July 28, 2013

BEWARE OF Celebrity Academia. “Where could you go if you wanted to get the robust arguments, instead of affiliating with impressive intellectuals? First, read textbooks. I heartily recommend textbooks in most any subject. In fact, it is hard to do better than just sitting in a university bookstore and just reading all the intro texts they have. I spent many days in the Stanford bookstore doing just that. Once you are done with textbooks, review articles are the next most robust option. And beware when interest in a topic seems to focus mainly on a particular personality who writes on that topic, and doesn’t transfer much to others who write on that same topic.”