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Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Harvard: FU to ID

Posted by: Hammer / 3:14 PM

I don't like Harvard. It's the egalitarian streak in me. Harvard is the prime American exemplar of class. You can get in if you're smart (and wealthy), if you're talented (and wealthy), or if you belong (which requires you to be wealthy). There's a large dose of Middle West provincialism in my anti-Harvard prejudice. One day I'll work on that.

For as much as I don't like Harvard, I'm happy they are willing to piss off some very powerful people:

Harvard University is joining the long-running debate over the theory of evolution by launching a research project to study how life began.

The team of researchers will receive $1 million in funding annually from Harvard over the next few years. The project begins with an admission that some mysteries about life's origins cannot be explained.

"My expectation is that we will be able to reduce this to a very simple series of logical events that could have taken place with no divine intervention," said David R. Liu, a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard.

Welcome to the shit storm, professor Liu. Let me be your umbrella.

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There's a large dose of Middle West provincialism in my anti-Harvard prejudice. One day I'll work on that.

You ought to work on that. They have need-blind admissions, and have a substantial aid program that meets 100% of the financial needs of students.

And on an anecdotal level, the two Harvard grads I know weren't even slightly wealthy.

Let me be your umbrella.

I'm sure he'll appreciate that...

By Blogger Joseph, at 4:30 PM  

I too have friends who have attended the fine school. Both aced their ACTs and received full scholarships...the bastards. Harvard has the largest endowment in the country. I think UT and Georgia Tech follow somewhere behind them (I could be wrong about GT...their endowment had a lot to do with Coke if I remember correctly).

Anywho, I think you should keep your provincialism and prejudice. Screw the ivy league.

BTW: thanks for covering over at cp during the weekend. It was much appreciated.

By Blogger cleversponge, at 6:10 AM  

I spent 8 weeks in Siberia rooming with a Harvard freshman. Actually, it was about 4 weeks, because I moved out when he started using my toilet paper to blow his nose. Different priorities, I guess.

By Blogger Hammer, at 7:46 AM  

nah...not different priorities. My experience with most Harvard folks has been that they simply shit through their face.

My favorite Harvard story is when we got a Harvard man in the office...we got to small talking and I asked him where he was from. I didn't ask him where he went to school or where he graduated...I asked him where he was from...

He said Harvard.

I said, "You had a house on campus?"

"No"

"An apartment?"

"No"

"Oh wait, I get it; you were born on campus."

"No, that's where I went to school."

Hey, I guess when natural selection fails, you need a fancy degree to fall back on.

cp

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