The Liberal Arts Strikes Back

Everybody is talking about this video.

6 thoughts on “The Liberal Arts Strikes Back

  1. The comments are worth reading as well. It’s turned into a fight between the “practical” fields like science and the “impractical” like literature. As someone who’s making a shift from the humanities to the sciences, I find the polarity disturbing. You really can’t have one without the other. Someone claims, for example, that the elimination of humanities programs shows progress, but without ethics, rhetoric, philosophy, where would science be–cloning people willy nilly, perhaps. And then someone else says that all the sciency fields are just training. But thinking like a scientist, the scientific method are valuable too. Computing, the field I’m headed into, without the humanities, would just be programming. With it, it’s a particular way of looking at the world and of problem solving, solving problems related to humans–isn’t that humanities writ large?

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  2. A scarf, worn isadore duncan style. I always think of tragic automobile accidents whenever i see someone wearing that kind of thing. do have speakers, and kind of wish I hadn’t. I absolutely ate that style of speaking and that kind of tone.
    Why is everyone talking about that video? I found it annoying and not particularly illuminating.

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  3. I knew a guy who had a barbed wire scar on his neck (he ran into a fence while on a snow mobile). Maybe I’ll find him on Facebook and tell him to wear his scarf backward.

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  4. I think it was a great speech. Let’s be honest, Arts and Sciences does flip the bill for engineering and sciences. And whyon earth do you need so many more administrators bloating when the amount of students is not increasing.

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  5. And why on earth do you need so many more administrators bloating when the amount of students is not increasing.
    Some of the additional administrators are probably working the grant side of things, but increase of the “managing class” is the curse of our age, all around.

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