When is Peer Review the Gold Standard, and When is it Only Tin?

Fair warning from an anonymous peer reviewer on one of my recent articles… "The author is hampered by an inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic understanding of the basic principles…which leads him to make ludicrous statements like the following…" As is well-known, “peer review” is the gold standard of academic achievement. It is assumed that peer … Continue reading When is Peer Review the Gold Standard, and When is it Only Tin?

The College Status Game: Why I Think Chico State is a Better University than UC Berkeley  

College is not just about learning, it is about status and hierarchy, too. So what do the fine nineteen year-olds at UC Berkeley think about us at low ranked Chico State? And how do we think about the snobs at UC Berkeley? Dismissiveness, preening, and sour grapes are part of the ranking game. Status is … Continue reading The College Status Game: Why I Think Chico State is a Better University than UC Berkeley