Sentences to Ponder


1. The paradox of education reform critics

“…if you think that K-12 schools really can’t be an important tool for fighting poverty than it becomes really hard to argue inequitable public school funding or overuse of testing is a serious problem. If K-12 doesn’t matter that much, then it shouldn’t matter that K-12 is spending too much time teaching to the test. And a whole lot of other changes that ed reform critics want can’t matter that much either.”

2. Peer pressure philanthropy

“Benioff, the founder and C.E.O. of the software company and a generous philanthropist, seems to subscribe to a peer-pressure model of charity. He talks openly about his own giving, showers praise on friends of his who contribute, and disapproves of those who do not.”

3. The trip treatment

“According to Ross, cancer patients receiving just a single dose of psilocybin experienced immediate and dramatic reductions in anxiety and depression, improvements that were sustained for at least six months. The data are still being analyzed and have not yet been submitted to a journal for peer review, but the researchers expect to publish later this year.”

4. A bitcoin dialogue 

“OK, imagine we do create cheaper decentralized systems of finance where evasion of regulation is easier. If this system is used in ways we don’t like, we won’t be able to do much to stop that besides informal social pressure, or trying to crudely shut down the whole system, right? There’d be no one driving the train.”

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