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Apr 28, 2013

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Fascinating piece in the Economist WHEN Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman of Blackstone Group, a private-equity firm, announced in Beijing on Sunday the $300m Schwarzman Scholars programme to send students to China to study, it was a testament to China’s place in the world as a new centre of gravity. Its gravitational pull on corporate money […]

We have been having a debate on whether lecture attendance in medical school should be compulsory. Personally, I am horrified by the idea. But others have different views. The debate is over at edmeded, but below I post what I wrote, but with some links and quotes. Students come to university not just to worship […]

Vernon Bogdanor in the THE in an article on Thatcher and the decline of HE in the UK: Just three MPs spoke out against the Green Paper – an incongruous trio – Enoch Powell, the former professor of Greek, declared that it was “barbarism to attempt to evaluate the contents of higher education in terms […]

Apr 27, 2013

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Well written piece in the NYRB. And as for doing no evil, nice quote about Google’s attempt to order (or close) the world: They agreed on a settlement, which transformed Google’s original enterprise, a search service that would display only short snippets of the books, into a commercial library. By purchasing subscriptions, research libraries would […]

Commentary in Acta. Full (open access) paper here Frank Davidoff, the celebrated US physician, has a telling metaphor for medical competence: he likens it to Dark Matter, the material physicists think makes up most of the Universe, and about which we know so little (1). Clinical competence would, in this analogy, be the material that literally […]

Apr 15, 2013

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Seb Schmoller commenting on the Coursera course delivered by Keith Devlin. But what this course shares with the AI course is the feature that struck me so forcefully in 2011: the feeling that you are getting one-to-one personal tuition from a very skilled and interesting teacher. It may not quite be sitting in a bar with […]

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