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The doom of an extraordinary mind: the case of Geoffrey Pyke

What makes the creative mind tick? How can unusual approaches to problems succeed, and what makes them fail? The Ingenious Mr. Pyke (2015) is a very engaging, inspiring, and sad biography of an odd thinker. Geoffrey Pyke is best known as … Continue reading

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Finishing _The Water Knife_: the end of the world and what comes next

In July we launched our near-future science fiction reading project with The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi’s dark vision of a desertified American southwest.  Last week I posted notes on the first half of the book.  Alan Levine wrote a fantastic post … Continue reading

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Dying and death in America: reviewing _Being Mortal_

This is a hard book to review, and not an easy one to read, despite the author’s fluency. Being Mortal is, after all, about inescapable death, and the problems we currently have in grappling with physical decline and personal extinction. … Continue reading

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Towards the new caste system: looking back at The New Digital Age

This is a tricky book to categorize and review, because it’s not clear what The New Digital Age is supposed to be. I think I figured it out in the end, but that doesn’t help too much. The book seems … Continue reading

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Good analysis of higher ed trends and strategy: Jon McGee’s _Breakpoint_

Jon McGee’s Breakpoint (2015, Johns Hopkins) offers a  very solid, useful, and accessible analysis of current trends in higher education. In the book’s first half McGee does a great job of exploring transformative forces in economics, demographics, and culture. Demographics: … Continue reading

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Warpping up Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education

After finishing the last scheduled chapter of Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education, I belatedly realized there was an unread portion.  The book concludes with an epilogue, and I wanted to touch on it before adding some summative comments. The epilogue is quite … Continue reading

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Revolution in Higher Education: A Social Contract

Continuing with our reading of Richard DeMillo’s Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable (2015) (publisher; Amazon): this week we’re discussing the last full chapter, “A Social Contract.” Here DeMillo calls for a new … Continue reading

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