Harvard And Yale Lose Billions

Rather mind-boggling numbers: Harvard’s endowment tumbled 27.3 percent in its latest fiscal year, largely because of problems with its private equity and hedge fund portfolios, lopping off $10 billion and shrinking its portfolio to $26 billion. Meanwhile, Yale University suffered about a 30 percent loss in its portfolio, to $16 billion, the university’s president disclosed in [Read More...]

Religious Professors Mocking Students’ Loss Of Faith

The Peaceful Atheist, a Wheaton graduate who lost her faith early in her time at the Evangelical college describes being alienated by Wheaton professors using anecdotes of their former students who’d left the faith as “cautionary tales”: While I was at Wheaton I only came out to 2 professors, and it took both an extremely [Read More...]

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...]


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