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Hampshire College denies existence of black people

11 Jun

In the latest issue of Non Satis Scire, the Hampshire Magazine for Alumni and Friends, there is an article about Alan Goodman, the president of the AAA (American Anthropological Association) who happens to also be a professor at Hampshire. He’s been involved, for a decade, with “the largest-ever public education project on race, racism, and human genetic variation.”
The result of this decades long research?
“Race is no longer a valid scientific way to describe human genetic variation, Goodman explains. Race should be understood as a social, historical concept, not as a genetic concept; the idea of race maps very poorly onto the structure of human genetic variation. But race is also real as a very powerful ideology with enduring consequences…”

You know what else was once “a social, historical concept” that was also “a very powerful ideology with enduring consequences”?
The “fact” that the world is flat.

Boofies need to evolve, yo.


Free knowledge is free power

9 Jun

Over the past week or so I’ve been attending the Energy Crossroads Panel at Stanford University which already happened. For free, and without a time machine.

If knowledge is power, and knowledge also becomes free and accessible to everyone, what happens? I think we should find out.
I paid (or now owe) for a massively expensive education at a top-level Institution. (Is Hampshire College Ivy League? There is ivy on the walls…)
In retrospect I could have learned everything that I did at Hampshire for a lot less money. How much should the experience of going to a college really cost? What about the information gleaned at college, isn’t it inherently free?

One of the new features in the newest version of iTunes, which is likely to be overlooked since you have to enter the iTunes Store to get to it, is iTunes University(iTunes link). Free educational material from top universities, most notably (right now) Stanford and Berkeley. It sounds really cool, and almost too good to be true, which it partially is. While there are a handful of full-fledged classes, where you download lectures and tests and slides and everything, a majority of the stuff available (all for free still) is clearly designed as advertisements for the college. You can get video clips of students talking about their time there, download student media projects, watch introductions to various programs, etc. Still though, it’s free knowledge which until recently was unavailable unless you were actually at the University. In addition to classes there are also special events like panels, commencement speeches, and other presentations by various certified smart people (such as the Energy Crossroads Panel (iTunes link) I listened to) which are now all available to anyone with iTunes and the internet, which is a lot more people than any of this was previously available to.

Want to take a class on the Historical Jesus at Stanford? Go ahead. Want to take a computer programming course, a class on Modern Theoretical Physics, watch Steve Jobs give a commencement speech, find out what existentialism is, learn the Geography of World Cultures, or all of the above? Go ahead. It’s free.

I’m eager for Hampshire to get in on the game, I’d love to download one of Mario’s religion classes, or the student projects from one of Bill’s Film Classes…