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#WritingStudies #DiscourseStudies #GenreStudies #CanLit. "The epitome of the hysterical left wing!" Pronouns on chest: she/they. #cdnwrds #cdnpse #wrds350
Jun 26, 2018 8 tweets 2 min read
Yeah, so from having listened to criminal lawyers discuss the calling of expert witnesses, I can tell you, you don't want to call someone to provide expert testimony on something they have not ever examined. What a bad decision. 1/ "'Dr. Peterson has no experience' assessing 'the reliability of confessions,'Justice Greenberg wrote in his ruling. 'In fact, he acknowledges that he has never seen a police confession and did not view the video of the confession in this case.'” 2/
Jun 18, 2018 8 tweets 4 min read
@lifeb4man @rasmansa I'm gonna chime in here and say that "critical thinking" is a context-dependent concept. What an instructor in geography calls "critical thinking" is not at all the same process with the same components as what an instructor in literature studies calls by the same name. 1/ @lifeb4man @rasmansa In fact, you'd find different takes on "critical thinking" between different branches of the same discipline. Feel like you've understood what "critical thinking" means and how it should look in the final paper for your literary theory class? 2/
Jun 14, 2018 12 tweets 3 min read
I'm roaring with the laughter of recognition.
Delightful review of #JordanPeterson's lecture on "Identity Politics and the Marxist Lie of White Privilege." Which I watched when it came out. It was hilarious. But not nearly as hilarious as this review! 1/
medium.com/@alexanderdoug… LOL "I was saddened to learn of Peterson’s tragic sexual pathology: he is unable to achieve orgasm except when thinking of women as sharing a robotic hive-mind, biologically programmed to find specific traits attractive. He can’t go more than a few pages without relapsing." 2/
May 10, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
Here's my theory: he doesn't care much for or doesn't think much about the role that political deliberation plays in a democratic society. Research can only every inform political decision-making, not replace it. Research conversations also have forms of deliberation built in. Instead, he wants HIS take on research (and by Jove we know exactly how flawed that take is) to be what makes political decisions. E.g., in his reading of some of the research, evolutionary biology dictates human hierarchies. That's it. He just needs to say it loud & we're done.
Apr 26, 2018 9 tweets 2 min read
An open letter/thread to @UWaterloo president Feridun Hamdullahpur; in response to his statement on the cancellation of LSOI's Faith Goldy event due to raised security fee of $28,500. 1/
uwaterloo.ca/president/blog… In your statement you say: "We cannot shrink away from ideas that we do not like. We must hear them, understand where they are coming from and fight them passionately if we disagree with them. But, we must hear them. We cannot change minds and learn without first listening." 2/
Apr 23, 2018 19 tweets 6 min read
Reading the #Laurier draft statement on freedom of expression. Some thoughts. 1/ Full statement is here: wlu.ca/about/values-v…

The statement mentions "thought" multiple times, incl as "critical thought" and "diversity of thought." But "knowledge" and its production not so much. Yet, I would say, the central goal of a university is knowledge production. 2/