The standard Saturday random observations:
A wag once commented (and I have quoted here often) that to expect a scientist to understand the philosophy of science is like expecting a fish to understand hydrodynamics.
I disagree. Expecting a scientist to understand the philosophy of science is like expecting a professional quarterback to understand the hot dog vendor.
Here’s an interesting article from Inside Higher Ed on the economic contraction and college growth. Among its conclusions is that colleges may have to more overtly pick and choose which disciplines are in some sense “worth more” than others in terms of resources.
At a lot of selective institutions, there is an implicit political covenant that instructs both administration and faculty to act as if all areas of the curriculum are notionally equivalent in their right to resources, and that the reality of resource distribution should be largely ignored.
Could be. The sciences are more practical and useful than the humanities, but at the same time it’s much more expensive to run a synchrotron experiment than it is to write a book of literary criticism. The overall cost-benefit is not nearly as skewed toward the sciences as we in the sciences like to think.
Not strictly science-related, but via Swans on Tea, some lateral thinking in counterintelligence. It’s the kind of thing you don’t hear about enough – though I guess if you did it would quit working. Sort of reminds me of when I was a little kid. My younger brother was a bit of a thief, and so I came up with the idea of hiding my money in his closet. Worked like a charm.
And finally, here’s an interesting article from Scientific American about the moon – specifically, what would earth be like if the moon were half as massive? A little surprisingly, it would in fact be pretty different.
Have a great weekend everyone, see you tomorrow!