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  • Order of Things « Liam McHugh-Russell
    folie je l ai écrite un peu à l aveuglette dans une sorte de lyrisme dû à des expériences personnelles Je suis attaché à ce livre bien sûr parce que je l ai écrit mais aussi parce qu il a servi de tool box à des personnes différentes les unes des autres comme les psychiatres de l antipsychiatrie britannique comme Szasz aux États Unis comme les sociologues en France ils l ont fouillé ont trouvé un chapitre une forme d analyse quelque chose qui leur a servi ultérieurement Les Mots et les Choses au fond est un livre qui est beaucoup lu mais peu compris Il s adressait aux historiens des sciences et aux scientifiques c était un livre pour deux mille personnes Il a été lu par beaucoup plus de gens tant pis Mais à certains scientifiques comme Jacob le biologiste prix Nobel il a servi Jacob a écrit La Logique du vivant il y avait des chapitres sur l histoire de la biologie sur le fonctionnement du discours biologique sur la pratique biologique et il m a dit qu il s est servi de mon livre Le petit volume que je voudrais écrire sur les systèmes disciplinaires j aimerais qu il puisse servir à un éducateur à un gardien à un magistrat à un objecteur de conscience Je n écris pas pour un public j écris pour des utilisateurs non pas pour des lecteurs This short quotation of course provides a delicious example of his strategy Il a été lu par beaucoup plus de gens tant pis what an asshole what a brat while demonstrating if one takes its key thrust about how he hoped his work on discipline and governance might be put to use and holds it up to the light of most the literature that

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  • Roderick MacDonald « Liam McHugh-Russell
    folie je l ai écrite un peu à l aveuglette dans une sorte de lyrisme dû à des expériences personnelles Je suis attaché à ce livre bien sûr parce que je l ai écrit mais aussi parce qu il a servi de tool box à des personnes différentes les unes des autres comme les psychiatres de l antipsychiatrie britannique comme Szasz aux États Unis comme les sociologues en France ils l ont fouillé ont trouvé un chapitre une forme d analyse quelque chose qui leur a servi ultérieurement Les Mots et les Choses au fond est un livre qui est beaucoup lu mais peu compris Il s adressait aux historiens des sciences et aux scientifiques c était un livre pour deux mille personnes Il a été lu par beaucoup plus de gens tant pis Mais à certains scientifiques comme Jacob le biologiste prix Nobel il a servi Jacob a écrit La Logique du vivant il y avait des chapitres sur l histoire de la biologie sur le fonctionnement du discours biologique sur la pratique biologique et il m a dit qu il s est servi de mon livre Le petit volume que je voudrais écrire sur les systèmes disciplinaires j aimerais qu il puisse servir à un éducateur à un gardien à un magistrat à un objecteur de conscience Je n écris pas pour un public j écris pour des utilisateurs non pas pour des lecteurs This short quotation of course provides a delicious example of his strategy Il a été lu par beaucoup plus de gens tant pis what an asshole what a brat while demonstrating if one takes its key thrust about how he hoped his work on discipline and governance might be put to use and holds it up to the light of most the literature that

