A brief gallivant about the marketplace of ideas.

Tag: education

Read : 2020-05-18

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. The market v the real economy” (The Economist, 2020-05-07). “There is little euphoria, just a despairing reach for the handful of businesses judged to be all-weather survivors.”
  2. A perky stockmarket v a glum economy” (The Economist, 2020-05-07).
  3. There is less trust between Washington and Beijing than at any point since 1979” (The Economist, 2020-05-09).
  4. ‘Once upon a virus’: China mocks U.S. in Lego-like animation” (Reuters, 2020-05-04). An English translation of the animation can be viewed on YouTube (posted by New China TV).
  5. China’s military is tied to debilitating new cyberattack tool” by Ronen Bergman & Steven Lee Myers (NY Times, 2020-05-07).
  6. Naikon APT: Cyber espionage reloaded” (Check Point Research, 2020-05-07).
  7. Project CAMERASHY: Closing the aperture on China’s Unit 78020” by ThreatConnect Research Team (ThreatConnect, 2015-09-23).
  8. How runners around the world are cooking in quarantine” by Becky Wade (Becky Runs Away, 2020-05-07). As Becky puts it, “a good excuse to check in with friends all over the world”…and share recipes to try.
  9. Advice on life and creative integrity from Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson” by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, 2013-05-20). Reflections (and “Calvin and Hobbes” comics) on Bill Waterson’s 1990 commencement address at Kenyon College.
  10. Art talk: ‘Painting Edo’” (Harvard Art Museums, 2020-04-29). 10-minute film on early modern Japanese painting with Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller curator of Asian art.
  11. Rice memories : Natalie Kirchhoff” by Natalie Kirchhoff (Rice Owls, 2020-05-05). “Looking back, I see the importance of humble confidence and grit. Being confident in one’s ability and having the willingness to persevere day in and day out and not loose hope…”
  12. Rice memories : Lennie Waite” by Lennie Waite (Rice Owls, 2020-05-12). “[F]or the most part, I attached myself to my friends and the training came naturally. We were truly enjoying the process. The 2007 season taught me so many valuable lessons related to team cohesion, support, confidence, the importance of a growth mindset, and it instilled me with faith that the combination of hard work and enjoyment are unbeatable.”
  13. The real Lord of the Flies: What happened when six boys were shipwrecked for 15 months” by Rutger Bregman (The Guardian, 2020-05-09).
  14. China is happy to fill the leadership vacuum left by the U.S.” by Matthias Gebauer, Ralf Neukirch, RenĂ© Pfister & Bernhard Zand (Spiegel, 2020-05-06).
  15. The confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the hacker who saved the Internet” by Andy Greenberg (Wired, 2020-05-12).
  16. The coming disruption” by James D. Walsh (Intelligencer).
  17. Can the women and girls of a small Texas town take back the purity movement?” by Emma Specter (Vogue, 2020-05-14).

And for your (my? our?) sporting entertainment :

  1. BBC’s Andrew Cotter commentates penguin parade on Australia’s Phillip Island” by Matilda Boseley (The Guardian, 2020-05-11).

Read : 2020-02-13

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Scientists, stop thinking explaining science will fix things” by Tim Requarth (Slate, 2017-04-19). Not only do studies suggest the deficit model is wrong, but also scientists who approach science education from this paradigm may reveal inherent elitism: “If only they understood the science (as well as I do)…”
  2. Ancient ‘ghost’ DNA identified in living humans” by Sarah Sloat (Inverse, 2020-02-12). Researchers Arun Durvasula and Sriram Sankararaman conclude that certain human populations “derive 2 to 19% of their genetic ancestry from an archaic population” (original research article).
  3. It’s unreal just how awful ‘Real ID’ is” by Joe Mathews (Zocalo, 2020-02-11). The author claims the linked state databases would enhance government tracking and attract hackers. He also asserts that Real ID will create two tiers of citizens. His solution? Widespread popular defiance and state-level injunctions against their use.

Read : 2020-01-29

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Oh sure, big tech wants regulation — on its own terms” by Justin Sherman (Wired, 2020-01-28). Why the surprised tone? And do I sense hypocrisy?
  2. Translating black holes to the public — in 25 languages” by Alvin Powell (The Harvard Gazette, 2020-01-28).
  3. Charles Lieber arrested” by Jonathan Shaw (Harvard Magazine, 2020-01-28).
  4. Reflections of a mathematics teacher educator: Considerations for mathematicians who teach teachers” by Christina Eubanks-Turner (Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 2020-02).

