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TED talks are lying to you

TED talks are lying to you
The writer had a problem. Books he read and people he knew had been warning him that the nation and maybe mankind itself had wandered into a sort of creativity doldrums. Economic growth was slackening. The Internet revolution was less awesome than we had anticipated, and the forward march of innovation, once a cultural constant, had slowed to a crawl. And yet the troubled writer also knew that there had been, over these same years, fantastic growth in our creativity promoting sector. The literature on the subject was vast. It was to one of these last that our puzzled correspondent now decided to turn. Anecdote after heroic anecdote unfolded, many of them beginning with some variation on Lehrer’s very first phrase: “Procter and Gamble had a problem.” And that’s when it hit him: He had heard these things before. Had our correspondent developed the gift of foresight? These realizations took only a millisecond. That was the ultimate lesson. And why was this worth noticing? No. Related:  kbpc172f_depointzero

The Not-So-Hidden Cause Behind the A.D.H.D. Epidemic Illustration by Oliver Munday The number of diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has ballooned over the past few decades. Before the early 1990s, fewer than 5 percent of school-age kids were thought to have A.D.H.D. Earlier this year, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 had at some point received the diagnosis — and that doesn’t even include first-time diagnoses in adults. (Full disclosure: I’m one of them.) That amounts to millions of extra people receiving regular doses of stimulant drugs to keep neurological symptoms in check. Probably not. Which is not to say that A.D.H.D. is a made-up disorder. None of that research yet translates into an objective diagnostic approach, however. This lack of rigor leaves room for plenty of diagnoses that are based on something other than biology.

"Briser l'influence du gauchisme culturel" LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Jean-Pierre Le Goff (Philosophe et sociologue) Plusieurs intellectuels s'expriment dans "Le Monde" sur les tiraillements dans la majorité, révélés par l'affaire Leonarda. Pour le sociologue Jean-Pierre Le Goff, la gauche républicaine et sociale est remise en question. Lire : Inévitables fractures idéologiques à gauche Ce qu'on appelle l'affaire Leonarda a fait apparaître une nouvelle fois l'opposition qui existe depuis longtemps entre une gauche politique et sociale et un gauchisme sociétal qui s'est approprié le magistère de la morale. Des représentants du gauchisme sociétal appellent les lycéens à reprendre la lutte, multiplient les leçons de morale envers le gouvernement et un peuple considéré comme des "beaufs" fascisants. La confiance dans les rapports sociaux, la liberté d'opinion et le débat intellectuel s'en trouvent profondément altérés. Un pays qui ne sait plus d'où il vient et où il va perd l'estime de lui-même.

UN urges transparency over US drone deaths - Americas The United Nations has said that at least 450 civilians may have been killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen, a figure which the US has previously downplayed. A UN report, obtained by Al Jazeera on Friday, stated that Pakistan’s government had confirmed at least 400 civilian deaths as a result of US drone strikes, in stark contrast to what US officials had publicly acknowledged previously. The report found that one of the major obstacles in obtaining accurate figures on civilian deaths was the lack of transparency by the countries involved, which has prompted a cauldron of legal issues that are yet to be addressed by UN-member states. "This report aims to present the facts as clearly and objectively as possible. "This issue is clearly not going to go away, and I will continue asking the difficult questions for as long as it takes," he added. Transparency The report also indicated that at least 50 civilians were also killed in strikes on Afghanistan and Yemen.

La vérité ? Un travail. Un énorme pas serait fait vers la paix (ici comme ailleurs) si chacun était en mesure de comprendre à quel point il nous est difficile d’accéder à la vérité et encore davantage d’y adhérer. Vérité à propos de nous-mêmes en premier lieu, sur nos limites, notre ignorance, nos failles, peut-être nos fautes…. Répondre à l’invitation de Socrate « Connais-toi toi-même » est déjà le travail de toute une vie… Pour « devenir ce que nous sommes », il faut approfondir sans-cesse notre propre identité. C’est la condition sine qua non pour s’ouvrir aux autres, sans confusion… Vérité sur ces autres ensuite : ils demeureront a fortiori toujours un mystère incernable… C’est la rançon de la magnifique dignité humaine. Mais pourquoi sommes-nous si prompts à étiqueter nos semblables comme si c’étaient des insectes identifiables ? Retournons donc au for intérieur. « Je perçois les choses de la façon dont je suis disposé » explique Aristote. « Qu’est-ce que la vérité ?

