Boston college professor offers extra credit for students to go on dates

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Boston College philosophy professor Kerry Cronin is known as the "dating professor." A Boston College philosophy professor--known as the "dating professor"--offers extra credit to her students who (while sober) asks someone out on a date, goes out on that said date and have no physical contact. The Washington Post reported on Monday that Professor Kerry Cronin said she came up with the idea to combat hookup culture that has gotten popular on campuses due--in part-- to our "hypersexualized" culture. She also said that she learned that many of her seniors had never been on a date. Perhaps campus life lends itself to fewer meaningful relationships.


Professor of Philosophy and Computer Science Henry E. Kyburg Dies

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Henry E. Kyburg Jr., a renowned and respected professor of philosophy and computer science at the University of Rochester, died of acute pancreatitis Oct. 30 at the age of 79 at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was well-known for his cutting-edge studies of uncertain inference, which is the human process of reaching conclusions, and data mining, the process by which computers search for information in data or draw conclusions from it. Kyburg, Burbank Professor of Intellectual and Moral Philosophy, was honored in 2007 with the University Award for Lifetime Achievement in Graduate Education. He was clearly admired by his students--who can be found working as pioneers themselves across all disciplines at research and educational institutions--for his insightful instruction, generous spirit, and relentless energy. "The last thing he said to me was'I would like a logic problem to work on,' because Henry was always scribbling, loved his work, and in general never stayed idle," said his wife Sarah Kyburg, who lived with her husband and eight children on their sustainable farm in Lyons, N.Y.


Texas professor's post defending men 'courting' teens sparks outrage

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"What's the big deal" about a grown man "courting" a 14-year-old girl? A Texas university philosophy professor asks that question in a recent blog post defending Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore. But the professor's Nov. 11 post has sparked outrage since being referenced in an article on the Federalist website. In his post, Keith Burgess-Jackson, an associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington, argues that marriage between adult men and teenage girls has been a Southern tradition. "My maternal grandmother was 15 years old when she married and 16 years old when she conceived her first child," he writes.


Low Talk in High Places

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HISTORY PROFESSOR: My goodness, I sat in on Harvey's anthropology class yesterday. Does he drone on, or what? Harvey speaks so slowly, I felt like I was suddenly thrust into a pre-Enlightenment, post-Hopi notion of chronological structure in which time literally moves backward. HISTORY PROFESSOR: When he started discussing the Yanomami love of sport, I finally understood Robert Ingersoll's Gilded Era promotion of euthanasia. CLASSICS PROFESSOR: Is that a rhetorical question?


We may already have evidence of alien life but no way to tell that's what it is, scientist claims

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Evidence for life on other planets may already be sitting on a hard drive on Earth, but we may not realise that's what it is, a science philosopher claims. The question of whether we are'alone in the universe' is one that has been pondered by scientists, writers and philosophers for generations. There have been dozens of missions launched to search for life beyond the Earth and authors have written countless books on the subject. Scientific philosophy professor, Dr Peter Vickers, from Durham University, says scientists need to have an open mind when considering life elsewhere. In an article for The Conversation, he says conventional thinking or any bias towards life as we know it could be causing us to miss out on a major discovery.