Cheating or not? | Granted, and…

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Cheating or not? | Granted, and…. Cheating or not? As the school year ends and many of you have student papers due, here’s an ethical challenge related to such assignments, put to the New York Times Ethicist last Sunday: When … Continue reading

Comments on: The Shadow Scholar – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes The Shadow Scholar – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education. The currency of the Academy is supposed to be honesty. That is still true. Unfortunately, it has never been the reality – although I remain convinced that … Continue reading

My old alma mater confirms its rightful membership among the ranks of the despicable.

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute It’s thoroughly disgusting when a University fires someone who has worked for them for more than 35 years. Their ‘crime’? Getting sick as a result of being abused at work. Despicable! (note: I am NOT talking about Mount Royal). What … Continue reading

University of Calgary takes another lap around the metaphorical toilet bowl on its way down.

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes I put this together some months ago, but in light of recent events, I felt like posting this now. The U of C is going through another round of DEEP cuts. The primary reason for the cuts, says Weingarten, is … Continue reading

Is it wrong to buy publications from grad students and pass them off as your own?

Approximate Reading Time: < 1 minute Apparently it is in China – if you get caught. Chinese academia ghost-writing ‘widespread’ This BBC article claims that “More than $100m (£63m) changes hands in China every year for ghost-written academic papers, according to research by a Chinese university.” … Continue reading

Another nail in the coffin….and another step away from being natural.

Approximate Reading Time: 2 minutes Many people seem to believe that every natural place should be available for recreation, and that all other uses should defer to them. People who try to raise animals ethically and naturally repeatedly come under fire, but I don’t see all of North America going vegan any time soon, so eventually, the ONLY way left to raise animals for meat will be through factory farms.

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…a short and miserable life…

Approximate Reading Time: 13 minutes My husband and I had dinner with a friend last night whom we both like and respect a great deal. We talked about many things, among them our attitudes about the human use of animals. My friend is a vegan, and we’re not.

I struggle with the moral issues involved and so I continued to think about this after dropping our friend off at his hotel. I try very hard to be logical and reasonable in my arguments. I suspect I may have not succeeded entirely on this one. But neither did my friend.

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