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The Merit of a Paper

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21577035-open-access-scientific-publishing-gaining-ground-free-all?fsrc=rss|sct

Frontiers, for example, does not try to judge a paper’s significance during peer review, only its accuracy … Instead, a Frontiers paper’s merit is gauged after publication, using measures like the number of downloads.

Adapting to Automation

http://www.technologyreview.com/fromtheeditor/515991/adapting-to-automation/

Some economists believe that technological change has been “destroying jobs faster than it is creating them, contributing to … the growth of inequality.” Rotman concludes that economists don’t know if the decoupling of productivity from employment is permanent; but he says it’s “hard to ignore … that technology is widening the income gap between the tech-savvy and everyone else.”

Feature-rich but Broken

JACK WALLEN
10 flawed products that are really bad. Tech Republic. 7th February 2012.

Developers are so busy trying to attract users with new features, they forget to fix the features that are broken.

Doing Important Work

RICHARD W HAMMING

If you don’t work on important problems, it’s not likely that you’ll do important work.

The Inverse Power of Praise

PO BRONSON
How Not to Talk to Your Kids. New York Magazine. 11th February 2007.

Those who think that innate intelligence is the key to success begin to discount the importance of effort.

Education of the Heart

His Holiness the 14th DALAI LAMA

Pay attention not only to the cultivation of knowledge but to the cultivation of qualities of the heart, so that at the end of education, not only will you be knowledgeable, but also you will be a warm-hearted and compassionate person.

The Place of Idealism

MOTILAL NEHRU
Nehru – The Invention of India. Shashi Tharoor. Penguin Books India. 2003.
[Motilal to his son Jawaharlal Nehru.]

Pure idealism divorced from realities has no place in politics.

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