Finally reading The Last Pagans of Rome, and it is a really good read. The late author, Alan Cameron, is highly erudite and has strong opinions. It reads somewhat like a lawyerly argument, and I doubt many are knowledgeable enough to evaluate it in full (I’m not), but it’s a fascinating anthropology of the changing nature of what religion was in the 4th-century. Read along with The Final Pagan Generation and Pagans: The End of Traditional Religion and the Rise of Christianity.
Many years ago when Edward Snowden released the NSA documents I recall listening to a journalist admit on a radio show that if some of the things reported in those documents were claimed without that evidence they would have just assumed they were a crazy conspiracy theorist. To me, that was a window into the reality that the people we trust and pay to sift through reality are often just rubber-stamping the pronouncements of power.
Liberal Faculty Endorse Testing: A California task force shows that banning tests helps the privileged. Read the whole report. Nothing too surprising. The “softer” metrics are, the easier they are for the privileged to game.
I have high uncertainty about the coronavirus.
Daniel Greene is a super nerdy fantasy vlogger. He has a really sincere defense of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series…which was strange to me, since I’d dismissed Jordan’s work as something that would appeal to 12-year-old boys (about when I started reading them). Curiously, I notice that the newest covers of Jordan’s work make it look less like a fantasy.