Sunday, November 24, 2013

(LCR) A Blogging Low

Fewer than half the class participated to any degree in blogging for the course this week, which may be a new low. Apart from my disappointment about the loss of educational opportunity (the blogging you did was good quality), I'm concerned about course performance. Most of you can't really afford to give up the blogging points for the course, and yet some of you have seriously let it slide.

So I'll allow make-up blogging for LCR this coming week -- it's not required, but if you do it I'll count it towards your total blogging score.

Friday, November 15, 2013

(LCR) Krugman on Appeals to Authority

Here is a very sharp, short column by economist Paul Krugman, in which he discusses the virtues and limits of credentials. It well demonstrates, in case such demonstration were necessary, how widely applicable logical and epistemological principles are, even to practical matters such as economics.

Friday, November 8, 2013

(LE) William Knox poem

The poem Miller mentions on p. 69 is evidently by William Knox (1789-1825). Here's a link:

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Camus at 100

In a piece on NPR this morning, I heard that the French/Algerian novelist and philosopher Albert Camus would be 100 years old today (he died at 46 in an automobile accident). A sidebar made an interesting point about Camus' retelling of the myth of Sisyphus and the paradox of boring employment. It's worth a listen: