Responses to questions from a South African newspaper on academic freedom, arising in light of John Higgins’ new book on the subject.
One of the strengths of Boghossian’s book is the samples he offers of dialogues he has had with people of faith, in which the value of “street epistemology” is brought to life.
While Russell Brand is certainly entertaining, we shouldn’t mistake his seductive rhetoric for an intellectual critique worth taking seriously.
No matter how important the scientific subject under discussion, the goal of promoting sound reasoning is a worthy one too. And there’s no reason why one of these goals has to be pursued at the expense of the other.
The various Faculty Boards at the University of Cape Town are currently considering alternative models for UCT student admissions. This contribution from Professor Anton Fagan of the Law Faculty merits wide distribution, and argues against the use of race as a proxy for disadvantage.
Tim Noakes’ essay-length comment on my previous blog post is unfortunately a simple amplification of the fact that eminent scientists can be guilty of some of the most elementary errors in reasoning.
Yesterday, I appeared to be “on show” as an alien creature – and that’s partly because we’re not doing enough to educate people about what we (as naturalists) believe, and why.
My introductory remarks at the 2013 TB Davie Memorial Lecture on Academic Freedom
Twitter brought out it’s pitchforks yesterday and pointed them at UCT, who it thought had betrayed the interests of Joseph Khohlokoane. But UCT has nothing to be ashamed of – instead, the Twitterati might want to think more carefully about whether their moralistic hysteria has any merit.
Universities are best situated to produce ground-breaking research, thereby sometimes playing a significant role in promoting the welfare of a country and its people. But in developing countries like ours – especially ones with dysfunctional education systems – they also end up playing a remedial role.