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UChicago over Stanford?

UChicago is higher ranked than Stanford (US News) because UChicago happens to be better at generating the right stats for the methodology. You could call it gaming the system, but that’s unfair since it’s mostly not deliberate. According to Parchment.com’s statistics, about one in three students choose UChicago over Stanford, if admitted to both.Here’s a walkthrough of […]

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Why does England have so many more people than Scotland and Wales?

It’s mostly a matter of physical geography. Take a look at this satellite image of the British Isles, without any borders. Right away you can see where the hilly and mountainous terrain is – mostly in Great Britain’s north and west. Mountainous terrain gives you benefits as well as drawbacks: The rugged land is more […]

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Response: “Why are ghettos mostly populated by blacks?”

I’ll start by saying that not all ghettos are populated by blacks. The word ghetto itself comes from an Italian term for the area of the town to which Jews are restricted (ethnic Jews are not black). In the United States, the term ghetto has come to mean an urban or suburban area that is […]

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The Unscientific Bay Area

Edit: If you want to print this poster on your own at your local Kinko’s/Staples, please send me a few bucks through PayPal. As soon as I get the payment I’ll send a crisp vector file to your email! Email me at trub@uchicago.edu if you’d rather use Venmo or something else. I appreciate all the support.Originally this was […]

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If the world federates into one nation, where would the capital be?

New York.I agree with S. Ranck that most likely there would not be a single capital where the entire government is located. However, in terms of a city that serves as a figurehead for the “world government”, it would very likely be New York City.New York is already where the United Nations has their official headquarters, […]

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Why is Mexico viewed as a Third World country?

It’s not anymore, at least not by anyone who knows what they’re talking about. It’s poorer than the US, but Mexico’s Human Development Index score is 0.756, which is officially considered “high”. But this photo of Mexico City perfectly illustrates the problem.The problem in Mexico is inequality. The raw human development score for Mexico makes […]

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Map of Washington State stereotypes

This map is the result of a humorous request by a friend from the suburbs of Seattle. As someone from the other Washington (DC), I knew little about the internal stereotypes of Washington State, so this project was a great learning experience.Obviously this map is entirely subjective and Seattle-centric. It was created based on testimony from numerous […]

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