Today’s selection of articles:
- “Elizabeth Warren wants to remake American capitalism” (The Economist, 2019-10-24). The editors praise Warren’s concern for America’s middle class while casting doubt on her “faith in government as benign and effective” and her “vilification of business”.
- “Comparison is the thief of joy“, by Steve Magness (The Passion Paradox, 2019-10-22). Goals and benchmarks can spur improvement. Coach Magness reminds us that by themselves, they can also hold us back. Remember the joy of the pursuit, and cultivate a warranted trust in yourself.
- “Defending science in a post-fact era“, by Jill Radsken (The Harvard Gazette, 2019-10-22). Dr Naomi Oreskes, whose works has transitioned from geology to the history of science, shares her reflections on the scientific process and her experience sharing its merits with doubters.
One interesting aspect of this article was, despite the presence of her own values and biases (sometimes bordering on élitism — see her comments on belligerent questions and her “Red State Pledge”), Dr Oreskes’s openness to critical questions (see her magnanimous interpretation of the belligerent question) and her passion for sharing her views in oft-shunned areas. Perhaps these qualities are big contributors to her clarity of thought and expression.