Back Online Shortly

By James Fallows

Thanks to all who have sent "hey, are your fingers broken, or are you just lazy?" etc queries these past few days. I've been on a project that has crowded out updates here. Back tomorrow, with exciting installments from the beer, aviation, tech-gizmo, GOP debate, Chinese environmentalism, anti-leafblower, password-generation, and filibuster categories. And of course the meaning of anti-Mormonism and "false equivalence."

In the meantime, our current issue is really strong. Plus, sometime soon UCTV will post the video of an interview I did with Elon Musk, at the "Atlantic Meets the Pacific" session at UCSD last week. At least from my perspective it was as engrossing a 40-minute exposure to the possibilities of technology and life as I've heard in a very long time. If they start seeing some traffic to that site, maybe they'll get it posted sooner. If you're looking for example number five zillion of why we love the English-language Chinese press, you can check out the Shanghai Daily on the virtues of the "ignorance is bliss" approach to sex education*. And in the family log-rolling department, Dreaming in Chinese is now out in paperback.

Bye.
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* UPDATE: A reader contrasts Finland's approach and China's.

I'm a Finn and still after living some 33 years in the US I am still often blown away of how the Finns seem to have an extremely (extreme, as seen from the "normal" US point of view) rational way of dealing with life.

Here's the Finnish variant of sex education. Ignorance is clearly not the goal.  Here's a link to a newspaper article. It's a sex education package for schools.  One would expect parents to be upset, but according to the next article, 6500 readers have responded to the article, and 75% of them approve the package.

Not likely to start enlightening students soon here in the Free World?

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http://www.theatlantic.com/personal/archive/2011/10/back-online-shortly/247573/