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Science and Technology links (June 2nd, 2018)

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  1. Benoit Hamelin says:

    About signals, I remember Vonnegut, Mother Night: “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.”

  2. Conclusion: Humans are terribly irrational. Actually they are programmed for antiquity. Anyway Jurgen Schmidhuber has a dream of constructing replacements.

  3. Apparently, buying your way into an “Ivy League” school has always been a bit of an open secret. Also students from wealth are graded on a curve (as in it is almost impossible to fail). Some (all?) of the Ivy League schools give out “honors” liberally, in essence to students who actually do the assigned work.

    To maintain the myth that only the “best” go to the Ivy League, those schools have to aggressively recruit a portion of very bright students (without wealth) so that some meaningful work is done by graduates.

    I only thought to ask the question a couple years ago. The answers are easy to find. Seems this has always been only a semi-secret. Which makes sense, as the schools market to the newly-wealthy.

    All of which paints a picture of our current President. He went to Wharton, which at the time was a least-reputable Ivy League school. He could not get admitted, until his older brother arrived (presumably with a bigger checkbook). He did not get honors.

    And this rich idiot now leads the most-powerful country on Earth.