The Paradigm Shift Not long ago I was working with my occasional co-author, an associate dean in the school of economic, political and policy sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas, on creating a campus research institute focused on spontaneous orders. That is a field that attempts to explain how social order emerges from … Continue reading “Perverse Incentives in Science: 21st Century Funding for 20th Century Research”
Our universities once only took in students who wanted an education. Now those who want an education find it a challenge to get one. We are more and more preparing our students to work at jobs in the economy, but we are less and less preparing them to create, discover, and understand. That is a loss to both our culture and society.
Every economist will tell you about the benefits from specialization. We have known about that since Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations. But for some reason, this knowledge is thrown out when it comes to specialization in academia.
I have made the decision to never again seek employment at a college or university. I will never send another C.V. to an institute of higher education. I am finished wasting my time.
The English major has lost its way; here is a path back.
Some administrators evaluate pedagogy not on whether it works but on whether it has been done for the past fifty years.
If it is really a kind of aggression to correct student grammar, composition teachers are unnecessary.
You cannot change a complex order like education through top-down decision-making or even argumentation.
Arts and humanities can learn a lot from understanding basic scientific concepts.
Reading fiction opens the door to innovation.