Alvin Toffler on learning and relearning

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. - Alvin Toffler

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Strikingly Low Agreement in the Appraisal of Motion Pictures
Movie watcher's "ratings correlate only weakly with the judgment of professional movie critics"
In Australia, a private prison company gets a bonus for every freed inmate who does not come back
This seems like an interesting incentive to get private prison operators to promote rehabilitation.
Why we need data on what the poorest think
"The World Bank recently ... asked their own staff to what extent they imagined poorer and richer people in three countries would agree with the statement: ‘What happens to me in the future mostly depends on me.’ Bank staff predicted that around 20 per cent of poor people would agree with the statement. In fact, more than 80 per cent of poor people felt that what happened to them in the future depended on their own efforts – four times as many as the World Bank staff had predicted, and about the same proportion as richer people. It’s worth letting that sink in. Here we have staff in one of the most powerful development agencies in the world, freely assuming that the people whom they are employed to work with, and for, feel passive and helpless when in fact the opposite is the case. These perceptions have consequences."

Other people think like you

I've been talking a lot lately about how other people often don't think like you. What I wanted to emphasize here instead are ways in which other people probably do think like you but which are often underestimated. Here are two examples:

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Cheap illumination’s benefits in remote areas may be limited
"When it came to social benefits from the use of solar power, though, Dr Aklin and his colleagues found little or no evidence of their existence. People did not work longer hours, did not start new businesses and did not study more."
On Leaving the SJW Cult and Finding Myself
"How easy is it for ordinary humans to commit atrocious acts? History teaches us it’s pretty damn easy when you are blinded to your own hypocrisy. When you believe you are morally superior, when you have dehumanized those you disagree with, you can justify almost anything."
The Politics of the Gene: Social Status and Beliefs about Genetics for Individual Outcomes
"Contrary to expectations, however, we find little evidence that it is more common for whites, the socioeconomically advantaged, or political conservatives to believe that genetics are important for health and social outcomes."


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