Best abstract ever?

From Powerline:

Abstract: In this paper, I take the position that a large portion of contemporary academic work is an appalling waste of human intelligence that cannot be justified under any mainstream normative ethics. Part I builds a four-step argument for why this is the case, while Part II responds to arguments for the contrary position offered in Cass Sunstein’s “In Defense of Law Reviews.”

The problem is not that it is academic or intellectual but that what those designations now mean has become far removed from the intellectual life.

See, for example Prof defends students waving picket signs instead of responding intellectually

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Prof sounds like fishwife shouting abuse across the market (apparently thinks that’s some kind of engagement with ideas)

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  • Brilliant!

  • ontario john

    And of course the CBC is excited this morning that 600 members of our academic elites are putting a full page ad in newspapers across Canada telling the peasants not to vote for Harper. And the CBC is outraged that a man covered his face at a meeting in the People’s Democratic Socialist Republic of Alberta. He of course was charged, but loony tune global warming nutbars can physically charge at Harper and that’s ok.

    • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

      In Canada, people have a free choice to vote for all that if they wish.

  • tom_billesley

    Pakistan academia: Jinns invade campuses
    http://www.dawn.com/news/1212051/jinns-invade-campuses?preview

    • Clausewitz

      Aye Carumba……..

    • UCSPanther

      Radical atheist laugh at Christians for supposedly believing in the same thing.

      The question is: Would they have the stones to laugh at “The Religion of Peace” for believing in Djinn?

  • “a large portion of contemporary academic work is an appalling waste of human intelligence that cannot be justified under any mainstream normative ethics”

    The problem in academia today is not the waste of human intelligence, it is the lack of it. Generation after generation, with a few notable exceptions, we have had people who know little or nothing of a subject certifying other people who know even less, and so on down the line. Today, we experience the result – a vacuity of mind so pronounced that all these fake intellectuals can do is impose PC thinking.