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How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? A lesson in argument

From Dorothy L. Sayers. Again, I am struck by how contemporary and relevant her decades old criticism is. (Does that make me a romantic or her a prescient thinker?) A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once entertained his audience (and reduced the late Charles Williams to helpless rage) by asserting that in the Middle Ages it was a matter of faith to know how many archangels could dance on the point of a needle. […]

Is academia biased?

Today’s NYTimes has an excellent article about a paper presented at a social psychology conference that brings to the fore something that many have said many times before. Social Scientist Sees Bias Within The argument is fairly simple, academics tend to fight vigorously against bias, racism, and discrimination…except where it concerns conservative social or political views. Dr. Haidt argued that social psychologists are a “tribal-moral community” united by “sacred values” that hinder research and damage […]

Better late than stupid, Mossberg sees “tablets” as growing market

OK, this one get’s a new tag: “no duh.” The brilliant and prescient Walt Mossberg has caught up with 2010. From the CHE. Expert Predicts a Deluge of Tablet Computers on Campuses Cloud computing will also be a major trend in higher education, says the influential “Wall Street Journal” technology columnist Walt Mossberg. For the record, this is not being a “futurist” or even an astute industry observer, this is recognizing what is already occurring. […]

Baltimore Hebrew U and Towson U merge

Not sure if you all had heard the news yet or not: Towson U. Nears Merger With Baltimore Hebrew U. Ninety years after its founding, Baltimore Hebrew University is being absorbed by Towson University in order to survive. The two colleges had already approved the merger, and yesterday the Maryland Higher Education Commission signed off on the deal, according to The Sun, in Baltimore. The University of Maryland’s Board of Regents could make the arrangement final on […]

Academics at its highest

This is a gem from The Chronicle of Higher Ed’s “First Person” series of anonymous essays. “Pothead Ph.D.” is from a PhD candidate who is espousing the use of marijuana. A bit of philosophy is thrown in to make this all seem legitimate. Of course I’m not arguing that one should smoke out every day. In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Aunt Polly commands Tom to whitewash a fence. Pretending to enjoy it, Tom is […]