But Inside…

But inside doesn’t matter.

The test is designed to measure the student’s aptitude or understanding, but the test measures the ability to take the test (some of which actually involves aptitude or understanding).

Why is it so often that the best people are stuck in the middle and the people who are running things—the leaders—are the mediocrities? Because excellence isn’t usually what gets you up the greasy pole. What gets you up is a talent for maneuvering.

That’s William Deresiewicz. (HT: Robin Hanson)

Who’s Adam Wheeler? A former Harvard student? The admissions process makes a determination based on the qualifications to attend Harvard… but a chief qualification is, of course, getting through the admissions process.

People aren’t what they do. Their thoughts aren’t what they say.

I ‘know’ a great deal more when I’m at my computer. Who could have predicted?

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