Quotes & Links #13

1) ravishly.com: Christina Sommers: Author, Who Stole Feminism?

Girls at Yale, Haverford and Swarthmore see themselves as oppressed. That is madness.

There’s also this FAZ article which says income inequality between females and males is only about 8% when adjusted for other variables. I had always assumed this would be the case for any calculation. Weird. On another note I always wonder how people want to negate structural inequality by changing the manifestations after the fact (f. e. via a quota). Wouldn’t it be better to change the structure first? Although a similar case could be made against redistribution via government welfare. Hm. In the end it’s a complex topic, I guess…

2) newrepublic.com: Science Is Not About Certainty(via @poltheo)

Science is not about certainty. Science is about finding the most reliable way of thinking at the present level of knowledge. Science is extremely reliable; it’s not certain. In fact, not only is it not certain, but it’s the lack of certainty that grounds it. Scientific ideas are credible not because they are sure but because they’re the ones that have survived all the possible past critiques, and they’re the most credible because they were put on the table for everybody’s criticism.

3) carnegieeurope.eu: Three Treacherous Tales of Power in Europe

As a consequence, almost everyone is trying to indoctrinate (Russia), spy on (America, Russia, China), win over (Britain, Poland), convince (Italy, Greece, Spain), or economically bind (China) the Germans.

I’m not sure if he overestimates Germany’s power, but it’s certainly an interesting read.

4) gov.uk: Parking fines incurred by Diplomatic Missions and International Organisations in the UK
I wonder what a worldwide balance would look like. Would they cancel out?

5) asahi.com: ‘Sushi Socks’ prove a perfect fit for foreign tourists

6) washingtonpost.com: The American people are slowly becoming nihilists

But for all the constant chatter about how Americans increasingly hate Congress, much of the analysis misses this key point: Americans increasingly hate almost everything else too.

I wonder if this general trend can be reproduced in other countries and what kind of variables correlate with it. It’s a dangerous trend when institutions that have worked well are increasingly being seen as operating subpar. When/how will this reflect in behaviour on a micro- and macro-level?

7) businessinsider.com: The 24 Words That Are Most Known To Only Men Or Women
An interesting list.

8) bbc.com: Berlin House of One: The first church-mosque-synagogue?
Progress.

9) thephilosophersmail.com: How love stories ruin our love lives

10) blogs.lse.uk: Media coverage in Germany and the UK shows why both countries have radically different views over who should be the next Commission President

But what is perhaps surprising this time – and more worrying for the future of the EU and Anglo-German relations – is how the media in Germany and the UK have taken completely different views of the process. The different level of media coverage of the campaign for the Commission President is one of the main reasons why German and British voters and the political elites in Berlin and Paris have a completely different understanding of how European Parliament elections work.

11) noahpinionblog.com: Undeniable Macroeconomic Truths?

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