This week’s highlights:  The Corruption of Scholarship, Inside WhatsApp, and Schizophrenia and the Immune System

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Fifteen on Friday – 10/05/18 – Issue 304

Food for Thought:

  1. Areo – Academic Grievance Studies and the Corruption of Scholarship  Something has gone wrong in the university—especially in certain fields within the humanities.
  2. Vanity Fair – Meet the Cultural Illuminati Guarding France’s Most Sacrosanct Asset: The French Language  The sanctity—and relevance—of the French language lies in the hands of the intrepid members of the Académie Française, a centuries-old cloak-and-dagger society working to preserve France’s mother tongue.
  3. NYT – A Penthouse Made for Instagram  Spotless walls, a “millennial pink” sofa, a spa-style bathtub that’s waiting to be filled with flowers — and every inch of its 2,400 square feet is free from the clutter of everyday life.
  4. NYP – Mom files federal lawsuit after son doesn’t make high school soccer team Meet the quintessential ‘lawnmower’ parent
  5. Jalopnik – Cop Pulls Tesla Model 3 Driver Over For ‘Computer’ Mounted On Dashboard

Business/Economics:

  1. HBR – How to Retain and Engage Your B Players
  2. ProvPo – Stop It – Why IRR alone is an insufficient method for evaluating returns.
  3. Forbes – WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On #DeleteFacebook And Why He Left $850 Million Behind
  4. Economist – Makers of very expensive cars want to be luxury-goods firms  But they still have many of the trappings of the depressed car industry
  5. II – What Billy Beane and Jim Simons Have in Common  Investors clamor for transparency — but sometimes, a lack of it works to their advantage.

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. NYT – He Got Schizophrenia. He Got Cancer. And Then He Got Cured.  A bone-marrow transplant treated a patient’s leukemia — and his delusions, too. Some doctors think they know why.
  2. PTO – The Paradox Of Bigger Wardrobes
  3. Freakonomics – Shawn Johnson Full Interview.  Freakonomics Radio has been doing a series on athletics.  This is an hour long interview with Olympian Shawn Johnson.  Johnson’s depth of insight and wisdom around gymnastics, children and sport in general is profound.
  4. WEF – This coating could be the end of air conditioning 
  5. Jalopnik – LA Authorities Charge First E-Scooter Rider With DUI After BAC Was Three Times Legal Limit Well that didn’t take long…