Author Archives: Fenster

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.

Strange Bedfellows

Fenster writes: Our current s political moment has encouraged some odd couplings in political beds. 1 Here is leftie Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now! discussing Amazon’s more than complicity in the creation of a surveillance state.  That may not seem … Continue reading

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Elsewheres

Fenster writes: Mostly on Mommy and Daddy themes. “As a human being we should pay attention to fear and not logic”.  As a friend puts it, pathos beats logos any day of the week these days. Kirsten Gillibrand seems to … Continue reading

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Wither the Yellow Vests?

Fenster writes: The American press has had a herky-jerk relationship with the Yellow Vests.  The media avoided much mention of the protests when they first occurred, presumably banking on them fading away quickly.  Then, when it became apparent that coverage … Continue reading

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More on Sokal Squared

Fenster writes: You’ll recall the so-called Sokal Squared dust-up: three academics who were able to publish a series of outrageously fake articles in peer-reviewed critical studies journals.  Fenster wrote about it here when the story broke. For many inside academe … Continue reading

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Pinkerian Pollyannism?

Fenster writes: Here in the Wall Street Journal we find more cheery optimism about the world.  This  could all be true.  It could possibly just be Pinkerian Pollyannism.  Or perhaps it is both. As with disease, poverty is being eradicated … Continue reading

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Front Porch Republic on the Yellow Vests

Fenster writes: It is hard enough getting the big picture right in your own life, your own family, your own community.  When asked to consider what is happening on very large tapestries we face serious problems.  Kahneman’s System 2 reasoning … Continue reading

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Sailer and Taleb

Fenster writes: Steve Sailer is not being mainstreamed but seems no longer to be taboo. Charles Murray–suspect in some quarters but respected nonetheless–refers to him regularly and fairly on Twitter. Murray: PolySci & sociology grad students, looking for a dissertation … Continue reading

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