Author Archives: Pat Bowne

I Can’t See How the Republicans are Wrong Here…

And it worries me, of course. But it seems to me that giving tax breaks on graduate students’ tuition waivers is, essentially, financial support for the graduate school industry. Universities are obviously the great beneficiaries of the graduate school industry, … Continue reading

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Boilerplate-R-Us

I can’t keep up with these new rules, but apparently if you ever expect to denounce/excuse/ignore one guy’s sexual abuse, you must make sure you’re on record as denouncing/excusing/ignoring every other one. I was on a research vessel once where … Continue reading

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Seizing Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Over last weekend, even the conservatives I follow online were becoming OK with taking down those Jim Crow-era confederate monuments. There was a little rumbling in the form of left-siders feeling a need to argue that no, those monuments were … Continue reading

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Forgiveness, really?

I can’t be the only person who sees stuff like this on their Facebook feed, but sometimes I think I’m the only person who is bugged by it. This is fake forgiveness. I mean, if someone said that to you, … Continue reading

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What Not To Do on Palm Sunday – and all the rest of the year, too.

I’m very easy-going about religion. I generally find religious stuff quaint and charming, even the stuff I’m actively involved in — and I am more actively involved in religion than almost any of my lay colleagues. I go to church every … Continue reading

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Unasked Questions

Thirty years ago, when I began my teaching career, I taught a course with a unit on natural selection.  I was qualified to teach this, having just finished a PhD in systematics; what’s more, I had spent the summer reading … Continue reading

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I Amn’t Dead (Writing-wise)

Seems as if we’ve all had a lot to think about for a long time, writing being low on the priorities list, but I did publish in another 18th Wall anthology. I sold a retooled version of The Knight of the … Continue reading

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Is Ideological Diversity Dodging the Question?

I like Heterodox Academy. I like the fact that people outside it are identifying that parts of our society are too dominated by people of one political persuasion. I like the way more and more college administrators are saying the antidote … Continue reading

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Yet Another ‘How Did I Not See This Coming?’ Post

Being at the intersection of academia and SFF has been like watching two battlegrounds lately. But the wars have been almost entirely within the ranks, between progressives and liberals, so I thought they were politically irrelevant. After all, when a … Continue reading

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Satire vs SFF

I’ve been reading brutal satire lately. It feels like cleansing my palate, brushing off cobwebs, struggling out of a too-tight sweater that was given me by an easily-wounded elderly relative who’s been here for an extended visit… OK, that metaphor … Continue reading

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