Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Pulitzer prize advice for science writing (2019)

Here is some very useful advice for science writers from Pulitzer prize winning novellist Cormac McCarthy.

The Tyranny of Merit (2018)

An animated portion HERE of a longer talk by Michael Sandel - for the RSA.

A lively sense of the contingency of our lot conduces to a certain humility. The idea that ‘there but for the grace of God, or the accident of fortune, go I’. But a perfect meritocracy banishes all sense of gift or grace or luck; it diminishes our capacity to see ourselves as sharing a common fate. And so, it leaves little room for the solidarity that can arise when we reflect on the contingency of our talents and fortunes. This is what makes merit a kind of tyranny.