Marc Pisco: The large communal house with blank outer walls and shared inner common areas probably says as much about the culture and marriage customs as the climate.
AAB: Traditional Mediterranean and Arab cultures both used courtyard houses. Yeah, those people who can afford it. Everyone else living in the cramped cities makes do with a 3-floor terraced house. Google/Bing some images of old Croatian cities like Zara, Durbovnik, and you’ll see that there aren’t all that many courtyard houses but there are plenty of terraced houses.
Toddy Cat: This also explains why so many liberals and lefties, like James Kunstler, hate cars — all that mobility just makes the all-seeing, all-knowing central planners jobs more difficult. Although Kunstler has recently come out in favor of closing the border, and has noticed our society’s War on Young Men, so I suppose that I should cut him some slack…
Spandrell: “Laying the foundations in just four years is a formidable challenge.” What are the 12 years before that for again?
Lucklucky: Universal education is by definition a socialist proposal if each alumni can’t go at their speed. So what we have today in schools is giant sacrifice of best children for the teacher and ideology. As things are this i defend that the best students should be paid a % from teacher salary.
Bub: I agree with Carl and, also, if the colleges started ever teaching the curriculum Pinker describes, they’d have a hard time with their affirmative action goals, and the faculty know this, though it dare not be spoken. Don’t miss Steve Sailer’s recent article about a Hispanic lesbian NYU journalism grad student who was picked to write for the NYT and didn’t know what an editorial was. She didn’t realize how ridiculous it was that she didn’t know this, either....
Carl: Academia does not select for teachers who inculcate those traits. Instead we have rigid, if ever shifting, ideological standards. Interestingly, the Cathedral agrees that four years is not enough; so they start instilling “liberal” values with children’s television.
Toddy Cat: Yeah, when it comes to Bond, like a lot of other genre fiction, you either like it or you don’t.
T. Greer: Interesting. I feel like my Facebook feed has become substantially more political in recent times.
Marc Pisco: Funny how those “dubious ‘lessons’ 221; happen to be important fundamental tenets of Cathedral theology.