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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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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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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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Bring Back the Luddites

I read it over and over. “President X can’t possibly bring back jobs, because ROBOTS. AUTOMATION.” People write it as if they were saying ‘President X can’t possibly fly because GRAVITY.” As if increased automation were an irresistible force of … Continue reading

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Irritated by an Economist

Who isn’t? In particular, I’m irritated by this article from the NYT, in which an economist tries to grapple with the question of why voters simply don’t believe it when economists say global trade is good.  You’ll be glad to … Continue reading

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The Charms of Discourse

That was the subtitle of Advice From Pigeons, but only Sofia Samatar got the reference. Maybe Matt Bruenig would have: he has an interesting post up today about how The Discourse marginalizes the people. I always agree with Matt completely … Continue reading

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Interview at J. Patrick Allen’s blog

Because of my story in the From The Dragon Lord’s Library Vol. 2 anthology, I was interviewed by J. Patrick Allen.  Find out what I want on my tombstone (and a bunch of less morbid stuff about me) at his … Continue reading

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Why does Higher Ed = Humanities?

Another day, another article about the parlous state of Universities and the lack of respect afforded to faculty, the ‘Disneyfication’ of the curriculum, grade inflation, the embattled professoriate and students’ inability to handle difficult topics without puppies and balloons. Not … Continue reading

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