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2017-18 One Book selection announced

“Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality,” a book that brings a provocative perspective to one of the most studied texts in U.S. history, is Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern all-campus read for the 2017-18 academic year. The author of “Our Declaration,” Danielle Allen, will deliver a keynote address Oct. 19 at Northwestern and sign books. All first-year students are given a copy of the One Book each year.

Steve Carr, Faculty Chair

A Note from Steve Carr, One Book One Northwestern Faculty Chair

The Economist magazine this past week published an article on wine connoisseurship, and its conclusion was that blind-tasting wines led to rather poor results. Fourteen tasters were presented with six red wines plus six white wines and asked to identify the grape and the country from which a given wine came. It would have been possible for a taster with impeccable skills at doing these identifications to get a score of 12; if someone would have made random guesses, their score would have averaged a 2.

The best a taster did with the reds is get 9 out of the possible 12 identities correct, and the best that a taster (not the best one for the group of reds) did with the whites is get 10 questions correct. The average score for the 14 tasters was a limp 4 out of 12. So here we have yet another case where people are making measurements (what their senses told them) of a wine and comparing those results to their personal memory banks.

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