Daily Archives: September 17, 2013

Tell the truth: A lesson to revisit

This sentence is false. If "this sentence is false" is true, then the sentence is false, which is a contradiction.  Conversely, if "this sentence is false" is false, then the sentence is true, which is also a contradiction. The liar’s paradox has been around since the ancient Greeks; unfortunately, so have liars. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that lying is the root cause of the “Great Recession” that has cast such a dark shadow over the U.S. economy for the past several years.  Bernie Madoff lied.  So did Allen Stanford, Peter Lombardi, Nicholas Cosmo, James Nicholson, Joanne Schneider, Brian Smart, and many, many others.  Liars.  All of the aforementioned individuals were entrusted by normal people just like you and [...]

2013-09-20T16:59:08+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Nayeem in Fort Worth|

Follow Up

As promised, I’m catching you all up to speed on my second class today and my week last week. Today’s course, "Unreformed Scotland: Older Scots Literature to 1560," was introduced by a rather delightful professor. I am also relieved to find that this course includes a final exam worth only 30% of my final grade, compared to the 50% in my other class… It’s also funny how this class is made up of almost all American students, minus two. I’m looking forward to reading old Scottish literature by some of the greats, including two of St. Andrews' very own: William Dunbar and Gavin Douglas. We’ll see how quickly I can catch on the original Scottish tongue, maybe add a little [...]

2013-12-20T14:11:25+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|

Catch Up

I’ve been playing catch up this past week in order to prepare for the first day of classes, which was today! I was excited to begin, simply because I need some semblance of a routine schedule to begin after nearly three weeks of none at all. But first, to get me in school mode, I attended a lecture a couple days ago titled “The Future of Universities.” Four academics related to the university made up the panel of speakers, including the principal herself, Louise Richardson.  Each of the four speakers discussed at least one important issue facing the future of tertiary education. I found the lecture quite interesting, particularly one segment that discussed the war between the humanities and the sciences. [...]

2013-12-20T14:08:56+00:00 September 17th, 2013|Jordan in Scotland|