Weekly Roundup and the Importance of Academic Impartiality
Weekly Roundup, January 21st, 2022

Weekly Roundup and the Importance of Academic Impartiality

Claire Lehmann
Claire Lehmann
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Dear Quilletters,

We have some absorbing new pieces for the contemplative reader. First peruse Marilyn Simon on Joel Coen’s adaptation of Macbeth, then Herman Goodden on James Joyce, and then for a side track, Adam Zivo on Cineforum, the coolest Toronto-based “indie” theater you’ve never heard of.

We have a terrific exposition on the importance of academic impartiality using Weimar Germany as an example. And for our quantitatively minded, we’ve got pieces on the mismeasure and misuse of GDP, and an analysis of what AI and machine learning may mean for capitalism. And don't miss evolutionary biologist Rob Brooks on Incel culture (AKA "young male syndrome") and how it relates to economic inequality.

On the podcast, Michael Shermer talks to Jon Kay about the politicization of Scientific American, which has become especially salient in recent weeks since the passing of EO Wilson.

And finally, Quillette alum Coleman Hughes's debut single is out now, aptly named Blasphemy. Have a listen:

COLDXMAN - Blasphemy (Official Music Video)
Official music video for “Blasphemy” by Coldxman Listen to Blasphemy: https://bit.ly/BlasphemyColdxMan Subscribe to the official Coldxman YouTube channel: ht...

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Claire Lehmann
Founding Editor

Weekly Round Up

The Importance of Academic Impartiality
In November 1933, as rector of Freiburg University, Martin Heidegger published a letter urging students to vote “yes” in support of Hitler’s decision to leave the League of Nations. “German men and women!” Heidegger wrote, “The Führer is asking nothing from the people. Rather, he is giving the peopl…
Fatal Vision: Joel Coen’s ‘Macbeth’
“I am in this earthly world, where to do harm / Is often laudable, to do good / Sometime accounted dangerous folly.” So says Lady Macduff in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Moments later, she and her entire family—innocents all—are slaughtered. The triumph of Joel Coen’s film adaptation is that it
Reading James Joyce Amidst Winter Snow, ‘Where Dwell the Vast Hosts of the Dead’
Many people no doubt roll their eyes in scoffing dismissal when they hear the commonly expressed—and almost as commonly crooned—wish for a White Christmas. But there are sound spiritual reasons for longing to see one’s environs blanketed with snow. Silent in its approach and accumulation, snow can
Bitter Fruit: Marshall McLuhan and the Rise of Fake News
In Orson Welles’s classic movie Citizen Kane, the eponymous hero publishes a statement of principles on the front page of his newspaper, “I’ll provide the people of this city with a daily paper that will tell all the news honestly. ... They’re going to get the truth from the
In Toronto’s Weirdest Cinema, a Portrait of the Artist I’d Never Become
You’ve probably heard of the Toronto International Film Festival, which, before the pandemic, was annually attracting almost 500,000 attendees. But you’ve probably never heard of Toronto’s equally venerable Cineforum, whose weekly attendance has usually been closer to five. The Cineforum is an indie…
Involuntarily Celibate:Explanations and Practical Solutions to a Dangerous Phenomenon
Of the 50 plus shades of online anger, one fascinates me more than the rest: the anger of the Incel. Beneath the euphemistic portmanteau of “involuntary” and “celibate” lurks a sinister mass of self-loathing men. They know they are unattractive, and in online forums they blame women. The Incels spea…
Drones Over Ethiopia
Less than two months ago, the Ethiopian government was on the brink of defeat as Tigrayan forces closed in on the capital. Now the Tigrayan troops have turned about and withdrawn north back into Tigray. The government’s use of foreign-supplied unarmed aerial vehicles (UAVs) and armed drones appears…
The Mismeasure and Misuse of GDP
In The Great Questions of Tomorrow, David Rothkopf, an international policy expert and former editor of Foreign Policy, noted that we are on the cusp of a sweeping revolution—one that will change every facet of our lives. Klaus Schwab, the executive director and founder of the World Economic Forum,
Will AI Spell the End of Capitalism?
In 2018, the Washington Post published an opinion piece by Feng Xiang entitled “AI Will Spell the End of Capitalism.” Professor Feng teaches law at Tsinghua University and is one of China’s most prominent legal scholars. The core of his argument is set forth in the opening paragraphs: If
Quillette Podcast #178: Michael Shermer on Watching ‘Scientific American’ Go Woke
Quillette podcast host Jonathan Kay talks to book author and Skeptic editor Michael Shermer about why scientific media, professional organizations, and academic departments are increasingly succumbing to progressive ideological fads.

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Claire Lehmann

Claire Lehmann is the founding editor of Quillette.