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I might be exaggerating a little if I say things like We’re taught to measure our personal worth against exam scores; We’re taught that there is One Competition and those who win the tournament get the goodies; We’re taught that … Continue reading

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Why is mathematics the most boring class in school?

It’s not universally agreed that mathematics is the worst subject everyone has to study in school, but I would say the agreement is close to universal. Why is it so boring? Aesthetically, I prefer non-miraculous explanations that don’t invoke unique, … Continue reading

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We are telling kids who are good at school that they have better opportunities than others (and kids that are not good at school that they are doomed). Then we are telling kids who are good at school to stay … Continue reading

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@isomorphisms: I don’t know why people don’t celebrate the increased supply of young lawyers. Lower cost of representation is a huge step toward fairness and justice before the law.

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ConfidenceĀ is necessary for great civilisations to flourish. Do you hear those last echoes of Empire? This was filmed in 1969 but Kenneth Clark had grown up in another age—a time when Great Britain’s cultural superiority went unquestioned in many huts … Continue reading

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Help! I’m struggling with basic combinatorics!

I normally discard all homework questions (I get a lot). But georgiatehc is a cool kid and has been a loyal tumblr follower for quite a long time. So I wrote him a long answer summarising the spiel I used … Continue reading

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We [cannot] persist in seeing Leonardo [da Vinci] as an artist on the one hand and a scientist and technologist on the other. The common response is to suggest that he recognised no divisions between the two…. This doesn’t quite … Continue reading

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