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Base Hits > Homeruns

After talking to a number of PhD students, I’ve come to conclude two things. First, that many (especially in “genius disciplines” like maths or physics) are motivated by the goal of being the smartest human who ever lived—“the next Einstein”, … Continue reading

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If you added up all the college education of Steinbeck, Hemingway, Faulkner you’d get almost to spring break of freshman year. … Contemporary writing … has been influenced by the mid-century French style: psychological. Exploring your inner thoughts. Most [American] … Continue reading

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I’ve explained group theory to fifth graders. People who haven’t tried it don’t realise the difference between explaining something to a group of a group of 8th graders, a group of 5th graders, a group of 2nd graders, or a … Continue reading

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When you see the context in which something was written and you know who the author was beyond just a name, you learn so much more than when you find the same text placed in the anonymous, faux-authoritative, anti-contextual brew … Continue reading

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(Thoroughly) Enmeshed Composition

Imagine you were a wealthy writer — so wealthy that you could pay servants to look stuff up for you. Instead of drudging through tomes (or internet searches) to fact-check yourself, find original references, and so on. You just do … Continue reading

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Christopher Hitchens died yesterday. Jeremy Paxman interviewed him a little over a year ago in Washington, D.C. “I always thought, the day the newspapers came out and I wasn’t there to read them, that that would be a sad day … Continue reading

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