Monthly Archives: September 2011

Nine Months of Unprecedented Weather Extremes

As deadly fires continue to burn across bone-dry Texas and eight inches of rain from tropical storm Lee falls on New Orleans, the US is beginning to count the cost of nine months of unprecedented weather extremes. Ever since a … Continue reading

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Don’t wait for “them”: Do-It-Yourself

So how do we create an economy that provides dignified livelihoods to all who are willing to work, without undermining the natural systems we, and our children, rely on? A real solution requires a vision that is both humble in … Continue reading

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What Is to Be Done?: CSID Panel Discussion on The Future of Humanity

I doubt even one person out of the 130+ attendees of yesterday’s CSID panel discussion walked away without being intellectually stimulated (or even enhanced).  The debate, which turned heated at times, regarded humanity’s best response to the accelerated development of … Continue reading

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Perry Misses Point on Galileo and Climate Change

In one of the more curious moments in the Republican debate on Wednesday night, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas invoked 17th-century science in discussing his doubts about climate change. He cited the astronomer and mathematician Galileo Galilei — often called the father of … Continue reading

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Administrators Ate My Tuition

The systemic nature of administrative bloat in higher education is well illustrated in this article in the Washington Monthly, but the anecdotes of corrupt managerial prerogatives excerpted below are the true pièce de résistance of the essay. Perverse administrative priorities were even more … Continue reading

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Texan Summers: Spot the Outlier

Comparisons of this summer in Texas to the summer of 1980 have been overdrawn -take a look at the chart below, compiled by the Texas state climatologist. This summer is like only to itself…so far. Texas Drought: Spot the Outlier … Continue reading

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When is Analysis not Analysis?

Howard Kurtz, media critic at Daily Beast, has waded into some hot water with his article A Hurricane of Hype. In it, he lambastes television media for the relentless “tsunami of hype on this story [Hurricane Irene]… a Category 5 … Continue reading

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The Future of the University

Quite a collection of thinkers opining about the future of the university! Here’s a bit of a teaser: We used to look to California as being in the avant-garde, a setter of trends that would spread across the country, especially … Continue reading

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Fuller on “The Techno-Human Condition”

Steve Fuller’s review of the book authored by Brad Allenby and Dan Sarewitz appears just in time for the three to get together here at UNT on September 7th, 3:30 — 5:00pm, in Wooten Hall 222. Times Higher Education – … Continue reading

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AnimeFest & ID

Keith Brown (that is myself) will be representing CSID on two panels at this year’s Animefest in Dallas, TX. He is chairing a discussion on Anime & Philosophy as well as participating in a dialog on the Aesthetics of Anime. … Continue reading

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