Non-Tenured Faculty’s Freedom Of Speech

Bing posts an interview with AAUP president Cary Nelson about academic freedom concerns of contingent faculty: Being “contingent faculty” myself, I must first say I appreciate at least that Nelson is concerned about us and how we are doing.  But I do not think I heard in what he had to say any concrete information [Read More...]

Learning To Love The Bomb (And Other Advice To Live By From Stephen Colbert)

I identify with Colbert so much in these paragraphs: “The first director I had at Second City said, ‘You have to learn to love the bomb,’ and I didn’t know what he meant for a very long time,” Colbert says. “But there’s something nice about getting to the point where you enjoy the feeling that [Read More...]

Lights, Camera, Ethics!

The ethics lectures of Harvard’s Michael J. Sandel are getting high quality video presentation and dissemination: it is the first time that public broadcasters can remember a regular college course’s being presented on television. What’s more, it is also a highly produced multimedia event, with high-definition video, interactive Webcasts, podcasts, a new book and a [Read More...]

Zombie Cockroaches! (And Other Dissertation Haikus)

When you spend years writing away at a dissertation you learn how to do at least one thing exceedingly well—and that’s to describe your dissertation distinctly and succinctly.  And sometimes succinctly means boiling it down to just a paragraph or a couple sentences or even one sentence.  Or a haiku.  Like these people have done: [Read More...]

Are We In The Midst Of A Literacy Revolution Unseen Since The Greeks?

Clive Thompson reports that Stanford’s Andrea Lunsford thinks so: It’s almost hard to remember how big a paradigm shift this is. Before the Internet came along, most Americans never wrote anything, ever, that wasn’t a school assignment. Unless they got a job that required producing text (like in law, advertising, or media), they’d leave school [Read More...]

On The Symbolism Of Book Destruction

Over the past few days we’ve been discussing creationists Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron’s plan to freely disseminate 50,000 copies of a new version of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species which they are putting out and which contains a deceptive, creationist introduction filled with bad science and false history.  RichardDawkins.net and Pharyngula have encouraged people not only to [Read More...]

Top 10 Favorite Atheist/Rationalist YouTube Channels

This last three months I’ve spent blogging, I’ve learned my away around the atheist internet and been delighted by how many wonderful resources there are, between websites, blogs, videos, discussion forums, etc.  And not only the videos but some of the video channels run by extraordinarily creative or at least patiently argumentative creators of original [Read More...]

Judge This: Derren Brown False Lesson In Mathematics For Britain

I was really irritated last night by Derren Brown’s choice to use his lottery trick on national TV in Britain to propagate fundamentally bogus mathematical thinking and to convince a group of people that their belief in their abilities to reach into the subconscious was able to generate knowledge of winning lottery ticket numbers.  It’s [Read More...]

Philosophy Degree Surprisingly Lucrative

Not for me yet but apparently on average it’s a first step to more lucrative careers than more than half of the rest of the majors on this interesting ranking. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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