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Gender Studies “Hoax” Shockingly Reveals Scammy Vanity Journals Will Publish Nonsense

When Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay published their recent hoax article “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” in the journal Cogent Social Sciences, they clearly thought they had just majorly dunked on those Foucault-fellating nerds over in the Gender Studies department. “Ha-ha,” they no doubt said, in sing-song Nelson style, while …

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Critical Thinking

Why Schools Should Teach Critical Thinking (Part 3)

This is part three of a rebuttal to this article. Part one can be found here. Hendrick’s next example is even worse than the Shelly one. He wrote: A physics student investigating why two planes behave differently in flight might know how to “think critically” through the scientific method but, without …

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Inexhaustive List of Jobs not Received with a Humanities PhD

Inexhaustive List of Jobs not Received with a Humanities PhD from a “World Class” University Assistant Professor at a University (37) One-Year Visiting Professor at a University (6) Adjunct Lecturer at a University (4) Post-doctoral Researcher at a University (5) (6)* Acquisitions Editor for a University Press Associate Editor for a …

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Critical Thinking

Why Schools Should Teach Critical Thinking (Part 2)

This is part two of a rebuttal to this article. Part one can be found here. One key issue I noted in Hendrick’s article is an odd disconnect from the way he is using the term critical thinking and the way it is used by people like Richard Paul, who …

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  • User AvatarJon Brewer { Hey, the really bad ones are when people accept "groups/journals I've never heard of" over "well-known entities". *cough*NAISA*cough* } – May 23, 7:22 PM
  • User Avatarikanreed { The very first thing that struck me when I read about this, was not the possibility of it being a vanity journal, though I guess... } – May 23, 11:38 AM
  • User AvatarDan { Mailed rejection letters? How quaint! Now they just never contact you, forcing you to spend weeks or months checking via backchannels and anonymous wikis to... } – May 05, 4:41 PM
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  • User Avatarkagehi { The skeptical movement is well aware of how much so called "published things about science" is wrong. A good example of this is one experiment... } – Apr 17, 12:50 PM
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Education

Higher EducationPublishingScience

Gender Studies “Hoax” Shockingly Reveals Scammy Vanity Journals Will Publish Nonsense

When Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay published their recent hoax article “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct” in the journal Cogent Social Sciences, they clearly thought they had just majorly dunked on those Foucault-fellating nerds over in the Gender Studies department. “Ha-ha,” they no doubt said, in sing-song Nelson style, while …

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Why Schools Should Teach Critical Thinking (Part 4)

This is part three of a rebuttal to this article. Part one can be found here. I’d like to move on now to my next point (don’t worry, I’m nearly finished with this series), that Hendrick appears to misunderstand what schools’ purpose is. He says: Since the early 1980s, however, schools have …

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Pedagogy

Pedagogy

Don’t Teach “Evaluating Sources”

Okay, so that title was a bit of an attention getter. I’m not going to say that you shouldn’t teach students how to evaluate sources at all, just not necessarily when you think you should. Teachers are faced with the task of figuring out exactly what aspects of their subjects …

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Culture

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Who is this music for, anyway?

Not long ago I was talking to a colleague of mine who was teaching an undergraduate course on early music, which is the term academics generally use to refer to Western European art music from before 1750. Some time previous to our conversation one of the music majors in his class, …

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