Wednesday, June 29, 2005


I just found this incredible site:
He's this flaming fundamentalist racist who has a book on intelligence and race, and why Adam's decendants are white, etc. It is all the bullshit that Steven Jay Gould debunked in his 1981 'The mismeasure of man'. In that introduction, Steven Jay said, when speaking of the 1992 publication of 'The Bell Curve', that it seems like this idea pops up every 10 years. Well, he was a little off about the timing: it seems more like 11-12 years.
I'd like to get a copy of this for use in my Crit Thinking class in the fall, but I think it would be unethical to actually give this guy money. What do I do?

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Monday, June 20, 2005 : Sell Online : Introduction

OK, so I'm thinking ahead. But if we were to resurrect the idea of T-shirts, this might be handy: : Sell Online : Introduction

So, ideas. Here's a few to get the ball started:

  • You can't understand this if you're not a Philosophy major.

  • Philosophy: Why stupid people suck

  • Everything on this shirt is false.

  • My girlfriend (boyfriend) reads Plato and all I get is this lousy T-shirt

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Action Philosophers!

An old friend of mine sent me this link. I can't testify to its accuracy, but it looks damn entertaining:
Action Philosophers!

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Grade Inflation

There was a fascinating article in the Washington Post today that I thought everyone might be interested in reading. It's located here:
The most recent data on grade inflation shows a continuing trend:
National Trends in Grade Inflation, American Colleges and Universities
The average grade given at private schools is now a 3.26 - more a B than a B. A full 50% of the grades given at Harvard this year were 'A's (according to the article)!
Aside from the obvious relevance to your lives - I would like to know what you think about the ethics of grade inflation. After all, many of my students at Wash U argued that they needed grade inflation in order to compete with students from other institutions for graduate school placement. On the other hand, doesn't grade inflation cheapen the achievement of those who actually earned an 'A'? What is to be done?