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The Fireside Chats: Noble discretion. Or, the discretion of the nobles.

In a Sept. 21 article from the New York Times Opinion pages, entitled “Why Poor Students Struggle,” New York teacher Vicki Madden reflects on low-income students of hers who make it to college and then drop out. 1,044 more words

Social Justice

Make those answers work

I’ve got a look to the July/August HBR (Harvard Business Review) Magazine while flying back to Mexico from a so briefly stay in San Francisco at the IDF 2014. 764 more words


Neutral point of view

“NPOV” stands for “neutral point of view”, a notion that Wikipedia editors take as a governing principle. NPOV is useful in some contexts, but also can be abused to camouflage specific ideologies — especially those that happen to dominate discourse in a particular place and time.

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Why university will never be a meritocracy

Recently, Steven Pinker wrote a response to William Deresiewicz’ recent article and book, which claims that the Ivy League is a horrible soulless place. Overall, I concur with Pinker’s retort. 655 more words

Why I'm a Gamer (and Not Ashamed of It) In Retrospect

I doubt I’m the only one to reflect on the status of gamers recently, to wonder if some of the criticism just might be accurate. It isn’t, of course, but that doesn’t deter me from introspection. 901 more words


GamerGate: On Moving Foward, Formalizing, and the Death of Normal

Lots of big news for GamerGate, however most of it is speculation, so I won’t go over it here. This blog post will be discussing how GamerGate can move forward without losing its power and efficiency, as well as how to change things permanently for the better. 1,100 more words


The American Meritocracy Is Made Up Of Poor People

Many wealthy Americans believe that dysfunctional behavior causes poverty. Their own success, they would insist, derives from good character and a strict work ethic. But they would be missing some of the facts. 684 more words