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4) Should fit right in with gender studies.

... And religious studies, just to be non-partisan. Quackery for everyone.

Religious studies isn't quackery. It's the study of religions, which are pretty important.

Then astrology should be part of Religious Studies. But should Marxism and Hitlerism be included too?

But the fault lies not in the stars!

5) The “scandal” is about people getting their kids admitted by paying $250k to bribe a sailing coach instead of the going rate of $25m to endow a library. People are up in arms because millionaires are getting treatment usually reserved for billionaires. The egalitarianism issue cuts entirely the other direction.

Also, yeah, Plato and Hobbes as egalitarians makes me LOL

No, the scandal is that schools were defrauded out of their ability to make discriminatory choices themselves.

I think the two of you summarise the position very well.

#3 I remember hearing of a similar story of an alcoholic in KC who's wife did sort of the same thing in the 90s. She secretly paid several liquor stores within a 3 mile range of their house to 'not serve' her husband on some made up thing and distributed his picture so they'd know who it was. As I recall it actually was working until one store decided to 'not serve' the wrong guy and the details became known. I would support more research into the efficacy of this 'enlist-your-dealer-to-help-you-quit' method.

#4 As Glenn Reynolds would headline: "Dispatches From The Education Apocalypse"

#5 Can't get past the paywall, but I'm pretty sure there are utilitarian philosophers that wouldn't have necessarily disagreed with the utility of letting these kids and their parents game the system, depending on their ascribing 'highest utility' to which party. I'm also pretty sure that numerous high-born Athenians and Macedonians attended the Academy in their day primarily for game days and parties, and that many would've laughed their butts off at Diogenes's antics while saying "Aristotle who?"

Where I live it is very simple and effective. In order to ender any casino or gaming parlor, or buy any lottery ticket, you have to swipe your ID. It either comes up allowed or excluded (or banned due to age). Anyone gets into a casino without an ID scan, the casino is at fault.

#2 Well, in the US the taxpayer subsidizes gender studies ...

Do Classical studies count as gender studies? They are all old dead white dudes. Dudes are a gender.

4. “A fight has erupted in Norway after the country’s higher education regulator agreed to accredit courses in astrology, meaning students will be able to use government loans to look for meaning in the stars.”

. Arts and sciences and teacher-training faculties offer courses in pseudodisciplines built around polemical affirmations. They do so to please faculty. About 1.8 million baccalaureate degrees are given out each year in this country, but only about 1,400 in 'women's studies', so you know they progenitors of these programs are not responding to market demand. And how many aspirant 3d grade teachers do you fancy really want to be taking courses in 'social justice education'? Astrology and tarot cards are at least harmless diversions.

"About 1.8 million baccalaureate degrees are given out each year in this country, but only about 1,400 in 'women's studies', so you know they progenitors of these programs are not responding to market demand"
If there were lots of women's studies women's baccalaureate degrees given, the far-right would say it is thanks to subsidies and government-backed loans and students seeking easy courses. I wonder how it is to keep fighting Battle of Berlin everyday.

Actually, I would say that about the 1,400, too.

"...If there were lots of women's studies women's baccalaureate degrees given, the far-right would say it is thanks to subsidies and government-backed loans and students seeking easy courses..."

You don't have to be far right to say that, only right (correct).

And you know how it is to fight the daily battle - you are a veteran.

I see. "Heads, I win. Tails, you lose".

Right. ER, correct.

ER?

As in:

Right. I mean, ER, uh, correct!

See, "right" has two meanings in this context, right wing and correct, so it is a little play on words, a joke, just fooling around, having fun, making light, being a wise a$$ ...

Only 1400? So few degrees, so much damage ...

So much = zero?

1. Every dedicated faculty member hired is a slot that could have gone to a real professor.

2. Every corresponding faculty member hired in another department means manpower that could have been devoted to a different (and almost certainly better) research program and course menu.

3. Every piece of dedicated space that could have been devoted to a better pursuit.

4. The placement of political sectaries on faculty governance committees and hiring committees.

5. The intramural lobbying for dedicated staff to promote intramurally the social ideology of the women's studies faculty (which is quite unremarkable).

I saw a competent (female) biologist denied tenure in 1998 to make way for a mediocrity in one of the social science faculties whose cause was promoted by the women's studies faculty. You looked at that woman's syllibi and at her publications and you knew perfectly well what was going on.

So much = civil war.

Perhaps you aren't paying attention.

Civil war where?

In his head, between the voices and the psych meds.

You are both in the back of the class. Wake up!!! :)

"So much = civil war."

No, but quite possibly:

So much = Trump

True. I feel good again. Mood affiliation ...

There are only around 20K degrees per year in math and statistics. If you take out applied math and statistics, then you might have less than 1,400 pure math majors. Heck, the average number of physics graduates for a bachelor granting institution is 6.4 per year. You could find more women's studies majors protesting any conservative speaker on campus. So, you could make the same argument that it is not driven by demand. It must be the huge NSF funding and subsidized government loans to those pesky math and physics majors. Don't get me started on library science degrees!

So... what do you think of library science degrees?

And your point is ... ?

There are only around 20K degrees per year in math and statistics. If you take out applied math and statistics, then you might have less than 1,400 pure math majors. Heck, the average number of physics graduates for a bachelor granting institution is 6.4 per year.

1. There are 15x as many degrees issued in mathematics and statistics as there are in women's studies and these are authentic academic disciplines. About 90% are issued in mathematics and 10% in statistics. About 13% of the mathematics degrees are issued in specifically applied mathematics.

