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Albert Einstein: "By academic freedom I understand the right to search for truth and to publish and teach what one holds to be true. This right implies also a duty one must not conceal any part of what on has recognized to be true. It is evident that any restriction on academic freedom acts in such a way as to hamper the dissemination of knowledge among the people and thereby impedes rational judgment and action."

Academic Freedom at UBC

Academic freedom is under attack. UBC struggles with academic freedom. It seems there is a worrisome level of ambiguity about academic freedom at UBC. Efforts are underway at UBC to curb academic freedom. One current initiative is the "Freedom of Expression Statement" (Nov 8, 2017) which UBC has drafted and that it might implement. I think this development is important, and it deserves a comprehensive discussion and critical review.

UBC Freedom of Expression Statement Draft (Nov 8, 2017)

Martin's Comments on the UBC Freedom of Expression Statement Draft

Martin's Proposed ALTERNATIVE UBC Freedom of Expression Statement

The UBC Town Hall Meeting on Freedom of Expression on Jan 29, 2018

The UBYSSEY (UBC’s student newspaper) reports on the town hall meeting "Guppy told The Ubyssey that the university currently has no policy to restrict speaking engagements, “no matter how abhorrent,” though they would consider backing out if the RCMP told them the speaker would present a security problem." So why does UBC want to change this situation? It has worked fine so far. Why this intense effort to constrain freedom of expression at UBC? Why is UBC so wildly intent on limiting freedom of expression? BTW, why is 'expression of abhorrent views' even a problem on campus? It rarely happens, and if it does, there are usually people around who say, "man that’s horrible", or something to that effect. There are also cases where it is not clear whether something is really 'abhorrent', and then an open academic discourse is one of the best remedies. In fact, it is our job to help people understand that some things are abhorrent; silencing people with abhorrent views will not help them to grow out of their abhorrent views. It seems these arguments about 'abhorrent views' and neo-Nazis that 'march on campus' (Dr. Moon at the meeting) are a bit sensationalist and I fear are used to justify imposition of arbitrary limitations on speech at UBC.

Academic Freedom Around the World

The University of Chicago Statement of Freedom of Expression

The Heterodox Academy

Jordan Peterson presents a very powerful defense of freedom of expression (at 14:11). Note that I am a huge supporter of LGBTQ+. Note also that I am very skeptical about Evolutionary Psychology.

Orwellian Nightmare -- How is Wilfrid Laurier University going to recover from this?

Lindsay Shepherd at Wilfrid Laurier University speaks out

Wilfrid Laurier University reprimands teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd in a closed-door meeting. This is the recording of the meeting. The voices are of Shepherd, her supervising professor Nathan Rambukkana, another professor, Herbert Pimlott, as well as Adria Joel, manager of Gendered Violence Prevention and Support at the school.

Interview with Lindsay Shepherd

Further Links

Postmodernism is not a viable position. It is totally obsolete. Why does it take so long for everyone to understand?

Steven Hicks deconstructs Postmodernism Part 1 Part 2 It is just the audio, but he does a great job speaking.

Click here if the death of Postmodernism makes you depressed.

The story of a Born-Again Postmodernist. Totally real! :-)

Academic Freedom and Education

Why standardized testing is nonsense

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