Read this and re-wire your brain!

Published Friday, June 4, 2010 by Dave

Nicholas Carr is an author whose most recent book is called The Shallows, What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains. It’s based on an article he wrote in 2008 that catapulted him to fame (author fame, at least). That article, Is Google Making us Stupid?, is a must-read for anyone who has spent time wondering if surfing the web is affecting our ability to immerse ourselves in a book or lengthy article. Carr’s answer: It most certainly is. Surfing the internet, he says, has profound implications on our critical reading capacity. Yes, Critical Reading…… Continue Reading

Up to Stanford’s standards?

Published Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Dave

The second installment in our school SAT stats series is Stanford. That’s a lot of S’s, but getting in requires a lot of A’s. Or so you’d think. You’ll see at the bottom of this post that 53% of applicants to the 2009 freshman class had a GPA of 4.0 or above and 10% of them were accepted. In fact, the data suggest that GPA maybe isn’t the criteria given the most weight. The data below are for last year’s incoming freshman — data for the incoming 2010 freshman class aren’t available yet — but… Continue Reading


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