Should universities care about the truth?

by Tim Hayward edited by O Society July 10, 2019 Isn’t the answer obvious? Universities are about attaining, preserving, and disseminating knowledge—which only is knowledge insofar as it is true. Caring about the truth is what universities—through their members—do. The question as intended, however, concerns claims of fact appealed to as grounds for governments to … Continue reading Should universities care about the truth?

America, Inc: The Stars & Stripes Represents a Corporation and has from the Beginning

edited by O Society July 5, 2019 Our American flag originated from that of The East India Company, a powerful trading enterprise, whose flag happened to have 13 red and white horizontal stripes with a blue rectangle in its upper left-hand corner: The English East India Company flag changed over time, with a canton based … Continue reading America, Inc: The Stars & Stripes Represents a Corporation and has from the Beginning

Chomsky On the Willingness to be Puzzled

Nathan Robinson interviews Noam Chomsky edited by O Society July 3, 2019 For orver fifty years, Noam Chomsky has been one of the world’s foremost public intellectuals. Current Affairs editor Nathan Robinson recently spoke with Chomsky at his office in Tucson, Arizona. The text has been cut down and lightly edited for clarity. Transcript by … Continue reading Chomsky On the Willingness to be Puzzled

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