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World University Rankings - Information or Noise

World University Rankings – Information or Noise

Messing around with some of the results available from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings website, it’s interesting to note that near the top of the ranking over the years, things stay relatively stable, and further down there’s quite a bit of variation. In an ideal world, all the datasets would be available for download and easily manipulable (transparency!) but this is not yet…

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17% of cardiac surgeons are women, 17% of tenured professors are women. It just goes on and on. And isn’t that strange that that’s also the percentage of women in crowd scenes in movies? What if we’re actually training people to see that ratio as normal so that when you’re an adult, you don’t notice?

…We just heard a fascinating and disturbing study where they looked at the ratio of men and women in groups. And they found that if there’s 17% women, the men in the group think it’s 50-50. And if there’s 33% women, the men perceive that as there being more women in the room than men.

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Source: NPR: Hollywood Needs More Women

Seriously, go listen to this.

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Heidegger and Nazism - a letter from the archives

Heidegger and Nazism – a letter from the archives

From the London Review of Books, Vol. 12 No. 7 · 5 April 1990

Richard Rorty’s eulogy of Martin Heidegger (LRB, 8 February) is shamefully tasteless, insensitive, infantile, and vulgar in the extreme. He seems to think that one should not be angry with Heidegger because, despising democracy, as does every good intellectual, he also worshipped at the phallic shrine of Nazism, joined the Party (in…

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Problems with interdisciplinarity in the humanities

Problems with interdisciplinarity in the humanities

At a recent workshop on interdisciplinarity for researchers from the Coimbra Group in Trinity College Dublin, at the Long Room Hub, there were some interesting presentations (especially by Britta Padberg of ZiF and Christoph Horn of Bonn University) and conversations had about the challenges and opportunities within this area. It got me thinking about some of the theoretical and structural…

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Reblog: Why ‘Grade Inflation’ is a red herring

Reblog: Why ‘Grade Inflation’ is a red herring

Excellent piece by Greg Foley responding to Morgan Kelly’s recent discussion of education in Ireland: Why ‘Grade Inflation’ is a red herring.

Therefore, there is a prima facie case for the ‘fact’ that the third level system has changed substantially and if we want to infer a drop in objective standards purely from grade distributions we have a pretty tough task ahead of us. In my view, we need to…

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Prof Morgan Kelly on “What ever happened to Ireland” and education

Prof Morgan Kelly of University College Dublin lectures on “What ever happened to Ireland?” Discussion of the Irish education system (with some interesting observations on the PISA rankings) starts c.26 minutes in.

Rankings and other factors in US student choice, 1995 - 2012I collected data from the UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute‘s American Freshman Surveys(fo…View Post

Rankings and other factors in US student choice, 1995 - 2012

I collected data from the UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute‘s American Freshman Surveys(fo…

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An antecedent of Searle’s “Chinese Room” argument against A.I.

I should really say another antecedent, given that the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy identifies three other versions of this argument. I take the following from Stanislaw Lem’s Summa Technologiae:

Physicist and science fiction writer Anatoly Dneprov…

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Overview - Irish education research funded (IRC) since 2000This is just a quick and dirty overview of some information culled from the Irish Research…View Post

Overview - Irish education research funded (IRC) since 2000

This is just a quick and dirty overview of some information culled from the Irish Research…

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Are university lectures dinosaurs or sharks? Innovation in higher educationStudents vote massively in favour of more seminars instead of lectures. Attendance at this…View Post

Are university lectures dinosaurs or sharks? Innovation in higher education

Students vote massively in favour of more seminars instead of lectures. Attendance at this…

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"Profiling (or ranking?) universities" - CommentProfessor Ferdinand von Prondzynski (formerly President of DCU, currently Vice-Chancellor of Robert…View Post

"Profiling (or ranking?) universities" - Comment

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski (formerly President of DCU, currently Vice-Chancellor of Robert…

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What’s the secret ingredient for a successful film? Estrogen —> http://voc.tv/1cKyE7Z
Dear Hollywood: we know how you can make more money in 2014.
Put more women onscreen.
We analyzed the top 50 biggest box office movies of 2013 to see if they passed the Bechdel Test, which evaluates whether a movie has two or more women in it who have a conversation about something other than a man. It’s named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who wrote about it in her popular comic Dykes To Watch Out For (Bechdel actually credits her friend Liz Wallace with the rule).
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johnskylar:

vocativ:

What’s the secret ingredient for a successful film? Estrogen —> http://voc.tv/1cKyE7Z

Dear Hollywood: we know how you can make more money in 2014.

Put more women onscreen.

We analyzed the top 50 biggest box office movies of 2013 to see if they passed the Bechdel Test, which evaluates whether a movie has two or more women in it who have a conversation about something other than a man. It’s named after cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who wrote about it in her popular comic Dykes To Watch Out For (Bechdel actually credits her friend Liz Wallace with the rule).

Continue

Pictures help us learn.