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  • culture « Liam McHugh-Russell
    existential vaccuum precisely alone markets are not made of people or of computers or of actions or of anything at all but simply exist as universal ambient calculating devices receiving and sending inputs and outputs without requiring any actual interface with the consuming accumulating subject We cannot learn anything about our wants which have no where we can learn only about how to feed them anywhere and only through the market which is everywhere Now this is almost but not quite hyperbole it is not per se that e g the work of economic geographers is irrelevant There is lip service in the probabilistic characterization of futures in terms of states of the world that will determine the payouts from those assets to the fact that these states will actually come to occur in a world But the value of the state is in its realized income not in the world You can want to watch a Tahitian sunset but the existence of Tahiti is irrelevant reproducible peripheral The bodies actions performance work interpretations decisions all these from within the perspective of the system are obscene And what is place but a gathering of bodies and actions a complex of work and implementation a site of interpretation and decision an entangled jumble doubly obscene An abomination of unpriced value If you are a Volkswagen executive the question is not what planet you will live on The question is how the risk weighted discounted future cost of getting caught impacts on the firm s share value and how the risk weighted discounted future impact on share value of doing it anyway impacts on your present net worth You must think against the planet as place There is no planet all states after all have their dollar price When there is no more earth we will simply plant gold October 15th 2015 Tags finance Friederich Hayek Gary Becker ideology Irving Fisher Midas neoliberalism Category culture economics Leave a comment Unthinkable I am participating in a reading group on neoliberalism or perhaps on what we talk about when talk about when we talk about neoliberalism Here is Hayek within two contiguous pages 50 51 of his most famous work The Road to Serfdom The intellectual history of the last sixty or eighty years is indeed a perfect illustration of the truth that in social evolution nothing is inevitable but thinking makes it so Far from being appropriate only to comparatively simple conditions it is the very complexity of the division of labour under modern conditions which makes competition the only method by which such co ordination can be adequately brought about One begins to understand in reading the neoliberal canon just what Strauss and his gang were on about when they suggested given the low likelihood that authors of Hayek s intelligence might accidentally contradict themselves so starkly that the only reasonable reading is one that receives such glaring errors as a demand to read between the lines in a search for what the author might really mean The unthinkable alternative of course would be that Hayek was a fool and one whose thinking has somehow come to seem inevitable October 1st 2015 Tags esoteric reading Hayek Leo Strauss neoliberalism road to serfdom Category culture economics politics Leave a comment Hic Sunt Rhodus The long lasting word is the dead word the long knowing text a text of dead words ordered To arrange the words in ways that do our bidding we snuff out life so they lay just where we leave them Wherefore only ordered words may matter Therefore orders issued to mean just what we bide them mean All unwanted crawling shifting walking words lest meanings placed so carefully escape the thoughts in which we place them And so dead words must kill words before placing them Would texts dead words in sum beat other than the march sound more than pipe and drum We pursuant to our bidding collect words with wide lives in the mouths of others and in the narrow after bide them lie still Out of the mouths of others we take them dead To make sense of the living world the living words of living mouths we march dead words into dead order The book a burial ground This worry that living words may do our bidding but seldom will remain We bide them and they may abide but their abiding may not stay Only dead words will abide in time So we know what it must be to say to say we muster words then murdered lest they lay unstill We learn too to read dead words and reach toward those words alive And having reached alive to rewrite them dead After all in all we hope our words will sing in order To set our world to order we order dead words march and hope the order sings That the order of our dead words will enter mouths and live long known and lasting still That the world of our words now dead to do our bidding will abide in wide time among living mouths A zombie song dead words alive What is known is well known only when it lays abiding The bird is only sleeping we may not say The academic bird no bird at all no owl Neither flying nor speaking but lasting known The owl that wants to speak but finds it is not yet dusk We want to write to make thoughts fly birds sing Yet we lay upon a wire narrow Is this knowing saying speaking Must even thirteen birds black to be seen also lie so marched so ordered How can the living dead sing What dance of birds abiding At what place of dusk And when September 24th 2015 Category culture Leave a comment And now a rant from our sponsor A friend writes with his impression of the Dutch Amsterdam is lovely somehow a less offensive variety of gentrification and urban development some of it

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  • education « Liam McHugh-Russell
    issue In my experience of the university setting students often come to learning experiences with preconceptions both about what they are supposed to be learning and about how they should best be taught those things The solution presented here is to show your cards make pedagogical methods explicit The difficulty of framing is that an entire level of learning gets lost It may be true that students who are told how something will add to their knowledge base or skill set will overcome their resistance and allow them to capitalize on a learning technique Yet being so explicit allows them to be smug in their presumption that they know how learning works and how teachers should teach informed more often than not by what Paul Freire called the banking model of education Freire s point in his critique of this model was partially that one should not view the teacher and the student as polar opposites with the student as an empty vessel and the teacher as a the holder of knowledge with gets desposited in the learners On a substantive level his argument implied that both teacher and students are learners that both have knowledge to share that education should aim to combine that knowledge in a mutual learning process Fine but if I want to learn Portoguese then its likely that I am going to find a teacher who has more relevant knowledge than I do His criticism also has an implication about the process of learning Education is not a mechanical process I cannot in fact put my knowledge directly into your brain techno utopian fantasy notwithstanding Rather learning is necessarily active I can tell you something say the definition of GDP but your ability to remember it will depend on what you do when I tell you on whether you are writing it down when I am talking on what you are using to write it down on how soon you return to it after first hearing it My sense is that the best way to really learn the definition of GDP is to be forced to use it in practice or to reflect on its meaning why is it defined this way Why does the result of this calculation matter What would be wrong with other calculations How else might we have tried to capture this information How do we measure this aggregate in practice I would argue even further that the definition of GDP only becomes useful once a person can provide answers to these questions Memorizing the definition might get you marks on a test only your ability to think about it in context will make you a better economist Telling someone how a process or technique is supposed to aid their learning treats becoming a better learner meta learning as a passive rather than an active process Learning itself is a skill and like all skills it is only sharpened and refined through practice Telling students what contribution ePortfolios might make to learning therefore ignores both elements of Freire s insight first it assumes that the teacher knows exactly what contribution the process might make to the student s competence as a learner and that this knowledge is simply transferred to the student second it does not require students to use this knowledge and is almost sure to be ineffective at making them better learners In other words it may convince students to use ePortfolios but it will not make them better learners The reality is the best way to increase student learning competence is for them to be reflectively engaged in the learning process to constantly push them to think about how they learn best to consider what they might learn from a given experience to adopt practices which maximize their own learning to experiment with alternatives to ask better questions In other words it requires departing from a simple image of education as a service that universities provide to students and recognize that education is work which requires creativity thought engagement and participation by students September 21st 2012 Tags education ePortfolios framing learning meta learning Paulo Freire teaching universities Category education One comment Demystifying Digital Literacy Over at her New York Times blog Virginia Heffernan quotes some pretty hyperbolic claims about the future of work in the United States inter alia that 65 of jobs which will be held by today s grade school kids will be unrecognizable to us though admittedly the claim may turn on what how exacting a standard of recognizable we apply Any exaggeration is due to from Cathy Davidson a Duke scholar who research focuses include the impact of technology on learning and higher education whose new book Now You See It turns on questions of attention and technology in learning What s most hopeful and surprising about the collection of findings Heffernan cribs from Now You See It Online blogs directed at peers exhibit fewer typographical and factual errors less plagiarism and generally better more elegant and persuasive prose than classroom assignments by the same writers That finding has now been quoted hundreds of times by bloggers some presumably delighted that their particular medium often the target of neo luddite laments regarding the prospects for digital age literacy shows real promise as a mode of written communication at least it should be noted among engaged top tier undergrads The implications are more complex A friend now completing her PhD in rhetoric at the University of Waterloo had intended to investigate the process by which students learn academic practices related to the use of sources Yet one of the key lessons of her research is just how poorly most undergraduate assignments are designed At best such assignments generally in the form of the poorly defined review paper require students to practice skills which will be useful to them neither in the real world nor in the academic practice of the professor who is teaching the class At first Heffernan uses these and other results drawn

