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The Honorary Doctorate – The Participation Trophy of Academia

Another Quora question that caught my attention. This one struck a nerve: Is it tacky for honorary doctorates to use the title before their name? This may seem like a biased answer (because it is), but IMO an honorary doctorate is the university equivalent of a participation trophy. A Ph.D is intended to represent a unique contribution to the field, …

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Nothing To Hide: Redux

The specter of secret recordings of university professors once again opens the door to the loss of individual rights and freedoms.

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On Straight As and Salaries

(Fair warning: this is a personal account.) The systems were designed well, I think. When we were in school or college, passing was supposed to mean you knew the material, basically. A B showed you were pretty good, and an A was only for the smartest students. Not relatively the smartest, but objectively the smartest. Most people could at least …