Read : 2020-01-16

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Anger is temporary madness: The Stoics knew how to curb it” by Massimo Pigliucci (Aeon, 2017-10-13). The article ends with a bullet-list “modern Stoic guide to anger management”. Epictetus’s remark about insulting a rock is tickling.
  2. Can this notorious troll turn people away from extremism?” by Trevor Quirk (Wired, 2020-01-15). An article on Steven Bonnell, perhaps better known by his online streaming alias Destiny. I found this article long on words, light on ideas. Two passages that stand out:

    [Bonnell is] someone who has spent years cultivating a community that is more likely to forgive your past indiscretions than to shame you for them.

    Is this notion of community, and a place where you won’t be shamed for your past beliefs and actions (though you may be accountable for them), disappearing from reality? but not from our wants?

    His weary cynicism about the ordinary intellect is what you might expect from someone who has spent years trying to get people to change not what they think but how they think. That has always been slow, hard work.

    Perhaps this kind of work is best done early in life, in more intimate settings, over long periods of time? One could imagine it taking place within (more or less stable) communities, perhaps guided by elders of that community, deemed worthy to rear and shape future generations. Wait,–this is the idea of school! Except that modern public schools assiduously teach facts for tests and just as assiduously avoid serious discussion of values for life. Also, the way public-school teachers are viewed, treated, and remunerated is an abomination.

Read : 2019-11-03

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Gaggle knows everything about teens and kids in school“, by Caroline Haskins (BuzzFeed, 2019-11-01). This is modern life, as we have allowed it to become.
  2. ‘Defend China’s honour’: Beijing releases new morality guidelines for citizens“, by Lily Kuo (The Guardian, 2019-10-29). To some extent, could this serve as a warning to our personal lives, about what happens when we want to tell others how to behave?
  3. Sara Hall just wants to have fun (and 8 other pieces of running advice)“, by Erin Strout (Women’s Running, 2019-10-30).

    [My races] don’t define me, and my self-worth isn’t on the line… As a result, every year I’m freer to take big risks.

  4. Code girls: The women cryptographers of WWII“, by Maria Popova (Brain Pickings, 2017-12-11). A discursive survey highlighting the role women played in US code-breaking efforts, especially during World War II.

Read : 2019-10-22

Top articles:

  1. Snowden in the labyrinth“, by Jonathan Lethem (The New York Review of Books, 2019-10-24). A thoughtful analysis of and reflection on Edward Snowden’s memoir, “Permanent record”.

Other articles:

  1. History is made as Eliud Kipchoge becomes the first human to break the two-hour marathon barrier” (INEOS 1:59 Challenge, 2019-10-12).
  2. Marathon records test the limits of human physiology and shoe technology“, by Joshua Robinson (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  3. Should consumers be able to sell their own personal data?“, by Christopher Tonetti & Cameron F. Kerry (Wall Street Journal, 2019-10-13).
  4. How ‘white guilt’ in the age of Trump shapes the Democratic primary“, by Astead W. Herndon (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  5. Overlooked no more: Mitsuye Endo, a name linked to justice for Japanese-Americans“, by Stephanie Buck (New York Times, 2019-10-13).
  6. Extra time: how smart exercise keeps you younger for longer“, by Neil Tweedie (The Guardian, 2018-04-29).
  7. College volleyball rankings: The toughest tests left for the top teams“, by Michella Chester (NCAA, 2019-10-15). Baylor vs Texas. Twice.
  8. China weaponizes education to control Tibet“, by Ben Halder (OZY, 2019-10-16). Is Tibet the only place where this happens, and the Chinese government the only perpetrator? Are there not unnerving parallels to central control of education in other countries? perhaps yours?
  9. Dogs 101: Everything you should know about bathing your dog” (DogTime). Brush before bathing, use lukewarm water (dog skin is sensitive!), use dog shampoo (dog skin is sensitive!), rinse very very well, air dry, TREATS!!!
  10. Start your autonomous engines (Rivian vs. Cruise vs. Uber ATG“, by Michael Wenner (EquityZen, 2019-10-16). An overview of three companies involved with electric and autonomous vehicles.
  11. How to talk to a woman“, by John Gorman (Medium, 2018-01-29).
  12. Ordinary people focus on the outcome. Extraordinary people focus on the process.“, by Anthony Moore (Medium, 2018-08-28).
  13. 10 habits of consistently happy people“, by Anton Chevalier (Medium, 2019-04-08).

Math and science articles:

  1. Inherited learning? It happens, but how is uncertain“, by Viviane Callier (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-16).
  2. With category theory, mathematics escapes from equality“, by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine, 2019-10-10).
  3. Alexander Grothendieck (1928-2014)“, by David Mumford & John Tate (Nature, 2015-01-14). In memoriam.

