Monthly Archives: April 2007

MIT: Where are your Values?

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with higher education for most of my life. There are many things about the collegiate and university community that give us our greatest, best hope for the future. But there are also things about the system that are really broken. Broken in a bad way. Somebody needs to start a conversation about them. The recent story out of MIT is a good place to start.

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Saying No

One of the things I’ve always admired about top-notch consulting firms is their ability to say no. When the customer has the checkbook out, when it would be easy to take a few dollars and deliver something that wouldn’t work long-term, some companies just say no. It’s the sign of a company that you can trust.

Don’t believe me? Read on.

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I’m not Warming up to Global Warming

Ok, I’m trying. Really I am. For the last week or two I’ve listened to several hours of a prominent physicist explain Global Warming to me. I love The Teaching Company, and this is probably the 10th series of college-level lectures I have received from them.

But this one is really bad. And it’s not making the case. In fact, I’m moving from being convinced that Global Warming is real and has some anthropocentric attributes to wondering if scientists really know what the heck they are talking about.

Here are some of my thoughts so far:

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