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Swatilekha Doloi
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“Work is about a search for daily meaning as well as daily bread, for recognition as well as cash, for astonishment rather than torpor; in short, for a sort of life rather than a Monday through Friday sort of dying.”

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This gives me so much hope for humanity!

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“The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.”

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'The Cold War-era U2 plane flies at high altitude, around 60,000 feet (18,000 metres) under "visual flight rules". The Federal Aviation Administration said the computer perceived the plane as a low-altitude operation and began frantically trying to reroute it down to 10,000 feet while keeping other planes out of its way.

The number of adjustments this required to the routes of other planes overwhelmed the software, the FAA said. "[It] used a large amount of available memory and interrupted the computer's other flight-processing functions," the FAA said in a statement. The computer involved was part of a system known as Eram.'

#flightcontrollers   #aviation  

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"Last week, the justice minister, Tzipi Livni, and the internal security minister, Yitzhak Aharonovitch, both argued that rightwing extremists should be classified as terrorists following attacks on soldiers at the hardline West Bank settlement of Yitzhar.

And on Friday, the Israeli prize laureate author Amos Oz described the hardline Jewish settlers that carry out so-called "price tag" attacks on Palestinians as neo-Nazis."

#middleeast   #israel  

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'A number of psychiatrists and former boarders believe the practice is institutionalising children and leaving them damaged by being denied a loving home.

"The parents think they are doing the right thing and think the children are coping, when in fact the kids are just kept incredibly busy so they don't feel sad... It's an adapt-and-survive environment."

They point to "attachment theory" – pioneered by British child psychiatrist John Bowlby, who was opposed to early boarding – and to the experiences of some clinicians and neuroscientists, which suggest that children can be permanently hurt by a lack of warmth and a secure home.'

#parenting   #boardingschool  

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'While about 80 percent of height is determined by genes, auxologists (those are height scientists) now believe that nutrition and sanitation determine much of the rest. As the New Yorker’s Burkhard Bilger put it in 2004:

“Height variations within a population are largely genetic, but height variations between populations are mostly environmental, anthropometric history suggests. If Joe is taller than Jack, it’s probably because his parents are taller. But if the average Norwegian is taller than the average Nigerian it’s because Norwegians live healthier lives.”

Your childhood environment can give you (or take away) three or four inches. A lack of nutrient-rich food and clean water explains why stunting is prevalent among children in developing countries.'

#height   #nutrition  

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" If you're studying German literature, you should be able to explain to someone in computer science what's valuable about it... I teach Great Books courses, and if students can't explain why Virginia Woolf or Baudelaire matters in terms relevant to their own lives, I don't think they understand the book. 
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Franklin probably would have had more sympathy for the anti-college groups today saying, “You don’t need colleges. Go off and learn stuff on your own. You want to be a programmer; you can do that on your own...” Someone with a lot of smarts and chutzpah who goes off and educates himself in his own way—Franklin would admire that. But he was also someone who found narrowness appalling. Someone like Peter Thiel, who is asking kids to leave college for a hundred thousand dollar fellowship, is encouraging them to become ever more narrow, so that they can develop an app to order pizza more quickly or access pornography more easily. All this talent driven into narrower and narrower spheres—Franklin would have found it depressing. Increasing specialization makes us less capable citizens and less able to adjust to changes in the marketplace.

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A lot of the indices we use for admission favor the wealthy, but we are looking at changing that. We’d like not to favor people who have been trained through expensive classes to do well on testing day, but rather to find people with authentic potential. We try to spend a lot of time finding students who might not find us because they think we are too expensive. "

  #education   #wesleyan  
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