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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Indictment of Meritocracy

"Charlotte is brilliant (a perfect score on the SAT), beautiful (%u201CI bet you get really tired of people telling you you look like Britney Spears%u201D), and athletic (legs sculpted by running cross-country in the hills of North Carolina). The most striking thing about Charlotte Simmons, however, is that she wants to be a star. She wants to be recognized. She is animated by amour propre. Her main concern seems to be what she thinks other people are thinking of her. While she says she wants the life of the mind, what she really wants is to be recognized as the best at Dupont. "
The New Atlantis - Love in the Age of Neuroscience - Mickey Craig and Jon


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