Should Academics Write for Free? • Vitae — A service of The Chronicle of Higher Education In 2006, I published my first article in an academic journal, a lengthy analysis debunking the existence of an Uzbek terrorist organization. I called my mother to tell her the news. “Great,” she said. “Nothing.” She laughed. I had come to academia from journalism, which, at the time, paid people. I explained to my mother that academic publishing was different. Seven years later, journalism has adopted the academic publishing model, only without the pretense of integrity. Today media outlets making healthy profits refuse to pay the freelance writers who help make them a success. Academics are particularly vulnerable to media-industry exploitation. Should academics ever write for free? Should academics write for free for a publisher that can afford to pay them? When you write for free for a profitable mainstream publisher, you deny yourself fair compensation while normalizing exploitation. Unpaid writing leads to more unpaid writing. It is also misleading. Do your research.

Jacques Généreux : la priorité, c’est de sauver l’Europe, pas l’euro Jean-Luc Mélenchon et Jacques Généreux, lors d’un meeting pour les européennes, à Paris le 7 avril 2009 (BORIS HORVAT/AFP) Si le gouvernement français est dans une telle nasse, pensent de nombreuses personnes à gauche, c’est parce qu’il est prisonnier des règles de la zone euro, qui le privent de toute marge de manœuvre. C’est la conviction d’Arnaud Montebourg, de Jean-Pierre Chevènement, ou encore de Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Faut-il sauver coûte que coûte l’euro ? Rue89 : Certains parlent d’un « suicide » de la gauche européenne qui aurait, en acceptant un « carcan » européen, renoncé à politique de redistribution, de régulation, de relance... Jacques Généreux : Ce n’est pas l’Europe qui a tué la gauche, mais l’inverse : la gauche a tué l’Europe. La coopération, la solidarité, c’était justement l’argument principal des partisans de la monnaie unique en 1992 – dont j’étais. Mais la réalité a été différente. Oui, mais c’est un choix assumé par ce gouvernement. Cela a réussi à l’Allemagne...

‘Ebony and Ivy,’ About How Slavery Helped Universities Grow “I would say, ‘I’m interested in 18th-century education,’ or something general like that,” Mr. Wilder said. But as he told the archivists more, they would bring out ledgers, letters and other documents. “They’d push them across the table and say, ‘You might want to take a peek at this,’ ” he said. Now, more than a decade later, Mr. He also has a lot more company in the archives. And that tide is far from over. But Mr. “Craig shows that what happened at one institution wasn’t simply incidental or idiosyncratic,” said James Wright, a former president of Dartmouth College, which is discussed in the book. Mr. “Sometimes I chuckled at how contemporary some of these colonial administrators were,” Mr. “Ebony and Ivy,” with its cover image of a tendril of ivy wrapped around a chain, may not find a home on many alumni-office coffee tables. The reparations debate has faded, along with much of the controversy surrounding research into universities and slavery.

L'éloge funèbre d'Hélie de Saint-Marc "Mon commandant, mon ancien, Ils sont là, ils sont tous présents, qu’ils soient vivants ou disparus, oubliés de l’histoire ou célèbres, croyants, agnostiques ou incroyants, souffrant ou en pleine santé, jeunes soldats ou anciens combattants, civils ou militaires, ils sont tous présents, si ce n’est pas avec leur corps, c’est par leur coeur ou par leur âme ! Tous ceux qui, un jour, ont croisé votre chemin, ou ont fait avec vous une partie de votre route ou plutôt de votre incroyable destinée, sont regroupés autour de vous : les lycéens de Bordeaux, les résistants du réseau Jade-Amicol, les déportés du camp de Langenstein, vos frères d’armes, vos légionnaires que vous avez menés au combat, ceux qui sont morts dans l’anonymat de la jungle ou l’indifférence du pays, les enfants de Talung que vous avez dû laisser derrière vous, les harkis abandonnés puis livrés aux mains du FLN ! Parmi tous ces mystères, l’un d’eux ne vous a jamais quitté. Mais, Hélie, êtes-vous réellement mort ?

Separate and Unequal Voting in Arizona and Kansas | News & Notes This post first appeared in The Nation. In its 2013 decision in Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that Arizona’s proof of citizenship law for voter registration violated the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Under the 1993 act, which drastically expanded voter access by allowing registration at public facilities like the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), those using a federal form to register to vote must affirm, under penalty of perjury, that they are US citizens. According to a 2006 study by the Brennan Center for Justice, at least seven percent of eligible voters “do not have ready access to the documents needed to prove citizenship.” (Related: Judge Who Framed Voter Laws as Constitutional Says He got it Wrong) The tactics of Arizona and Kansas recall the days of segregation and the Supreme Court’s 1896 “separate but equal” ruling in Plessy v. (Related: Supreme Court Guts Voting Rights Act)

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