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Turned Upside Down

(11/04/97 11:00am)

I've Got Issues ... with being turned upside down. Everything I knew to be true and right and simple just isn't anymore. Life has become complex and multidimensional to the point where I feel as though I can't keep up; I am overwhelmed. Suddenly, there are so many ways to look at situations -- new perspectives, new information, and new considerations. Ideals and concepts that I fundamentally believed in have been questioned and challenged; I have been turned upside down repeatedly since I've been at Dartmouth.

Trustees will hear faculty Berry gripes

(11/04/97 11:00am)

College Trustee Susan Dentzer said the Board of Trustees plans to hear from members of the faculty who are opposed to the current Berry Library plans -- despite comments from the College's top two administrators that they are happy with the plans as they are now. Dentzer's comments come in the wake of a special meeting yesterday at which many members of the faculty demanded changes to plans for the library.

The People Who Help Make Dartmouth 'Dartmouth'

(11/03/97 11:00am)

So often we hear our peers and colleagues make reference to the "Dartmouth community;" yet so difficult is it to specify what qualifications serve to define this community we speak of. Be that as it may, it is safe to say that our community is currently and forever will be dynamic, and I believe that this can be attributed in no small part to the individuals who comprise it.

A New Kind of Science

(11/03/97 11:00am)

Some weeks ago, while browsing the stack of the bookstore for textbooks, I ran across a rather interesting book for a pretty interesting class. The book was John Horgan's The End of Science, and the class "The Rise and Fall of The Scientific Empire." I'll spare you a review of the book, but basically Horgan argues that real science -- the great paradigm shifts and flashes of insight -- is over. From here on, he says, science is just going to be a profession of worker bees tying up loose ends and polishing up the existing theories.

Dialogue and Taboo

(11/03/97 11:00am)

I appreciate Abiola Lapite's response ["In equality of Wealth is a Force for Good," Oct. 22, The Dartmouth] to my Oct. 20th column, "The Growing Economic Divide." Someone asked me whether I had paid him to help me spark a discussion. I did not, but I am grateful for his courage. On the other hand, I hoped to stimulate a dialogue, not a debate. When we debate, we tend to waste valuable intellectual energy proving the other person wrong, rather than promoting our point of view. One of the most valuable lessons we can learn before we become too set in our ways is how to disagree without being disagreeable. If we really want a dialogue, rather than a debate, our internal critic should always be asking a few questions before we write or speak: Am I going to get a response or a reaction? Will I open someone's mind or close it? Am I likely to persuade or provoke? Those who learn to persuade rather than provoke are likely to be more successful leaders. (Provoking can be fun, of course, but it's a bad habit that some can't seem to control.)