People With Greater Intellectual Humility Have Superior General Knowledge

by Christian Jarrett British Psychology Society edited by O Society May 26, 2019 In the era of social media and rolling news there’s a constant pressure to be in the know, always on hand with an aperçus or two. Today intellectual humility therefore feels more important than ever – having the insight and honesty to hold … Continue reading People With Greater Intellectual Humility Have Superior General Knowledge

Sprouts of Confucius

by Mengzi edited by O Society https://youtu.be/3eIbuW-BR7o Gongsun Chou said, “May I presume to inquire how you, Sir, excel?" “I can interpret what speech means,” replied Mencius, “and I nurture well my flood-like qi.” Gongsun Chou asked, “What do you mean by ‘flood-like qi?’” “It is hard to describe,” said Mencius. “This is a qi that is … Continue reading Sprouts of Confucius

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

by William Deresiewicz American Scholar edited by O Society April 8, 2019 It didn’t dawn on me there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I’d just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a … Continue reading The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

They Had It Coming

The parents indicted in the college-admissions scandal were responding to a changing America, with rage at being robbed of what they believed was rightfully theirs. written by Caitlin Flanagan Atlantic edited by O Society April 7, 2019 Sweet Christ, vindication! How long has it been? Years? No, decades. If hope is the thing with feathers, I … Continue reading They Had It Coming

Money Talks, Big Time

1% Politics and the Scandals of A New Gilded Age By Rajan Menon TomDispatch April 2, 2019 Despair about the state of our politics pervades the political spectrum, from left to right. One source of it, the narrative of fairness offered in basic civics textbooks -- we all have an equal opportunity to succeed if we … Continue reading Money Talks, Big Time

The perfectly legal – but immoral – ways rich kids get into top colleges

When it comes to admissions to elite schools, money can all but guarantee access to those who can afford it Jamiles Lartey Guardian Mar 14, 2019  Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son in law and senior aide, was admitted to Harvard after his father made a $2.5m donation to the school, despite a ‘less than stellar’ high school … Continue reading The perfectly legal – but immoral – ways rich kids get into top colleges