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  • Neoliberalism in One Image « Liam McHugh-Russell
    cite cite code del datetime em i q cite s strike strong Find Read This apophenia Epicurean Dealmaker Freddie de Boer interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities

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  • culture « Liam McHugh-Russell
    interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy digital literacy economics education finance inequality knowledge labour law law learning literature meta learning movies

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  • economics « Liam McHugh-Russell
    human ingenuity inventiveness and the capacity to make stuff sigh yes yes i e human capital Low interest rates is one way to make that world happen Its easy for egalitarian leftists to get excited about this prospect Real interest rates that stay consistently below even very low economic growth rates would mean the refutation of Piketty s grim prophecies The idea of monocled top hatted plutocrats getting crushed under the wheels of history offers the schadenfreude of class enemies losing with the added zest of partially confirming certain strains of Marxist historicism in form if not in function The defeat of the capitalists however doesn t mean permanent victory for humanity or the working class or the multitude or whatever your favourite representative of eschatological emancipation happens to be There s no reason to believe in a world of low returns on cash that there won t be political efforts to hoard the relatively scarce resources that were the source of wealth in Doctorow s world education skills networks the preternatural ability to interact with robots If the last 5000 years are any indication there are likely to be intellectual movements to justify limited access to the new sources of wealth as well The end of capitalists may mean the end of capitalism as we know it but it won t be the end of politics July 8th 2014 Tags capitalists Cory Doctorow economics historical materialism interest rates JW Mason the end of politics Category economics politics Leave a comment Smarter ducks Over on the New York Times economix blog an argument for high taxation and robust government spending using data from of all places the Republican supporting Heritage Foundation in response to those who think that those who pay low taxes are lucky duckies As an example of the cute analysis Equatorial Guinea According to the Republican leaning Heritage Foundation those who live in this small country in sub Saharan Africa are lucky duckies indeed Because of recently discovered oil deposits the citizens of Equatorial Guinea pay less than 1 percent of the gross domestic product in taxes The comparable figure for the United States is 26 9 percent of G D P according to Heritage However Equatorial Guinea doesn t seem to be a very pleasant place to live The people are poor and have little freedom Heritage says that persistent institutional weaknesses impede creation of a more vibrant private sector and the rule of law is weak This sounds suspiciously as if government is too small to do its job properly But I m sure that the citizens of Equatorial Guinea don t mind having a dysfunctional government after all they re lucky duckies Perhaps the most interesting part of this short piece one of the clearest quickest arguments for the idea that working markets requires a strong effective government is that it comes from Bruce Bartlett a former policy advisor to Reagan Bush Sr and Ron Paul It demonstrates that even someone who has worked

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  • images « Liam McHugh-Russell
    interfluidity JW Mason Lazenby n 1 Three Toed Sloth Recent Posts Brats Neoliberalism in One Image Rule Thyself What we think they should want Annihilation Tags academia Alan Johnson America andrew schank anthropology art authoritarianmism Benjamin Wild Pugsley blogs boston review Bruce Bartlett business Canada Cathy Davidson CBC cities collective bargaining communications conference corporations democracy digital literacy economics education finance inequality knowledge labour law law learning literature meta learning movies

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