A few good reads

The problem with Ivy Leagues– ”

The ‘tenacious myth’ of affirmative action: ‘They will instantly catch up’

She denounced the academy for its “aggressive, dogmatic pursuit of equality” of group outcomes rather than its historic “disinterested search for truth.”

The academic gaps that make affirmative action necessary either “may not be mentioned in polite society” or are proof of racism in this view, Wax said. It’s propped up by a “tenacious myth”: that once beneficiaries arrive, “they will instantly catch up” with others, and if they don’t, it’s because of racism.

This view ends up backfiring because it creates social distrust in the competence of the supposed beneficiaries, Wax said. She has relatives in medical schools who acknowledge the “open secret” that the public has less trust in black doctors because of affirmative action.”

1970s Global Cooling Consensus was no myth.  The claim that there was no consensus on global cooling just floors me. It’s beyond mind boggling that it ever got any credence at all.  I am only 56 years old. I was born the final year of the baby boom (my mom as born the first year of it, isn’t that funny?)- so there are a lot of us.  WE WERE THERE.  We aren’t senile yet.  We remember.  This, like the ‘nobody spit on veterans returning from Viet Nam’ lie, is pure gaslighting.

This is a book review, and it’s interesting and deeply thought provoking, which is not something I would have assumed would be true if somebody told me to read a book review about Bronze Age Mesopotamian economics, The Lord’s Prayer, and why Gibbons was wrong about the starting point of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.

We live in Huxley’s Dystopia, not Orwell’s.  I think this is self-evident, although both are worth reading.

The problem with discounting all the thinkers of the past for racism or sexism.

{However, the idea that racist, sexist or otherwise bigoted views automatically disqualify a historical figure from admiration is misguided. Anyone who cannot bring themselves to admire such a historical figure betrays a profound lack of understanding about just how socially conditioned all our minds are, even the greatest. Because the prejudice seems so self-evidently wrong, they just cannot imagine how anyone could fail to see this without being depraved.

Their outrage arrogantly supposes that they are so virtuous that they would never be so immoral, even when everyone around them was blind to the injustice. We should know better.”

The Greek marbles were brightly painted, and this is what they might have looked like.  Very cool.

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  1. Frances
    Posted November 22, 2018 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    The Greek marbles were brightly painted, and the Venus de Milo used to have arms!

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