lightning roundup

1. Game theorists are blogging. Yay!

2. “Toddlers avoid dissenters,” new study shows. Doom or Bayes, Robin asks?

3. Legal employment market collapsing even for new hires/summer associates at biglaw (which means even top schools are not immune).

4. Cosma Shalizi asks a question I’ve been wondering too.

5. Are the top law reviews becoming sorta-peer-reviewed? A discussion over at Brian’s place.

6. StupidityFilter: Physicist makes (from what I can determine from the reports) trivial epistemological claim that philosophers have been talking about for centuries, gets given Jesus Templeton prize. If the guy had any integrity, he’d turn it down, but, you know, two million bucks.

7. New book out on global justice from the cosmopolitan side. I’m torn between my support for cosmopolitanism and my desire to spend time reading in areas in which I might actually do some research at some point in the near future.

8. Yadda yadda yadda AIG is bad and so is Ross Douthat and so is Jim Cramer. In other news, the sky is up.

9. It is not surprising in the least that the U.S. writers for an essay mill investigated by the CHE are both lawyers. There are some very funny plagiarism stories in the comments to Brian’s post.

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3 Responses to “lightning roundup”

  1. Daniel S. Goldberg Says:

    #6 infuriates me. You gotta be outta yer frickin’ mind to think that “revelation” is worth millions of dollars. Good lord, it’s a goddamn point of departure for any serious thinking about the nature of scientific practice itself.

  2. Paul Gowder Says:

    For 1.8 big ones, I will gladly publish a proof of, say, the Pythagorean theorem and some drivel about design.

  3. eric Says:

    Apropos (loosely speaking) of both #6 and #9, here’s my favorite part of the Chronicle piece:

    Mickey Tomar paid Essay Writers $100 to research and write a paper on the parables of Jesus Christ for his New Testament class. Mr. Tomar, a senior at James Madison University majoring in philosophy and religion, defends the idea of paying someone else to do your academic work, comparing it to companies that outsource labor. “Like most people in college, you don’t have time to do research on some of these things,” he says. “I was hoping to find a guy to do some good quality writing.”

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