Interesting article over at the Electric Agora by my friend Dan Kaufman, who argues that the usual reasons given in support of a liberal arts education are seriously flawed. I think Dan is wrong on almost every point, and the two of us are going to have a friendly discussion about this in an upcoming episode of our occasional video series.
Roger Cohen at the New York Times argues that it’s time to quit this nonsense about gluten-free and similar health non-issues (except, of course, for the few who really do have health issues): “Gluten has done O.K. by humanity for upward of 10 millennia. It’s bad for some people, but the epidemic of food intolerance has gone way over the top.”
Ever heard of wealth therapy? It’s the latest psycho-nonsense aimed at making the super-rich feel like the normal human beings they very clearly aren’t. “In 2008, when we saw hundreds of our clients lose 30% to 40% of their net worth, it was an absolutely terrifying, helpless, horrifying experience.” Right, but not nearly as terrifying as it was for those regular folks who lost their house and/or their job, and who can’t afford wealth therapy.
A new biography of David Hume, “the philosopher who got rich,” is out, and it looks like it’s going to be well worth reading.
A brief history of Utopias: “Alternative universes are really devices for embarrassing the present, as imaginary cultures are used to estrange and unsettle our own.”