Education

Yet another reason to trust economics more than the other social sciences

Jonathan Haidt:

Yes. It is certainly a monoculture. The academic world in the humanities is a monoculture. The academic world in the social sciences is a monoculture – except in economics, which is the only social science that has some real diversity.

This comes from an interesting interview with him. I recommend it. But I would very much like to know his basis for these statements:

The craziness on campus. Almost everybody says, you know, shut up, grow up, stop complaining. And this is even true for people on the left. . . . Most people are horrified by what’s going on. 

"Almost everybody"? "Most"? How does he know?


"Ten Years Later, the Duke Lacrosse Case Still Reverberates"

K. C. Johnson on how little things have changed among the Liberal faculty at Duke

But, thankfully, a good many of the faculty are not extreme Liberals:

he Group of 88, and other anti-lacrosse faculty members, were not evenly distributed on campus. Their number included virtually no economics or STEM professors. Even within the humanities and social science departments from which the vast majority of their number came, most focused on scholarship related to race, class, and gender—sometimes all three.


"UNC to hire chief integrity officer"

I was going to comment "Look in the dictionary under locking the barn door after the horse is gone and you'll see 'UNC'" but I like Glenn Reynolds's much better: "Just what they needed, a new administrator". 

And this bit from the piece is just too funny for words:

. . . the working groups said the university has strong programs on ethics and integrity but did make recommendations to make resources more visible to the community.