Thiel Fellows Develop Caffeine Spray
Now a few years into Peter Thiel's experiment, 60 fellows have received $100,000 grants to skip college for two years. We're now starting to see some of the results come in.
The debate has raged - on Big Think and other sites - about whether Peter Thiel's experimental fellowship program that pays students to drop out of college and pursue entrepreneurial ventures is a good or bad idea.
"It’s hard to start a great company if you bought a big house, and it may be hard to start a big company if you are burdened down with enormous amounts of student loans," Thiel has argued.
"The message that is getting out is that all “higher education” isn’t cost justified—for any student," argues skeptic Vivek Wadhwa.
Now a few years into this experiment, 60 fellows have received $100,000 grants to skip college for two years. We're now starting to see some of the results come in. 2011 Thiel Fellow Ben Yu partnered with venture capitalist Deven Soni to create a topical caffeine spray, that is caffeine that you spray on your skin.
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Is it "perverseness," the "death drive," or something else?
A disturbing interview given by a KGB defector in 1984 describes America of today and outlines four stages of mass brainwashing used by the KGB.
- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
- According to the former KGB agent, that is the minimum number of years it takes to re-educate one generation of students that is normally exposed to the ideology of its country.
It's up to us humans to re-humanize our world. An economy that prioritizes growth and profits over humanity has led to digital platforms that "strip the topsoil" of human behavior, whole industries, and the planet, giving less and less back. And only we can save us.
- It's an all-hands-on-deck moment in the arc of civilization.
- Everyone has a choice: Do you want to try to earn enough money to insulate yourself from the world you're creating— or do you want to make the world a place you don't have to insulate yourself from?
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