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Hedgehogs and Forecasting – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver

November 17th, 2012 · Comments Off on Hedgehogs and Forecasting – “The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction”, Nate Silver · Elitism, Prediction, Statistical Inference, Statistics

In fact, a little knowledge may be a dangerous thing in the hands of a hedgehog with a Ph.D. One of Tetlock’s more remarkable findings is that, while foxes tend to get better at forecasting with experience, the opposite is true of hedgehogs: their performance tends to worsen as they pick up additional credentials. Tetlock […]

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A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway

October 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on A Great Treasure You Could Take With You – “A Moveable Feast”, Ernest Hemingway · Literature, Reading Related

To have come on all this new world of writing (Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoyevsky, Gogol & Turgenev), with time to read in a city like Paris where there was a way of living well and working, no matter how poor you were, was like having a great treasure given to you. You could take with you […]

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You Cannot Do Without Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams

September 15th, 2012 · Comments Off on You Cannot Do Without Politicians – “Huey Long”, T. Harry Williams · Means and Ends, Politics, Progressive Politics, Quotes

Long: “You will find that you cannot do without politicians. They are a necessary evil in this day and time. You may not like getting money from one source and spending it for another. But the thing for the school people to do is that if the politicians are going to steal, make them steal […]

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Aeschylus – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 13th, 2012 · Comments Off on Aeschylus – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton · Philosophy

The truth to reconcile these truths (Aeschylus) found in the experience of men, which the men of his generation must have realized far beyond others, that pain and error have their purpose and their use: they are steps of the ladder of knowledge: God, whose law it is that he who learns must suffer. And […]

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School and Leisure – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton

February 8th, 2012 · Comments Off on School and Leisure – “The Greek Way” – Edith Hamilton · Civilisation, Philosophy, Policy

Our word for school comes from the Greek word for leisure. Of course, reasoned the Greek, given leisure a man will employ it in thinking and finding out about things. Leisure and the pursuit of knowledge, the connection was inevitable—to a Greek.

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Be Intolerant of Ignorance but Understanding of Illiteracy – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou

January 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Be Intolerant of Ignorance but Understanding of Illiteracy – “I know why the caged bird sings” – Maya Angelou · Humanism, Philosophy

As I ate she began the first of what we later called “my lessons in living.” She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to […]

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Teachers – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 11th, 2011 · Comments Off on Teachers – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro · Art, Culture, Japan, Japanese, Literature, Power

A teacher or mentor whom one admires greatly in early adulthood will leave his mark, and indeed, long after one has come to re-evaluate, perhaps even reject, the bulk of that man’s teachings, certain traits will tend to survive, like some shadow of that influence, to remain with one throughout one’s life… ..the way I […]

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Beatrix Potter – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

October 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Beatrix Potter – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Parenting, Reading Related

Beatrix Potter got her poetry from prose: which is to say, from speech, concentrated. Written in an age when it was still assumed that children would not suffer brain damage from hearing a phrase they couldn’t immediately understand, the books are plentifully supplied with elevated verbal constructions. The bright child sees unfamiliar phrases going by […]

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Learning, Entertainment and Academic Writing – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on Learning, Entertainment and Academic Writing – “Cultural Amnesia” – Clive James · Complexity, Culture, Elitism, Writing

The necessity to entertain could sometimes be the enemy of learning, but not as often as the deadly freedom to write as if nobody would ever read the results except a faculty supervisor who owed his post to the same exemption.

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The Value of Education – “Goodbye Babylon: Further Journeys in Time and Politics” – Bob Ellis

September 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on The Value of Education – “Goodbye Babylon: Further Journeys in Time and Politics” – Bob Ellis · Australian Labor Party, Policy, Politics, Quotes

Ben Chifley to Nugget Coombs, 1944: “I’d rather have had your education than a thousand pound.”

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