Friday, February 25, 2005

Low standards in higher education.

In the perverted universe of academia, a college professor who's called 9/11 victims Nazi's, lied about being a Native American and stealing artwork, still has a tenured position at a publicly funded university.
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) An exclusive report by CBS4 News indicates embattled University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill may have broken copyright law by making a mirror image of an artist's work and selling it as his own.

Placing Churchill's work beside that of renowned artist Thomas E. Mails and the two look like mirror images. But one is a copyrighted drawing. The other is an autographed print by Churchill.

When CBS4 News reporter Raj Chohan tried to talk to Churchill about a possible copyright infringement, he received an angry response.
Yet, a Harvard professor is rail-roaded by his fellow liberal collegues for asking some provacative questions about possible differences in how men and women think:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Harvard President Lawrence H. Summers prompted criticism for suggesting that innate differences between the sexes could help explain why fewer women succeed in science and math careers.

Speaking Friday at an economic conference, Summers also questioned how great a role discrimination plays in keeping female scientists and engineers from advancing at elite universities.

The remarks prompted Massachusetts Institute of Technology biologist Nancy Hopkins -- a Harvard graduate -- to walk out on the talk, the Boston Globe reported.

"It is so upsetting that all these brilliant young women [at Harvard] are being led by a man who views them this way," Hopkins said later.
Unhappy the professor had challenged them to think critically, calls for his resignation and a meeting of his collegues prompted an unnecessary apology, because scientific data shows - hold your breath - that men and women think differently!
There is a reason why many women (not all! but many) have trouble reading maps. The brains of men and women function in markedly different ways, which means they really do think differently, according to researchers from the University of California, Irvine and the University of New Mexico. ...

The human brain--male or female--is composed of about 40 percent gray matter and 60 percent white matter. When given intelligence tests, men used 6.5 times more gray matter than women, while women used nine times as much white matter.

What is the difference between gray matter and white matter? Gray is central to processing information and plays a vital role in aiding skills such as mathematics, map-reading, and intellectual thought. White matter connects the brain's processing centers and is central to emotional thinking, use of language, and the ability to do more than one thing at once. Because women use less gray matter--critical to map-reading--they tend to have more difficulty with this skill than men.

"This may help explain why men tend to excel in tasks requiring more local processing, like mathematics and map-reading, while women tend to excel at integrating information from various brain regions, such as is required for language skills," co-study author and neuropsychologist Rex Jung of the University of New Mexico told the Daily Telegraph. "These two very different pathways and activity centers, however, result in equivalent overall performance on broad measures of cognitive ability, such as those found on intelligence tests."
I don't think Churchill should be fired. I think he'll do conservatives a much bigger favor if he doesn't become a liberal martyr. Although the wails would be misplaced, his ousting would be called "censorship" and a glut of whatever the liberal word of the day happens to be.

Prof Summers will stay, but don't expect he or any other Harvard professor to challenge students or faculty to think. With feelings that counter immutable evidence as their guide, university group-think will prevail.

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