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The Fordist Academic

Scathing assessment of prevailing academia by Binoy Kampmark, well and truly caught between a rock and a hard place. On the one hand, higher education institutions are encouraged to be functional to market requirements (ROI, translational research); while on the other hand, so much of the university is given over to ideological indoctrination, activism masquerading as disinterested inquiry—i.e.…

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life

Looking forward to another cracking read by Taleb bitch-slapping the IYIs No.Education was, at some point great, fast becoming rent-seeking for a group of parasites IYIs who indoctrinate our youths. pic.twitter.com/IklI1CYsp0 — NassimNicholasTaleb (@nntaleb) September 23, 2017 complexityintellectual yet idiotNassim Nicholas Talebprobabilityrent-seekingskin in the game

The Dupe Army or the True Taste Restaurant

In the past I’ve sung the praises of Eric Weinstein’s quality of mind, i.e. his intellectual honesty and rigor pervading eclectic interests that are never monomaniacal. Though its always a pleasure to listen to Eric talk on any topic I want to direct your attention to the Cartesian graph he first mentioned about a year ago on…

Microaggression and “I smell the blood of les tricoteuses”

Check out this symposium on microaggression featuring Scott Lilienfeld, Jonathan Haidt, Derald Wing Sue, and others in Perspectives on Psychological Science (all the papers are open access). While on a psychology note, the funniest and sadly, the most insightful tweet on this day in my feed, is from the Gadfather — shades of Trigglypuff Mk2? Aside from Gad, other notable voices of…

Liberalizing Liberalism

I hesitate to use the word “intellectual” because those that comprise the list below (a) don’t conform to the usual “professional” thinker profile and (b) derivatively, wouldn’t want to be tarnished by this now cheapened label (i.e. The Intellectual Yet Idiot). The names listed below are insightful and most are very funny and entertaining. These people are distinguished first…