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This is the previously mentioned commentary on Mark Slouka’s article “ Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school” Since the article. Mark Slouka’s essay (Dehumanized: When math and science rule the school) comes across as a persuasive argument that the humanities. Instructor’s Note. This essay is Julia Evanoff’s analysis of Mark. Slouka’s article “ Dehumanized.” Julia does a great job speaking to a general audience that may.

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Hi Bee, As a side note, I find the American voting system disturbing for a country which is allegedly considered the “most democratic country of the world”.

Most mathematicians and scientists before the industrial age were like that. I chose to major in science because I loved it, not because I might be able to make a living at it.

We have some excellent schools, most of them private. Leave a Reply Dehumanizee reply Enter your comment here In terms of democracy, in schools I distinctly remember being taught figuratively and quite directly “We have democracy. But it’s extremely unlikely. But in his arguments he makes several leaps. I believe it involved a nation whose flag had a sickle and sloka hammer.

He writes with the uncontested narcissism and anger of an only-child who has grown up to find that, not only are there other people in this world, some are more popular than he is. First, is it justified to tie math and science to manipulating material things around? You should quit looking at it in absolute terms, especially being the smart man that you are. Universal general public education responded to the needs imposed by the societies of that period.


Incidentally, it is this ethic that most concerns Mark Slouka. However, when one seriously looks to the captions of industry today we find at the top those such as Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, who stand to exemplify the spirit of the humanities in action, as opposed to what they represent as to being theoretically. The impact of the military-industrial complex has been not only on education but on the very nature of democracy itself via the proliferation of lobbying by narrow but well-endowed interest groups.

sumidiot: Thoughts on “Dehumanized”

Many features on this website require Cookies. Additionally, many areas in the US particularly more rural ax or inhibit such education math and science altogether because it interferes with religious beliefs. I think people in the sciences do think rather differently from those in the humanities even though they may think critically about everything. I’d argue that dehumaanized has something to say about the procedures, but not about the values.

Conversation: Writer, Professor Mark Slouka on America’s ‘Dehumanized’ Education

That is the fault of the educational system. If dehmanized we did was return all the manufacturing we now do overseas to this country via a new tax structure that severely penalized corporations for doing it we would increase our GDP enormously. The humanities need not have a humanizing influence — there is a missing ingredient that is needed for that. That isn’t to say it will be successful.

Backreaction: Rehumanized

How about stem-cell research in the US as an example? What he says is that it’s a long-term effect and one that doesn’t directly impact the GDP, ie it’s difficult to measure and not with currently used procedures. The bottom line is that this is a complex narrative and its various strands have to be teased apart carefully.


Pure math and science have been around since the Greeks and were not associated with the manipulation of material things — I had given the example of Bertrand Russell whose love was for the purity of mathematics; Abdus Salam was a scientist in that mould. I think many scientists, even many good ones, often have an outside knowledge of our inner worlds as experienced.

Even the humanities have to be justified in terms of their value to market objectives. The British Oxbridge elite that launched colonial adventures and benefited from the slave trade probably fell in this category. An evil genius can use the skill selectively without asking awkward questions about some of his beliefs and actions. But that critical thinking is directed to manipulating mateiral things around.

It may be that our schools are overburdened with regulations. Enforce Lysenko and everybody real world starves independent of the rights and aspirations of mankind. To me it seems like that is what you are advocating with your scare tactics.

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Post was not sent – check your email addresses! You should look at in terms debt to GDP. Where Slouka is vague is in leaving the impression that somehow math and science have contributed to the dominance of the market in our lives. Hopefully, it is a step that will serve as an example for other countries. Others have made the point convincingly as well. In fact, not even close.