Category Archives: Influences

The return of rational

Introducing the new book by Eric Robert Morse—Psychonomics: How Modern Science Aims to Conquer the Mind and How the Mind Prevails. An excerpt from the book: Franz Gall was no crank. We laugh at him now because his conclusions were … Continue reading

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George Will, increasingly intelligent

“I’ve lived in Washington now for 44 years, and that’s a lot of folly to witness up close,” says Washington Post columnist George Will. “Whatever confidence and optimism I felt towards the central government when I got here on January … Continue reading

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I know of no country where there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America.

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy In America.

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The most sacred of the duties of a government is to do equal and impartial justice to all its citizens.

Thomas Jefferson.

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The Overview Effect–the psychology of looking back from space

(The Overview Effect) Who would have thought traveling to outer space could be such a profound experience? OK, probably everybody, but these former astronauts really articulate it in a way that was just a little mind-blowing.

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Good reads–One World Schoolhouse

Salman Khan’s One World Schoolhouse is a brief summary of mass education, where it’s been, and where it ought to go. It would be difficult to find a more comprehensive, big-picture, and revolutionary argument on the subject. Luckily, Khan is … Continue reading

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The future of education is now

(Forbes) The Khan Academy, which features 3,400 short instructional videos along with interactive quizzes and tools for teachers to chart student progress, is a nonprofit, boasting a mission of “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” There is no employee … Continue reading

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When the law contradicts what most people regard as moral and proper, they will break the law whether the law is enacted in the name of a noble ideal such as equality or in the naked interest of one group at the expense of another.

Milton Friedman, Free to Choose.

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Our attachment to no nation on earth should supplant our attachment to liberty.

Thomas Jefferson, July 4, 1776.

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The future of education

TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. You can nominate a teacher, nominate an … Continue reading

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Author interview with Jeff Cunningham of Directorship Magazine

This spring, the author of Juggernaut was interviewed by one of the leading figures in high-level business communications today, Jeff Cunningham, founder and editor of Directorship Magazine. The introduction from the interview: The closing of the frontier in the 1890s … Continue reading

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Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death

On this day in 1775, Patrick Henry is said to have proclaimed “Give me liberty, or give me death!” while delivering an address to the Virginia Provincial Convention calling for independence from Britain. The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Give … Continue reading

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Word frequency of the two parties

University of Chicago economist Matthew Gentzkow recently discussed a study he coauthored with Jesse Shapiro about newspaper bias with Levitt and Dubner of Freakonomics fame. They used a sample of 433 newspapers and sorted the phrases favored by Congressional Democrats and … Continue reading

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The striking connection between contraception and sovereign debt

Mark Steyn has an uncanny knack for pointing out obscure and yet compelling aspects of our political economy. In his latest column, he shows how the latest controversy over Obama’s contraception mandate is less a distraction from our economic woes, … Continue reading

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Politics, History, Future, and Man to wit

From Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary: Politics, n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. The conduct of public affairs for private advantage. History, n. an account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by … Continue reading

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I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break in pieces.

Étienne de La Boétie. Reminds one of the solutions put forth in the book.

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Sustainable development and the tragedy of commons

Stockholm whiteboard seminars: Nobel Prize-winner Elinor Ostrom explains how people can use natural resources in a sustainable way based on the diversity that exists in the world. Succinct brilliance.

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The dangers of storytelling

One interesting thing about cognitive biases – they’re the subject of so many books these days. There’s the Nudge book, the Sway book, the Blink book, like the one-title book, all about the ways in which we screw up. And … Continue reading

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Two questions from the early 20th century

From Max Weber’s essay, Parliament and Government in Germany under a New Political Order, published as a series of articles in the ‘Frankfurter Zeitung’ in 1917 as a critique of officialdom and the party system (though utterly relevant today): (1) … Continue reading

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