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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

David Brooks: "It's been said that every society has two aristocracies. The members of the aristocracy of mind produce ideas, and pass along knowledge. The members of the aristocracy of money produce products and manage organizations."

Apparently, he's never heard of aristocracies of birth, military aristocracies, or government-service aristocracies. For most of recorded history, almost all societies were dominated by some combination of these. Aristocracies of mind and aristocracies of money were marginal at best.

Brooks's column is one reason why I find it increasingly harder to take the New York Times seriously.
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[David Bernstein, June 15, 2004 at 11:40am] Possible Trackbacks
Most Blatant Lie I've Heard for a While:

Heard on NPR: Montgomery County, Maryland, is considering a measure that would ban very large retail stores, a measure intended to prohibit WalMart supercenters in the county. The measure is being push by Giant Food (a local supermarket chain). A spokesperson for Giant says that the company is not worried about competition, but rather "is concerned about the enviromental impact of the supercenters."
From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 15-Jun-2004
Public Library of Science Biology
New technique developed for deciphering brain recordings can capture thinking as it happens
A team led by University of California San Diego neurobiologists has developed a new approach to interpreting brain electroencephalograms, or EEGs, that provides an unprecedented view of thought in action and has the potential to advance our understanding of disorders like epilepsy and autism.
Swartz Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Public Release: 15-Jun-2004
Public Library of Science Biology
Ecology drives the worldwide distribution of human diseases
Comparative analyses reveal that human pathogens increase towards the equator and that the relationship is linked to climate - this has important implications for global biodiversity, public health and environmental epidemiology.
From the UK edition of Google News:
Iris scanners to be introduced at airport
Granada Reports - 30 minutes ago
Manchester Airport could be using eye scanners to increase security at terminals within a year. The new technology's being brought in by the Home Office because it's very difficult to forge iris scans. At first it will be a voluntary system and will be ...
Biometric screening planned at five airports MLive.com
Iris scanners fitted in airports BBC News
4ni.co.uk - The Scotsman - The Australian - Jerusalem Post - and 12 related
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