What To Learn About Next?

I’m planning to do some serious heavy reading, but I’m torn between several choices of what to study next. After reading Radley Balko’s article using a police shooting video to illustrate the faulty nature of human memory, and stumbling across Nathaniel Burney’s comic book explanation of the neuroscience behind faulty memory, and seeing a Reason […]

Of Experts and Explainers

The Volokh Conspiracy blog has finally made the move behind the Washington Post paywall, and that led to an interesting comment on Twitter by conspirator Orin Kerr about the change in audience from being an independent blog to being part of a major media outlet: I think we’ve gained some and lost some. I’m worried […]

Don’t Disinvite, Just Don’t Invite

It’s graduation season again, which means it’s time for the usual round of news stories about controversial graduation speakers and the attempts by protesters to get them disinvited. For example, after protesters at Rutgers got Former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to back out of giving the commencement address, the normally wonderfully cynical P. J. O’Rourke […]

Mount What?

Over at Ethics Alarms, Jack Marshall writes: Most of all, I do not understand the persistence of the myth that a college education can, does, or should qualify a graduate for good job, when it appears that a large percentage of students, if not a majority, leave the campus unable to write, think, or name […]

Scholarship for a Nerd

Christie Wilcox writes one of my favorite blogs, Observations of a Nerd, and is hoping to win a $10,000 scholarship for her graduate studies. She’s an excellent blogger and scientist. Over the past week she had some great articles on evolution which you should check out. Her competition looks lame, yet she was running behind in the polls when […]

Amateur Historians

I really enjoy studying history. I’ve moved around time and the globe delving deeper into Mycenaean influences beyond Greece and studying the nuances of one particular commander who has been maligned in the Battle of Gettysburg. Every time I think I might find some historical event boring, I run into some fascinating element that grabs my attention. I would […]

Is an Earth-Centered Solar System a Silly Idea?

The science blogging community has been having a good laugh over the past few days about a “scientific” conference being held in South Bend Indiana (near Notre Dame!) on how Galileo was wrong about the heliocentric solar system. Yup, it’s a conference to discuss and review the science and politics of the geocentric model supporting […]

5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

Found this posted in a comment from Jonathan C Hansen over at Simple Justice and I think it makes a lot of sense. Of course, I don’t have children, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

What Can You Expect to Learn In School?

The latest micro-storm to hit the legal blogosphere started simply enough with Gideon’s nearly harmless post on “10 things I didn’t learn in law school.” I thought the worst item was #5: That law review leads to document review. If you want to do real work, take a clinic or something. That’s a case where the priorities […]

Teaching Hard Lessons to School Children and Others

By now you may have heard (via Balko, Simple Justice, Moby Kip, or new blawger Bobby Frederick) about the brilliant idea some folks in El Camino California came up with to teach students the importance of not driving drunk: Many juniors and seniors were driven to tears – a few to near hysterics – May 26 when a […]

You Can’t Touch That

Just when I think the zero tolerance rules in public schools can’t get any more idiotic, this story hits the net: Fairfax County middle school student Hal Beaulieu hopped up from his lunch table one day a few months ago, sat next to his girlfriend and slipped his arm around her shoulder. That landed him […]

Broken Promises

John Ruberry, the Marathon Pundit, just did some actual reporting about the veterans’ scholarship scandle at the University of Illinois. This didn’t sound like much of a story when I first heard about it. The University of Illinois had offered 110 scholarships to Illinois veterans for the night MBA program in downtown Chicago. A bunch […]

When You Spend the King’s Gold…

…this happens: The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that military recruiters must have the same kind of access as other employers coming onto campus to give out information and conduct job interviews, if the campus receives federal money. Most campuses rely on some share of the $35 billion the government channels each year to higher […]