On derived categories and infinity categories:

  1. The language of infinity-categories” (Kerodon).
  2. Emily Riehl” (Johns Hopkins University). Dr. Riehl’s home page.
  3. Lectures on infinity categories“, by Vladimir Hinich (arXiv, 2018-11-04).
  4. Understanding the derived infinity category“, by Akhil Mathew (Climbing Mount Bourbaki. 2012-07-14).
  5. Gabriel’s theorem and birational geometry“, by John Calabrese & Roberto Pirisi (2018-04-06).

Read : 2019-08-25

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. What companies are for” (The Economist, 2019-08-22). The article raises relevant issues — businesses may not be best suited to addressing and solving all social problems, what is a social goal is not always obvious, the trade-off between stabilizing the status quo and upsetting it — but, in my opinion, misses the mark in analyzing each. If business is not well suited to addressing social problems, and government is gridlocked, what is the answer? (E.g., strengthening local governments at the expense of national ones, ceding more control to individuals and communities rather than to federal entities, etc.) If businesses ought not to pursue certain social goals for lack of information or conflict of interests, could this lack or conflict be addressed? (Let’s be real: Firms already pursue certain social goals behind the scenes, by dint of the products they produce or the lobbying they fund.) Why would corporate activism endanger dynamism? Because of “sheltering” by government? If we as society demand no such sheltering be allowed, would that solve the problem? It seems the bigger danger of corporate activism is it gives an outsize influence (in terms of power and money) to majority interests: Businesses may adopt majority values and goals in the interest of future business. Is majority rule always the best way to solve social problems? (I can think of several examples that suggest, if not prove, the answer to this question is “No”.)
  2. How life became an endless, terrible competition“, by Daniel Markovits (The Atlantic, 2019-09).
  3. Blame economists for the mess we’re in“, by Binyamin Appelbaum (NY Times, 2019-08-25). Appelbaum offers a scapegoat and sacrificial lamb for society’s current problems: Economists.
  4. AI reveals how ‘Old town road’ became the biggest song ever“, by Courtney Linder (Popular Mechanics, 2019-08-15).
  5. In the ultimate power move, Taylor Swift will rerecord — and own — her old albums“, by Michelle Ruiz (Vogue, 2019-08-22). Concerns over the journalist’s highlighting of power aside (I guess all issues come down to a power struggle, in the end, but is it human destiny to continue them, find better ways of resolving them, or something else?), doesn’t it make sense that artists should own their work? Kudos to T-Swift for pursuing what she believes in.

Read : 2019-08-11

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Inside Kashmir, cut off from the world: ‘A living hell’ of anger and fear“, by Sameer Yasir, Suhasini Raj, & Jeffrey Gettleman (NY Times, 2019-08-10).
  2. Half of teachers have ‘seriously considered’ quitting in recent years, survey finds“, by Emily Tate (EdSurge, 2019-08-05).
  3. Teach yourself to echolocate“, by Jessica Leigh Hester (Atlas Obscura, 2018-10-11).
  4. Chill out! The 10 rules for a perfect fridge — from egg storage to deep cleaning“, by Dale Berning Sawa (The Guardian, 2019-08-08).

Read : 2019-07-08

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Can Khan Academy scale to educate anyone, anywhere?“, by Brian Kenny (Cold Call Podcast, 2019-06-18). How does Professor Bill Sahlman’s business background frame and bias his analysis?
  2. Delving into the mysticism of music“, by Janet Maslin (NY Times, 1992-11-13). A review of the film “Tous les matins du monde” (“All the mornings of the world“), directed by Alain Corneau.
  3. Behold, the most (intentionally) poorly designed website ever created“, by Samuel Axon (Ars Technica, 2019-07-04).
  4. While Trump isolates the U.S., it’s ‘let’s make a deal’ for the rest of the world“, by Keith Johnson (Foreign Policy, 2019-07-03).
  5. The making of the mighty Megan Rapinoe“, by Eugene S. Robinson (OZY, 2019-07-02).
  6. Selling your private information is a terrible idea“, by Sarah Jeong (NY Times, 2019-07-05). A topic worthy of discussion. The analogy to selling kidneys? Misapplied at best, intentionally misleading at worst.
  7. This reporter asks a lot of questions. In Japan, that makes her unusual.“, by Motoko Rich (NY Times, 2019-07-05). Are such cultural comparisons better read in the mindset of tradeoffs rather than moral absolutes?
  8. Democracy is for the gods“, by Costica Bradatan (NY Times, 2019-07-05). “Genuine democracy is difficult to achieve and once achieved, fragile. In the grand scheme of human events, it [has been] the exception, not the rule.”

Read : 2019-06-30

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why rich kids are so good at the marshmallow test“, by Jessica McCrory Calarco (The Atlantic, 2018-06-01). The focal study by Watts et al. can be accessed here.
  2. Want to be less racist? Move to Hawaii“, by Moises Valsquez-Manoff (NY Times, 2019-06-28).