Links roundup, 2.12

Sharon Marshall reflects on the struggle to find the proper place for technology in the university.

Here is a 1994 Today Show clip where Gumble and Couric are perplexed by new technology, expressing all kinds of confusion over what the “@” stands for and ultimately asking “what is an internet anyway?” This will seem comical to students, but I certainly remember being similarly dumbfounded.

In the least surprising report ever, social scientists “discover” a “statistically impossible” lack of diversity of ideas (particularly political) among social scientists in academia.

Parents, “be not afraid!” David Mills on anxious “helicopter parents” and letting your kids bleed.

In the wake of some disturbing abortion statistics (41% of all pregnancies in NYC end in abortion, for African-Americans in NYC the number is a shocking 74%), the Main Street column in the Wall Street Journal asks us to put aside the politics of Roe and wonder “what kind of America might we have if all pregnant women—especially black and Hispanic women who are disproportionately aborting—could feel from society welcome and encouragement?”

The pro-life group Live Action has made some waves of late with their undercover videos of Planned Parenthood clinics. (In this one, PP workers turn a blind eye – and in fact agree to help cover up – sexual trafficking of children, and there are 3 or 4 other similar videos from other clinics). But the tactics have been controversial. The tactics may serve some good, for instance these videos may help end the era of taxpayer subsidies of PP. But noted Catholic moral theologian Germain Grisez (a luminary in the area of natural law) argues that “Catholics should regard such activity as morally and legally unacceptable”.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to study Chinese or Arabic? Why study Biblical languages?

Classicist Victor David Hanson argues that the liberal arts are as necessary as ever in this technological age.

Here is a report which seeks to quantify religious affiliation across the globe. Contrary to reports I often hear from atheists, this report suggests that the number of atheists is falling. Christianity is static or waning in the West, but experiencing explosive growth in Africa.

Another great Fr. Robert Barron video, this one on “What Christians mean by God”.

About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.
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