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Why brand new cities across the world are still empty

Why brand new cities across the world are still empty

Some of the most gorgeous and vibrant places on Earth are old and even ancient cities, modernized little by little to reflect layers of history. Brand new cities, though sparkling with promise, can be quick to build but slow to populate; devoid of culture and more importantly, people. Solving problems With urban populations expected to […] … learn more→

Is there a teaching moment in the Ashley Madison hack?

Is there a teaching moment in the Ashley Madison hack?

Why would anyone use their official work or school email address to register for a website that promises to facilitate extramarital affairs? Reports indicate that there are 74,468 unique “.edu” email addresses in the recently hacked user database of AshleyMadison.com. Might we not expect educators and students to have a better understanding of the internet […] … learn more→

Scholar, google thyself.

Scholar, google thyself.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by a foreign university to provide a written reference for someone I didn’t know. Usually when I am asked to write a reference I know the person well and can speak to their strengths. In this case, the university in question wanted my expert opinion about the […] … learn more→

Why Criminal Justice isn't just

Why Criminal Justice isn’t just

Imagine if your doctor approached your complaint of chest pains with a conception of the human body from two or three hundred years ago. That’s essentially what police officers, jurors, and judges do every day when it comes to diagnosing whether someone is lying or a memory is accurate or a person deserves jail time. […] … learn more→

Educated and homeless: From Ivy League to life on the streets

Educated and homeless: From Ivy League to life on the streets

Homelessness is defined as a condition in which a person or family lacks a permanent nighttime residence and must instead rely on temporary housing arrangements, or places not regularly intended for human accommodations, like a car, park, or train station. When homelessness is coupled with disability and becomes long-term, it is known as chronic homelessness. […] … learn more→

The decline of the conservative mind

The decline of the conservative mind

These are dark days for conservatives: 7 years of President Obama, gay marriage spreading across the land, health insurance coverage growing every day, and a collection of mediocre Republican candidates that make the words “President Clinton” seem like the future rather than the past. It’s enough to make a conservative blurt out “Jiggery-pokery” and bemoan […] … learn more→

The ex-pimp who remade black culture

The ex-pimp who remade black culture

My search for the story of Robert (Iceberg Slim) Beck — the pimp turned African-American writer of bestselling paperbacks — began long before I knew his name. I grew up in a white working-class area of Seattle back in the days before Microsoft and Starbucks changed everything. My father was an exterminator. Starting at the […] … learn more→

Why equality of opportunity is neither possible nor desirable

Why equality of opportunity is neither possible nor desirable

The dominant Western idea of equality opposes caste systems but not hierarchy. As American political philosopher Richard Arneson says: When equality of opportunity prevails, the assignment of places in the hierarchy is determined by some form of competitive process, and all members of society are eligible to compete on equal terms. This idea is supported […] … learn more→

Do entire troll websites exist?

Do entire troll websites exist?

For the most part, my blog has done pretty good service, and I’ve received much favorable commentary. Only one site has had anything truly negative to say. The site? www.degreeinfo.com. Yes, there’s a whole website dedicated to discussing buying various online college degrees. This is a great idea, and apparently a popular site…but I can’t […] … learn more→

Fight the Pao-er!

Fight the Pao-er!

Playboy once asked author Ray Bradbury why science fiction was the “purview of young men.” His response is worth recalling now that Ellen Pao has resigned as Reddit’s CEO amid a censoring scandal. There are two races of people—men and women—no matter what women’s libbers would have you pretend. The male is motivated by toys […] … learn more→