The Case for Liberal Arts, by a ‘STEM’ student

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Matt Saccaro’s post The Case For Removing (Almost) All Liberal Arts From College on

Though Catalog has raised a fair few eyebrows already, and although I’m not the most timely responder, seeing as it fits quite nicely into Fourth Society’s remit (namely that this is just the kind of faux economic idiocy that damages the interaction between science and the arts). Anyway, I thought I’d have a go: Continue reading

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Thank you Jonah Lehrer

I’m unhappy. I’ve been made this way because someone I’ve admired has disappointed me. That person, as you can guess from the title, is Jonah Lehrer (I couldn’t find a picture in which he wasn’t trying to look thoughtful and rugged, so I’ve omitted one). Why I’m particularly disappointed with him is quite apart from the fact that he has (quite a while ago) been exposed as a lazy writer and a liar.

This is chiefly because I owe inspiration for the name of this blog and the founding idea behind it, to him, and his book Proust was a Neuroscientist. Continue reading