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About Fenster

Gainfully employed for thirty years, including as one of those high paid college administrators faculty complain about. Earned Ph.D. late in life and converted to the faculty side. Those damn administrators are ruining everything.


Fenster writes: As Kant wrote, out of the crooked timber of no straight thing was ever made.  Of course, come the Singularity won’t be no need to worry about pesky things like humanity’s irascible and unpredictable nature.  All will be … Continue reading

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Inflection Point

Fenster writes: According to The American Prospect the era of red-blue hyper-partisanship has its origins in the mid-90s.  Around that time American elections became significantly “less variable”. What happened between 1992 and 1996 to make presidential campaigns more stable? For … Continue reading

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It’s Tough Being a Positivist

Fenster writes: Over at the Unz Review, Razib Khan has a realization: A few days ago I joked on Facebook that life isn’t about the score up on the board, but standing with your team. By this, I have come … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Kingdom of Speech”

Fenster speaks: The Kingdom of Speech, Tom Wolfe’s idiosyncratic reading of evolution, linguistics and language, ends with a paean to speech.  SPEECH!  (Note to editor: italicize that word for emphasis.  Capitalize it of course.  And, since this is speech, we … Continue reading

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21st Century Films

Fenster writes: The dog ate my homework and I did not post to the recent UR list of the best turd-free films of the 21st Century.  Here’s my list, and it makes no pretense to best though they are pretty … Continue reading

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Epistocracy Bah Humbug

Fenster writes: Jason Brennan is the “Robert J. and Elizabeth Flanagan Family Associate Professor of Strategy, Economics, Ethics, and Public Policy at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.”  Which makes him, I suspect, a smarter man than I. … Continue reading

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A Third Way for Campus Speech?

Fenster writes: Shulamit Reinharz, the director of an academic center at Brandeis, has an op-ed in the Boston Globe calling for a third way on campus speech.  Alluding to the tension currently present between free speech and those who would … Continue reading

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