Fake University Alert: The Indian School of Business -- which figures in the top 25 in the Financial Times list of top B-schools worldwide -- is also among the institutions that are running without the mandatory approval from AICTE, the regulatory authority for B-schools. It shares this dubious honor with IIPM, among others.
Before some of you jump on me for using the F-word in the context of ISB, let me hasten to add that it's from what the HRD Minister said in the Parliament:
“Statutory bodies have also been advised to launch effective campaigns against such institutions which are fake and to take appropriate action under law. The media has also been requested to refuse to publish misleading ads by such institutions ,” Sibal said. [Bold emphasis added]
This week's episode of Steven Strogatz's series Math: From Basic to Baffling: Chances Are -- The improbable thrills of probability theory.
Julia Galef at Rationally Speaking: Essential or Incidental -- On the fallacy called Confusion of Essence and Accident.
Mark Liberman answers several interesting questions about the multiple uses of the phrase "begging the question":
... First, how did "begging the question" come to be a technical term for (a certain kind of) circular reasoning? Second, do people really need a way to talk about circular reasoning, anyway? Third, why did "begging the question" get re-purposed in common usage to mean "dodging the question" or "raising the question", rather than simply subsiding, along with the rest of the terminology of medieval logic, into the midden heap of obsolete idioms? And fourth, should you go with the flow and use "beg the question" to mean "raise the question", or should you fight for the traditional usage, or what? I'll take up these issues one at a time.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Posted by Abi. Posted at 9:25 AM