College life, quantified: My latest story looks at how data mining is reshaping the student experience. The article is a collaboration between The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
My latest Chronicle story is a profile of the physician-philosopher Raymond Tallis. The scrappy British polymath aims to cure academe of two illnesses: “Neuromania” and “Darwinitis.” Neuromania is the notion that to understand people you must peer into the “intracranial darkness” of their skulls with brain-scanning technology. Darwinitis is the idea that Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory can explain not just the origin of the human species—a claim Tallis enthusiastically accepts—but also the nature of human behavior and institutions. Tallis’s opponents call him […]
New lawsuits and policies have hobbled teaching and research. Now scholars are pushing back. The Chronicle this week published a special report on the copyright wars brewing in higher education. I contributed two stories. The first is about a music professor’s 10-year campaign to overturn a federal law that makes it impossibly expensive for small orchestras to play certain pieces of music. That fight is now heading to the U.S. Supreme Court. It’s a high-stakes copyright showdown that impacts far […]