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What’s the Ethical Responsibility of Academics to Society?

The journal Science has published a valuable summary of a scandal in the American Psychological Association that threatens to undo the organization’s reputation.  While  the presidential administration of George W. Bush pursued a policy of torturing people it had detained without conviction, a trial, or even charges, rank-and-file members of the APA began voicing concern at indications […]

How Many Rectangles? Give this Academic a Smart Retort

“I’ve had enough of your smart retorts!”

Ever since the long-retired Mrs. Begy tossed this condemnation at my older brother back in high school, I’ve been looking for more ways to deliver smart retorts to academics. I love learning, mind you, but I find the temptation to derail serious thinkahs is irresistable.

I can feel […]

Body Manipulating Mind Manipulating Body and Mind

I was not a good professor. This was not because I could not think well; it was because I did not think well. I had been an excellent student from Grade 1 up through the last year of my PhD program, earning good grades and accolades. The years of my assistant professorship were, from start […]

Nut Cracked by University. Fish Waves Hands. Which is Stranger?

Stanley Fish doesn’t like the idea of unrestrained academic freedom. And in a gesture against the idea of unrestrained academic freedom, Stanley Fish points at the case of a tenured professor in Canada who said all sorts of wild things about how classes on particular subjects should be taught on other subjects instead, and how […]