Quotes & Links #32

1) techtimes.com: Girls outperform boys academically worldwide eve in math and science

“In fact, we found that with the exception of high achievers, boys have poorer educational outcomes than girls around the world, independent of social equality indicators,” writes the researchers.

I, too, wonder why?

2) businessinsider.com: Oxford Examiner Reveals How To Answer Questions On The ‘World’s Hardest Test’
I don’t have trouble answering most of these questions now, but I’m not sure if I would’ve been able to do so eight years ago. Guess that pretty much says it all about my intelligence. :D

3) ourworldindata.org: A Visual History of Violence

4) nytimes.com: 3 Hobbes Essays Renew Debate Over Machiavelli

Strauss, an unabashed elitist who was suspicious of all-inclusive democracy, had come to see Machiavelli as toweringly important because he was the first philosopher to conceive of politics as an amoral art.

Strauss died the next year, and no university press that Professor Saxonhouse contacted would touch her thesis. One returned the manuscript saying it was too controversial to be published by someone not “a scholar of overriding distinction.”

Wat? Jesus. Never read anything bei Leo Strauss.

5) socialevolutionforum.com: Scott Atran. Psychology, Anthropology, and a Science of Human Beings

In fact, to understand the causal process that produce culturally identifiable behaviors, both individual variation and long time horizons would be necessary subjects of sustained study, and we would find that the very notion of “culture,” like that of “species,” while commonsensical and useful as a starting point of inquiry, is ultimately a ladder that science has to throw away.

6) piie.com: Greece’s Problem: Persistent Fiscal Irresponsibility and Too Few Reforms

Last but not least, Krugman’s persistent pronouncements from the pulpit of the New York Times that austerity is wrong have presumably been a major contributor to the sort of thinking that has led to flawed economic policymaking in Greece. In 2008–10, when Latvia, as well as Estonia and Lithuania, carried out their successful fiscal consolidations, Krugman complained loudly about the terrible consequences of austerity. When they all recorded high economic growth, he refused to concede his defeat.

MORE GREECE. Interesting comparison of Latvia vs Greece. I’m not sure if the critique of Krugman is very fair, then again he usually isn’t fair to his opponents either and very rarely sees faults in his own analysis. He’s also a culprit of what I describe as “americansplaining”. ;)

7) thenation.com/blog: Jonathan Chait and the New PC

There is value, of course, in the new regime. The price of bigotry is much higher, the ethical blind spots concealed by clubby consensus are much more easily exposed. But the pressure to conform is also far more intense. The distance between what writers—or, at least, some writers—say to each other and what they say publicly is growing. That’s not oppression, but it is a loss.

8) Kritik von Finanzinvestor: Warum griechische Statistik das Schuldenproblem übertreibt

Das Zauberwort heißt Ipsas. Was nach einer griechischen Idee klingt, ist die englische Abkürzung für den Internationalen Standard zur Bilanzierung von Staatsschulden – ein Rechenwerk, auf das sich die Fachgremien der Rechnungsprüfer geeinigt haben, das bisher aber nur von wenigen Staaten angewandt wird.

Hm.

Doch gegen die Umsetzung sperrt sich nicht nur der deutsche Bundesrechnungshof.

LOL. Natürlich. Wahrscheinlich auch der Bund der Steuerzahler.

9) nytimes.com/upshot: We Can’t Blame a Few Rich People for Global Poverty

But don’t be misled; this is not what it says at all. A less rhetorically gifted Oxfam staffer might have written instead that the world’s richest 80 people own around 0.7 percent of global wealth.

10) spectator.co.uk: How Japan became a pop culture superpower

Almost every childhood craze of the past 30 years has come from Japan: Transformers, Power Rangers, Tamagotchi, Pokémon and on and on and on. And together these have blasted through boundaries between different media.

I also ascribe the resurgence of American comics to the rise of manga, like a spill-over effect. Fables, The Walking Dead and so on share more Macro-characteristics with manga than with the generic American superhero comic.

11) theweek.com: What’s wrong with political correctness? A few observations from a mansplainer.

In fact, I doubt political correctness can foster the growth of workers unions, change the distribution of economic power, or help us to be decent to each other. But I would, wouldn’t I?

12) zeit.de: 10 Fakten zu Muslimen in Deutschland

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