Category: academic freedom
|August 30, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, News, Plants|
… it turns out that he mainly means the ones from religious families: TPP’s basic philosophy was that while you are entitled to your beliefs you are not entitled to avoid discomforting or contradictory ideas, you are not entitled to a free-pass when it comes to a critical analysis of beliefs like yours (individuals were […]
|August 14, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
From the Atlantic: The Coddling of the American Mind In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health. … Some recent campus actions border on the surreal. In April, at Brandeis University, the Asian American student association […]
|June 28, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Climate change, News, Philosophy, Science|
Further to churches getting sucked into the politicized climate change controversy, chewed up, and spit out: English science journalist Matt Ridley assesses the damage done to science by the frankly political climate science wars here at Quadrant: For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on […]
|June 8, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, News|
… can afford so many administrators and pump up grades? And the problem of burgeoning bureaucracy helps explain some worrying trends, foremost being a perceptible decline in academic standards over time (it’s evident in grade inflation; there are three times as many Oxford Firsts now as there were 30 years ago) and — a lesser […]
|June 7, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, News|
Here: So it’s not just that students refuse to countenance uncomfortable ideas -they refuse to engage them, period. Engagement is considered unnecessary, as the immediate, emotional reactions of students contain all the analysis and judgment that sensitive issues demand. Yes. We know. Maybe it is time we had this conversation. They have no experience with, […]
|May 3, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Science, like all disciplines today, is coming under heavy demands for censorship. People who used to be called dissenters or dissidents are now “denialists.” In short there is One Right Answer, to which no research not sponsored by an Establishment can add. But the history of science progress feature a grand parade of witnesses called […]
|April 14, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Culture, Darwinism, News|
In the context, “evolution” typically means Darwinism, survival of the fittest. Anyway here: President David Alexander of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) sent a letter to the campus over the weekend, defending the decision to lay off tenured theology professor Thomas Jay Oord. Alexander said budget cuts necessitated the move. A professor in the school’s counseling […]
|April 13, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Here: As Scruton notes: “Moral relativism clears the ground for a new kind of absolutism. The emerging curriculum in the humanities is in fact far more censorious, in crucial matters, than the one that it strives to replace.” But this isn’t just about the handful of protests the student clubs get up to. The problem […]
|April 9, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Universities entice potential students with all sorts of easy loan packages, hip orientations, and perks like high-tech recreation centers and upscale dorms. On the backside of graduation, such bait-and-switch attention vanishes when it is time to help departing students find jobs. College often turns into a six-year experience. The unemployment rate of college graduates is […]
|March 24, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Philosophy, Science|
In his first inaugural address, President Obama pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” But has the Obama Administration restored science or abused it? In this talk based on the expanded paperback edition of his book Darwin Day in America (ISI Books, 2015), political scientist John G. West will examine how the Obama Administration […]
|March 20, 2015||Posted by johnnyb under academic freedom, Darwinism, Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Society|
I spend a bit of time teaching and talking to junior-high and high-schoolers, especially homeschool students. One of the things that I try to teach them is how to approach teachers who are Darwinists when they get to college. Anyway, I though some readers might be students and might appreciate the advice. Obviously, this is […]
|March 14, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, News|
Otherwise, how to explain this?: There are a few university administrations that still seem committed to making academic freedom a leading value, even though it is a distinctly difficult value to monetize (and is indeed one that may be a consistent money-loser). For instance, the University of Chicago recently issued a strong statement on academic […]
|March 14, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, News|
On Saturdays (not the usual day science news is broken), the News desk sometimes focuses on public trends that impact our issues, including the ongoing campus war on freedom of speech—in the United States, it typically surfaces as the war of the First Amendment to the Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment […]
|March 5, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under academic freedom, Atheism, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, Naturalism, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Video, well worth watching: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt (–> also cf the audio by John Lennox here. The Worldviews 101 here on may also be of help.) Full presentation (v. fat download). PDF, with notes. Abstract: The New Atheism claims being a scientist and a Christian is like being a vegan butcher. But both […]
|January 23, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Your favourite censor always knows when he think naturalism or Darwinism is dissed. It’s the smell, see?
|January 1, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Naturalism|
“Denialism” is currently in a dead heat with “creationism” for the I Think for Myself Stakes.
Nature’s sneery summary of creationist fossil hunter Mark Armitage’s wrongful dismissal suit against California State U
|November 6, 2014||Posted by News under academic freedom, Biology, News|
Now here’s a question: The U fired him; will they also take credit for his find?
|October 29, 2014||Posted by News under academic freedom, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News|
Oh wait. Rebuttal? But isn’t rebuttal a problem? Should you even be reading it?
|October 29, 2014||Posted by News under academic freedom, Creationism, Culture, Intelligent Design, News|
So the officials mean that MSU is really a university and not just another tax-funded degree mill?
|October 9, 2014||Posted by News under academic freedom, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News|
Our source advises that Schwartsman is not sympathetic to ID. We don’t care, as long as he isn’t supportive of Darwinism over evidence.