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Alex Zorach
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Just how age segregated is our society? Are we losing something by not mixing ages more, like the passing on of knowledge from older people , or the sharing of insights and new skills from younger ones? #age   #segregation   #education  
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Good topic and good point Alex. Indeed our culture seems to foster in us a sense of discomfort with many types of difference: age, economic, political, racial and others. For example, I've heard recently that in many urban settings, schools and neighborhoods are now more racially/ethnically segregated than they were in the 1970's. I agree with your insights about age segregation, and believe much can be said in a similar vein regarding other forms of segregation.
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Have you encountered the #NotAllMen  meme? It's used to describe men derailing empowering feminist discussions. But is it also used overzealously, to dismiss important discussion about problematic over-generalization? #feminism   #overgeneralization  
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This traditional masala chai blend didn't skimp on the cardamom, my favorite spice in such blends. Both bold and smooth, it also tasted equally good with and without milk. #tea   #chai   #spices  
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Refraining from impulse buying is a key thing if you want to save money and build up a financial cushion. How to do it? Here I challenge some conventional wisdom or common advice that I hear, and try to get at the deeper issue of developing self-control, as well as awareness of retail practices that facilitate impulse buying. #moneymanagement   #selfcontrol   #moneysavingtips  
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Why is mainstream pornography so horrible? To clarify, I don't have a problem with erotica, with graphic depictions of sex or the naked body, intended to turn people on. But porn is so objectifying and degrading towards women, and it doesn't depict consent or communication between partners. These things set a terrible example for people watching them.  #feminism   #consent   #communication  
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Some libertarian ideologies view property rights as foundational, building their legal or moral system around them. I think this idea breaks down, because much of the property (land and wealth) owned today can be traced back to things we now agree to be illegal and unethical, like land taken from Native Americans, or wealth built using slavery. For this reason, I advocate for a shift of the tax burden away from income and payroll taxes, and towards a higher estate tax. #libertarian   #property   #tax  
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So I think there is really something to this idea, Alex. As you probably know, the locus classicus of the very idea of the right to have and hold one's property is John Locke's Two Treatises of Government. In the second treatise he theorizes that the right to property comes from our mixing our labor (work) with unowned or "commonly held" materials. After the property is acquired, the right is maintained through legitimate means of property transfer. In your talk you focus partly on what was an illegitimate interpretation by Europeans of what could, with moral legitimacy, be considered to be held in common. But what I intend to point to here is Locke's association between the property right and work/production. Once this (acquisition) part is done, the terms of legitimate transfer are entirely conventional. Presumably, we do not regard inheritance as work. The terms of legitimate transfer in the context of inheritance, even in Locke's system, must be determined on separate moral grounds. I think this makes room even within classical property right theory for an argument like yours.
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This is my favorite webcomic; it's about a mind-reader. Sylvia, its creator, recently put up this page and is accepting small, recurring donations to fund its creation. I'm excited because if she gets enough donations, she'll update it more frequently! Because webcomics have a lot of readers, even very small ($1/mo.) donations can help a lot. Also this is a great comic, if you haven't checked it out--and there are TONS of ones up already to read through. #webcomics   #patreon   #comics  
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Does the female body "tempt" men to have "impure" thoughts or to act in harmful ways? Here I break down this narrative--which I think avoids teaching men to take responsibility for their actions, and leads women to internalize a negative body image. I present a healthier, more positive way of thinking about sexuality and male attraction to the female body. #feminism   #sexuality   #bodyimage  
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This exquisite whole-leaf green tea from the Nilgiri district in India is both top-quality and reasonable priced. Reminds me of tippy Chinese teas in the first steep, but later ones bring out oolong-like qualities. Resteeps exceptionally well for such a delicate green tea. #greentea   #tea   #looseleaftea  
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This masala chai or spiced tea blend was very smooth, actually too smooth for me, and too heavy on the cinnamon for my tastes. But it was still enjoyable, and it tasted fine both with and without milk. #chai   #tea   #spice  
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This Bao Zhong or Pouchong oolong from Taiwan, sold by Rishi Tea, was one of the best of its kind that I've ever sampled.  Delightful floral aroma, like walking into a greenhouse full of tropical plants. #tea   #oolongtea   #looseleaftea  
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My response to the #dontstayinschool  video by +Boyinaband. Loved the song / video, which offers a deep critique of compulsory education. Here I explain why what Dave advocates, scaling back the amount of required learning in K-12 education, is a good idea: it can free up time for self-directed learning, add unstructured free time, and also leave space for developing more practical skills. 3 huge gains! #education   #school  
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Lancaster, PA - Oberlin, OH - Ann Arbor, MI - Cleveland Heights, OH - Lancaster, PA - Lakewood, OH - Solomons, MD - Newark, DE - New Haven, CT - San Diego, CA
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Founder of RateTea, Co-founder of Why This Way
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I'm Alex Zorach.  I run RateTea, a social website for tea drinkers, and I am also a co-founder of Why This Way, a consensus-based belief system and organization.
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I've ridden on the Norristown High Speed Line. My life is complete.
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  • Oberlin College
    Mathematics, 1999 - 2002
  • University of Delaware
    Applied Math, 2005 - 2007
  • Yale University
    Statistics, 2007 - 2008
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