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In the News 19.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


In the News 19.01.15 : Today’s Articles of Interest from around the Internets


1. Why the Modern World is Bad for Your Brain

“In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient.”

Read the rest of this article at The Guardian



2. The Scourge of Caste

“Ambedkar said caste is about entitlement: who has the land, who has access to water, who has access to education. Caste has everything to do with hierarchy and ancestral occupation. According to the sacred texts—Varna, Ashram, Ghari—society is divided into four varnas. The Brahmins were the priests, the Kshatriyas were the warriors, the Vaishyas were the traders—the caste to which Gandhi and the current Prime Minister Modi belong—and the Shudras were the service caste. Outside these four castes are the outcastes, the Athi Shudras, and the Dalits, who are themselves divided into untouchables, unapproachables, unsee-ables and so on. This is the broad system that Ambedkar called the mother of the caste system. Each of these is further divided into Jatis. There are something like 4,000 endogamous jati, and now there is no intermarrying between castes. Within jatis there is something called the pothra, and you’re not allowed to marry within your pothra. All marriages are policed with a great deal of violence and social pressure. Last November there was a survey done in India where, even today, only five percent of marriages that take place are inter-caste. Even among the five percent that do marry, many are met with violence.”

Read the rest of this article at Kings Review



3. The Weird Racial Politics of Online Dating

“Rudder found that people of different races tend to match each other at roughly even rates. The matching rates of each group to all the others spanned only a small range of 56 to 62 percent comparability. In some cases, certain groups had higher compatibility scores outside of their races—for example, Hispanic/Latin men paired up one point better with black and Middle Eastern women than they did with women of their own ethnicity—but the margins weren’t statistically significant. The major takeaway, judging from the numbers, is that almost all groups should be about equally compatible with each other. “

Read the rest of this article at The Kernal



4. The age of Amazon is upon us: How one court battle reveals the growing threat of monopoly

“Last summer, a district court judge ruled against Apple for conspiring with publishers to raise the price of e-books, resulting in a $400 million settlement and a de facto victory for Amazon. But now an appeals court appears ready to undo that decision. As Apple and the Justice Department had a second go at sparring last month, a three-judge panel from the 2nd Circuit looked skeptically at the government’s case, at moments even suggesting that officials may have pursued the wrong company.”

Read the rest of this article at Salon



5. Ivy League’s meritocracy lie: How Harvard and Yale cook the books for the 1 percent

“How then did we get to a place where American higher education appears more concerned with applicants’ test scores and alumni financial contributions than with the education of current students and the contributions of alumni to our society as a whole? A review of America’s curious history of—and relationship with—an obsessive culture of testing may help answer these questions.”

Read the rest of this article at Salon



6. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “Letter from Birmingham jail” remains relevant today

“I am in Birmingham because injustice is here … I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider … “

Read the rest of this article at Quartz



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