International Journal of Inactivism (now supplanted by Decoding SwiftHack)

2009/05/30

Skills that will equip you for (our own) success

Filed under: College of the United States,Heartland Institute,Larry Gould — stepanovich @ 09:58

cite as: F. Bi. 2009. Skills that will equip you for (our own) success. Intl. J. Inact., 2:75

Be very afraid, for these people know how to judge art objectively.

Be very afraid, for these people know how to judge art objectively.

I’ve been busy (like Greenfyre, I guess), but check out this seminar announcement from the “College of the United States” which the Heartland Institute has been disseminating:

Announcing
The Great Connections:
Mastering the Intellectual Tools that Transform
a College Education into Lifetime Success

Here’s one of the “skills” which the seminar will impart:

  • Explore the application of the concept of objectivity to art, and decide whether something can be judged a work of art – or not.

What this has to do with attaining “success” is anyone’s guess. Then again, the seminar costs US$1,300, and it has a session on global warming with Larry Gould as instructor, so it must be pretty good, no?

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Update 2009-06-20: Someone from the “College” has replied, and so have I.

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6 Comments »

  1. So it’s art he’s objectively judging? To my (admittedly untrained) eyes, it looks like something else.

    Comment by George D — 2009/05/31 @ 08:00 | Reply

  2. George D:

    Well, whatever he’s judging, he’s clearly doing it as part of his pathway towards “success”. And it’s all totally “objective”.

    Of course, this isn’t the kind of thing that our liberalism-tainted minds will ever be able to grasp.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/05/31 @ 09:59 | Reply

  3. Explore the application of the concept of objectivity to art, and decide whether something can be judged a work of art – or not.

    That has been tried before.

    Comment by Lancelot Link — 2009/06/01 @ 23:37 | Reply

  4. Lancelot Link:

    Of course, the latest attempt at ‘objective art’, unlike previous attempts at ‘objective art’, is… objectively objective. Or something.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/06/04 @ 13:15 | Reply

  5. There’s something I noticed, when looking at your Heartland main page snapshot:

    On June 2 they held their third (!) conference. After they had their second one on March 8-10. Wow, it must be a very productive lot that needs two conferences within 3 months to discuss their most recent results. Here are the proceedings. I totally missed the coverage of the event. Looks like the SPM of the NIPCC finally found its report. They seem to have mislabeled their “Reviews” section, as it only contains press releases and a link to Amazon reviews, looks like the echo chamber is not working fast enough for “actual” reviews.

    The report is advertised as being an “880 page book”. The PDF file they offer for download has 868 pages. Of these the pages 739 to 855 (or about 15% of the book) are dedicated to the Oregon Petition and a complete listing of signatories.

    Comment by bluegrue — 2009/06/13 @ 18:14 | Reply

  6. bluegrue:

    Yep. And they’re not saying much about the number of attendees, but whatever that number is, it’s obviously a “success” in their books.

    Comment by frankbi — 2009/06/20 @ 10:29 | Reply


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