Friday, March 05, 2010
I had a funny conversation with my niece, a college freshman, the other day.
Talking about which courses she's taken, done well in this year, etc...
She enrolled in a philosophy class first semester and found it *stupid*. Hah! I say join the club; we all did the same back in our day and came to the very same conclusion.
I feel like every freshman enthusiastically takes a philosophy course - because it's not offered in high school but more so because it sounds soooo exalted.
I myself have vivid memories of falling completely asleep in my freshman *human nature* seminar. And I wasn't in the back of the class....I was drooling on the square table that the class was seated around. It was 2.5 hours of pure insipid agony!
Similar to the philosophy trap I would have to put *psychology* - a class I think she also took. Innumerable college freshman get sucked into a course on that useless nonsense for probably the same reasons - because the subject sounds like it can explain soooo much.
I steered my niece, who's proficient at math and science, towards economics. I told her it combines logic and math with psychology and philosophy - AND it's grounded in the real world. (Though I forgot to warn her against the sophistry masquerading as *macroeconomics*...)