Weekend Linkage

Paleo Retiree writes:

  • By over-protecting our children, are we driving them crazy? Jonathan Haidt thinks so.
  • My wife and I enjoyed this Brendan O’Neill conversation with Jonathan Haidt.
  • The very smart Stuart Schneiderman responds to the American Psychological Association’s distaste for “traditional masculinity.”
  • Milestone du jour: The Alt Right becomes tabloid fodder.
  • Is the Obama administration to blame for all the financial-provider deplatformings that we’re witnessing these days?
  • Who could have predicted this development?
  • Although being a writer never made much financial sense, it makes even less sense now.
  • Loyalty-oath alert: Do we have any right to expect writers to be moral?
  • From Joel Kotkin: “Trends in American and to some extent European mass culture are beginning to look almost Stalinesque in their uniformity.”
  • On the ridiculousness of M.F.A. programs.
  • What is France’s gilets jaunes movement really about?
  • DNA co-discoverer James Watson gets Watsoned for a second time.
  • Sorry to report that I didn’t love ancient DNA specialist David Reich’s new book. Tons of fascinating and up-to-date information, sure, but Reich and/or his editor is ‘way more fascinated by the geeky detective work that goes into scientific discovery than I am; where reading about fresh science goes, I’m more of a “just tell me what you think you now know” kinda guy. And Reich’s determination to wrap up his very un-PC findings in cheery PBS-style platitudes is more than a little ridiculous, however understandable in a “Please keep my funding coming!” way. If you want to sample Reich’s mind and info without committing to a long book, there are lots of presentations and speeches by him on YouTube.

About Paleo Retiree

Onetime media flunky and movie buff and very glad to have left that mess behind. Formerly Michael Blowhard of the cultureblog 2Blowhards.com. Now a rootless parasite and bon vivant on a quest to find the perfectly-crafted artisanal cocktail.
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