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The currency of the Internet

The basic currency of the Internet is human ignorance, and, frankly, our database holds a strong cash position!

Christian Rudder describes the OkCupid user base at OkTrends.

On appreciating food

In a post discussing the value of liberal arts education, Tyler Cowen talks about why he’s interested in food:

I am interested in food (among other topics), not only because of the food itself.  I also view it as an investment in understanding symbolic meaning, cultural codes of excellence, the transmission of ideas, and also how the details of an area fit together to form a coherent whole.  I believe this knowledge makes me smarter and wiser, although I am not sure which mass-produced formal test would pick up any effects.  I view this interest as continuing my liberal arts education, albeit through self-education.

Upton Sinclair reviews Scott McLellan’s memoirs

Here’s Upton Sinclair on Scott McLellan’s new memoir:

It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.

Apparently McClellan came to understand many things once he was no longer on the White House payroll.

Those who can’t do …

Everyone’s heard the old saw, “Those who can’t do, teach.” Turns out the basic formulation goes back to the sixth century BCE, and is attributed to Anacharsis, a Scythian philosopher. Here’s the original, as reported by Diogenes:

He marvelled that among the Greeks, those who were skillful in a thing vie in competition; those who have no skill, judge

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