I really feel the need to emphasize that the lunacy in my previous post is not so unusual on campus now, this sort of madness is common on many campuses, not just the ones that make headline news. Racism and gender bias run rampant in our higher education system, but you’ll never get that from […] … learn more→
Monthly Archives: December 2015
U of Texas system: Make women/minorities finalists for admin
Philosophy: The simultaneous solution
There are questions that have plagued mankind since the beginning of time: How did we begin? What drives our universe? What is our purpose? Where are we headed? All the great philosophers have tried to answer these questions: from Aristotle and Plato – to Maimonides and Spinoza. The group of key cosmic questions became known […] … learn more→
Global finance and security
Protection of one’s financial state for obvious reasons carries great significance. Whether you’re an investor or not you want peace of mind that your financial endeavors and transactions are safe and secure. Financial security and confidentiality is what keeps the bond of trust between banks and their various customers and an established system of financial […] … learn more→
Philosophy: The prime mover of the Cosmos?
Defining terms: Cosmology: What ignited and drives the cosmic order? Prime Mover: The Aristotelian term for the unknown hypothesized entity/dynamic at the core of cosmology. Note that in Aristotelian philosophy the Prime Mover, the primum movens, is unchanging as it transforms the cosmos. Yeshiva-educated and Harvard-educated maverick conceptual theorist and cosmologist David Birnbaum of Manhattan […] … learn more→
Can Higher Ed fail completely? It seems so…
A few posts back, I praised Oberlin College for standing up to black student demands to be automatically passed in all their courses. Other institutions were given similar demands, and caved, but Oberlin had a spine. So many times I’ve seen lone faculty with integrity, the very few with spines, stand up for integrity, only […] … learn more→
The magical Solar System discoveries we made in 2015
It has been a busy year for Solar System exploration – and particularly our galactic neighbourhood’s small icy bodies. Comets, asteroids, Kuiper Belt Objects and planetary satellites have all been in the news – from stunning images of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko at the start of the year, to the recent close-up of Saturn’s moon, Enceladus, […] … learn more→
What stories should you be telling kids this holiday season?
In every culture that anthropologists have ever studied, people tell stories. Families most frequently tell stories around the time of vacations, family reunions, (sadly) funerals, Thanksgiving and, of course, the family-oriented winter holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Stories are told about times past, times present and even times yet to be. These stories mix […] … learn more→
Does Britain have too many graduates?
More 18-year-olds than ever before were accepted into higher education in 2015. Overall, a record 463,700 people from the UK – 235,400 of them aged 18 – entered higher education in 2015, according to UCAS, marking a 2.8% increase on 2014. In England, 42% of today’s young people have entered higher education by age 19. […] … learn more→
The humbug of copyright
A couple of days ago, I discovered that ¿Cuánto te Asusta el Caos?: Política, Religión y Filosofía en la obra de Philip K. Dick is available in a new digital edition with a new cover. I’m happy to see it (though no one told me about it), and hope there will also be a new […] … learn more→
How do you find a great educational app?
It’s the holiday season, and families everywhere are playing on digital devices at home and on the road. If you’ve got kids, and a smartphone or tablet, you have probably found yourself poking around the app stores in search of a great new game that will not only entertain your child, but hopefully help them […] … learn more→