the important and the not-so-important, horribly conflated.

quote of the day: creepy but true dept.

In human behavior on July 21, 2009 at 9:47 pm

from a review of the economist tyler cowen’s book create your own economy:

“placebo effects can be very powerful and many supposedly effective medicines do not in fact outperform the placebo,” Cowen writes. “The sorry truth is that no one has compared modern education to a placebo…What if we just gave people lots of face-to-face contact and told them they were being educated?” He reluctantly provides the terrifying conclusion: Maybe that’s what current methods of education already consist of.

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