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June 17, 2014

If you're reading this blog . . .

. . . and you're not reading Glenn Reynolds's Instapundit blog, you are missing an enormous treat. Some samples from just the last few days:

"MORE EVIDENCE THAT SUING UNIVERSITIES CAN BE LUCRATIVE":

Lots of hungry lawyers out there, and lots of university administrators who think the law doesn’t apply to them. A recipe for riches!

"SEX, DOLLAR BILLS, and the Venezuelan black market":

Socialism always starts with the same promises, and ends with the same failures. And yet it’s always presented as something shiny and new!

"RON FOURNIER: I’ve Had Enough:’ When Democrats Quit on Obama: Bergdahl swap is latest last straw for top Democrats frustrated with president’s leadership. Who knew so many Dems would turn racist in 2014?"

"SOCIALISM: THE PROMISES AT THE BEGINNING ARE ALWAYS THE SAME. AND SO IS THE REALITY AT THE END: Venezuela runs out of drinking water".

"HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: The Morbid Fascination With The Death Of The Humanities."

So too with the academic humanities, which have largely squandered the moral and intellectual capital they once possessed by adopting the roles of adversaries to, rather than preservers of, the larger culture. This, too, turns out not to be sustainable.

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Jack PQ

Let's give humanities research the benefit of the doubt (and let's put aside the Sokal hoax, just for a minute).

The problem is that rather than teach fundamentals of humanities, namely good writing and reasoning, they'd rather teach cryptic or faddish concepts that inform their research (or "research" if you prefer). Students don't need that. They need to learn to write and reason.

Look, I may find it boring to teach my Finance 101 students the same old concepts of the time value of money, cost of capital and net present value, but that's what they need.

Eric Falkenstein

It's sad about the humanities, but I don't see how to prevent their corruption. There's no mechanism to keep them on the right path, because what they talk about is so fuzzy.

Larry

Glenn Reynolds provides a terrific roundup of interesting information. He was the first blogger I read, back in the 1990s, not many years after Al Gore invented the Internet. I think I went from reading his blog to reading The Volokh Conspiracy to Marginal Revolution to Newmark's Door.

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