The Humanities Strikes Back – or rather Recent Pileus Guest Blogger Aeon Skoble Does for the Humanities

Good to see the IHS offer "equal time" on the question.  My only quibble with Aeon's take relates to theory vs. practice.  In theory, he is correct, and I applaud him for standing up against the mass of "STEMsters"  and calmly asking (as a philosopher would) the world to think about the new conventional wisdom a bit more before fulling embracing it.  Thus, I agree … Continue reading The Humanities Strikes Back – or rather Recent Pileus Guest Blogger Aeon Skoble Does for the Humanities

Austerity, Corruption, and the Long Run

If you see corruption in the upper tiers of government as a major problem for an economy's health in the long run (and the balance of evidence suggests that it is, at least at high levels in capitalist countries), then externally imposed austerity might be the only way to root it out. Syracuse prof Glyn … Continue reading Austerity, Corruption, and the Long Run

Memorial Day Salute

As I do every Memorial Day, a salute to all those Americans who have lost their lives fighting in foreign wars.  I would add that while it is always nice to celebrate a living veteran, our thoughts today should be turned to those who died in service rather than those fortunate enough to return home alive. … Continue reading Memorial Day Salute

Social injustice and harms

Over at BHL, my friend Andrew Cohen has responded to my post earlier this week making a skeptical case against the normative credentials of the idea of “social justice.” Andrew thinks that part anyway of the problem with my skeptical argument is that is framed in terms of rights. He believes that “harms” are “more … Continue reading Social injustice and harms

How To Develop Theory? Hang Out in the Backyard??

A very cool story here about an unheralded lecturer in math who in isolation from the big names in his field (and who even had to work at a Subway at one point) comes up with a huge advance in solving a famous and very vexing problem in numbers theory.  How did he come up with the solution to the challenge that had really worn on … Continue reading How To Develop Theory? Hang Out in the Backyard??

Obama and the President Not Returning a Military Salute

Drudge is linking to a Weekly Standard post whose purpose can only be to take the President to task for alleged disrespect of the military.  According to the WS, Obama boarded Marine One today without returning a military salute rendered by the Marine on duty outside the rotary wing aircraft.  But what is the real problem here?  … Continue reading Obama and the President Not Returning a Military Salute