pondering my orb trying to figure out what happened. what is the cause.

covid response is a symptom. trump: symptom. i think wokeness is a symptom--we /had/ a cultural immune system that handled this more or less well.

alternatively: diseases that were present but subclinical
i guess the proper term for these things is "opportunistic infections"

illnesses that a healthy person would shrug off, but which can be fatal when a compromised individual is exposed
accept this claim and metaphor arguendo:

what immunity might we have lost?

where did it originate?

why did we lose it?

penalties for shouting your priors
why do so many things feel like cargo cult versions of what they're supposed to be?

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25 Nov
vit had links here a piece on the history of the importation of the prussian educational model to the united states. i think its worth reading and basically agree with it although i think some arguments need more context

the thread i write now is not about that essay however
in his essay vit quotes a report from Michigan State University sponsored by the Department of Education

this seemed mildy insane to me so i did what any normal person would do and sat down and read the entire report

you can find it here files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED041… ImageImage
this was worth doing for two reasons
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24 Nov
there is nothing wrong with this approach except that its easier to just simulate it
"suppose---"

monte carlo n = 1000000 we have computers now dude
fyi i gave this answer in response to some tiresome combinatorics question at my interview for my current job and they hired me
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24 Nov
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your mind is more similar to a _______ room
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24 Nov
rt 🔒, speculation. evidence entered in the second two screencaps i think.

im not sure it would matter as schools are entirely capable of pivoting to alternative entry requirements that produce the "desired" outcome without affirmative action anyway
in some ways this would be worse than status quo, to the extent that these alternative measures would be even more game-able by affluent candidates
read a bit more last night. this piece was interesting as a history of jurisprudence and ideas.

it got me thinking specifically . . .

newyorker.com/magazine/2021/…
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23 Nov
who controls byzantium in 2030
A call!

That is no country for young men. The old
Grasp land and office, enshackle the youth.
Keep palaces of stone, hands weighed with gold;
Their dreams in tatters, fading, long forsaking truth.
And therefore we have brought cannon and drum
To the holy city of Byzantium.
nothing unites Europe like a crusade think it over guys
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23 Nov
we need more neurodiversity in high office
commentary from 🔒

i think this is a relatively optimistic scenario still with failure modes but i worry how deep the chamberlaining goes Image
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