Archives for June, 2012

Hitting the Road

I’ve decided it’s time to get out of Virginia for two weeks or so. I came up with the most exciting and exotic locales I could think of. I will be visiting central New Jersey, Philadelphia, upstate New York and New York City. Do I know how to travel or what? It’ll be a mix…

The Real Threat to the Humanities

Among the side effects of all the asinine hand-wringing over the phony problem of “scientism” is that it distracts attention from the real threat facing the humanities. I am referring to the corporate mindset that has come to dominate many aspects of higher education. That threat is on full display in the current fracas at…

On Reading the Bible

As a counterpoint to Monday’s post about Genesis, consider this essay, by Craig Kanalley. He writes: I felt I needed a shake-up in my life. And that’s what happened. I decided to make a career change, abruptly leaving my job at NBC News, and coming back to where I was happy in a prior phase…

Kitcher on Scientism

I’m coming very late to the party on this one, but I wanted to comment on Philip Kitcher’s recent article on scientism, published in The New Republic. A while back I did two posts on scientism (here and here). The first of these posts was titled, “What is Scientism?”, since it’s never been entirely clear…

State Schools vs. the Ivy League

Over at Kevin Drum’s blog, there is an interesting exchange between Drum and an unnamed college professor. In a post that was primarily about issues related to paying for a college education, Drum wrote: The fact is that UCLA provides undergraduates with an education that’s just as good as Harvard, and the country might be…

Update: June 19, 10:56 am: The commenting issues have now been fixed! Yay! So please ignore the first paragraph of the post. The commenting issues around here remain unresolved. In the past I have been told by the overlords that this was being treated as a high-priority problem. If that is so, then I would…

Wright and Ruse on Creationism

You know that long-running Gallup poll about evolution and creationism, the one that has consistently shown that support for creationism has been in the mid forties for the last thirty years or so? Well, the latest numbers are out, and they are not good news. The creationism number, which was at an all-time low of…

McKnight Reviews the BECB

Scot McKnight, a Professor of New testament at Northern Seminary in Illinois, has posted a review of the Big Evolution/Creation Book. He describes it as “a good read,” though it is hard to pick out one quote that perfectly summarizes his reaction to it. So go have a look for yourself. You don’t want to…

Prometheus

Still no word on when the commenting issues will be resolved. Hopefully soon. But I did want to poke my head up long enough to warn you away from seeing Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel, Prometheus. Really, really bad. This one’s going to be on a lot of ten worst lists at the end of the…

Ray Bradbury

By now I’m sure you have heard that Ray Bradbury has died. I can’t say that I was ever a huge Bradbury fan. I recall being a bit bored with Farenheit 451 when I tried reading it in middle school, but I was probably a little too young to appreciate it. I enjoyed The Martian…

An Amusing Conundrum

The commenting problems are proving harder to fix than I expected. The overlords have assured me that this is a high priority problem and that they are working on it. Apparently there is only one other blog around here that has been similarly affected. I don’t want to return to regular blogging until the commenting…