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The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Exhortation - Summer 2008 Print Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers

Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, Contents

Introduction Chapter 1. Of the Division of Stock Chapter 2. Of Money considered as a particular branch of the general Society, or of the Expense of maintaining the National Capital Chapter 3. Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations, Contents
How to Build a Universe That Doesnt Fall Apart Two Days Later First, before I begin to bore you with the usual sort of things science fiction writers say in speeches, let me bring you official greetings from Disneyland. I consider myself a spokesperson for Disneyland because I live just a few miles from it — and, as if that were not enough, I once had the honour of being interviewed there by Paris TV. For several weeks after the interview, I was really ill and confined to bed. I think it was the whirling teacups that did it.

How to Build a Universe That Doesnt Fall Apart Two Days Later

THIS DISCUSSION involves people with a large range of shared aspirations and commitments; in some cases at least, friends who have worked and struggled together for many years. I hope, then, that I can be quite frank. And personal, since to be honest, I don't see much of independent substance to discuss. Rationality/Science, by Noam Chomsky Rationality/Science, by Noam Chomsky
Horizon, April 1946. Recorded as completed in Orwell’s Payments Book on 11 December 1945. Samuel Johnson’s “Dictionary of the English Language” was published on 15 April 1755. Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent, and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Politics and the English Language Politics and the English Language
The poverty of literary theory The poverty of literary theory ALMOST 34 YEARS AGO, in May 1962, the Times Literary Supplement published a front-page article, ‘The Myth of Clarity’ which contained a savage attack on the quality of French intellectual life. The article caused a considerable stir in England, while from accross the Channel there were even murmurs that the Entente Cordiale had been infringed. The poverty of literary theory
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deconstruction and law Deconstructive Practice and Legal Theory-- Part II Copyright 1998 Jack M. Balkin. All Rights Reserved. Go to Part I Go to Part II Go to Part III Return to Writings Online C. deconstruction and law
Noam Chomsky on Post-Modernism This text has circulated quite a number of times on Usenet, and so far as I know is authentic. This version (less, of course, the HTML airs and graces) was posted by one to rec.arts.books, 13 Nov 1995 03:21:23 -0500, message-id 486v63$ Jenm289 wrote: "The following was written several months ago by Noam Chomsky in a discussion about po-mo and its contribution to activism et al. Noam Chomsky on Post-Modernism
by Isaac Asimov I received a letter from a reader the other day. It was handwritten in crabbed penmanship so that it was very difficult to read. Nevertheless, I tried to make it out just in case it might prove to be important. In the first sentence, he told me he was majoring in English Literature, but felt he needed to teach me science. The Relativity of Wrong by Isaac Asimov

The Relativity of Wrong by Isaac Asimov