Jobs, Gates & Branson: Drop-Out Superstars
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson all dropped out of school before becoming huge successes. They are exceptions, to be sure, but should we reconsider the value of higher education?
What's the Latest Development?
Some of the world's most successful businessmen—Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson—were quick to leave the formal education system on their own accord. But should hopeful young men and women model their behavior? Judith Sloan, professional fellow at the University of Melbourne, says those with university degrees are still more likely to have better careers and earn a better living. The personality characteristics of entrepreneurs are more important than that they dropped out.
What's the Big Idea?
What is the value of higher education today? Once it was only low-skilled manufacturing jobs that were outsourced to foreign countries but this is no longer the case, thanks in great part to advances in communication and transportation technologies. Global outsourcing now occurs in the architectural, legal and medical industries. Economist Alan Blinder says graduates' jobs are more 'offshorable' than many low-wage jobs. 'A plumber or lorry-driver's job cannot be outsourced to India. A computer programmer's can.'
It's unlikely that there's anything on the planet that is worth the cost of shipping it back
- In the second season of National Geographic Channel's MARS (premiering tonight, 11/12/18,) privatized miners on the red planet clash with a colony of international scientists
- Privatized mining on both Mars and the Moon is likely to occur in the next century
- The cost of returning mined materials from Space to the Earth will probably be too high to create a self-sustaining industry, but the resources may have other uses at their origin points
Humans evolved to live in the cold through a number of environmental and genetic factors.
- According to some relatively new research, many of our early human cousins preceded Homo sapien migrations north by hundreds of thousands or even millions of years.
- Cross-breeding with other ancient hominids gave some subsets of human population the genes to contend and thrive in colder and harsher climates.
- Behavioral and dietary changes also helped humans adapt to cold climates.
A study started out trying to see the effect of sexist attacks on women authors, but it found something deeper.
- It's well known that abusive comments online happen to women more than men
- Such comments caused a "significant effect for the abusive comment on author credibility and intention to seek news from the author and outlet in the future"
- Some news organizations already heavily moderate or even ban comments entirely; this should underscore that effort
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