Gerry Canavan

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At last we have it in English. Summa Technologiae, originally published in Polish in 1964, is the cornerstone of Stanislaw Lem’s oeuvre, his consummate work of speculative nonfiction. Trained in medicine and biology, Lem synthesizes the current science of the day in ways far ahead of most science fiction of the time.

Compassion and Hubris: The Dalai Lama Speaks to the Wisconsin Legislature.

According to one observer, “the ones who fell asleep (or at least appeared to be asleep) [were] Tranel, Marklein, Pridemore, Tittl, Hutton, Bies, Nass, Tiffany, and Knodl. It was hard to tell with some of them, but Tranel was definitely asleep. Nerison, who sits next to him, shook him awake at one point.”

* Tressie McMillan Cottom on MOOCs.

I think we have to accept that traditional colleges like ours have benefited from inequality. That’s biting us in the ass now because it’s being used to say we’re elitist as if we weren’t designed to do precisely what we’re doing. I mean c’mon. So let’s accept that part of our own story and say yeah we’ve got other stories too.

Jonathan Rees has been pounding the MOOC beat for weeks; here’s his latest roundup.

Yale fined $165,000 for underreporting sex offenses. Is that a lot of money? You might very well think so.

* The Freud Museum announced earlier this week that it needed £5000 to restore Freud’s couch, the centerpiece of a study crammed with other relics, a cluttered cabinet of antique curiosities that Freud called his ‘old and dirty gods’.

Jennie Runk: My life as a ‘plus-size’ model.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a note.

* And the headline reads, “Venezuela Has Run Out of Toilet Paper.”

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