- Classes start on Monday! Here’s an interesting profile of the mind-set of the incoming class of 2014. It includes things like: “They have never worried about a Russian missile strike on the U.S.”, “Czechoslovakia has never existed.”, “Email is just too slow, and they seldom if ever use snail mail.”
- This is a very biased post from a very biased left-leaning blog, but it raises an interesting point that I hadn’t before considered: federal “bailouts” to the states have existed since the George Washington administration. Remember learning about the “assumption of state debts” plan proposed by Alexander Hamilton in AP History? I had forgotten about it, too. The irony is that Hamilton and his Federalists were the economically conservative party of their day!
- I will have to see this confirmed by several more studies before I’ll believe it, but a Ph.D. student’s dissertation project argues that oldest siblings are, on average, smarter, more perfectionistic, and more introverted than their younger siblings. In my own experience, I don’t think that my younger siblings will argue that I am certainly more of a perfectionist and an introvert than they are, but they’d likely disagree on the “smarter” point…