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  • Writer's pictureMichael Sales

Who Says Universities Aren't the Real World?!

I read Ian Morris' Why the West Rules—For Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future about ten years ago. Good book. Big history. My recollection of his closing argument is that great universities constitute the apex of the arc of history, i.e., the emphasis that a robust university places on inquiry and epistemology, i.e., how we know what we know, the best path forward for our species in the Anthropocene. There is nothing "unworldly" about institutions like MIT, especially when they are at their best. In fact, they may be the North Stars through which we can get through this challenging and exciting era. (Many, if not all, of the courses at the Institute are recorded and available for viewing for free.)

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