Jun 9, 2014
The classic definition of an expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing
Rich Devaul
May 23, 2014
His other lesson for writers, even opinion writers, is that it’s a mistake to think you are an activist, championing some movement. That’s the path to mental stagnation. The job is just to try to understand what’s going on.
Really Good Books, Part I - NYTimes.com
Mar 29, 2014
So yes, you’re living in a technological miracle. And yes, you think it’s terrible. And no, that’s not unfair. After all, the people who gave it to you created these expectations along with their products.
Smartphones, the Disappointing Miracle - NYTimes.com
Mar 10, 2014
That evening, at a café near the work site, I had a drink with an ITER physicist, who was despondent, fearing that the machine would never work. Why he was staying with the project he couldn’t say. But a few weeks later, after thinking about it, he told me that his mood had lifted. He had come to see his role in both small and sublime terms—akin to a stonemason toiling for years on the York Minster cathedral (begun 1220, finished 1472) without witnessing the work being completed. “I now expect to devote my full professional career before seeing a decent plasma in ITER,” he said. “This does not bug me. There have been many scientists before me, working for this same goal, who will not see this. Martin Luther King had a dream fifty years ago. He did not live long enough to see that dream realized. But, thanks to him, we have made wonderful strides in helping his dream be fulfilled. The scientists working on ITER have a dream that could be as powerful as Martin Luther King’s—not for human equality but for energy independence. We won’t see this dream realized. But each day I go to work I have a hidden smile knowing that I am helping us get one day closer to our ITER dream.”
Raffi Khatchadourian: Can an Audacious Plan to Create a New Energy Resource Help Save the Planet? : The New Yorker
Mar 8, 2014
…current economic conditions are creating a marketplace in which firms increasingly sell the availability of their employees as part of the services offered by the firm…
Mazmanian & Erickson
Dec 11, 2013
Systems development is not the creation of discrete, intrinsically meaningful objects, but the cultural production of new forms of material practice.
L. Suchman et al.
Sep 1, 2013
The human psyche can tolerate a great deal of prospective misery, but it cannot bear the thought that the future is beyond all power of anticipation.
Robert Heilbroner
Jul 21, 2013

Hookup culture: for the white and wealthy

Let me lay out some statistics that, considered together, seem quite improbable. First, 91 percent of college students agree that their lives are dominated by the hookup culture. Second, the median number of hookups for a graduating senior is seven. That’s fewer than two hookups a year. Only about 40 percent of those hookups include sexual intercourse so, technically, the typical student acquires only two new sexual partners during college.

If students agree with the rest of the panicked culture and the recent New York Times story that they are embedded in an alcohol-fueled, porn-soaked, party scene that welcome casual sex, how is it possible that their actual sexual activity can be described with numbers like two and seven?

Jul 21, 2013

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements

Jul 16, 2013
The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed.
Ernest Hemingway

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