some monday morning link love

Why universities exist …

‘The university exists only by virtue of a faith that human beings are worthy of special attention; that the development of the human intellect is an end in itself; that the exercise of memory and reason is not a perversion of the nervous system; and that the scholar is somehow superior to the fool—all of them propositions that admit of no scientific proof; propositions that must, in fact, be maintained despite clear and cogent evidence that untroubled happiness is reserved for morons’. – Willmoore Kendall, from a speech at Harvard about disturbing trends in academic culture. Cited in Robert L. Paquette, ‘The world we have lost: a parable on the academy’, The New Criterion 26 (May 2008), 19.