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Monthly Archives: September 2009

On auditing courses

Why do colleges charge so much to just audit their courses? Normally it’s the same fee as taking courses for credit. In fact, why do colleges charge at all for auditing courses? I see several advantages (and no disadvantages) to colleges letting people (students and non-students) audit their courses for free: First and foremost, it’s [...]

On pride

Pride, says C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, is the greatest sin. I wholeheartedly agree with him, and, in a leap of judgment, I have decided that pride is also the source of the greed and consequent inequality that plagues my world. The thought came to me with the rather innocent question of “Who am I [...]

9/11/09 / Plumbline

Last night there were thousands of little American flags on one of the lawns of the University of Colorado campus, in honor of 9/11 victims. I’ve realized what graduate school is all about, at least for the people who go there to seriously learn. It’s about learning the language and concepts to be able to [...]

9/09/09 / Trifecta

I haven’t written in a while, and I just realized it’s 9/09/09 – not anything deliberate on my part. It came to mind lately that the term It’s all downhill from here is a bit ambiguous in meaning. Every time I’ve heard that time it’s been used to refer to a profession from positive to [...]

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