragnarok” delivers all of the above, and despite a few minor annoyances, it is well worth your time.”
“In Pasadena, CA in the 1970s, a married mother of two in my neighborhood began a daycare service out of her house. What was interesting at the time was that not long after starting her business she was visited by local government officials. It seemed she needed a license if she wanted to continue operating.”
“Humans tend to romanticize the past. In many ways, it helps us see the good in what has been and what is now, but in other ways, it disguises the truth.
The history of American public schooling is a notable example of viewing history through rose-colored glasses. In my college and graduate school education classes, I read books and articles about how American public schooling was intended to be a great equalizer, to provide opportunity and social mobility to every child regardless of background. But I also learned that the rosy stories I had been taught about American history, from Christopher Columbus to Thomas Jefferson, had a darker side not often revealed. Did the origin of American schooling have a similar shadow?”
“Everyone likes the convenience of online shopping, and no online store is more popular than Amazon.com. Now imagine if you could get just about anything on Amazon.com for free. How would your life change? This has been my life for the past two months after I became a professional undercover Amazon.com reviewer. In the process, I gained a lot of insight into how global markets work, why everything seems to be made in China and applied what I learned in school about game theory scenarios to my new career.”
“A year ago this week, I flew to Cleveland, rented a car, and spent the next ten days driving across eastern Ohio and Pennsylvania, stopping in small towns and cities to talk people about the upcoming presidential election.”
By Scott Adams
“Trump’s online missives make his supporters laugh and even his opponents think past the sale.
As a trained hypnotist and a lifelong student of persuasion, I’m often impressed by how much “work” President Trump gets out of his tweets. Most of them are harmless retweets about whatever is going right, and they tend to be forgettable. The good ones are something entirely different, and many are gems of persuasion.”
“In primary school, one of my friends lived in a duplex. This fact blew my mind. To my inexperienced 7-year-old mind, a duplex barely registered as a house. Her family shared a driveway with their neighbors, and their yard was tiny. It was the first house I’d ever seen that shared a wall with its neighbors. I’d seen apartments of course, but in my mind, those were temporary, for people who were saving up to buy a “real” home. I couldn’t understand that some people might actually prefer to live in something besides a private home because I’d never come across it before.”