3. There are four times as many physics degrees issued as women's studies degrees. As a high overhead, low census program, physics belongs at research universities, at unusually large teaching institutions, and at teaching institutions for whom physical sciences are a declared speciality. It doesn't belong at an ordinary teaching institution.

#4 So the fault is in our stars after all?

6. And state-level economic growth

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I pot tautologies, like noting that growth and level being equal implies converged model.

Or in this case, we some persistent state ranking that does not correlate with growth. Consider the opposite, that we have a consistent state ranking that correlated with growth, we would have diverged, the model will not measure. The post proved that there is a second variable, a proof by tautology (contradiction) . The proof says nothing, yet, about the state index features chosen.

Very simply, controlling for demographics shows the truth of the old adage “one you adjust for what X does, it does nothing at all.”

"A fight has erupted in Norway after the country’s higher education regulator agreed to accredit courses in astrology, meaning students will be able to use government loans to look for meaning in the stars."
I am actually seeking a grant to open an Extispicy School. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greek_divination#Extispicy

And I am funding a grant to open an Extraspicy School!

Axtually, there is already an Extraspicy School. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamburger_University

5. We know what Cicero would say: inequality is the natural order of things; it it weren't, then there wouldn't be inequality. I am always skeptical of people who cite for support for whatever they are promoting ancient (Plato, Aristotle, Socrates) or more recent (Hobbes, Rousseau) philosophers or a divine being. This may not be a sinful age but it most definitely is a corrupt age. Is inequality the cause of the corruption? No, it's the natural order of things; if it weren't, then there wouldn't be so much corruption.

#1 Tyler says "Outside the tech sector there's lots of stagnation."

The problem with this is that a crucial good in modern society, the phone, used to be considered by most as outside what is thought of as the tech sector but especially with smartphones became absorbed in the tech sector.

Host: "Driving on highways is often worse [than 40 years ago.]
Cowen: "Yes."

Two people have forgotten what it was like to drive 1970s cars on the highway...

Cars have gotten better. traffic and infrastructure not so muchly.

If cars have gotten much better/safer and roads have been constant, then an overall improvement.

All else being equal, but in this case it is not. There are far more cars on the road today, more impatient people, and more distracted drivers. Overall, the experience of driving is greatly degraded. I would love to drive my '63 Chevy on 1975 roads again, though my 2017 RAV4 is an amazing improvement. The safety features are amazing. However, sitting in stop and go traffic sucks.

1975 cars broke down all the time. Almost no air conditioning. 1975 cars sure the hell didn't have DVDs to watch, either.

Yeah, you'd love an hour in your 63 Chevy although your 2017 car is an "amazing improvement"... (eye roll)

4. I would point out that most colleges have departments of religions, not to promote religion but because of its influence on behavior and history. Some people believe in astrology (according to a recent poll, 26% of Americans believe in astrology), even Mrs. Reagan believed in astrology and advised her husband accordingly. Lots of people believe in oddball things. Ayn Rand has a large following and she was a sexual pervert; but just because she was a sexual pervert doesn't mean she shouldn't be studied given her influence with those people.

"Ayn Rand has a large following and she was a sexual pervert;"

LOL, and what's your opinion of Bill Clinton?

Pretty conventional, especially by later standards.

Let's see, economists are today's soothsayers, but their accuracy at soothsaying is, well, not very good. How does it compare to astrologists? I wouldn't know because, while economists' inaccurate soothsaying is part of the public record (they do make highly public but stupid pronouncements), astrologists have the good judgment to keep their prognostications to themselves and their paying customers. Should colleges drop economics as a waste of money?

2. My view is that writing is the creative process not the synthesis of it.

#6b: I tried, but the framing is so obvious and the data so muddled. Can someone smarter than me tell me what to believe?

#6 You mean to tell me that a paper with a supply side framework showed that low tax, low regulation states experienced higher growth!? Shocked, I tell you! Shocked!

As the author in 6b points out, the original claims by Moore in the paper were statistically insignificant, if not slightly the opposite direction.

4. If education is meant to help increase lifetime income, mastering astrology is certainly a possibility. In the 60s and 70s astrologists with a personality were able to make a living describing people to themselves on the basis of their moment of birth. Somebody gets paid to write astrology columns in newspapers, or did when people read newspapers. There areastrology sites on the web today. There are similar courses that could be offered, palm reading and tarot, billiards, darts, poker, etc., all things that require a major investment in time and big expenses to master but can yield substantial dividends.

#3 "The Detroit casinos aren't able to effectively screen out the banned gamblers, who often return to the gaming halls and continue losing money. "

Does anyone doubt that if admitting thees banned gamblers to the casino were costling the casinos money they'd suddenly get very, very good at identifying them?

Exactly. It seems like a bad legislative solution in the first place that could have been made workable with only a few minutes of common sense.

Those problem gamblers are great for revenue in the first place, even without any penalty for not even having a system to keep them out.

And why on earth would a legislator make this a criminal event? This seems unnecessarily heavy handed. Enforcing counselling for a few weeks without a conviction would be more productive to me.

#5...Knowing I'm setting myself up, I can't say I understood the column.

#6...Excellent, and amusing.

. Write of Passage, a new on-line writing course by Tiago Forte and David Perell

^ Anyone taken courses offered by Tiago Forte? Subject matter is of great interest to me.

One wonders if on this question too Tyler will have a list of 8-12 reasons as opposed to the one single reason given by Noahpinion:

Even with all the outcry over Islamophobia and over anti-Muslim abuses around the world, most people are turning a blind eye to China's concentration camps.Why? I can only assume it's because China is big and powerful, and people think there's nothing they can do about it.— Noah Smith 🐇 (@Noahpinion) March 28, 2019

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