Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Don't Panic Yet about the End of the University

An interesting response by Louis Betty to Nathan Harden's argument that the university is about to undergo dramatic changes, with many institutions simply shutting down (see the post on January 4 below).  What Harden forgets, argues Betty, "and indeed, what just about everyone prophesying the eclipse of face-to-face interaction in a virtual world forgets -- is that human beings are, above all else, bodies, and that to lead full, happy, and meaningful lives, we need other bodies." (You don't have to accept the idea that human beings are "above all else" bodies to find the argument interesting.)  See the article here

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