They Might Be Paleontologists

They Might Be Giants have a new DVD, Here Comes Science, which promotes science to kids.  PZ Myers got the chance to preview it and is tickled.  Here is their cute kiddie video, I Am A Paleontologist: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Disambiguating Faith: Faith As Deliberate Commitment To Rationalization

In a previous post, I discussed how theist Rod Dreher was led to some introspection and cultural criticism based on reading he was doing  about the pervasiveness of distortive rationalizations in our thinking.  In that context, he tried to compare religious and atheistic rationalizations as similar in kind, as both kinds of faiths.  In that [Read More...]

Unemployment Or Grad School?

When I started grad school in 2000, my stipend was almost half that average. But it’s hard to complain when you’re being paid to learn what you love, cultivate your mind, and prepare for (hopeful) entrance into an elite profession with eventual bullet proof job security and the possibility of working well into your later [Read More...]

Does Being A Theologian Require Being A Religious Believer?

Earlier today Deane Gilbraith discussed Kurt Noll’s distinctions between theology and philosophers of religion from The Chronicle of Higher Education (which we linked to three weeks ago without much comment.)  Gilbraith’s commentator Roland objected to Noll in the following way: On another line – ‘theologians practice and defend religion’. In short, theology is apologetics, a [Read More...]

A Trove Of Experimental Philosophy Papers

For those unfamiliar with the growing “experimental philosophy” movement, there are some philosophers in tandem with psychologists doing interesting work that has tried to study questions posed by contemporary moral philosophers by employing experimental means.  They are trying to uncover what our moral intuitions really are like and how they actually function. Of course moral [Read More...]

Nietzsche Source And Nietzsche Grid

Carlos Ruiz is working on an internet source that organizes references to Nietzsche on various topics to make his work more searchable.  I take it is something of an e-concordance he wants to design.  He’s calling it a “Nietzsche Grid” and is taking input on the project here. And, far more importantly, there is the [Read More...]

Daily Hilarity: PhD Comics

Alright, maybe these aren’t all that hilarious.  One or two made me actually laugh outloud but it was the painful truth of several that make it worth posting.  More comics can be found at PhD Comics (and thanks to The Scientist for linking to the video so that we could find it): [Read more...]

A Fate Worse Than F

Simon Fraser University is instituting the grade of FD, a grade worse than F, for “egregious cases of academic dishonesty.” It can only be given by authorities higher up than professors and it would have possibly long lasting implications: The FD would remain on a student’s transcripts during their time at SFU and for two [Read More...]

On Ill-Prepared College Freshmen And Grade Inflation

Steve Salerno paints a dark picture: Loath to force ill-prepared students to stretch by mandating a core sequence in math and science, most colleges permit them to concentrate in their major subjects and fluffy electives.A 2004 study of 50 major colleges and universities found that half failed to require students to take a suite of [Read More...]


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