After a small hiatus due to work last week, I am back with another edition of your favorite newsletter, bringing you the most important reading direct to your email. This week we talk about the ultra rich who always wanted to offer a leg up in the world to their kids. I mean that’s what every parent wants, so the result was ethically justifiable actions, like new wings donated to universities or facilities to school. Not something drastic, just enough extra room to accommodate a kid or two. Maybe his friends as well. As we discovered now this wasn’t nearly enough, so lately they changed gear into outright fraud, bribery, test cheating, manipulating sports college subsidies, everything that you can think of to get that precious kid into college
. I call this linear progression, efficiency. If you think about it it was the logical next step.
You have to love this. In the 80s this was called helicopter parenting. The idea being this is that a parent helicopters above the kids overseeing every aspect of their life and guiding their path in life. But this is the 10s now, a new era where the torch of privilege must be carried further. This is now called snowplow parenting
and we as parents are afraid we are not doing enough to enable our kids. Failure can never be an option.
I loved reading these articles. These are such eye openers. But I also stumbled on this next article which provider such a different frame of reference. This is about how the Inuit raise their kids in a way that they control anger, and their way seems to work. A fantastic article that offers some counter intuitive points, like never shout, never scold but which seem to work.
But the article was a remarkable contrast on the discourse on parenting that we were exposed to the last few weeks. On a side note, I expect my wife to not-shout at me triumphantly given how many times she has told me that shouting at the kids achieves the opposite of what I am trying, only for me to roll my eyes at her.
A good parent will do what he can to raise his child. But you guys have to dive into this next story, of a super good parent. One that was basically a fertility doctor. A very successful one. He is old and retired now. Only technology has evolved so much that its so cheap to buy a DNA test. So donor kids regularly do it to see if they can find a match for a sibling they did not know they had. In the case of Dr Cline a small dark secret came out. Over 50 people matched as siblings in Indianapolis and it turns out the good doctor was using his own sperm for insemination. A fantastic story that I can’t recommend enough. Trade secrets of a fertility doctor
Another good doctor is dreaming of another type of birth altogether. Under his microscope every night studying cells dormant or dead for millennia, Japanese doctor Akira Iritani managed to bring to life mammoth cells. Something achieved for the first time, it could mean the road to clone the extinct animals. I can’t wait for the movie Ice Age IRL 2020
If you have a passing interest in Artificial Intelligence you should read this next article, which is basically a very interesting profile of Demis Hassabis. A genius of Cypriot Singaporean origin living in London, who basically grew up playing video games and made his career in building video games and who then decided he needs to focus on AGI. Artificial General Intelligence. In which computers start to behave like humans sort of thing. His company Deepmind was bought by Google some time ago and is leading research in the field. The battle of AI.
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